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10 Chain Link Fence Privacy Ideas & How You Can Improve Its Visual Appeal

10 Chain Link Fence Privacy Ideas & How You Can Improve Its Visual Appeal

We often hear about concerns our customers have around the privacy offered by chain link fences. Many customers also desire a more visually pleasing fence than a generic chain link fence would otherwise offer.

Let’s put those fears to rest once and for all: chain link fences can offer superior privacy without sacrificing decorative appeal. In fact, you can even convert your chain link fence into a bona fide privacy fence with minimal expense and time.

By themselves, chain link fences don’t offer much privacy or visual desirability. But, there are many easy-to-implement solutions for those property owners who want to boost the decorative appeal of their existing chain link fence.

From the cost-efficient Lite Link privacy inserts to high-coverage winged slats, many options exist for protecting your property without the expense of money and time associated with building an all-new fence. You can also explore the use of natural materials in covering your chain link fence. While these natural options do not offer the same superior durability and affordability of our privacy insert products, there is certainly a time and a place for a more “earthy” look.

Continue reading to learn about 10 chain link fence privacy ideas. You’ll also learn how to convert a chain link fence into a privacy fence – a much easier to digest proposition than outright building a new fence on your property.

Types of Fencing Privacy Inserts

  1. Lite Link Privacy Inserts: A Budget-Friendly Privacy Solution

    One of the most popular chain link fence privacy products we offer is Lite Link. These privacy inserts can achieve 70% coverage on your fence. They also include a 7-year manufacturer limited warranty – not that you’ll need it with the durability that this brand offers. This solution lends itself well to businesses and residential properties that desire increased privacy at an affordable price point.

    LiteLink chain link fencing

  2. Bottom Lock Privacy Inserts: How Does A 25-Year Manufacturer Limited Warranty Sound?

    If you’re looking for 70% coverage and you want an even longer limited warranty, then our Bottom Lock privacy inserts can make that happen. We feed these inserts through the chain link and use the bottom track on the top of the bottom wire for stabilization.  A 25-year limited warranty is just icing on the cake for these privacy inserts!

    Bottom lock fence inserts

  3. Winged Slats: The Perfect Solution For Windy Areas – 90% Coverage And 25-Year Manufacturer Limited Warranty

    Tired of high-velocity winds thundering through your property at all hours? Our winged slats confer 90% coverage and prevent the majority of wind from passing through your property. While these slats involve some additional installation complexity, they are one of the best choices for customers in windy areas that want to maximize privacy coverage on their chain link fence.

  4. Winged slat privacy insert for fence

The Chain Link Fence Makeover For The DIY Crowd

One of the more creative ideas for chain link fence privacy comes to us from Rachel Elmkies at This option is for the DIY crowd. As you can see from the photo, you can simply take cedar boards and lumber, pair them with metal pipe straps, and completely cover your chain link fence. However, you will want to keep in mind that this approach is not beginner-friendly — you’re going to need some basic handyman skills. We will say this, though: you likely won’t be worried about getting your hands dirty if you’re considering this style in the first place!


How to Convert a Chain Link Fence into a Privacy Fence With A Privacy Screen

The Spruce gives us a great idea — instead of using privacy slats, you might consider installing a mesh screen. However, a screen — while durable — will incur some damage from the elements. They do not stack up to the durability offered by the three privacy insert products we described previously. Lastly, the screen approach leaves much to be desired when it comes to looks. They embody the idea of “function over form.”


Consider Privacy Inserts With Unique Colours

Wondering how to make a chain link fence look better? We understand that not all of our customers are 100% satisfied with a galvanized chain link fence and black privacy inserts. Here’s some great news: You do not have to sacrifice form for function with the many colours our privacy insert products we offer. All 3 of our privacy insert products – Lite Link, Bottom Lock, and Winged Slats – are available in 9 unique colours: Brown, Red, White, Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Grey, Tan, Green, and Black. Whether you’re looking to add a little colour to the exterior of your property or you want your privacy inserts to blend in with the surrounding landscape, our privacy inserts are a cost-effective, durable, and effective coverage solution.


Create A Natural Paradise In Your Backyard With A Living Screen

Living screen fence alternative

Among these 10 chain link fence design ideas, creating a “living screen” has to be one of the most interesting — and rare — approaches. This idea comes to us from Empress of Dirt. Cedar hedges are one approach to creating a living screen. However, they take a very long time to grow and achieve maximum privacy coverage. Be aware that this is one of the most labour-intensive and long-term projects you could consider. That said, the living screen idea is one of the most interesting chain link fence decorating ideas – and for good reason. It’s definitely not easy to pull off, though!


Strategic Gardening For Maximum Visual Appeal

One idea that does not involve the use of privacy slats or fancy “living screens” involves careful attention to detail. Various bushes, shrubs, and trees can help to disguise the impact that your chain link fence has on your property. If you enjoy gardening, this approach may be one way to kill two birds with one stone. You could also consider hiring a landscaping company to help you with this project.


A Simple Wooden Fence Panel Approach to Privacy

A rather boring but cheap way to add additional privacy to your chain link fence is to install wooden panels. However, you should note that these panels are prone to wear-and-tear as well as pests like termites. Nevertheless, a particularly cost-conscious buyer may want to consider this idea.


Contact Quality Chain Link Fencing For More Great Privacy Fence Ideas!

While all of these ideas are possible solutions to your privacy problems, we recommend one of the three privacy insert products we offer: Lite Link, Bottom Lock, and Winged Slats. And when it comes installing chain link fencing privacy inserts, you won’t find a better contractor than Quality Chain Link Fencing.

Get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate for your project.

Our consultants will help you determine which of these privacy insert products offers the most cost-effective solution to your privacy needs. We will work carefully with you to determine the best course of action for your unique property.

We can’t wait to help you create a more beautiful and privacy-efficient chain link fence!


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