How to Attach a Privacy Fence to a Chain-Link Fence

A chain-link fence can look like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed it -- in other words, it's been put in to stay. Chain-link fences are strictly utilitarian in appearance and offer very little in the way of privacy. There is a way to alter the appearance of a chain-link fence so that it offers both security and privacy and even beauty. Attaching a privacy fence to a chain-link fence is a fun project with instant results.

Attaching a privacy fence to a chain-link fence adds security and even beauty to your yard.

Adding Privacy Slats

Step 1

Select a color and pattern of privacy slat that coordinates with the house. Privacy slats are thin, flexible, UV-resistant slats that get woven through the chain links of the fence, offering an opaque or semi-opaque screen.

Step 2

Weave the individual slats in and out of the chain-link fence as though weaving a basket. Make sure the angle-cut ends are pointing down toward the ground.

Step 3

Finish the look of the fence off by adding a safety cap to the top pointed prongs of the chain-link fence.

Adding Rolled Bamboo or Reed Fencing

Step 1

Purchase rolls of natural bamboo rolled fencing or reed fencing and black-plastic zip ties.

Step 2

Unroll the fencing along the front of the chain-link fence. Take spring clamps and periodically, along the length of the rolled fencing, clamp the top of the fencing to the chain-link fence to hold it in position. Be sure that the bottom of the rolled fencing is not touching the ground or concrete to prevent rotting.

Step 3

Stand at the back of the chain-link fencing and take a plastic zip tie and weave it in and around a strip of bamboo or a couple widths of reed. Pull the end of the zip tie back through the bamboo or reed, and then back through the chain-link fence.

Step 4

Pull the zip tie close around part of the chain-link fence to secure the rolled bamboo or reed fencing tightly to the chain-link fence.

Step 5

Place at least three zip ties along a vertical line of the rolled fencing. Continue to tie the rolled fencing to the chain-link fence every foot to give good support.

B. Ellen von Oostenburg

B. Ellen von Oostenburg became a full-time writer a decade ago. She has written features for local and state newspapers, as well as magazines, including Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin Trails and German Magazine. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, von Oostenburg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in fine art.