Picket fences have been gracing American yards since Colonial times. The early fences were probably made from whatever wood was readily available. The open design stretched resources because the pickets alternated with open space. The slats only needed to be close enough to keep animals, and possibly kids, from getting in or out of a yard.
Picket fences have become a symbol of domestic happiness. Aside from symbolism, though, these classic fences are versatile and practical. A picket fence can be dressed up or down, made fancy or remain unadorned.
If you’re looking for a fence that doesn’t block the view, the open design and short height of a picket fence may be the answer. Before you decide on a style, consider the following variations on this popular theme.