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30 Pool fencing ideas for your backyard

By Elise Hodge

Updated: January 23rd, 2022

Fancy up your pool area with a slick new fence!

While pool fencing is an essential to ensure the safety of your family, this doesn’t mean it has to be an eyesore. In fact, fencing off your pool area can be a great feature, adding to the overall aesthetic of your backyard.

There are so many different finishes and materials that work well for pool fencing – so let’s take a look.

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Aluminium is sturdy, no fuss and an easy option. It is classic and timeless in look and will be very low maintenance. Just install, then you probably won’t have to worry about it again.


One of my favourite pool fence finishes is glass. I love that you can see straight through to the pool to watch the kids and all the fun happening in the pool. And when you are in the pool yourself, you don’t feel disconnected from the rest of the house.


Timber is a natural material and can give so much character to any area with the natural veining of the wood running through it. Timber will bring warmth and comfort into your pool area without much effort at all!

There are many different pool fences on the market today, it’s just a matter of doing some research, having a look at this blog and deciding on what’s going to suit your family best. So what are you waiting for? Check out these 30 pool fencing ideas!

1. Retaining wall

A retaining wall as a pool fence is perfect for a pool in a corner rather than a perimeter fence. This way you can still get plenty of green landscaping to give you a feeling of being on permanent holidays.

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2. Fence variations

There are no rules that say you must commit to just one look, so why not incorporate a few different fence variations around your pool? For example, one side of the fence might be clear glass with grey aluminium, while the back fence might be grey concrete slabs, and the right side black aluminium.

3. Clear view

One of my favourite types of pool fencing is a clear fence! This is the best way to go if you want your fence to seem the least obtrusive as possible. Although one downside to a clear glass fence is that it arguably the most high maintenance fencing you can choose as you will have to regularly clean it to ensure that the glass can be seen through.

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4. Mixed materials

There are so many ways you can mix materials for a pool fence. Here’s another idea: keep one side simple black aluminium fencing and the other fancied up with clear glass. This would work really well if you were on a property that had a view. You could utilise the practicality of a black aluminium fence on one side and leave the glass side for where you want to be able to see the view through.

5. Simple aluminium

Aluminium is simple and no fuss. It gives such a classic look and will stay in fashion forever. Aluminium is also very sturdy and built to last. So if you need something that will be low maintenance and will stand the test of time and weather, aluminium is the way to go.

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6. White vinyl fence

How sweet is this white vinyl fence! It really reminds me of a white picket fence which seems to be the quintessential fencing that everyone dreams of. A white fence really gives a cottage look and looks great on this big property.

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7. Child-proof fence

If you have young kids, then it is really so important that your fence is childproof so that no one goes wandering in unnoticed. This fence has screens so that it is still easy to watch the kids if they are in the pool.

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8. Flat top aluminium

Keep an aluminium pool fence nice and neat with flat tops. Instead of having turrets atop each foundational instalment, flattening off the tops will give a minimal and trendy look to your fence. This means you won’t have to worry about the look of the turrets and rest easy knowing that your pool fence will look great in years to come.

9. Timber posts and glass

If you’re wanting to be able to see the pool from the house but also want privacy, then try installing glass screens to face the property so that you can see straight into the pool from the house. Then, add a timber post fence  to sit around the sides and back of the pool to give the area some privacy. Genius!

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10. Subtle but safe

When your property itself makes a statement, you won’t want to have a pool fence that distracts from that. A long glass pool fence will ensure safety for the kids as well as not ruining the overall look of your property.

11. Gazebo addition

Adding a gazebo structure to your fencing makes it fun for the whole family! Parents can relax under the vines growing upon the gazebo while they watch the kids having a splash in the pool. The pool fence itself can be installed with a gazebo in mind which works really well.

12. Deck fence

Fencing has been utilised here in the deck area and through the wrap-around fencing of the property boundaries. Painting your metal railings a gorgeous colour is something worth considering too.

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Need your fence fixed? Make sure your pool is always safe by getting on top of any pool gate repairs that are needed.

13. Arched tops

If you’re after something a little more creative and unique, then this is for you! You don’t often see arched tops, but if they are accompanied with the right outdoor elements, they look really great! If you have a very angular pool, arched tops will also help to round off the area to stop it from looking so sharp.

14. On-trend timber

As timber is a natural element, it will always stay in fashion. This timber fence utilises beams so that it is slightly lifted off the ground and you can still see the white decking easily.

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15. Hedge pool fencing

Bring the finesse of a countryside estate pool to a smaller inner-city terrace with stunning evergreen hedge pool fencing. Pick the right varietal and ensure you’ve planted them with the correct spacing. You can also find an expert to help with hedge planting and hedge trimming maintenance.

16. Timeless aluminium

Aluminium will always be timeless and classic. It’s perfect for a sturdy and long-lasting fence which is important for an area that is used a lot. Modern black matches really well with many contemporary properties and is typically a great contrast for other materials.

17. Modern pool fencing

Stone or concrete are awesome modern pool fencing materials and will ensure your pool area has that chic, upmarket feel to it.

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18. Brushwood or bamboo

On the cheaper side, it’s not all that common but anther pool fence option for the boundary side is to have a bamboo or brushwood fence.

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19. Blending in

If your property packs a punch, then you really don’t want anything taking away from that so a glass fence will work really well. Ideally, it will be almost as if the fence isn’t even there. And being able to see through really ensures that the connection between the house and pool area are preserved.

20. Black framing

This pool fence is made up of black-framed panels. This is great as you can clearly see there is a fence there, however you can still see through to the pool. Great for watching the kids as well as peering out onto a magnificent view if you have one!

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21. Wraparound fencing

I love that this fence really fades into the background with the use of trees, shrubs and bushes between the pool and the fence. Putting plants inside your pool fence boundaries will really help to camouflage the fence and make it look as if it is part of the natural surroundings.

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22. Hedged fence

This is for you if you have to get a fence but don’t want it to spoil your natural surroundings. The fence could be a complete hedge or you could even install a fence and have the hedge grow around it. It’s really up to you! A hedged fence looks so European – straight outta somewhere in France or Italy!

23. Pointed hardwood posts

Hardwood is another material that will match with almost any property. Add clear screens in-between hardwood posts so that you can easily see straight through to the pool. Pointed posts really give character to a simple fencing, too.

24. Modular walls

If you live in suburbia where there isn’t much privacy and your neighbours live right next to your property, then you’ll want to incorporate fencing that is ultra-private. Modular walls are definitely the way to go to ensure more privacy for your property and you could even match the finish of the walls to your rendered house!

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25. Wire panels

Wire panels are a great idea if you live in a place that has lots of wildlife. Wire like this will ensure that no unwanted critters or animals can come into your pool area. A wire panel fence is sturdy, yet you can still see through it which works so well.

26. Half and half

Keen to add interest by mixing materials? How about having one side to look through and the other for practicality? Doing a half and half fence will make cleaning easy as you will only have to tend to the glass side and not have to worry too much about the maintenance of the aluminium side. How convenient!

27. White picket pool fence

If you love the white picket fence look, add it to your property in pool fence form! Your property will look straight out of a movie based somewhere like the glamorous Beverly Hills!

28. Artificial garden panels

Now this is a great pool fence idea! If you don’t have the patience or time to wait for a hedge to grow, why not source some artificial garden panels which will give the same effect?! Plus, if you’re not really a gardener you won’t have to worry about trimming or watering this low maintenance instalment.

29. Frameless glass

Frameless glass really works so well, especially for properties that have a view. Being able to look through to the pool gives the illusion that the pool connects to its surrounding landscape!

30. Timber texture

And last but not least we have this textured timber fence that has so much character! As timber is a natural material, preserving the imperfections and uniqueness of the wood will create so much texture and turn any boring wood fence into something of beauty!

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So, there we have it! 30 pool fencing ideas to help you get started with your fencing installation! I love the clear glass pool fences that allow for an unobstructed view of the surroundings as well as the standalone panels that look so trendy and like a work of art. What were your favourites? Let me know in the comments below.

And let’s not forget to keep it swimmable all year round and get an extra helping hand with pool cleaning! Also, if you’d like to know how much a swimming pool fence costs, check out our updated swimming pool fencing cost guide.


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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