Fence Spacing Explained (Proportional, Remainder and Feathered Fencing)

Joe EverestFAQ

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Fence Spacing can be a science in its own right, so I like to think so at least. When you look at your beautiful new fence did you notice how it was built and what type of spacing was used?

Depending on your personal preference and your specific project there is 3 type of fence spacing that we can use. This is to help keep uniformity, stability and an eye on costs.

Proportional Fence Spacing

This is exactly as it sounds, even, proportional spacing. What we do is measure your projects total distance and then divide that evenly with the amount of posts needed to support the fencing. This means your fence panel will be the same width for every panel and offer some uniform look. This symmetry however can come at a cost as you may need to trim every panel that goes into the fence if the original materials did not come at that size and this can add manpower, time and cost to your project overall.

Remainder Fence Spacing

A little easier to build as it relies on the materials to determine the size. Your fence total length is split into slices that match the materials or an easier size to build. This maybe mean for example that we put fence posts every 8 foot, the fencing may not need to be trimmed for every panel to match this. Then at the end of the fence you may have a little left over that didn’t fit into the 8 foot increments, in this situation we make the final panel fit the remaining space. This means you still get the uniformity of the Proportional Spacing but with 1 smaller panel at the end somewhere, maybe a good place for a door/gate.

Feathered Fence Spacing

This is very much like the remainder fencing but instead of 1 small final piece of fence the last 2 panel distance is shared. so going with the 8 foot spacing example from previously – the last 2 panels would measure 12 foot and this is then split into 2 equal panel of 6 foot each. This feathering can make it look a little less obvious of a smaller distance compared to the Remainder spacing option.