1. Gates
  2. Domestic Fencing
  3. Agricultural Fencing
  4. Stables & Outdoor Buildings
  5. Garden & Landscaping
  6. Timber & Cladding
  7. Hardware

How to Install Fence Panels: A 10 Step Guide

Fencing is a core feature of many gardens. It’s there to provide a secure and private boundary between the home and surrounding areas whilst complimenting a garden’s layout and landscape design. One of the most popular fence choices is panelled fencing or fence panels.

Asides from the fact that fence panels are available in a wide choice of sizes and styles, panelled fences are relatively simple to install, even for DIYers. And, during windier seasons, when fence installations are at their most vulnerable to weather-damaged, fence panels are quick, easy and inexpensive to replace without affecting an entire fence installation.

Robin on fence panel

How do you install fence panels?

Well, it’s pretty straightforward. Depending on the length of the fence you want to install, for most, installing a panelled fence is achievable in a day.

Read our quick guide to find out what you’ll need to do the job as well as the easiest way to fit panels securely and achieve a long-lasting, durable finish.

The main stages are:

  • Preparing the ground around the fence
  • Installing the wooden posts
  • Installing the gravel boards
  • Fixing the panels into positions

This fencing guide covers the installation of fence panels using wooden fence posts. However, concrete fence posts could be used as an alternative and are most suitable if you live in an area susceptible to high winds and gusty weather.

We’ll also guide you through how to fit gravel boards to your new fence installation. Whilst this is optional, we would always recommend installing gravel boards to protect fence panels from ground moisture, thus enhancing the longevity of the panels and the overall appearance of your fence.

Panelled fence with concrete posts

You’ll need



Step 1 – Prep the area and your posts


Clear any old fencing, weeds or obstructing objects


Use a metal detector to ensure there are no underground cables or pipes that could be damaged during installation


Use a tape measure the find out the length of your garden to establish how many panels and posts you’ll need


Treat the base end of your fence posts with Cut End Preserve

Step 2 – Mark out the area


Measure the width of your fence panels


Measure your fence posts


Add the two measurements together to establish how far apart to position your fence posts

For example, if your panels are 180cm wide and your posts are 10cm wide, the centre point of each post will need to be 190cm apart.


Dig post hole


Step 3: Install the first fence post


At the first post point, use a post hole digger to remove the soil


Create a hole to a minimum depth of 60cm and three times the width of your fence post*


Pour 10cm of gravel into the bottom of each post hole (this will help to create water drainage under the post)


Place the wooden fence panel into the hole


Temporarily screw the post to the props to hold it into position


Ensure that your fence post is upright and level using a spirit level


Pour Postmix into the hole until it’s filled up to 25mm below the soil and add water (as per the manufacturer’s instructions)


Ensure that it surrounds the entire post before smoothing out and creating a slight slope so water can run away


Allow the Postmix to set before removing the wooden props

*Note: if the ground is particularly soft, dig a little deeper and use longer fence posts

Step 4: Install the second fence post


Take your post and panel measurement and measure from the centre of your first post to where you’d like to position the centre of your next post


Use a stake and string line to mark this out


Repeat step 3 to position your next post

Step 5: Install the remaining posts

Repeat steps 3 and 4 to erect all of the posts individually

Tip: you can check that the posts are level by laying a piece of timber across the top of each post and positioning a spirit level on top. Do this before you add the Postmix so that you can make any adjustments.

Step 6: Fit the gravel boards


Re-measure the distance between each post and cut your gravel boards to the required length


Position your gravel board and secure the post using screws


Repeat this process between each fence post

Step 7: Install the fence panels


On the first fence post, measure and mark 150mm down from where the panel will finish at the top, and 150mm up from the top of the gravel board


At each marking, use 50mm screws to fix the panel to the post, screwing through the panel batten


Repeat this process

Tip: This can be awkward so you may need an extra pair of hands at this stage to ensure that the panel is level when screwed into place.

Measure the fence post

Step 8: Cutting down the last fence panel

You may need to cut a fence panel to fit into the remaining space:


Measure between the posts to find out the size of the section you need and mark on the panel with a pencil


Remove the framing battens from both sides of the panel


Use a panel saw to carefully cut the panel to the required size


Next, re-attach the framing battens onto the newly sawed edge


Carefully screw or nail into place


Install the final fence post as per step 7

Step 9: Fix post caps


Protect the end of the wood by installing post caps


Pre-drill one hole in the centre of the post cap


Place a post cap on the top of each post


Screw into place

Step 10: Paint of treat

Now your new panelled fence is complete, you can add a splash of paint of treat with fence oils to personalise the look of your new garden feature to your own preference.

Shop online for fence panels

Find everything you’ll need to install or repair your panelled fence here at Equestrian Fencing.

Support & maintenance by ALS Digital