How to Build a Japanese Bamboo Fence

Building a bamboo fence is an excellent way to add privacy and beauty to your property while keeping costs down. With suitable materials, building a bamboo fence can be done by anyone with basic carpentry skills in just a few hours. 

How to Build a Japanese Bamboo Fence

The following guide will show you how to build a Japanese bamboo fence from start to finish. A Japanese bamboo fence is an excellent way to add a natural element to your garden. It will provide privacy, along with visual interest and protection from wind. Read on to know how to construct the perfect Japanese bamboo fence for your garden! 

8 Reasons Why You Should Build a Japanese Bamboo Fence

  • A Japanese bamboo fence adds a lot of value to your property
  • You can build the fence on your own without having to hire professional help
  • A bamboo fence is very strong and sturdy
  • They look great in just about any type of location that you put them in
  • They are natural living fences that will grow well and add to the aesthetic of your property
  • They are affordable and can be built for very little money
  • Bamboo fences provide privacy and security for your home or property
  • They are a unique way to show your Japanese heritage and culture to your friends and neighbors.

What Supplies and Materials are Needed?

To build a bamboo fence, you will need the following supplies and materials:

  • Bamboo stakes (1″ diameter x 8′ long)
  • Rope or wire
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Scissors

Step by Step Guide: How to Build a Japanese Bamboo Fence

Step 1: Pounding the Bamboo Stakes

Using a rubber mallet, pound the stake into the ground to about three inches deep. Make sure it is straight and square with the rest of your fence.  It can help to hold the stake as you pound it into the ground. Use a level to make sure the stake is plumb, then use a string line or laser level to make sure it is level with the rest of the fence.

Make Sure It Is Straight and Square

Step 2: Securing the Rope or Wire

Secure the rope or wire to the top of the bamboo stakes with a staple gun. Make sure it is tight and secure. You can also use nails or screws.

Step 3: Standing up the Stakes

To make a square, you will need three stakes of equal length. Press the end of the first stake into one side of your fence line. Use dirt or rocks to hold it in place while connecting the other stakes.

Step 4: Connecting the Stakes

Using one of your full-length stakes, connect the ends of the two shorter stakes on top of all three of them. You can use wire or twine to tie them together (you will need about five feet of twine or wire).

Step 5: Cutting the Bamboo

With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the bamboo stakes to the desired height of your fence. Make sure to cut them at a slant, so the top is narrower than the bottom.

Cut the Bamboo Right Size

Step 6: Finishing Up

If you have any extra bamboo, why not use it to fill any gaps along the fence line? You can also use some dirt or rocks to hold the stakes in place. Congratulations, you’ve just built yourself a bamboo fence!

Building a bamboo fence is a relatively easy project that can be completed in a few hours. It’s perfect for adding some privacy or style to your yard or garden. Just make sure you have the proper supplies and materials, and follow these simple steps. Then, enjoy your new bamboo fence!

Some Helpful Tips and Suggestions

1. When measuring the location of your fence, take into account the size of the bamboo poles you will be using. You will want to leave enough room to insert the poles into the ground easily.

2. It is best to use a post-hole digger to create holes for the fence posts. The holes should be about two feet deep and one foot in diameter.

Use a Post-hole Digger to Create Holes

3. Before inserting the bamboo poles into the ground, you will want to soak them in water for about an hour. This will help them to stay sturdy and in place.

4. Once the posts are in place, you can start weaving the bamboo fencing between them. You can use wire or twine to connect the fencing pieces.

5. Keep in mind that you will want to provide bamboo poles for your fence for an extended period (about four years). The entire process can take up to six months or longer, but the result is well worth it!

6. For additional support on your fencing posts, you can use concrete to hold them in place. Pour the concrete around the base of each post and let it dry.

7. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes or high winds, it is good to add additional support to your fence posts. You can do this by using metal braces or straps that will help keep the bamboo in place.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Japanese Bamboo Fence?

Building a Japanese bamboo fence is not as difficult as one might think, and it can be a fun and rewarding experience. For example, if you are enclosing a garden area that measures approximately 12 feet by 30 feet (3.66m x 9.14m), then expect the job to take anywhere from three days to one week, depending on the skill of the person doing the work.

With a little patience and attention to detail, you can have a beautiful and unique fence that will add character to your home for years to come.

Assign the Expert Doing the Work

The first day is used for creating a wooden border that will outline the garden. At least five to six posts, made from a red pine, need to be erected in a circular pattern with an opening of about four feet wide.

The next step is to string barbed wire within the wooden borders until at least three strands are placed there. The wire should be attached to each post to be taut but not tight enough to cut into the bamboo.

Safety Measures and Precautions

  1. Wear goggles, mask, and gloves to protect yourself from flying bamboo splinters
  2. Use caution when using tools or climbing ladders
  3. Only work after it has stopped raining, do not build a fence during the wet season
  4. Avoid building the fence on windy days
  5. Do not stand or sit on top of the lashed bamboo; this increases the chances of accidents and splinters.
  6. Drink lots of water and rest often as you build to prevent heat exhaustion and muscle cramps.
  7. Avoid drinking alcohol while building to prevent accidents, drowsiness, and dehydration.
  8. Do not wear shoes that come up past your ankles while building because you could trip on them.


The bamboo fences are great for keeping the yard clutter-free and giving it a natural look. They’re also very durable, meaning you can get many years of use out of them before they need to be replaced. This means that if you invest in one now, your investment will pay off quickly!

Creating a Japanese bamboo fence is not an easy task, but it can be done with the right tools and guidance. With these instructions, you’ll have your new bamboo fence up in no time! If this sounds like something you want to explore further or do yourself, take some time to read this entire blog post on how to build a japanese bamboo fence. If you want to know more, then feel free to comment below!

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