How to Make A Fence in Minecraft: The 2024 Definitive Guide

Key Takeaways
  • Fences in Minecraft serve as barriers that are 1.5 blocks tall, making them ideal for containing livestock and establishing property boundaries.
  • Various materials can be used to craft fences, including various types of wood like oak, birch, spruce, and netherite, each offering different aesthetics.
  • Crafting a fence requires 2 sticks and 4 wooden planks, or for netherite fences, 2 Nether Brick and 4 Nether Bricks; fences can be connected together, and a fence gate can be crafted for entry and exit.

At some point in Minecraft, you will have constructed a farm or some other structure to create a renewable source for some of your more basic and common needs. An example would be a farm that houses cows and sheep, along with some crops. Like any property or building, a farm needs a proper boundary to keep everything in check. And what better boundary than a good old-fashioned fence?

Fences are the most basic barrier one can make in Minecraft | theMinecraftMethod

What Does a Fence Do?

A fence in Minecraft performs the same function as its real-life counterpart; act as a barrier for something or act as a boundary of sorts. While fences in Minecraft look like they’re only 1 block tall, they aren’t. They’re actually 1.5 blocks tall, and that’s the reason you can’t jump over them normally without a Jump Boost. This is what also makes them perfect for keeping all your livestock in one place.

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What Materials Do I Need To Make a Fence?

Making a fence, as you’ve probably guessed is not that hard. All you really need is a whole lot of wood. And while wood is pretty common, there are a lot of options to choose from. In some cases, material other than wood may also be used. Here are all the different kinds of materials you can use to craft fences and where you can find them:

1. Oak Wood

Oak wood block (left) vs. oak wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

The oak is the most common kind of wood found in Minecraft, as it was the first kind of wood introduced in Minecraft. It can be found abundantly on trees when you first load up your survival world. The block is brown in color and yields a light brown color when converted into planks.

2. Birch Wood

Birch wood block (left) vs. birch wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

The second type of wood introduced to Minecraft, birch is easily noticeable thanks to its bright white color with the occasional dark spots. They are mostly found in the birch and tall birch forests, but some are also found in the wild, amongst the common oak tree. They can also be found in dark forests. Birch planks have the same color as sand.

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3. Spruce Wood

Spruce wood block (left) vs. spruce wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

Featuring a dark-brown appearance, spruce is easily recognizable as one of the game’s earlier interpretation of a darker shade of wood. Commonly found in the taiga biome, spruce has also been known to observed to near snowy mountains and the remnants of a taiga biome.

4. Jungle Wood

Jungle wood block (left) vs. jungle wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

The jungle trees are unusual as they have 3 different forms; a small one, an average size one and a tall one. They also grow cocoa beans. The block has a similar color scheme as the oak trees, albeit with a slight yellow tint.

5. Acacia Wood

Acacia wood block (left) vs. acacia wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

Few in number and pretty rare to find, acacia is highly sought due to its color. The wood block, by default is grey. But when used to make planks, it reveals its true color to be orange. Acacia can be found in savannah biomes.

6. Dark Oak Wood

Dark oak wood block (left) vs. dark oak wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

One of the most difficult objects to cultivate, dark oak is what makes up most of a dark forest biome. The blocks are like dark-chocolate and that’s why it also has a great demand.

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7. Mangrove Wood

Mangrove wood block (left) vs. mangrove wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

One of the more recent blocks to be added to Minecraft, mangrove is aquatic by nature. They can be found in the mangrove swamp biome. The logs and planks of this wood have a reddish-pink shade over the natural brown that is a great match with the Nether and other Overworld designs.

8. Cherry Blossom Wood

Cherry Blossom wood block (left) vs. cherry blossom wood plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

The latest wooden block to be added in the game yielded by the cherry blossom tree; a highly requested feature which finally made its way to Minecraft less than a year ago. Cherry blossoms can be found in a cherry grove. The cherry blossom wood has a very dark purple color and when converted into planks, has a light pink color similar to the cherry blossom flowers.

9. Crimson Stems

Crimson stem block (left) vs. crimson stem plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

Crimson stems aren’t technically wood, they’re nether mushrooms that act as a substitute for wood in the Nether. Normally, crimson stems have the same look as a surface with cracks from where magma spews out. However, when converted into planks, they have quite a unique color; pink with a slight tinge of purple. They can be found in the crimson forest biome exclusive to the Nether.

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10. Warped Stems

Warped stem block (left) vs. warped stem plank (right) | Minecraft Wiki

Warped stems are the other type of nether mushrooms you’ll find to use as a substitute for wood. The blocks of warped stems have the same surface pattern as that found on crimson stems; except the color of the surface is a dark purple and the cracks are colored light blue. When converted into planks, the color they exhibit is cyan with a shade of light blue. They are found in the warped forest biome Nether.

11. Netherite

A Netherite Ingot | Minecraft Wiki

The hardest material in Minecraft, netherite can also be used to craft fences. While many might find this excessive, if you have the time and resources; why not? You can find netherite by mining underground in the Nether. They are black in color and stand out pretty well.

How To Craft a Fence

No matter what type of wood you use, the recipe and durability remains the same, except in the case of netherite fences. Netherite fences are the most durable fences in the game. Other than that, they exhibit all the properties of a normal wooden fence. What material you go for is purely your choice, as the only thing to consider among all the wooden options is the color palette.

At any rate, here’s what you’ll need to craft a wooden fence and its recipe. Keep in mind that the planks must be of the same type of wood:

  1. 2 sticks
  2. 4 wooden planks
The crafting recipe for wooden fences is relatively simple | theMinecraftMethod

In case you’re going to craft a netherite fence, you’ll need to follow this recipe and require these things instead:

  1. 2 Nether Brick
  2. 4 Nether Bricks

Both these items are separate objects, as shown in the recipe below. The Nether Brick is present in the middle column, while the Nether Bricks are present in the left and right columns.

Nether Brick in the middle column and Nether Bricks in the left and right columns next to them | Mcpe basics

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Setting Up your Fence Barrier

Once you’re done crafting the fences, it’s time to set up your barrier. Simply equip the fence block in your hand from your inventory and use the right-click on your mouse, tap the screen on the Pocket Edition, or the left trigger on your controller (L2 on PlayStation, LT on Xbox, ZL on Switch) to set the fence block down. Wooden fences cannot connect with netherite fences.

At first, it will be just a single pole standing. When you place another fence block next to it, they will automatically join together to make a fence. Continue setting up the barrier as per your specifications.

The fence posts automatically join when placed near each other| theMinecraftMethod

Crafting a Fence Gate

When you’re done setting up your fence, you’ll need an easy entry and exit point since jumping over the fence is not an option. For this you can craft a fence gate. A fence gate acts as both a door and a fence. To craft one, you’ll need the same materials you used to craft a normal wooden fence; albeit in different quantities. This time, you’ll need 4 sticks and 2 wooden planks. There is no netherite gate fence variant.

The recipe for a fence gate is the inverse of a wooden fence | all and nothing

Once you’ve made the gate, it’s time to add it to your fence barrier. Destroy one fence block at the point where you want the gate to be to make room for it. Next, use the right-click, left trigger or tap wherever you want the gate to be, to add the gate. To open or close the gate, you’ll have to tap on it, or use the right-click or left trigger.

A fence gate opening and closing | RajCraft

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Fences are a great way of keeping your pets or livestock secure. They can also be used to set up boundaries to keep out intruders, and due to their stackable nature, construct a makeshift cage. Overall they’re pretty versatile. Moreover, you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to aesthetics. If you’re looking for durability, the netherite fences are your only option.


What does a fence do in Minecraft?

A fence acts as a barrier to keep your livestock or pets secure. While it may look only 1 block high, it’s actually 1.5 blocks high, therefore, it’s impossible to jump over one normally. They are also stackable and can be used to construct makeshift cages.

What types of fences are there?

There are 2 types of fences; wooden and netherite. Compared to wooden fences, netherite fences have more durability. However, wooden fences offer a wider color palette.

Is there any difference between the types of wood to be used in crafting a fence?

No. What type of wood you use has no effect on the fence’s durability whatsoever. They all have the same durability. Different types of wood means different colors of fences so that’s the only thing you need to consider.


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