When choosing the right railing around your deck, you don't need to sacrifice form for function. Check out these inspirational spaces for artful and practical ideas.
This rail design, called Chinese-Chippendale, is popular in the South. Since it was unavailable at home centers where this house is located, a contractor custom-built it.
Local building and safety codes were adhered to, and unique decorative touches such as the ball-capped finials were added to rail posts.
Round rails are stacked to create a safer barrier, and the design of simple lines plays off the house's clapboard siding quite nicely.
The ingenious railing on this raised deck lets the homeowners enjoy a full view of the great outdoors while being safely above ground and somewhat protected from the elements. Crafted of extruded aluminum and 1/4-inch-thick tempered glass, this see-through railing can withstand high winds -- or a rambunctious dog -- without harm.
This home needed some major renovations when the homeowner's son became disabled. Their outdoor space had to be barrier-free to easily accommodate wheelchair traffic.
The thick and sturdy railing meets code, yet is still low enough for everyone -- including the son in his wheelchair -- to see outdoor views over it.
A pairing of wooden posts and wrought iron makes this deck feel like an open-air country veranda.
The railing was painted to blend with the setting and to keep it maintenance-free for years to come.