Deck Rail Ideas

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.

Southern Charm

Chinese-Chippendale Rail: 2

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.

Chinese-Chippendale Rail

Local building and safety codes were adhered to, and unique decorative touches such as the ball-capped finials were added to rail posts.

Modern Lines

Contemp. Metal Deck Rails 2

In contrast to this home's classic-design structure, the metal railings on its deck and stairs bring a new-millennium feel to the home's outdoor spaces.

Contemp. Metal Deck Rails

Round rails are stacked to create a safer barrier, and the design of simple lines plays off the house's clapboard siding quite nicely.

Outdoor Views

Aluminum/Glass Deck Rails

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.

Unlimited Access

Wheelchair Access Entry/Driveway

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.

Wheelchair Access Rail

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.

Country Comfort

White Wrought Iron Rail: 2

A pairing of wooden posts and wrought iron makes this deck feel like an open-air country veranda.

White Wrought Iron Rail

The railing was painted to blend with the setting and to keep it maintenance-free for years to come.


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