Deck Railing Designs

Railings offer a wide range of decorative options for decks.

Curved Deck Railing

You don't have to follow any linear rules when it comes to deck railings. Here, curvilinear powder-coated aluminum balusters eliminate the confined "jail cell" feeling that can come from old-style wood spindles. Railing caps are 2x6 boards, which are convenient for holding drinks and small flowerpots.

Multilevel Decking with Contemporary Railing

A multilevel deck solves the problem of how to position a deck on a slope. Narrow-spaced wood spindles enhance this contemporary deck. Standard porch railings measure 36 or 42 inches tall. Wood is a sturdy option that can be stained to match the decking or house--or painted to create a color scheme all its own.

Chippendale-Style Deck Railing

Dress up a standard wood deck with a style statement by choosing out-of-the-ordinary deck railings. This deck features an elegant Chippendale-style rail painted a crisp, eye-catching white. A matching white lattice valance on the overhead arbor adds a style enhancement to an otherwise standard deck.

Lattice-Style Deck Railing

Ideal for families with small kids or pets, a lattice-style deck railing encloses the bottom half while allowing gentle breezes to drift on through. The top half of the deck railing is made from widely spaced spindles that allow a better view of the surroundings.

Bronze Deck Railings

How do you add a contemporary deck to a contemporary home? With contemporary materials, of course. Railings are constructed of bronze and a curved strip of copper flashing. Both metals will weather naturally, adding a beautiful patina to the decking.

Lattice Deck Railing

A homemade deck railing assembled from lattice panels and 2x4s encloses one of three decks on this home. Native shrubs, evergreens, and roses planted behind the deck provide a "green" top, which creates privacy and a sense of enclosure.

Stainless-Steel Rod Railings

Think outside the box by using unorthodox materials to create custom deck railings. Here, the deck railings are made from stainless-steel rods that are threaded at each end and joined by connector fittings. The top rails and posts are made of galvanized steel.

Roll Out Privacy

Most deck railings are a standard 36 or 42 inches tall. But if you are looking for more height (and privacy), consider adding a bamboo fence that fits around the interior of the deck. This see-through fencing is available in rolls at most garden centers.

Lattice-Panel Deck Privacy Screen

It's easy to add privacy to any deck. Just position a lattice panel where you need a screen. Here, a pair of simple lattice panels tops a slatted fence on a deck to shield the deck from view of the neighbors, as well as offer protection from the elements.

Stainless-Steel Deck Railing

Custom-made stainless-steel deck railing offers a contemporary look to a deck. Made at a local metalworking shop, the deck railing features hot tubing, flat posts, and thin cables. The see-through effect--it's almost invisible--makes the deck feel open and airy. Although an expensive deck railing option, the homeowners receive continuous compliments and don't regret the cost. Plus, stainless steel is virtually maintenance-free; because it won't corrode, it should last forever.

Prow-Style Deck Railing

Standing at this deck's railing must feel like being the captain of a ship. The semicircular prow decking features straight, closely spaced spindles. The white paint makes the deck and railing stand out from the house. A circular garden below the deck adds a frill of flowers and foliage that is visible through the railing.

Squared Posts Deck Railing

Large, Mission-style posts and pillars accent an attractive two-tier wood deck railing. Although narrow 6x6 posts would serve as structurally sufficient support columns, this homeowner bulked up the size of the pillars and posts to add deliberate style. The posts and pillars are dressed up with decorative moldings and post caps.

Modern Metal and Brick Porch Railings

A modern house requires modern deck railings. Here, a mixed material porch takes its cues from the materials of the home construction. The large brick pillars feature flat tops that could easily hold decorative pots of plants. Each railing section is a narrow metal grid that mimics the design of the home's windows. A powder-coated finish on metal allows you to choose any color scheme.

Craftsman Deck Railing

Positioned on top of a roof, this deck features an attractive Craftsman-style deck railing. The flat, slat-type spindles are spaced close together to create a visual sense of solidness--as well as safety.

See-Through Deck Railing

If your deck is all about the view, the deck railing might want to be as minimalist as possible. And that's what's happening here. This deck incorporates a large seating area constructed from wood. The deck railing is metal cabling that provides safety without a sense of visual enclosure.

Deck-Railing Seating

If your deck is at ground level, you can add more seating space by making your deck railing into a bench. Here, a wood bench at the low deck edge acts like a railing, providing a surface for deck dwellers or pots of flowering plants. Most codes allow built-in benches as a railing substitution on low platform decks such as this.

Sunburst Deck Railing

A long expanse of deck railing can look monotonous. So this homeowner decided to add visual interest with a railing section in a different pattern. Positioned in the middle of the deck, the sunburst railing inset creates a decorative focal point for the deck.

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