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10 Creative Design Ideas for Deck Railing


While deck railing is mostly seen as a safety project, it can also contribute to your home’s curb appeal in a major way. This is why deck railing ideas are so fun to explore – there are so many possibilities for every taste and style that it's hard to settle for just one.

Here are a few creative deck railing ideas to try out so you can spice things up with the outdoor decor in your home!

1. Seating

Great for entertaining! Source: HGTV
Great for entertaining! Source: HGTV

You can spice up your wood deck railing by implementing built in seating and space for plants, elevating your railing into a hangout area with plenty of charm! Now that it's summer, an outdoor spot to hang out and read a book is much appreciated.

2. Lattice

Lattice also improves your privacy! Source: BHG
Lattice also improves your privacy! Source: BHG

Lattice railing is one of the most varied deck railing ideas you can find. There are tons of different lattice panels, some that resemble geometric shapes, some that are subtle but charming, and some that work well as privacy screens too.

3. Glass

A luxurious look for your deck. Source: Net Luxury
A luxurious look for your deck. Source: Net Luxury

As far as deck railing installation goes, this might be one of the most complex ones, but nothing a pro can’t handle. These glass railing are slick and modern – combine it with good lighting and you’ll have a stunning look from the curb.

4. Aluminum

An aluminum deck railing will last for a really long time. Source: Pinterest
An aluminum deck railing will last for a really long time. Source: Pinterest

Aluminum railings are super light and easy to clean, but still sturdy enough to endure any weather condition, making them an attractive purchase. Plus, the black variant makes it look like solid metal, adding a lot of robustness to your home.

5. Cable

This creates a very modern look for your home. Source: DIY Network
This creates a very modern look for your home. Source: DIY Network

Cable deck railing is a simple, but very stylish idea. It’s very easy on the eyes and lightweight in practice, but looks stunning and modern to compliment your home. Plus, they’re easy to clean as well, meaning less time having to maintain them and more time enjoying your deck!

6. Rod iron

This is a very popular choice for deck railings. Source: The Spruce
This is a very popular choice for deck railings. Source: The Spruce

Rod iron deck railings are quite popular for their classical look – it’s the kind of look you expect to see when you think of a modern american home. Plus, this is some of the sturdiest railing options you can get, meaning they’ll endure almost anything with no issues.

7. Geometric

Want to make your porch stand out? This is the option! Source: Morning Chores
Want to make your porch stand out? This is the option! Source: Morning Chores

The simple deck railing designs are always good enough, but why not try something different? There are some out there involving more geometric patterns that, when used in certain styles of home, can really make a difference. Picture this home without it and it would be missing something – the exquisite design really makes a difference.

8. Thin rope railing

This idea is perfect to add style to your home. Source: Farm Food Family
This idea is perfect to add style to your home. Source: Farm Food Family

A more nautical approach to railing, but one that you can use in many situations. Obviously this is perfect for a house by the river or a beach house, but nothing’s stopping you from using it elsewhere as long as it fits with the style of your house!

9. Privacy fence railing

Everyone could use some backyard privacy. Source: A Carrie’d Affair
Everyone could use some backyard privacy. Source: A Carrie’d Affair

A good addition to a new deck in your backyard, you can enhance your deck railing with privacy fences to create a little area where you can hang out with your family outdoors, but still enjoy some privacy from prying eyes.

10. Bamboo railings

Bamboo railing can be the perfect idea for nature lovers. Source: Country Living
Bamboo railing can be the perfect idea for nature lovers. Source: Country Living

And finally, a more unique idea for rustic homes. This bamboo railing goes particularly well with homes that are already made of natural and rustic wood, as it complements a ‘close to nature’ look. Combine it with plants and shrubs from a luscious garden and you’ve got yourself a winning design!


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