Deck Railing Ideas

What is your favorite outdoor space?

Is it your front porch? Your backyard? I know! Maybe it’s your deck?

Well, if so, I can understand why. I love the decks at my house. They are great cozy spaces I can look out over my yard and breathe for a moment.

But if you’ve ever had to rebuild your deck you know how expensive (and boring) some of the deck railing options can be.

Well, that’s why I’m bringing you this list of deck railing alternatives. Some of them are DIY, some have tutorials, and some are just meant for inspiration.

Either way, I hope they help you create a wonderful space that you can enjoy on pretty days.

Here are the deck railing options:

1. Landscape Retaining Wall

This retaining wall is a great option for deck railing. Instead of doing the traditional posts with the spindles in between, you could build this beautiful wooden retaining wall.

Plus, you could plant all kinds of beautiful flowers inside the retaining wall to add a ton of color. What better way to enjoy your favorite space then to look out over the beautiful flowers that line it?

2. Recycled Pallets Railing

This is a great idea if you are on a budget, or if you have an abundance of pallets hanging around your home.

So this doesn’t give you a tutorial, but I’m sure from the picture you could pretty well understand how you take the pallets apart and make them fit in between the posts.

3. Wagon Wheel Deck Railing

This railing idea is pretty neat if you ask me. I think you have to purchase the wagon wheels, but you could step it up a notch and begin collecting old wagon wheel items.

Then you could add a little rustic charm to this design as well. If not, I believe you can order the wagon wheels.

4. Tree Branch Decking

This is another really neat idea for deck railing. You build the deck as usual, then fill in branches in the place of normal spindles.

So if you have plenty of branches hanging around that you’d like to utilize, then consider this as a deck railing.

5. The ‘Cracked Ice’ Deck Railing

This beautiful deck railing is one that is usually built by custom deck designers. It looks pretty detailed, but if you have a crafty mind then you might be able to swing it.

Though it looks like a lot of work, it would make your deck a great place to hang out and relax.

6. The Wood Lattice Screen

If you live in a neighborhood and have a deck, it might be a great place to relax. But there could be one tiny drawback…lack of privacy.

Well, don’t mark your deck off your list of places to relax as of yet. Instead, just construct this lattice privacy screen.

7. The Lattice Porch Panels

Do you have lattice surrounding your porch? Maybe you even have it surrounding a screened in porch?

Well, you don’t have to take it down to get a new look. You can just cut out cool looking designs that will give your porch a fresh new design.

8. Deck with Posts Mounted on the Outside

So you are building a new deck. You want it to look traditional with only a slightly different look from the ‘usual.’

Well, try this neat little idea. It gives the deck a little different flare to it by mounting the decking posts to the outside of the deck.

9. Plexiglass House Railing

Do you have a gorgeous view? Are you afraid that your deck railing will hinder that view while you are sitting down on the deck?

Well, with this idea you won’t have to worry about that. Instead of using railings, use plexiglass to fill in the gaps. That way it is safe, and you can see through it as well.

10. The Branch/Log Railing

This is another gorgeous design to give your deck railing some great character and a large handful of beauty.

So if you would like a deck railing that would go with a wood cabin theme or even a rustic theme, then you might want to consider this option.

11. Belly Up Bar Rail

This is a great idea for your deck. It isn’t a unique railing idea, necessarily. But it is a great way to add a functional use to cover up your basic deck design.

So if you don’t really want to redo your deck railing, but still want to add a splash of design to your deck, then consider adding a bar area to it.

12. Birch Wood Deck Railing

This is another railing design for those that have excess birch wood hanging around their property. Instead of tossing it away to compost somewhere, you could put it to use.

So if you’d like an inexpensive, natural design to spice up your deck, then consider this deck railing option.

13. The Deck Slide

Again, this isn’t exactly a railing design, but it is a really awesome addition to your deck. If you have kids (heck, even if you don’t!) having a slide to get down the deck would be an awesome idea.

But not only is it really intriguing, it also provides a safer way for little ones to make it down off of the porch.

14. Horizontal Deck Railing

This is a great look for a modern country porch. The railing uses thick pieces of wood to make thick, horizontal railing.

But it also adds a lot of warmth to the porch. Porches and decks are meant for enjoying life and entertaining as well. Having a railing that makes the space more welcoming is an added bonus for the space.

15. Flat Slat Railing

This railing is an updated version of the regular spindles that most people put on their deck. Yet, they add a nice modern feel to a deck.

So if you’d like to stick with the basic design of the deck just with an added flare, then you might want to consider this option.

16.  Rope Railing

This rope railing would be great for a cabin in the woods or for a lake house too. Or it could work well for a house in the suburbs.

So if you’d like to try your hand at constructing a rope railing for your deck or porch, then here is a picture to help you along the way.

17. The Criss Cross Porch Railing

A lot of people use this type of railing at the beach. It is great because you can’t get under the porch, which I personally love.

But the criss-cross design is great to add a touch of character to your porch. It also looks pretty simple to do yourself.

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