Deck Railings: Ideas and Options

Explore options for deck railings, from ornate designs to simple, functional styles.

Deck Railing

Deck Railing

A wide shot of a light colored wood deck railing for the deck.

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A deck can add value and beauty to any outdoor living space, but on its own, it can sometimes feel a bit lonely. Luckily, the array of deck railing ideas and options provide infinite possibilities for livening up your deck.

The first consideration as you browse deck railing ideas is what material you're most interested in. Don't feel bound to the deck's surface material. In fact, a contrasting material can often provide the most aesthetically pleasing appearance. For example, if you have a wooden deck, a wrought-iron railing is a great option, and may tend to be less obstructive of views of the yard than a wooden railing.

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Speaking of unobstructed views, consider a glass or plastic panel wrap-around railing. Designs featuring transparent features like this often rely on evenly spaced, sturdy posts spaced throughout to support the glass or plastic; these can provide a modern, stylish touch.

Keeping it simple doesn't have to mean keeping it boring, though. If you're attracted to a more traditional wooden railing, add post caps and interior latticework or woodworking to add some visual flair. Topping the post caps with lanterns can also be a functional touch that's quite pleasing to the eye.

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Mediterranean-Style Home With Wood Balconies

Matt Anderson, owner of Anderson Framing & Remodeling in East Sandwich, Mass., used AZEK Trim and Mouldings, made of cellular PVC, as a low-maintenance replacement for wood or wrought iron, which is perfect for his colder climate.

White Farmhouse Kitchen Sink and Patio View

Washing up at this kitchen's large farmhouse double sink is made all the more pleasant thanks to the views out onto the deck.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Kids' Teepee on Screened Deck

The wooded setting was what sold the Long family on the house. The screened porch blends the house into the setting.

Photo By: Van Chaplin; Styling By: Jan Gautro

Sliding Glass Doors To Deck

Sliding glass doors lead the way from the living room to the unbelievable back deck, which features a state-of-the-art gas grill as well as comfortable seating for six.

Photo By: Eric Perry

French Renaissance Style Exterior

A two story deck stretches across the entire length of this lakeside home, providing water-front views from every room of the house.

Pier and Deck With Private Beach

With plenty of room to dock a boat (or two), the pier also features a large deck with a built-in BBQ, refrigerator, sound system, lighting and a private swimming beach. Yes, it's everything you need and more for the parties of the summer.

From: Chase International and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Chase International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Combo Meal: Combining Synthetic Turf With Traditional Decking

The owners of this New York penthouse chose to integrate the synthetic turf with a hardwood decking giving it a more organic look. This is the view to the west.

Photo By: ForeverLawn Jersey Shore

Night View of Contemporary Kitchen and Dining Room From Deck

A stone exterior surrounds the windows looking into this open kitchen and dining room as seen from the deck.

Lap Pool with Spillways and Tile Walls

Three liquid spillways and a wall accented by Zushi Natural tile with a second tier of Silver Pearl tile at the waterline transform this slender lap pool into a work of art.

Ipe Wood Planter on Contemporary Deck

A tall ipe wood planter is the focal point of this contemporary deck. A metal and glass pergola protects the plantings from harsh weather.

Photo By: Sawhorse Design & Build

If you're looking to get back to nature, consider a deck railing made of recovered wood or intertwined branches. This rustic look can be a great complement to a modern deck surface.

Color choice can also make a big difference. Lighten up a dark wood with a white or light-colored railing, or add a pop of color with a yellow or bright blue design.

Lastly, don't be afraid of curves. If it's built correctly, your deck is flat, but your railing doesn't have to be. Curved wood or wrought iron can add a great visual accent as well.

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