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.
18. The Sunburst Railing
Do you like the sunburst railing look? Are you worried you couldn’t do it yourself because you don’t even know where to start?
Well, you are in luck because this isn’t just a picture, but an actual tutorial to walk you through the process.
19. The West Village Terrace Railing
This railing may not be for everyone, but it is supposed to be budget-friendly and easy to do yourself.
So if that sounds good to you, then you might want to check it out for yourself. It looks very durable.
20. The Store Bought Railings
I’ve tried to include pictures of decking that you could create yourself. However, if you are someone that is looking for ideas that you could purchase, I wanted to include something for you too.
So the article linked below includes around 20 decking designs that have been purchased and installed. Check them out.
21. Thin Rope Railing
The last rope railing I showed you was of thicker rope. This one is a little thinner and includes a slightly more simple design.
So if you are planning a DIY project, then you might want to consider this design as it looks a little more manageable.
22. Sunburst Deck Railing
I shared with you a tutorial to create this look already, but here is another glance at a sunburst deck railing design.
This could be a great decking design if you live in a warmer climate, or even if you need a way to add a little pizazz to your home.
23. Galvanized Pipe Railing
This deck railing idea is unique and should be economical as well. It does not contain a tutorial, but hopefully you could use the picture as inspiration.
So if you need a sturdy deck railing, then you might want to give this option some consideration.
24. The Modern Porch Railing
This gives a slight tutorial on how to do a modern porch railing. They use hog fencing for the railing part of the deck.
Plus, having a few instructions to help you construct this modern look is always an added bonus.
25. Horizontal Deck Railing
I like this deck railing idea. It is on the modern side, and the pictures give you a glimpse of what it looks like from every angle.
So even though it doesn’t come with a tutorial, if you are looking for a modern idea that would be good for an area that you aren’t too concerned about keeping your view, then this idea might work.
26. The X-Shaped Porch Railing
This porch would be a great option for a beach setting or a country setting. It looks simple enough to create this for yourself, too.
Also, if you aren’t high off of the ground on your deck, then this would be great as well while allowing you to keep your view and not worrying about any danger of falling.
27. Stainless Steel Welded Mesh
This is a great decking option. I mentioned that there is a tutorial for this type of fencing above.
However, I think this provides a great picture of what it could look like on your porch. It is inexpensive (usually) and very durable.
28. The DIY Deck Railing
This is another deck railing idea that includes cattle or hog paneling. They changed it up a little bit because it has extra railing at the top too.
So if you need an easy DIY deck railing, then you might want to consider this option.
29. Electrical Conduit Deck Railing
This is another simple deck railing solution. You basically remove the pickets that are used on most decks.
Then you drill holes and place the electrical conduit in the holes in a horizontal pattern. It looks pretty simple to do it and quite pleasing to the eye as well.
30. Chippendale Railing
This is a great tutorial if you like the Chippendale railing look. It looks extremely complex, but after reading the tutorial you might grow a little more confident in your abilities to construct this.
So if you are looking for a different design that can still be a DIY project, then check this deck railing design out for yourself.
31. DIY Wire Railing
This is another design that would work well if you are overlooking your backyard or the beach. It has a classic design about it that just seems to fit anywhere.
Also, this link is for a tutorial. So if you are needing direction instead of just inspiration, then this might be a good option for you.
32. The Modern Wire Railing
This deck is totally different. Most are built completely out of wood, with wood posts, and wood pickets. But this one is different.
So if you’d like a modern deck, then consider using metal for the poles, wire for the pickets, but still having a wooden base.
Now, you have over 30 ideas to help you construct a deck that will suit your taste (and hopefully your budget too.)
But we’d love to hear your thoughts. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a DIY deck railing design that isn’t mentioned here?
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