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Deck Railing Design Ideas For Outdoor Living Space

A deck is a wonderful addition to your home. More and more homeowners are seeing the value of this useable outdoor space as a place to gather and relax. As beautiful as they are, having a deck railing is a must for the safety of anyone who is using the deck.

But deck railings don’t have to be an eyesore. All you need is a little inspiration to find the right deck railing design that matches your style.

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Deck Railing Height

If you’re building a new or updating an old deck, a railing is a must have. Even if your deck is low to the ground, it may still need a railing. Deck railings help prevent friends, family and pets from falling. International Residential Code requires that decks 30” above the ground must have a railing and it must be at least 36” in height. However, be sure to check with local and city codes so you can ensure you have the proper railing height.

Cable Deck Railing

If you’re looking to create a chic, modern look in your outdoor decking design, cable deck railings are a must. Cables are arranged either vertically or horizontally to achieve the look you’d like. It’s also great to keep the view from your deck without sacrificing safety.

Metal Deck Railing

If you’d like to change up the look of your deck, metal railings can be the answer. With different types of metal and the ability to create intricate designs, you have plenty of options to choose from.


An Aluminum deck railing is an affordable choice for anyone looking for flexibility and low maintenance decking. They come in a variety of colors, so it’s easy to find the perfect one that matches your outdoor look.


For a classic look, a wrought iron deck railing is a great fit. The classic ornate spiral spindle is a look that will never go out of style. In addition, iron railings are durable and long lasting.

Vinyl Deck Railing

For decks that require a perfect style and shape, vinyl railings may help. They are low cost and come in a variety of colors and shapes. Many vinyl railings are offered as kits, so it’s possible to DIY your deck railing.

Composite Deck Railing

A popular option among homeowners, composite railings are versatile, low maintenance and long lasting. They come in many styles from natural looking wood to intricate spindle designs. Additionally, they are environmentally friendly.

Glass Deck Railing

Some homeowners love their decks because it provides a view that is unmatched. If you are one of these homeowners, don’t delay on installing your deck railing because it may ruin the natural beauty. A glass deck railing can provide an uninterrupted viewpoint. These, however, do take some maintenance and upkeep to stay in great shape, so be aware before installation.

Wood Deck Railings

Traditional wooden decks are sometimes best accompanied by a traditional wooden railing. The cost of the railing will depend on the type of wood you use. Many times, wood railings come with a straight line design, but there are some styles that allow for more intricate details. Remember, this type of railing may take specific upkeep, depending on the wood you choose. While many choose to match the wood they have already used for their deck, you can mix it up. Here are some wood deck railing types:

  • Cedar
  • Mahogany
  • Pressure-Treated Lumber
  • Redwood
  • Teak

Deck Railing Designs

The design of a deck railing does not stop simply with the railing itself. There are plenty of ways you can add your unique style. Here are a few ideas to include in your deck railing design:

Deck Railing Planters

If you love gardening and want to bring that element to your outdoor oasis, a railing planter is what you’re looking for. Many are easily attached over the railings, with brackets, so it sits securely and can hold your favorite plants for added décor.

Deck Lighting

Not only will your deck railing help keep you safe, but deck lighting can also have additional safety benefits as well. Deck lights help you enjoy the outdoors well into the evening and sometimes, add a bit of style to your desk. You can find many options of deck lighting to suit your style. Read Deck Lighting Ideas to see how you can make lighting a decorative addition to your railings.

Built-In Seating

Finding the right seating and furniture for your deck can be a challenge. However, by building in permanent deck seating to your railing upgrade, you’ll always have a place to relax and entertain guests on your deck.


Finding and installing a deck railing is not only important for the safety of all who use the space but can also add to the outdoor décor. Thankfully, you have many options of deck railing design to help you create the outdoor oasis you’ve always dreamed of.