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Deck Railing Ideas

You have come to the right place to explore some unique ideas for deck railings.  Deck guard rails do not have to be boring and ugly.  Deck rails are available in a variety of different materials, colors, styles and profiles.   Some deck builders mix and match rail parts from systems to create the perfect rail design for their deck project.  Check out our deck railings ideas photo slider for some inspiration.  For more photos please look at our picture gallery

Deck Railing Idea Pictures

This railing from our sponsor Mountain Laurel Handrails uses Rhododendron branches to create a rustic looking rail. This might be perfect for a cabin in the woods. Click on the numbers below to see more ideas

This craftsman style wood railing features stained glass inserts, decorative post caps, and a double box balustrade.

This railing features custom enlarged decorative newel posts and a ipe top cap.

This is a custom Chippendale panel wood railing built on the jobsite. You can build a jig to speed up the process and ensure uniform dimensions. Make sure your railing infill has less than 4" openings.

This composite railing has been customized to fit a curved deck. The balusters are black metal. We would prefer a shorter post below the post cap.

This is a combination of a curved bench, planter and custom wood rail. The railing uses a double baluster pattern.

This railing system uses a galvanized wire mesh to create an industrial style railing. Notice how the mesh is held in with trim.

This is an example of a glass railing. The glass must be safety tempered to prevent shattering. You can also use tinted glass. A great way to preserve views.

This is a decorative aluminum baluster with a curved cedar rail.

This aluminum rail system is 42" high and attaches in between white decorative columns with low voltage side mounted lights.

This hot tub area is surrounded by a custom cedar privacy screen that included low voltage lighting. Notice how the privacy screen includes a square lattice panel at the top. The base of the privacy screen uses diagonal cedar tongue and groove to match the skirt to the right.

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Comments, Questions and Reviews


Who is the manufacturer of the baluster for image #9. Thanks Frank

posted by Frank Kunc at 9/30/2014 4:09:00 PM