100s of Deck Railing Ideas and Designs


Dictionary of Deck Railing Ideas

 

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Choosing the best railing design for decks can be tricky.

To help you find the best railing, I assembled this list of more than two hundred different pictures of deck railing ideas and designs, organized by type for quick reference.

Even better, some handrail designs have a 3D model available for download and use in architectural design programs like Chief Architect, AutoCAD, and SoftPlan.

The Guide is divided by material and style. Use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific category. And let me know which is your favorite in the comments.

Let’s get started with my Favorite Railing Ideas!

Favorite Railing Ideas

Favorite Railing Ideas
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Mountain Laurel Handrail

The best looking deck rail design is made by our master crafters with the branches of the mountain laurel tree. Mountain Laurel Handrails are works of art for your deck baclony and stairs.
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NatureRails

Another absolutely amazingly artistic addition to your home is NatureRails, creator of these one of a kind railing inserts. They can probably cut a panel like pretty much any thought you can come up with.
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Creative Wavy Privacy Fence
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Creative Wavy Privacy Fence

This deck rail design incorporates multiple different styles and elements. The wavy privacy screen dominates the view but there is also a 4×4 metal wire screen insert in a lumber framed opening with a stained top.
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No Nails Railing
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No Nails Railing

This awesome wood handrail design uses an incredible tongue-in-fork slip joint and uses a baluster of the railing as a peg or through tenon to hold the corner together. The house was built by a Minnesota couple and perfectly matches a timber frame.
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Unique Metal Pipe Railing Idea
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Unique Metal Pipe Railing

In this very unique work of craftsmanship, the artist bends and rolls metal pipes of various diameters into whimsical, organic shapes. Here, copper pipes swirl round a radiating sun, or sunflower reflected on a drop of water. Abstract shapes let your imagination play.
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Keuka Studios Tokyo Style Cable Railing
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Keuka Studios Tokyo Style Cable Railing

Keuka Studios Tokyo Style cable railing exemplifies the best features of cable railing and this picture really shows how they let the background and the view shine through.
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Frameless Glass Railing Idea
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Frameless Glass Railing

This frameless glass railing absolutely defines the best features of using glass as a material. The serene beauty of this mountain lake shines through and nothing gets in the way of the amazing scenery!
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Inverted U Metal Railing Design
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Inverted U Metal Railing Design

There’s just something about this incredible railing. I think it has to do with the inverted “U” which makes a strong interplay of the horizontal and vertical elements. With the thickness of the pieces, I’m sure the look changes as you walk by.
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Rectangular Metal Box Balustrade
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Rectangular Metal Box Balustrade

Break out of the mold and think outside the box with… boxes. This balustrade uses a series of rectangular metal boxes to create a guardrail. It’s certainly far from the first thing you’d think of if I said “railing”!
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Minimalist Lighted Slat Bridge Railing
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Minimalist Lighted Slat Bridge Railing

This incredible minimalist guard rail uses a bridge as a palette for line and light. The simple curve of the bridge is highlighted on either side with single metal balusters with lighting between them.
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Wood Railing Designs

Wavy Wood Railing Design
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Wavy Wood Railing

Sometimes the simplest in variations can create an entirely new and interesting pattern. Here, the vertical balusters are given a little wiggle with a sine wave down the length. This gives some visual excitement.
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Upward Arrow Wooden Deck Idea
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Upward Arrow Wooden Deck Idea

This balustrade uses evenly spaced vertical 2x4s with a horizontal 2×4 below center which connects to the bottom with diagonal blocking. This gives the look of a row of arrows pointing to the sky. Photo Credit
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Framed Alternating Diagonal Wood Railing
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Framed Alternating Diagonal Wood Railing

Diagonal 1x4s run from corner to corner of each section and the direction alternates from one to the next. This is a good way to create some movement in your patio railing design. Photo Credit
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Right Angle Baluster Railing
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Right Angle Baluster Stairs Railing

On this historic stairs, the balusters are placed at a right angle to the stairs. This is a welcome relief from so many of the vertical patterns that are prevalent. Photo Credit
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Solid Knee Wall on Porch
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Solid Wall Railing

Instead of a railing that has spaces, why not just continue with a solid knee wall in the same pattern as the siding, which in this photo is nicely weathered cedar shingles? Photo Credit
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Different Width Vertical Board Railing
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Different Width Vertical Boards

Instead of all the same size, this deck baluster idea uses alternating width boards, which appear to be 1x2s and 1x6s with about 3 inches of space between. Photo Credit
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Continuous 2x6 Top with 2x4 Balusters
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Continuous 2×6 Top with 2×4 Balusters

Wood railing designs for decks can use a continuous 2×6 to cap the posts like shown here. The balustrade is 3.5″ below this and consists of vertical 2x4s between 2×4 top and bottom plates. Photo Credit
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4x6 Beam Railing with 2x4 Balusters and Bench
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4×6 Beam Railing with Bench

A bench is a perfect deck hand railing idea since it gives a natural place to congregate. This deck bench railing uses 4×6 beams as the top and bottom rails with vertical 2x4s between. Photo Credit
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Fine Woodwork 1x6 Horizontals
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Fine Woodwork 1×6 Horizontal Railing

Fine craftsmanship is exemplified in warm, natural wood tones and the interplay of light and shadow in this bannister and rail. The eight tiers of horizontal lines continue strong themes established by the ceiling and windows. Photo Credit
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Wooden Privacy Screen Railing
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Wooden Privacy Screen Patio Rails

A privacy screen lets light and the view in but keeps unwanted eyes from peering too closely by utilizing alternating 1x4s and 1x2s with 1.5″ spacing in between. Photo Credit
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Horizontal Wood 2x2 Handrail
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Horizontal Wood 2×2 Handrail

Horizontal 2x2s replace the typical vertical in this simple DIY handrail. This would be an easy way to change the look of your deck. Photo Credit
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Triple Stacked Vertical 2x2 Baluster
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Triple Stacked Vertical 2×2 Pickets

Here, vertical 2x2s are placed tightly in groups of 3 with 3.5″ of spacing between each one. The bottom rail is placed on one side on the face of the balusters. Photo Credit
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Double Vertical 2x2 Baluster Design
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Double Vertical 2×2 Baluster

Another easy way to change the look of an existing deck is to rearrange the spacing of the pickets as shown here with pressure treated 2x2s spaced alternately 1.5″ and 3″. Photo Credit
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Chamfered and Milled Spindles on Colonial Handrail
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Colonial Chamfered and Milled Spindles

Both the bottom rail and the balusters in this handrail were be milled to drain water and inidividually painted before assembly. Photo Credit
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Large Format Parquet Style Stair Railing
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Large Format Parquet Style

This deck stair railing is a large format style of the parquet flooring look replicated on a stair handrail with 1×4 lumber placed horizontally. Photo Credit
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Parquet Style Wood Railing
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Parquet Style Outdoor Deck Idea

Alternate the view with a parquet floor pattern used on a balcony handrail. In this picture, the pieces appear to be spaced on a 16″ grid. Photo Credit
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Sideways Arrow Wood Railing Design
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Sideways Arrow Wood Deck Ideas

Arrows move the eye around the view in this wood railing design. Sideways pointed arrows start at a central post and radiate outwards. Photo Credit
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Two Board Widths, Two Color Handrail
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Two Board Widths, Two Color Handrail

Spice it up with two board widths and two colors on your railing. Here, 1×6 alternates with double 2×2 balusters with the posts painted a different color. Photo Credit
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Lattice with Diamond Portholes
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Lattice Railing with Diamond Portholes

Diamond shaped portholes peer through a custom wood lattice in this intriguing deck rails idea. The diamond shapes nicely contrast the smaller squares. Photo Credit
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Painted Wood Lattice Patio Rails Idea
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Painted Wood Lattice Guardrail

This porch railings design is another easy DIY way to change your handrail. It uses painted lattice framed below a continuous 2×4 top going between the posts. Photo Credit
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Oval Design Porch Railing
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Oval Baluster Porch Railing Design

Curves in the pattern break up the monotony of straight lines. Here, tightly spaced ovals create many interesting shapes in the balustrade.  Photo Credit
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Horizontal Wood 1x2 Slat Privacy Handrail
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Horizontal Wood 1×2 Slat Privacy Handrail

This wood privacy handrail uses 1×2 slats running horizontally between top and bottom 2×4 rails with a  continuous 2×6 top plate capping the posts. Photo Credit
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Standard Wood Deck Handrail Designs
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Standard Wood Deck Handrail Designs

This is the standard pressure treated wood railing made with 2×4 top and bottom rails with 2×2 pickets nailed vertically all capped with a 2×6 top plate.
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Tuning Fork Railing Design
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Tuning Fork Stair Railing Design

Tuning forks like used to tune musical instruments grow from the side of this stair railing. The carpentry here is particularly nice.
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Great Deck Design Idea
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Great Deck Design Idea

Some decks have curved framing to break away from the standard straight lines. Here are more pictures of curved railing will make your deck that much better.
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Deck Railing Benches
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Ideas for Deck Railing Benches

Sometimes simple architecture can be the most effective shown here on a ground level deck with bench seating. This looks like the perfect place to fire up the grill and have a drink.
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Mare Island Naval Shipyard Geometric Railing
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Mare Island Shipyard Geometric Railing

This historic railing pattern is quite unique and seems to be a riff on the Chippendale and Art Deco styles. An “X” spans from post to post with a small central box capped with a triangle. Photo Credit
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Alternately Spaced Vertical 2x2 Handrail
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Alternately Spaced Vertical 2×2 Handrail

Alternately spaced vertical balusters are broken by a horizontal 2×4 for some additional architectural pizazz on these Victorian style home railing designs.  Photo Credit
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Strikethrough Diagonal with Vertical 2x2 Balusters
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Strikethrough Diagonal with Vertical 2x2s

The typical vertical picket style is broken up here by a ‘strikethrough’ of a single diagonal board running up and down from post to post. Photo Credit
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Scroll Saw Over Turned Pickets
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Scroll Saw Cut Pattern Over Turned Balusters

This railing uses a scroll saw cut triple-circle arch pattern over a lower level of smaller balusters. Additionally, the two elements are painted different colors. Photo Credit
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Jigsaw Cut Pattern over Turned Balusters
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Jigsaw Cut Pattern over Turned Balusters

This porch handrail picture shows a vine-motif jigsaw cut pattern over turned balusters. This composition uses four different paint colors. Photo Credit
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Wavy Balusters with Spheres Stairs Railing
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Wavy Balusters with Spheres Stairs Railing

This stair handrail uses wavy balusters below a row of alternately placed spheres. The effect is almost like a person in the railing. Photo Credit
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Chippendale Railing Ideas

Geometric X Chippendale
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Geometric X Chippendale Handrail

Here’s a simple diagonal “X” railing that is very well executed. The carpenters on this project certainly had their geometry cut out for them as you can see by looking at the panels on either side of the stairs.
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Diagonal Pattern Chippendale Railings
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Diagonal Pattern Chippendale Railings

This photo shows a chippendale railing which uses diagonal patterns to create flow across the handrail. This basic style uses an “x” from post to post with arms growing off of it.
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Jefferson Monticello Chippendale Railing Design
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Jefferson Monticello Chippendale Railing

The geometric style of this railing from Jefferson’s neo-classical home Monticello, complements the discipline of the classical setting and stately architecture with balanced angles and division of space. Photo Credit
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Monticello Chippendale Style Cupola Railing
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Monticello Chippendale Style Cupola Railing

This picture is from Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello and shows the cupola with two styles of Chippendale railing capping the roof. Photo Credit
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Multiple X Railing Design Idea
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Multiple X Railing Design Idea

This multiple X pattern divides the post to post spans into smaller sections which then has an X surrounded by a box and modified oval. Photo Credit
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Diamond X with Lattice Railing Design
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Diamond X with Lattice Porch Railing

Next of the wood porch railing designs uses multiple “x”s arranged in a 2×3 grid. Each span has the central chippendale element flanked by lattice to finish it out. Photo Credit
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Tropical X Porch Railing Idea
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Tropical Porch X Railing

This tropical porch x railing adds multiple horizontal and vertical elements to the central X so it seems as if there are many squares around the X. Photo Credit
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Tropical Estate Modified X Railing Design
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Tropical Estate Modified X

In this picture, each post to post span has three, double-squared X shapes but this time the X’s don’t form a central cross but instead terminate into a small box. Photo Credit
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Multiple Pattern Railing Sections
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Multiple Pattern Railing Sections

This historic stair railing shows multiple patterns in the chippendale style. The carpentry in this photo demonstrates the crafter’s incredible knowledge of geometry. Photo Credit
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Diagonal and Vertical Handrail Design
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Diagonal and Vertical Handrail

Combine typical vertical picket style and diagonal based chippendale elements as shown in this picture of an expansive exterior uncovered deck.
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X Eye Chippendale Railing Design
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X Eye Chippendale Handrails

This chippendale style reminds me of the Eye of Sauron watching. The pattern has an X with the center enclosed by a modified oval which is the “eye” shape. Photo Credit
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Craftsman Railing Ideas

Best Craftsman Porch Railing
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Best Craftsman Porch Railing

Blending American Craftsman with Art Deco, the solid, low roofline, dark tones and stone foundation of this home are balanced, lifted by the light, thin, vertical lines of railing, punctuated by obelisk style posts.The overall impression is a strong and inviting space. Photo Credit
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Craftsman Style Railing Idea for the Home
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Craftsman Style Railing Idea for the Home

By bunching up certain elements and spreading out others, this balcony railing demonstrates one of the main principles of the craftsman style: that the spaces are as important as the pieces.
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Triple Horizontal Top and Wood Baluster Idea
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Triple Horizontal Top and Wood Balusters

This wooden decks design idea shows a craftsman style with the triple horizontal pieces at the top of the railing, making a partial lattice effect. Photo Credit
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Maui, Hawaii Porch Railing
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Maui, Hawaii Porch Railing

This picture comes from the Library of Congress historical survey and is a detail of the porch railing on the Chee Kung Tong Society Headquarters in Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii and was taken around 1933.
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Double Horizontal Top and Bottom Rail Design
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Double Horizontal Top and Bottom Rail

The porch railing on this home uses stone post bases for mass while the handrail has double horizontal elements on the top and bottom to match the exterior woodwork. Photo Credit
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Asian Inspired Craftsman Style Bridge Railing
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Asian Inspired Craftsman Style Bridge Railing

The Craftsman style meets East Asia in this Zen inspired bridge railing. The broom leaning up against it sends a signal that the carpenters are done!
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Craftsman Handrail with Double Vertical and Horizontal Elements
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Craftsman Handrail with Double Vertical and Horizontal Elements

This craftsman handrail uses alternately spaced, doubled pickets with two central horizontal elements from post to post capped by a 2×6 on edge for the top rail. Photo Credit
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Craftsman Style Railing with Post Cap Light
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Craftsman Style Railing with Post Cap Light

An interesting technique of the craftsman style was including small details as demonstrated here with the small grid motif repeated and the post capped with a lantern. Photo Credit
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Unique Deck Handrail
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Unique Deck Handrail Ideas

This unique deck railing idea pushes the craftsman style to the limit and somewhat loses sight of the element of spacing with the busy pattern. Photo Credit
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Prairie Style Ipe Deck Railing
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Prairie Style Ipe Deck Rail

Prairie style was a riff on the craftsman emphasis on intricate, yet simple woodwork. This prairie style ipe deck railing is a good example of this spin. Photo Credit
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Craftsman Variation on Vertical Wood 2x2 Railing
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Craftsman Variation on Vertical Wood 2×2 Railing

This picture shows the craftsman tendency to introduce space as an element of style. Here, the vertical 2x2s are broken up by a horizontal space below the top rail. Photo Credit
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Alternating Openings with Wood 2x2 Balusters
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Alternating Openings with Wood 2×2 Balusters

Another historic railing photograph showing an interesting variation with vertical 2x2s broken up top and bottom with wide expanses of space. Photo Credit
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Branch and Log Rustic Railing Ideas

Vertical Log Railing with Tree Posts
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Vertical Log Railing with Tree Posts

Overlooking Lake Rabun, Georgia, this log handrail features a single top approximate 4″ diameter log rail connecting log posts with 2″-3″ log balusters attached to the decking. Photo Credit
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Traditional Vertical Log Railing
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Traditional Vertical Log Railing

A grand example of a typical log rustic stairs railing, the 6″ posts are connected by similar diameter top and bottom rails with balusters attached with mortise and tenon joint.
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Big Timber Rustic Railing
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Big Timber Rustic Railing

Next in the collection of home deck ideas uses horizontal 6×6 lumber with blocks for spacing to create an interesting big timber rustic railing. Photo Credit
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Rustic Triple Horizontal Board Handrail
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Rustic Triple Horizontal Board Handrail

Top, bottom and central stained cedar boards are connected to log posts in this sparse and open rustic handrail. Photo Credit
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French Camino Rustic Log Balcony Railing
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French Camino Rustic Log Balcony Railing

From my mom’s hiking adventure on the French Way of the Camino de Santiago comes this picture of a balcony with a open log railing.
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Vertical and Woven Branch Log Railing
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Vertical and Woven Branch Log Railing

Vertical logs about 2″ to 3″ diameter with the bark on are the central part of the railing with woven branches on either end between log rails with log posts.
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Carpentry Skills for Branch and Log Railing
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Carpentry Skills for Branch and Log Railing

Relax in this rustic log framed porch and enjoy the view through the branch railings, made here with 6″ locust top and bottom logs connected with mountain laurel branches.
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Branch and Lumber Patio Railings Designa
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Branch and Lumber Patio Railings Design

For the modern rustic home, this outdoor deck design idea incorporates interesting triangle geometry made with 1×4 lumber sandwiched over a branch guard rail.
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Framed Branch Deck Rail Idea
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Framed Branch Deck Rail Idea

An original concept by the architects of the Lissara Lodge, this deck rail frames the branches with different sizes of lumber and openings to make the branchwork the centerpiece of each section.
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Alternating Diagonal Board Rustic Railing
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Alternating Diagonal Board Rustic Railing

The various widths, textures and types of wood used for this railing highlight the playful nature of the raised deck, built around a tree. The inverted delta shapes draw your attention upwards through the canopy. Photo Credit
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Diamond Shape Log Porch Railing Idea
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Diamond Shape Log Porch Railing Idea

The simple elegance and bold nature of this railing reflect the strength and confidence of the American pioneer spirit, quietly stated in open diamond shaped railing and strong posts that invite the forest to this secluded log cabin. Photo Credit
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Central Horizontal Wood Vine with Vertical Pickets
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Central Horizontal Wood Vine with Vertical Pickets

A central horizontal wood scroll cut vine breaks up vertical 2×2 pickets with interesting corbel details for some natural style woodwork. Photo Credit
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Sawn Baluster Railing Ideas

Cat Baluster Deck Railings
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Cat Baluster Deck Railings

For all the cat lovers on the internet, check out these sawn balusters that look like cats. Each cat is cutout and is surrounded by three small circles.
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Jigsaw Teardrop Baluster Balcony Handrail
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Jigsaw Teardrop Baluster Balcony Handrail

This balcony handrail uses jigsaw cut balusters with a double teardrop, one pointing up and the other pointing down, with a cute little dog poking her head through. Photo Credit
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Heart Exclamation Point Jigsaw Balusters
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Heart Exclamation Point Jigsaw Balusters

Sign your love letters with a heart exclamation point as shown in this picture of a balcony handrail. Sawn balusters can be cut into many different patterns. Photo Credit
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Jigsaw Cut Circle Baluster Porch Railing
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Jigsaw Cut Circle Baluster Porch Railing

It kind of looks like this pattern may be like an airplane propeller placed every other sawn baluster but it’s hard to tell. The alternate baluster has three circles. Photo Credit
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Big Diamond Jigsaw Porch Railing
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Big Diamond Jigsaw Porch Railing

This front porch uses a solid wall railing with columns above. The center point is the big diamonds in the jigsaw cut porch railing. Photo Credit
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Jigsaw Baluster Railing Attached to Side of Stringer
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Jigsaw Baluster Railing Attached to Side of Stringer

This stair handrail uses sawn balusters with smaller diamonds set at alternating heights near the top of the panel which is attached to the outside of the stair stringer. Photo Credit
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Graceful Arc Jigsaw Baluster Railing
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Graceful Arc Jigsaw Baluster Railing

These sawn balusters make a graceful arc that alternates directions. The form of the opening is almost like a stylized goose or a swan. Photo Credit
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Diamond Pattern Jigsaw Porch Handrail
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Diamond Pattern Jigsaw Porch Handrail

This wood railing uses small crosses that give the appearance of a diamond pattern from a distance. Combined with arched timber braces, this makes another of the front porch railing ideas. Photo Credit
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Alternate Circles in Line Porch Railing
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Alternate Circles in Line Porch Railing

A simple, contemporary jigsaw cut baluster railing uses lines with an alternating pattern of 1 and 2 smallish circles lending nice proportions to the finished work. Photo Credit
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Elegant Arc Beach House Railing
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Graceful Arc Beach House Railing

This beach house deck railing employs a graceful arc, this time going from bottom to top, left to right, drawing the eye around the home. Photo Credit
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Intricate Colonial Sawn Baluster Guardrail
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Intricate Colonial Sawn Baluster Guardrail

This intricate colonial style sawn baluster guardrail integrates numerous motifs including the exclamation point, crosses, and fleur-de-lys. Photo Credit
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Victorian Gingerbread Sawn Baluster Handrail
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Victorian Gingerbread Sawn Baluster Handrail

This pattern shows what gingerbread can mean in the context of architecture. Multiple cross shapes are incorporated in a fanciful porch handrail. Photo Credit
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Modified Oval Sawn Baluster Railing
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Modified Oval Sawn Baluster Railing

This porch stair railing is striking with multiple colors and sawn balusters cut into modified oval shapes with extended ends. Photo Credit
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Front Porch Railings Sawn Baluster
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Front Porch Railings Sawn Baluster

These flame-like front porch railing’s sawn balusters demonstrate that handrail designs really can be infinitely adapted and there’s no excuse for going with a boring railing.  Photo Credit
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Colorful Heart Gingerbread Sawn Balusters
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Colorful Heart Gingerbread Sawn Balusters

Another Gingerbread deck railing design picture with a very intricate pattern of crosses, hearts and diamond all painted bright pink to really stand out on this Victorian home remodel idea. Photo Credit
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Modified Ovals with Circles Sawn Balusters
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Modified Ovals with Circles Sawn Balusters

Modified ovals are centered between six rows: two rows of small 1.5″ diameter circles,  two of 3.5″ diameter circles, and a row of half-circles connected to the top and bottom rails. Photo Credit
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Unique Design Sawn Baluster Handrail
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Unique Sawn Baluster Handrail

This uniquely designed sawn baluster handrail features multiple colors as well as the balusters which… are really difficult to describe in just a few words. Photo Credit
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Extended Oval Sawn Baluster Railings
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Extended Oval Sawn Baluster Railings

This extended oval sawn baluster deck railing design for home extends almost all the way from the bottom to the to rail and is capped on either end with a small circle, looking like a circus clown balloon. Photo Credit
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Big Heart Sawn Balusters
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Big Heart Sawn Balusters

These sawn balusters make a pattern with a row of central alternating up and down hearts which are probably 18″ in height. There is a row of small crosses above and below. Photo Credit
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Pregnant Baluster Railing
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Pregnant Baluster Railing

The pregnant baluster gets its name from the profile view which is somewhat reminiscent of the profile view of a pregnant woman. Here, the top and bottom are painted a different color.  Photo Credit
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Cut Balusters Look Like Turned
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Cut Balusters Look Like Turned

Trompe l’oeil is a French term which means “to fool the eye”. In this handrail, cut balusters leave an opening which looks like turned balusters alternating with 2×2 pickets. Photo Credit
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Turned Baluster Railing Ideas

Colonial Turned Porch Railings in the Morning
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Colonial Turned Porch Railings in the Morning

This brick porch receives the Colonial treatment with wood trim decorated posts and classic turned balusters and the early morning sun in this picture. Photo Credit
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Simple Victorian Pattern Baluster Design
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Colonial Revival Pattern Balusters

This Colonial Revival home with a gambrel roof and elaborate cornice details, also features an elegant turned baluster deck railing painted trim white. Photo Credit
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Turned Balusters and Matching Post
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Turned Balusters and Matching Post

A historic picture from before 1933, this balustrade shos signs of decay but also the elegant styling of nicely proportioned turned balusters with square bases. Photo Credit
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Wood Post Caps and Turned Balusters
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Wood Post Caps and Turned Balusters

The turned balusters in this picture are the same size as a 2×2 picket. Since the profile is not very pronounced, from a distance these balusters are nearly indistinguishable from 2x2s. Photo Credit
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Turned Baluster Railing on a Victorian Home
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Turned Baluster Railing on a Victorian Home

This is simplistic turned balusters with minimal fluting and square bases and tops somewhat extended perfect for making an understated impression on this home. Photo Credit
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Classic Victorian Style Turned Balusters
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Classic Victorian Style Turned Balusters

This photo shows the classic Victorian style turned baluster with slender width and correct proportions on the square caps. Photo Credit
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Octagon Base Colonial Turned Balusters
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Octagon Base Colonial Turned Balusters

Turned balusters are shown here that have octagon bases and caps instead of the typical square. They are also more ornate with multiple curves and flutes. Photo Credit
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Grecian Urn Style Turned Baluster Handrails
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Grecian Urn Style Turned Baluster Handrails

This stair railing picture shows a Grecian urn style turned baluster. The typical tuned neck springs from a shape that looks like a classical Greek pot. Photo Credit
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Turned Balusters with Square Top and Bottom
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Turned Balusters with Square Top and Bottom

These turned balusters are ornate with multiple flutes top and bottom but also have a somewhat spare curve on the main section of the spindle. Photo Credit
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Contemporary Turned Baluster Porch Handrail
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Contemporary Turned Baluster Porch Handrail

Contemporary turned balusters are slim and slender with strong symmetry. This white patio railing idea and the matching posts complement the porch floored with pavers. Photo Credit
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Sunburst or Fan Style Railings

Sunburst Style Branch Handrail
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Sunburst Style Branch Handrail

This sunburst style branch handrail is nicely matched with the window beyond which lets in the natural sunlight to go with the natural wood branches.
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2x2 Sunburst Railing Design
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2×2 Sunburst Railing

The standard pressure treated 2×2 sunburst is a good do-it-yourself project and you can quickly learn how to cut a sunburst railing in the most accurate way. Photo Credit
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Sunburst Design with Vertical 2x2 Balusters
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Sunburst with Vertical 2×2 Balusters

This wooden deck railing idea uses a sunburst with vertical 2×2 balusters on either side and a jigsaw cut circular piece as the sun at the bottom of the panel. Photo Credit
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Circular Fan Porch Railing
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Circular Fan Porch Railing

A variation on the sunburst pattern is this circular fan porch railing. The sunburst is jigsaw cut teardrops with circles around the circumference. Photo Credit
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Victorian Multiple Sunburst Front Porch Railing
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Victorian Multiple Sunburst Front Porch Railing

A victorian porch features this multiple sunburst railing featuring multiple three-pronged parts each crowned with an arc in a single post to post section. Photo Credit
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Tapered Rays Sunburst Railing
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Tapered Rays Sunburst Railing

A better pressure treated sunburst railing uses 1×4 boards that are milled with a saw to taper to a narrower width at the center and be fatter on the outside. Photo Credit
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Sunburst Motif Metal Railing
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Sunburst Motif Metal Railing

This sunburst piece is the segue from the wood railing ideas for decks to the metal railing ideas. This unique section is an off-center metal disk with metal pieces spiraling out like a nautilus. Photo Credit
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Cable, Wire and Metal

Forged Bronze Tree Railing
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Forged Bronze Tree Railing

This forged bronze metal tree grows from the floor beam on this balcony and the limbs stretch from one wall to the other in a remarkable work of art. Photo Credit
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Cool Angle and Arc Metal Railing
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Cool Angle and Arc Metal Railing

These metal balusters incorporate sinuous curves above a strong outward angle before coming down to the bottom rail for another of these metal deck railing ideas. Photo Credit
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Multiple Angle Metal Railing with Two Colors
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Multiple Angle Metal Railing with Two Colors

Metal balusters angle outward and to the right while light blue metal panels with a strong opposite angle are placed every other opening. Photo Credit
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Bucharest Art Deco MEtal Railing
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Bucharest Art Deco Metal Railing

This art deco metal railing panel style is apparently quite popular in Bucharest, Romania. The metal lines and triangles are randomly placed for visual excitement. Photo Credit
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Vertical Metal Balusters with Diamonds
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Vertical Metal Balusters with Diamonds

Black metal handrail caps vertical metal balusters spaced every 3″ with a diamond insert at the top of alternating baluster openings. Photo Credit
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Arced Metal Balusters with Metal Grape Vines
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Arced Metal Balusters with Metal Grape Vines

Metal balusters arc to the outside with a solid metal top rail spaced about 8″ above the panel and metal grape vine and leaves ‘growing’ all over the railing. Photo Credit
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Metal Balusters with LED Lights
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Metal Balusters with LED Lights

Metal balusters hide a surprise with LED lights to make a real show when the sun falls. This presents a whole array of choices in style opportunities. Photo Credit
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Metal Bubble Handrail
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Metal Bubble Handrail

Circles of many different diameters are arranged in random patterns in a manner that is suggestive of foam or soap bubbles.
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Cape Cod Craftsman Metal Railing
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Cape Cod Craftsman Metal Railing

This Cape Cod home overlooking the bay and sailboats moored features a craftsman style with vertical and horizontal elements and and emphasis on spacing. Photo Credit
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Triple Horizontal Top Not Connected to Metal Balusters Below
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Triple Horizontal Top Not Connected to Metal Balusters Below

Square metal pipe railings with vertical balusters below triple horizontal top rails are attached to the face of a stone balcony which curves away in an arc.  Photo Credit
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Simple Variation Metal Railing
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Simple Variation Metal Railing

This is a simple variation on the vertical baluster style showcasing a double top rail connected midspan with two small vertical balusters. Photo Credit
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Curved Metal Railing
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Curved Metal Railing

This curved metal railing features balusters which also look like the so-called “pregnant” balusters in that the profile resembles a pregnant woman. Photo Credit
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Horizontal Metal Pipe Handrail
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Horizontal Metal Pipe Handrail

This simple deck railing idea overlooking the water features horizontal metal pipes connecting pressure treated 4×4 posts capped with a wood handrail. Photo Credit
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Metal Circles over Balusters
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Metal Circles over Balusters

This wooden deck has black metal posts connected by vertical metal balustrade sections which are capped with a row of 4″ black metal circles and a tropical hardwood top rail. Photo Credit
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Craftsman Style Railing in Courthouse
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Craftsman Style Railing in Courthouse

A craftsman style railing in a courthouse has black metal balusters of alternating width topped with a row of smaller squares and a dark stained wood cap. Photo Credit
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Intersecting Horizontal and Vertical Metal Slat Railing
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Intersecting Horizontal and Vertical Metal Slat Railing

Horizontal and vertical metal slats intersect in at different heights to make a stair step pattern in this creative railing design picture. Photo Credit
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Waterfall Baluster Metal Railing
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Waterfall Baluster Metal Railing

Jaggedly curved metal balusters are combined with thin balusters to make an overall effect that looks like a waterfall that is in a constant state of motion. Photo Credit
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Craftsman Style Metal Panels with Lights
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Craftsman Style Metal Panels with Lights

Craftsman style metal panels make square shapes in the guardrail opening and are lit at different points with small lights to go along with the downlights on the posts. Photo Credit
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Alternating Panels of Horizontal and Vertical Metal Balusters
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Alternating Panels of Horizontal and Vertical Metal Balusters

Metal balusters are spaced gradient style from one end of the panel and alternate panels are rotated 90 degrees between up and down or side to side. Photo Credit
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Art Deco Style Metal Railing
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Art Deco Style Metal Railing

This Art Deck style metal railing is imbued with Gothic essence through the use of pointed arch shapes which evoke the great medieval cathedrals. Photo Credit
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Metal Fencing Railing
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Metal Fencing Railing

Regular galvanized metal 2×4 fencing is framed with pressure treated 2x4s and a continuous 2×4 top over 4×4 posts. Photo Credit
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Square Metal Grid Handrail
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Square Metal Grid Handrail

A square metal 4″x4″ grid is capped by an open space and a stained wood handrail in this contemporary front porch stoop railing. Photo Credit
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Metal Slat Squares Handrail
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Metal Slat Squares Handrail

This grid pattern features metal slats instead of square pipe and the grid openings are more rectangular than square to complement the chosen material profile.  Photo Credit
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Metal Mesh Guard with Pipe Rails
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Metal Mesh Guard with Pipe Rails

Metal mesh infill is shown here between square metal pipe posts and frames with a round pipe top and matching round banister. Photo Credit
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Chicken Wire Railing
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Chicken Wire Railing

The bottom rail on this deck stairs railing is a 2×6 turned on edge with 4×4 chicken wire infill. The bottom rail could have been placed directly on the small kneewall. Photo Credit
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Square Wire Grid with Metal Pipe Top Rail
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Square Wire Grid with Metal Pipe Top Rail

Black 4×4 wire metal grid gets the minimalist treatment with black metal pipes in a very spare style on this ipe wood deck floating in the trees. Photo Credit
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Fine Wire Mesh Railing
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Fine Wire Mesh Railing

Fine wire mesh strung in long runs in framed openings gives the appearance of being invisible or virtually see through from some directions and not others. Photo Credit
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Wavy Metal Railing
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Wavy Metal Railing

this wavy metal railing uses undulating lines to create the appearance of waves to match the watery backdrop all under a wood top cap.  Photo Credit
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Gothic Style Metal Railing Design
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Gothic Style Metal Railing

This style screams Gothic revival with the strongly pointed and interlaced thin arches set over diamonds in squares cut out of a solid background. Photo Credit
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Abstract Design Metal Panel Handrail
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Abstract Metal Panel Handrail

Abstract lines on metal panels in series of three capped with a  rectangular profile metal all with the scenic rhododendron forest behind. Photo Credit
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Various Different Metal Panel and Insert Options
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Metal Panel Options

Many different deck railing designs and ideas can be created with metal panel inserts and this rotating gif shows some great deck ideas pictures.
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Wrought Iron Railing

Circular Pattern Metal Design
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Circular Pattern Metal

Wrought railings turn circles in this pattern with interlaced central circles where the intersections are circles with a row of small circles at bottom and top. Photo Credit
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Colonial Mediterranean Wrought Iron Railing
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Colonial Mediterranean Wrought Iron Railing

This colonial mediterranean wrought iron railing is decorated and stylized with arrows and fleur-de-lys such that it has a look of multiple tridents. Photo Credit
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Ornamental Intricate Wrought Iron Handrail
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Ornamental Intricate Wrought Iron Handrail

This extremely ornamental wrought iron handrail is really beyond the ability of words to describe except to say that there is more pattern than open space. Photo Credit
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Washington DC Soldiers Home Wrought Iron Porch Railing
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Washington DC Soldiers Home Wrought Iron Porch Railing

Vertical metal balusters are crowned with alternate cross and arrow motifs on this historic photograph of the Washington DC Soldiers Home. Photo Credit
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Neoclassical Wrought Iron Railing Carriage Entry
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Neoclassical Wrought Iron Railing Carriage Entry

This type of elevated stairs is a architectural relic which did not have such ornate iron railings and allowed people to exit the horse-drawn carriage without dirtying their feet. Photo Credit
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Circular Wrought Iron Guardrail
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Circular Wrought Iron Guardrail

Ornate wrought iron railings are another option for creating a custom guard rail. As seen in this picture, it’s easier and more economical to do a repeating pattern over some length.
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Wrought Iron Ovals Deck Railing
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Wrought Iron Ovals Deck Railing

These black iron ovals are pipe shapes and give the appearance of vertical balusters and accompanying ease of installation but also give some comforting curves. Photo Credit
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Palm Beach Carribean Lattice Guard Rail
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Palm Beach Carribean Lattice Guard Rail

This Palm Beach Carribean chippendale style metal lattice guard rail shows a framed diamond lattice central section with small verticals above. Photo Credit
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IRS Building Metal Railing
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IRS Building Metal Railing

This is an actual photo of a real IRS building thanks to Reddit there are all kinds of amazing images available for the viewing public to browse and comment. Photo Credit
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Iron Railing with Matching Post
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Iron Railing with Matching Post

Historic wrought iron is a work of beauty with multiple patterns in a highly ornate style and posts that are metal and feature similar workmanship. Photo Credit
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Multiple Design Iron Handrail
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Multiple Design Iron Handrail

This porch railing and stairs handrail is displays a pattern of rightside up and upside down hearts with a vine and leaf motif and amazing wrought iron posts. Photo Credit
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Iron Railing Idea
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Continental Iron Railing

This iron railing is similar to a Grecian urn style with spade and trident shaped figures topped by a coiling metal rope across the top with open volute. Photo Credit
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Singer Tower Intricate Metal Railing
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Singer Tower Intricate Metal Railing

The historic handrails featured here come from the Library of Congress where some truly amazing pieces of architectural history are stored as photographs. Photo Credit
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Neoclassical Ionic Column Metal Balusters
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Neoclassical Ionic Column Metal Balusters

These extra-tall metal balusters resemble decorated columns of the Ionic order perfectly fitting for the old Morosco Theater in New York City.  Photo Credit
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Branch Style Metal Railing
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Branch Style Metal Railing

This intertwined and sinuous metal railing seems to be inspired by the natural and organic shapes of rustic wood branch railing. Photo Credit
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Savannah, Georgia Historic Metal Porch Railing
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Savannah, Georgia Historic Metal Porch Railing

This home’s front porch railing marries square, rectilinear forms with spirals and curlicues in a shape somewhat like the “#” symbol. Photo Credit
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Blue Painted Metal Organic Baluster Idea
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Blue Painted Metal Organic Baluster

This stair railing features repeating vine and circle motif balusters that have been painted blue while the top banister is painted a bright yellow. Photo Credit
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Two Pattern Wrought Iron Railing
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Two Pattern Wrought Iron Railing

Two simple patterns are joined on this brick front porch handrail and stairs railing. The main field is an up and down squiggle with modified sideways figure 8s above. Photo Credit
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Circular Metal Railing Design
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Circular Metal Railing

Another of the railing design ideas which involved some interesting geometry and difficulty in connecting the pieces is this circular metal.
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Cable Railing

Cable Deck Railing Designs
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Cable Deck Railing Designs

This deck overlooking a lake features arched metal newel posts mounted to the outside of the deck framing with a wood cap.
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Keuka Studios Prairie Style Cable Railing
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Keuka Studios Prairie Style Cable Railing

Keuka Studios Tokyo Style cable railing has I-beam style posts side mounted with pine tree shapes cut out of the web of the post.
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Metal Pipes and Cable Infill
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Metal Pipes and Cable Infill

Metal pipes are used here as the support posts and cable wire railings are strung in between for and interesting look.
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Cable Railing and Metal Pipe
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Cable Railing and Metal Pipe

Cable railing is strung all in silver between small diameter square metal pipes with only a round metal pipe for a sparse minimal contemporary architecture.
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Vertical Cable Deck Railing Ideas
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Vertical Cable Deck Railing Ideas

Cable railings are mounted between stainless steel pipes on top and bottom which run between white post covers and caps.
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Alternating Wire Railing Idea
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Alternating Wire Railing

This stair railing has cable railings running up and down from alternating points to make a continuous squiggle across the field of the guard rail. Photo Credit
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Stone Railing

Ornate Tile and Stone Bridge Railing
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Ornate Tile and Stone Bridge Railing

Stone balusters on this bridge railing are decorated with an otnate pattern while the posts receive  a special tile treatment. Definitely not a DIY project.
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Stone Balusters And Solid Railing
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Stone Balusters And Solid Railing

Stone turned symmetrical balusters are centered between two panels of solid infill on this Tuscan style master suite sunset porch. Photo Credit
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Stone Turned Baluster Railing
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Stone Turned Baluster Railing

These simple stone balusters are shaped in the Grecian urn style with a larger diameter bottom that narrows and then flares out at the top. Photo Credit
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Decorative Stone Baluster Idea
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Decorative Stone Baluster

These stone balusters are heavily weighted with a large diameter that shrinks rapidly to a fluted column top by a ring of studs. Photo Credit
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Obligatory Cats on a Railing - Historic!
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Obligatory Cats on a Railing – Historic!

Two cats, Herman and Vermin, are seated on a brick railing of the New Orleans home of Frances Benjamin Johnston, and early American female photographer, in a picture taken between 1920 and 1950. Photo Credit
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Washington Bridge Ornate Stone Railings
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Washington Bridge Ornate Stone Railings

The ornate pattern on the Washington Bridge is a testament and tribute to all of the workers, crafters, laborers, architects and tradespeople that made it happen. Photo Credit
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Korean Castle Stone Handrail
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Korean Castle Stone Handrail

The stone handrail on this Korean castle gives a sense of what a monumental building material stone can be when integrated into a thoughtful plan. Photo Credit
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Italian Balcony Stone Railing
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Italian Balcony Stone Railing

An Italian balcony overlooks the sea through finely crafted stone balusters. These have large bases with a turned and rapidly narrowing column. Photo Credit
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Stone Solid Guardrail with Carvings
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Stone Solid Guardrail with Carvings

solid granite guardrail is decorated with various different carvings in this gorgeous outdoor railing design. Photo Credit
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Stone Parapet Screening
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Stone Parapet Screening

A garden parapet is decorated with multiple different modified X shapes and ornate multiple-profile top cap and post finials. Photo Credit
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Black Marble Front Porch Railing
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Black Marble Front Porch Railing

Slender turned railings in black marble adorn this front porch. They are really quite shiny in this picture. Photo Credit
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Precast Concrete Balustrade Railing
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Precast Concrete Balustrade Railing

Precast concrete balustrade systems can be used like on this balcony railing and painted multiple colors. Precast concrete is lighter and more versatile than stone. Photo Credit
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Glass Railing Ideas

Stained Glass Mandala Railing
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Stained Glass Mandala Railing

This stained glass railing is in the shape of a circle radiating out from a central point like a mandala. The effect is lovely with the colored tiles darkening away from the center. Photo Credit
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Rustic Wood Framed Glass Handrail
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Rustic Wood Framed Glass Handrail

This rustic home has rock siding and a cedar shake roof. It also has a glass panel handrail with rustic wood posts and rails which matches the window wall and lets the view in. Photo Credit
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Frosted Glass Patio Handrails
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Frosted Glass Patio Handrails

This frosted glass patio handrail shows how glass can create a privacy effect while also letting some light through. The panels are framed by metal posts and rails. Photo Credit
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LED Lighted Etched Glass Baluster Railing
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LED Lighted Etched Glass Baluster Railing

This glass baluster railing integrates LED lighted etched panels with a plant or vine drawing. This is a great way to make a bold statement with your deck railing. Photo Credit
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Textured Glass Panel Handrail
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Textured Glass Panel Handrail

Textured glass lets through more light and more of the view than frosted glass but since it is clearer, it is not as private and is more for aesthetics. Photo Credit
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Wood Top Rail on Glass Guardrail
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Wood Top Rail on Glass Guardrail

This glass panel guardrail has a long run of panels without any supporting posts capped by an a horizontal wood top that seems to be floating in the air. Photo Credit
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Glass Baluster Railing
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Glass Baluster Railing

Glass balusters like these can be a stock item at home improvement stores and this is a great way to drastically change the look of your deck.
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Completely Frameless Glass Panel Railing
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Completely Frameless Glass Panel Railing

These glass panels are suspended between the thinnest of supports giving the look of a completely invisible railing perfect on this modernist porch.
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Glass Panel Railing with Etched Design
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Glass Panel Railing with Etched Design

Glass panels are etched with an abstract design that looks like a rubber bouncy ball splashing its way down the stairs railing.
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Tiffany Style Stained Glass Balusters
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Tiffany Style Stained Glass Balusters

Tiffany style stained glass balusters are set into wood top and bottom rails and are matched by an accompanying post cap.
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Double Top Rail over Glass Panel Guardrail
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Double Top Rail over Glass Panel Guardrail

This glass panel guardrail utilizes a continuous metal top rail over framed sections of glass panels. This deck overlooks the water and shows a beautiful sunset. Photo Credit
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Stained Wood Framed Glass Panel Railing
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Stained Wood Framed Glass Railing Design

This glass panel railing also has a double top but this time the effect is more craftsman since the posts and rails are wood which has been stained a chestnut brown color. Photo Credit
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Mixed Media Railing Designs

Log Rails with Metal Balusters and Flower Inset
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Log Rails with Metal Balusters and Flower Inset

This amazing stair railing idea combines three round logs as the rails with vertical metal balusters below a pine cone motif metal insert.
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Knee Wall Railing with X Infill
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Knee Wall Railing with X Infill

Solid wall railing is mixed with Chippendale double star inserts to let some light in and allow the breeze to pass through and cool the front porch in the summer. Photo Credit
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Horizontal Rebar Rustic Handrail
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Horizontal Rebar Rustic Handrail

A good DIY deck railing idea, this project uses material available at all home improvement stores and lumberyards: 4×4 pressure treated posts and horizontal 1/2″ rebar.  Photo Credit
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Bench Railing with Metal Top Railing
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Bench Railing with Metal Top Railing

This wood deck bench railing has a metal pipe railing perched on top, bringing the height of the guard rail higher while also making seating and keeping the view open. Photo Credit
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Rope Diamond Railing
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Rope Diamond Railing

Rope is twisted in a whimsical diamond pattern on a pressure treated frame. This is a great design for treehouse like shown in the picture. Photo Credit
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Horizontal Rope Railing
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Horizontal Rope Railing

Rope is strung horizontally through holes in tapering, white-painted wood posts with a white trim board on the floor tying the whole thing together.
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Cable Railing with Formed Corners and Different Height Metal Top
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Cable Railing with Formed Corners and Different Height Metal Top

This deck remodel idea is composed of main sections of cable railing with formed metal radius corners capped by wood 1×6 top with taller posts capped with small tables. Photo Credit
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Branch Railing and Metal Balusters
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Branch Railing and Metal Balusters

Metal balusters railing sections are mixed with sections of branch railing all built onto a framework of composite lumber on a deck built with composite decking. Photo Credit
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Ipe Framed Railing with Craftsman Metal Panels
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Ipe Framed Railing with Craftsman Metal Panels

This ipe wood idea for a deck handrail encloses metal sections with craftsman motifs on metal pipe mounted to the posts that project behind the plane of the posts. Photo Credit
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Cable and Branch Railing
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Cable and Branch Railing

Mountain Laurel Handrail sections are mixed with sections of horizontal cable railing. The cable railing lets the view through while the branches blend in. Photo Credit
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Horizontal Board and Pipe Railing
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Horizontal Board and Pipe Railing

Horizontal boards in diminishing sizes are alternated with metal pipe in what is a truly eye-catching contemporary design for this porch and patio. Photo Credit
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Metal Frame Railing with Glass above Hardie Panel
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Metal Frame Railing with Glass above Hardie Panel

Metal Frame Railing with Glass above solid Hardie Panel sections topped with about ten inches of glass all framed in square black metal pipe. Photo Credit
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Mission Style Wood Balusters Mixed with Metal
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Mission Style Wood Balusters Mixed with Metal

Mission style wood deck railing designs are flanked by metal balusters. The posts jut above the top rail and are capped with alternating glass led lights and copper caps. Photo Credit
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Wood Framed Glass and Metal Balusters with Built up Wood Corners
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Wood Framed Glass and Metal Balusters with Built up Wood Corners

Two sections of glass balusters open up the view. Built up wood corner posts transition to sections of metal balusters. Photo Credit
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Metal Balustrade with Deck Railing Bench and Glass Balusters
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Metal Balustrade with Deck Railing Bench and Glass Balusters

A metal balustrade terminates in an ipe wood deck railing bench with glass baluster pruivacy screen and built in cooler wells for wine, beer and liquor bottles. Photo Credit
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Metal Framed Horizontal Wood Privacy Rail
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Metal Framed Horizontal Wood Privacy Rail

A somewhat craftsman look, this railing is framed in square black metal and has a continuous top above solid horizontal cedar 1×4 boards.  Photo Credit
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Log and Branch Railing with Glass Panels
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Log and Branch Railing with Glass Panels

An amazing handrail for an amazing view! This log and branch railing includes curved cut glass pieces inset among natural and organic shapes made with natural logs. Photo Credit
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Cable Railing Above Wood 2x2 Railing
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Cable Railing Above Wood 2×2 Railing

Horizontal cable railing runs from post to post above vertical 2×2 pickets in an interesting combination of metal and wood elements on this forest deck. Photo Credit
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Glass and 2x2 Baluster Railing
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Glass and 2×2 Baluster Railing

This snowy deck railing shines with the post lights reflecting off the white rails and 6″ glass balusters alternating with 2×2 pickets turned diamond style. Photo Credit
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Knee Wall Railing with Vertical Balusters
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Knee Wall Railing with Vertical Balusters

A short knee wall railing is broken up by sections of vertical 2×2 balusters on this contemporary porch with a grill ready for summer! Photo Credit
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Craftsman Wood Railing with Safety Plexiglass
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Craftsman Wood Railing with Safety Plexiglass

Craftsman style wood panels can have lots of space and still meet building code requirements which do not allow any space larger than a 4″ sphere can pass through.  Photo Credit
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Mixed Glass Panels and Horizontal 1x6 Board Railing
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Mixed Glass Panels and Horizontal 1×6 Board Railing

Sections of horizontal 1×6 boards spaced 2.5″ apart alternate with glass panels that have no top rail making for an undulating view of the mountains beyond. Photo Credit
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Stained Glass Leaf Motif Wrought Iron Railing
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Stained Glass Leaf Motif Wrought Iron Railing

Another unique handrail design is shown here in this wrought iron railing in a flower and leaf motif with the openings filled with brown or green stained glass. Photo Credit
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2x2 and Stock Metal Baluster Porch Handrail
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2×2 and Stock Metal Baluster Porch Handrail

Runs of vertical 2x2s alternate with stock metal balusters set below double top plates intermittently connected by short 2x2s for this home decor idea. Photo Credit
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Wood Framed Horizontal Metal Pipe Railing
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Wood Framed Horizontal Metal Pipe Railing

Horizontal metal pipes are framed in boxed, picture frame style sections of unstained cedar. The combination of materials is easy on the eyes. Photo Credit
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Solid Wall Below Cable Railing
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Solid Wall Below Cable Railing

A solid wall railing is topped with three strands of cable railing running between 4×4 posts with copper trims all capped with a2x4 wood top rail. Photo Credit
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Log Posts and Vertical Cable Railing
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Log Posts and Vertical Cable Railing

Large diameter, at least 12″ log posts are connected by somewhat smaller log top rails filled with sections of vertically strung cable railing. Photo Credit
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Vertical Rebar Baluster With Wood Beam Rails
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Vertical Rebar Baluster With Wood Beam Rails

Rustic barnwood 4×6 beams are connected by vertically spaced metal raber in a great design for this reclaimed wood timber frame home. Photo Credit
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Old Window with Turned Wood Balusters
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Old Window with Turned Wood Balusters

A door finds new life repurposed and upcycled into a railing for this outdoor garden. Turned balusters are a nice counterpoint to the fanciful railing. Photo Credit
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Log Posts and Top Rail with Metal Branch and Pine Cone Balusters
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Log Posts and Top Rail with Metal Branch and Pine Cone Balusters

Large diameter knotty pine posts are connected by 4″ log top rails with mortise and tenon joints. Metal branch pickets are the infill capped by a metal pine branch and pinecone motif. Photo Credit
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Mixed Glass, Cable and Wood Railing Idea
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Mixed Glass, Cable and Wood Railing

Stained wood frames glass panels with a single horizontal cable rail running between double wood top plates in a truly mixed media design. Photo Credit
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Log Top Rail and Posts with Chicken Wire
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Log Top Rail and Posts with Chicken Wire

Eight inch diameter log posts are connected by log tops and filled with chicken wire in a rustic design that also lets in the view of the scenery beyond. Photo Credit
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Blue Rope and Metal Railing Idea
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Blue Rope and Metal Railing

Metal angles with drilled holes make a loom upon which blue rope is woven such that they can be changed as often as you’re inspired. Photo Credit
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Granite and Wrought Iron Railing Idea
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Granite and Wrought Iron Railing

Wrought iron panels with a circle and diamond pattern are painted white and installed in sections between granite 6″ posts and below a granite railing. Photo Credit
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Granite and Wrought Iron Grand Stair Railing
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Granite and Wrought Iron Grand Stair Railing

Stone and wrought iron are masterfully combined in this grand stair railing with ornate Grecian urn style newel posts, extra-large end posts and stone volutes with wrought iron infill. Photo Credit
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Continuous 2x4 Double Top with Metal Balusters Below
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Continuous 2×4 Double Top with Metal Balusters Below

Stained wood decking and railing is combined with stock metal balusters and a continuous wood top rail in this comfortable outdoor living space. Photo Credit
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Standard 2x4 on Edge with Metal Balusters
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Standard 2×4 on Edge with Metal Balusters

Turn the top and bottom 2×4 rails on edge and the railing takes on whole different look as seen here with balusters of stock metal pipes. Photo Credit
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Railing Ideas with a Theme

Railing Design with Oars for Paddlers
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Railing Design with Oars

For the paddler who loves to canoe and/or kayak, this oar railing decorating idea for home is the perfect choice. This design is the most attractive of the bunch with nice spacing and curves.
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Vertical Rope Railing with Boat Cleats
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Vertical Rope Railing with Boat Cleats

Boat dock cleats are anchored to the floor and ropes are strung between them and a mtop plate for a nice nautical theme handrail.
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Horizontal Paddling Oar Railing
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Horizontal Paddling Oar Railing

This oar handrail idea has the paddles running horizontally and that makes the proportions look a bit forced and contrived.
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Snowshoe Railing Idea
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Snowshoe Railing

For the snowshoers in the snowy climates, these showshoe railings are a cool design. This pair of snowshoes looks old but you could mix it up with new ones too.
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Fish Baluster Railing Idea
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Fish Baluster Railing

For the angler and avid fisherman, these fish shaped balusters are the ticket to a monstrous fish tale. This is a perfect holiday gift for those hard to shop for on your list. Photo Credit
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Ski Lift Cable Balusters
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Ski Lift Cable Balusters

Reclaimed wood posts and railings are matched in equal measure by large diameter vertical cables that have been reclaimed from a Colorado ski lift. Photo Credit
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Vertical Ski Baluster Railing
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Vertical Ski Baluster Railing

Skiers show off their spirit with this collection of vertical cross country skis making a fence with  natural log posts and top and bottom rails for support. Photo Credit
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Horizontal Snow Ski Deck Railing
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Horizontal Snow Ski Deck Railing

Cross country skis are arranged horizontally on this porch deck railing which also has a section of horizontal strung cable railing to finish out. Photo Credit
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Baseball Bat Baluster Stair Railing
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Baseball Bat Baluster Stair Railing

Baseball bats make the balusters on this stair railing. The kneewall below the railing has a step up to match the spacing of the baseball bats. Photo Credit
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Wine Barrel Stave Baluster Porch Railing
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Wine Barrel Stave Baluster Porch Railing

For the wine enthusiast, why not wine barrel balusters? Here, the staves from wine barrels are left their natural color while the posts and lumber are painted green. Photo Credit
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Antler Railing
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Antler Railing

An amazing antler railing made with elk antlers. Dry-stacked stone columns sprout curved cedar 4x4s which have the antlers attached springing from the bottom. Photo Credit
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Merman SeaHorse Railing Theme Idea
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Merman SeaHorse Railing Theme

This, ahem, interesting decorating idea comes from the Schlossbrücke bridge near the historic palace of Berlin. It depicts two creatures with the torso and head of a man, the forequarters of a horse and a mermaid’s tail. Photo Credit
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There you have it: more than 200 of the best deck railing design ideas that you can use on your next deck construction or deck renovation.

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Are there any handrail designs for decks that I missed? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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One Response to 100s of Deck Railing Ideas and Designs

  1. Jim Paderj says:

    I was overwhelmed by the variety of artistry and creativity of the various railing designs shown here. I must have led a sheltered life not to have noticed this before. You have done a masterful job in developing this presentation, and gave me an education in the process. I’m proud to call you “son.”
    Love, Dad