Having a deck area is a privilege for those who are lucky enough to own country or beach houses.
Whether it is located in the front or back of the house, the deck is a fantastic space for all kinds of activities, from enjoying the views, to having conversations or hosting a small event.
Decks are quite similar to porches in some ways, but while they may serve comparable purposes, decks aren’t nearly as sheltered, so it is important to have some kind of railing around yours, not just for style but also security.
If your house does have a deck but not a railing, or you are planning to build one from scratch, then you might want to look at some ideas of how to build your railing and make it work seamlessly with your deck and house.
This article will show you many DIY deck railing options you can build yourself, so it should provide plenty of inspiration. Here are some great DIY Deck Railing Ideas.
DIY Gutter Garden On Deck Railing
This project is not about building a deck railing, but rather enhancing it. In this case, a “gutter garden” was added to the outside of the railing to make use of the space.
Sunburst Deck Railing
Here’s an actual deck railing that is quite beautiful and easy to make. All you need to create the sunburst effect are pieces of wood of different sizes, which you will secure to your regular railing in an oval shape, where the larger pieces point to the top edges and they get smaller towards the middle and lower edges.
Cross Style Deck Railing
This is pretty much a typical railing, with its white color and shape. It is quite easy to build, as all you need to do is create the crosses, then add smaller pieces of wood in between to make the squares.
DIY Wire Railing
This railing is purely functional and definitely not hard to build. All there is to it is a typical railing, to which the owner added rows of wire. They filled up the open space on the original railing, making it safer, if not better-looking.
This full lattice porch was likely a little boring and antiquated, so it got a subtle makeover. Instead of adding new elements, this project consisted of creating an open diamond shape in the center of each panel by cutting sections of the wood off, leaving only the outer shape and main crossing.
Stainless Steel Cable Deck Railing
This railing is, once again, more functional than pretty. The main structure is made of rich woods, but the opening in between the pieces was filled in with rows of stainless steel wire screwed onto the side posts.
DIY Chippendale Style Railing
A Chippendale style railing is both beautiful and very secure. It is also easy to build once you understand the pattern. All you need to do create your basic cross on each panel using thin pieces of wood and then use small pieces to intersect each section, making the beautiful asymmetric pattern.
Classic Deck Railings
This is indeed a very classic railing, as it all white and picket-fence like. Columns divide each of the panels, which are filled in vertically using decorative spindles.
X Cross Railing
This railing was built from scratch, but it’s as simple and typical as they come. The first thing to do is secure the posts for each section vertically on to the deck. Then, connect the sections with a diagonal piece of wood and another going in the opposite direction. You can add a handrail to finish it off and make it even more secure.
This railing is on a porch rather than a deck, but it is quite a typical design. The owner took advantage of the existing columns and connected them, creating a hand rail, then added spindles vertically to fill in the space.
Chinese Chippendale Balustrade
This Chippendale pattern is built much like any other, except it was installed off the ground, only supported by the short columns on each side. The other big difference is that each section has vertical pieces on either end, which connect to columns, instead of using the Chippendale pattern continuously.
This porch railing may not be a “white picket fence”, but it is pretty close. Each section is made of a long white piece of wood at the top, and another at the bottom. The two are connected by matching shorter pieces, mounted parallel to each other. Each section is connected to one of the porch’s columns.