Creative Outdoor Wood Railing Design Ideas

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An easy way to make a big visual impact on your home's exterior is with creative wood railing design. You don't have to spend a lot of money or time to create a one-of-a-kind look that will instantly elevate your house's curb appeal.

You can either build the unique wood railing yourself using your own or rented tools, or hire a professional construction contractor to do the work for you. If you know that you want a creative railing look but aren't sure what to do, a contractor can help you nail down the best design. As another option, you can present them with a sketch of your idea and have them construct it for you.

When deciding on an eye-catching wood railing design, consider using everyday objects, such as wood wheels, to make it stand out. You can even scour garage sales and antique and second-hand shops for the perfect pieces. 

Here are some wood railing ideas to get you started:

1. Recycled Pallets 

If you have a lot of wood pallets and don't know what to do with them, or if someone you know is giving them away for free, transform them into a deck or patio railing. To make this eco- and budget-friendly design, start by separating the pallet boards.

If you don't have enough pallet boards to construct the entire railing, use 2x4 boards from your local hardware retailer as well. When the railing is constructed, either stain or coat it with the outdoor paint color of your choice. Finish with a waterproof sealant to protect the wood from the elements.

2. Acrylic Sheets and Wood Beams 

A durable acrylic railing is ideal for decks or patios with lake, ocean or any other desirable view that you don't want to block. Both durable and waterproof, the acrylic sheets are completely transparent, and some block harmful UV rays as well. You can alternate the acrylic and wood beams for an eclectic look that offers a bit of privacy as well.

Although they look as sleek as glass, acrylic railings are safer options if you have kids or live in an area prone to natural disasters, and they're also easy to clean and maintain. The acrylic and wood combination will give your home a casually elegant look. 

3. Everyday Objects 

Use everyday wood objects that you can find around your home, garage or barn as railing design inspiration. For instance, use vintage wood wheels in place of typical wood boards, or branches that you had trimmed from your trees. 

Other ideas include reclaimed barn boards and old boat oars.