Cable railings, also known as tension wire railings, are useful to install on balconies, decks, and stairways where you don’t want to block a view.
Instead of bulky spindles or pickets, cable railings are ultra-thin, see-though barriers. Made of stainless steel or aluminum, cable railings are strong and can stand up to the elements.
We’ve rounded up 11 options for cable railings, including bespoke designs and DIY cable railing kits (the Ultra-Tec hardware kit shown above is designed for use with either metal or wood railings).
Above: A side-mounted post and aluminum handrail is included in Prova’s 6.5-Ft Stainless Steel Cable Rail Kit. If you are assembling a longer railing, note that this kit does not include anchor bolts, end caps, or multi-kit connections; $479.75 at Lowe’s.[/caption]
If you’re designing a railing system for a balcony, deck, or stairway, see our Hardscape 101 design guides for Exterior Hardware and Decks & Patios. Read more: