38 Edgy Cable Railing Ideas For Indoors And Outdoors

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Cable railings or wire rope railings are safety rails that use horizontal or vertical cables in place of spindles, glass, mesh etc. for infill. Cable railings are often desired in place of traditional pickets to achieve nearly unobstructed views as the cable is much thinner than traditional pickets. It is also a more modern aesthetic and is often chosen for that reason. If you are interested in such railings, it’s high time to have a look at the ideas and find out some pros and cons to decide if you want to install them or not.

Pros

The view is preserved as your eyesight focuses beyond the cable rails toward the view, the cables trick the eye and disappear. Your interiors will look much more spacious because the cable railing is unobtrusive. Cable railings are also compatible with most, but not all, architectural styles.

Cable railings are easy to install, they won’t break the bank. The fittings and cables are made out of marine grade 316L stainless steel, so they are practically maintenance free and are sturdy enough to last a lifetime. Compared to other railing types such as wood that requires regular and extensive maintenance, cable railing systems is low-maintenance that when you add up the maintenance cost savings over the years, the total cost of ownership is dramatically lowered.

Cons

Such railings are a real hazard for families, especially with small children and pets, who may slip through cable. An idea that can partially solve the problem is install vertical cable railings instead of horizontal ones for more safety.

Indoor Ideas

Cable railing will easily turn your space into a chic modern one, it will eliminate all the borders and won’t prevent the spaces from merging into one. Vertical options may become an eye-catchy space partition, if you want that. Cable railing works great for many styles: modern, rustic, minimalist, industrial and so on.

a classic switchback staircase is made modern by integrating sleek cable railings

a classic switchback staircase is made modern by integrating sleek cable railings

a combination of metal and cable creates a railing that borders the staircase in this contemporary living space

a combination of metal and cable creates a railing that borders the staircase in this contemporary living space

a powder-coated aluminum stair rail system visually expands the home's usable space

a powder-coated aluminum stair rail system visually expands the home's usable space

05 all-metal bannister and cable railing

05 all-metal bannister and cable railing

aluminum and stainless steel cable railing for a minimalist space

aluminum and stainless steel cable railing for a minimalist space

black aluminum interior staircase with a cable railing system

black aluminum interior staircase with a cable railing system

dark wood and cable railing with white steps look chic and modern

dark wood and cable railing with white steps look chic and modern

dark rustic wooden staircase with cable railing has a rough look

dark rustic wooden staircase with cable railing has a rough look

blackened steel posts, wood and cable railings that look unobtrusive

blackened steel posts, wood and cable railings that look unobtrusive

black steel posts, white wood and cable railing for a sleek modern look

black steel posts, white wood and cable railing for a sleek modern look

classic white and dark wood staircase is made more modern with cable railings

classic white and dark wood staircase is made more modern with cable railings

combine the modern sleek look of cable railing with a wood and stainless steel baluster for a fully-customized look

combine the modern sleek look of cable railing with a wood and stainless steel baluster for a fully-customized look

light-colored floating stairs with metal and cable railing

light-colored floating stairs with metal and cable railing

light and warm-colored wooden staircase with black metal and neutral cable railing

light and warm-colored wooden staircase with black metal and neutral cable railing

if your interior is industrial, you may go for pipes and cable railings

if your interior is industrial, you may go for pipes and cable railings

dark wood and cable railing

dark wood and cable railing

rustic stained wood staircase and railing with cables used just for a graphic and more modern look

rustic stained wood staircase and railing with cables used just for a graphic and more modern look

walnut stairs with stainless steel cable rails and wooden posts has a modern yet rustic look

walnut stairs with stainless steel cable rails and wooden posts has a modern yet rustic look

vertical cable railing gives a unique look to this staircase and separates it from the rest of the space

vertical cable railing gives a unique look to this staircase and separates it from the rest of the space

vertical cable railing for a statement in this modern space

vertical cable railing for a statement in this modern space

steel cable railing staircase looks very modern and edgy yet cozy and natural

steel cable railing staircase looks very modern and edgy yet cozy and natural

modern floating staircase with metal and vertical cable railings

modern floating staircase with metal and vertical cable railings

ultra-modern yet a bit rustic light-colored reclaimed wood staircase with dark metal and cable railing

ultra-modern yet a bit rustic light-colored reclaimed wood staircase with dark metal and cable railing

warmcolored wood staircase and wood and cable railing to give it a fresher modern look

warmcolored wood staircase and wood and cable railing to give it a fresher modern look

warm wood staircase with metal posts, metal and cable railing, which loooks almost invisible

warm wood staircase with metal posts, metal and cable railing, which loooks almost invisible

open modern staircase with wood, metal and cable railings and light-colored steps

open modern staircase with wood, metal and cable railings and light-colored steps

natural wood and cable railing for a rustic home

natural wood and cable railing for a rustic home

modern wooden staircase with metal posts, wood and cable railing

modern wooden staircase with metal posts, wood and cable railing

modern whitewashed and dark wood staircase with white cable railing looks wow

modern whitewashed and dark wood staircase with white cable railing looks wow

Outdoor Ideas

Use cable railing for your decks and backyards to maximize the view and not prevent yourself from seeing it while sitting. It will also make your outdoor spaces seem larger because it’s unobtrusive and of course a chic modern flavor is guaranteed. Go for steel or aluminum posts to make them more durable, wooden are less durable ones. Look at the ideas below to get inspired!

aluminum posts and cable infill for the deck decor

aluminum posts and cable infill for the deck decor

cable railing is ideal for houses with a view not to prevent you from seeing it anyhow

cable railing is ideal for houses with a view not to prevent you from seeing it anyhow

33 deck railing with posts and vertical cables

33 deck railing with posts and vertical cables

metal and cable railing to get maximum of the forest views

metal and cable railing to get maximum of the forest views

metal, wood and cable railings let the outdoor spaces merge and look bigger than they are

metal, wood and cable railings let the outdoor spaces merge and look bigger than they are

outdoor deck with warm-wood posts, cable railings

outdoor deck with warm-wood posts, cable railings

seaside deck with white wood and cable railing to enjoy the views at all levels

seaside deck with white wood and cable railing to enjoy the views at all levels

simple white posts and horizontal cable railing for a beachside cottage

simple white posts and horizontal cable railing for a beachside cottage

white wood posts and wood and cable railings for a cozy preppy look

white wood posts and wood and cable railings for a cozy preppy look