Simple Easy Custom DIY Deck Railings

13 Materials
2 Days

I remember when I called my dad and said I wanted to change my deck railings. They were old and needed to be taken down. He said, ok what were you thinking? I replied. Well, I was thinking about chicken wire. Then there was silence on the other end of the phone. In this tutorial, I am going to show how to build custom railings using unconventional materials.
Simple Easy Custom Deck Railings
For those who would rather watch the tutorial on how to build and install these custom deck railings here's a quick easy to follow video for you.
My deck was horrid, to say the least. I'd tried giving it a makeover a few years ago. I had used a deck restoration paint that actually caused more damage than it restored. So I decided to remove the old railings altogether.  There wasn't anything special about the old deck railings.
But I had a vision of hog wire panel deck railings. I just didn't have a budget for it. Hahaha My version of Champagne taste v. beer budget. But like hog wire taste on chicken budget. I sketched out what I wanted and set out to achieve the look within my means.
I constructed the deck railings in stages setting it up in panels.
Using the poultry wire saved me a ton! Hog wire panels can cost $40-80 a panel. With this, the entire roll of fencing was under $50.
I made the individual wire mesh panels and drilled it all in place.
The complete step by step tutorial can be found at
I'm happy to report my dad is no longer silent about this anymore. He now wants to do this for his back porch.   
Till Next Time, Y'all! Remember the complete tutorial with measurements and complete materials list can be found at

Suggested materials:

  • 4×4 Posts  (Home Depot)
  • 2×4x10 Pressure treated lumber  (Home Depot)
  • 2x2x8 Pressure treated lumber  (Home Depot)
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2 questions
  • Denise Griffin
    on Oct 4, 2018

    Do you travel !!!??? Love it !!!

    • Freie
      on Mar 15, 2020

      Excellent restoration and great idea with chicken wire, probably one of the best I have seen.

  • Lori , Wisconsin
    on May 28, 2019

    Does this wire meet code? Hog wire panels are much more rigid, providing more stucture. It looks like your deck is fairly low to the ground, so the chicken wire is probably strong enough. Thanks for the instructions. We want to do this on our deck. Love the look!

    • Debby
      on Jan 2, 2020

      My daughters deck is with hog wire and it looks amazing! We don’t need to meet a code because we live on our ranch in the mountains. Lots of snow! Needed it to be very strong.

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  • Mary Hopper
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I love Dads, mine would look at me like I lost my mind with some of my ideas, but then later on would say," I thought that would have never worked" He's been gone 10 years now so treasure every crazy moment with yours. :-) p.s. doing this idea, thank you

  • Debby
    on Jan 2, 2020

    I might. My daughter has this on her new deck, but she had to have much stronger wire. We live in the mountains in Wyoming. Lots of snow!

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