Metal Railing Ideas



Railings by definition are a guarding to protect an ascending or descending person from falling or used for blocking a structure from access. The term railing is often widely used to describe a whole range of products including handrails, fencing, balustrades and bannisters.

When looking for your metal railing ideas, it is often a good place to start by understanding what is generally meant by each element of their construction. Any good fabrication company should be able to produce a wide range of metal railing designs and features in order to offer a bespoke solution tailored to your own requirement.

Railings specifically used on stairs aka balustrades are often composed of three main elements:

Newels – The upright supporting posts, giving the structure its rigidity.

Balusters / Spindles – The vertical infill bars to prevent falling and reduce gaps in the railing system.

Handrail / Bannisters – The rail gripped by hand for safe access and egress.

staircase railings with glass and steel
Commercial stair railing design idea


When choosing a metal railing design, whether for a front porch, Juliet balcony, exterior or interior staircase or as a balustrade system, your prime concern should always be safety, strength and integrity of construction – ultimately that’s what a railing system is for. The visual appearance is of course of great importance too, but constructing a railing system around the key building regulations should be the starting point.

walk out balcony railing ideas
Walk out balcony railing design ideas


The word railing usually conjures up an image in our minds of traditional, black ornate designs and railing ideas however a range of other products and materials can be used within a metal guarding design from toughened glass to timber and stainless steel. Glass balustrade systems allow light transfer through the infill panel and create a modern, attractive appearance whilst retaining strength and integrity…..whereas a full timber panel would increase privacy and security in a more functional design.

metal railing with wood
Metal railing idea with timber infill panels


Stainless steel railings are perhaps one of the most reliable and durable systems available, being able to withstand high loadings and offer excellent corrosion resistance. Stainless steel railings harmoniously blend modern, high-tech and minimalist designs and can be matched perfectly to most interior applications and external projects.

Stainless steel railings with glass infills
Stainless steel railing ideas with glass infills



Balustrade fixing details

Installing a framed glass balustrade Framed glass balustrades are simple to define really: a balustrade within a frame. Framed glass balustrades are the most widely used throughout the UK and the type that has the most possible variations in design. Being ‘framed’ essentially describes the glass p

Steel balustrade railings

Using steel to form balustrade railings The use of steel for railings offers certain advantages over the main alternatives of wood or composite, so whether you are creating a new railing system in your garden or replacing existing fencing or timber balustrades, metal is an excellent material of ch

Metal Garden Railings Leicester

Showhome garden railings and gates DioMet have this week been working alongside major house builder Bloor Homes at a new development in Shepshed, Leicestershire. The scope of works was to design, supply and install cost effective metal garden railings and gates with a view to guiding potential hom

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