In our previous post, “Deck Design Ideas:  Block The View” we discussed ways to add privacy to your outdoor space and minimize the impact of an unwanted view.

In this instance, deck railings often become ‘the star of the show’.

Deck with Glass Balusters by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck with Glass Balusters by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

But today, let’s talk about a different objective.

There are ways for a beautiful VIEW to be front-and-center with rails that gracefully fade into the background.

Either way, a great deck design will capture or interrupt a view, add a feeling of spaciousness or coziness and blur the lines between inside and outside.

So if you want a deck design that maintains and maximizes a scenic view, consider these options.

Glass and Cable

Deck railings made of tempered glass or fine cable are available.  Glass can be used as a solid panel insert or as a vertical baluster in the rails.

Multilevel Deck with Cable Railing by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck with Cable Railing by Archadeck

On the other hand, cable inserts or even small tubes, run horizontally.

Style-wise, the look of glass, tubing or cable is modern and contemporary.


For a more traditional style, sleek aluminum balusters are minimally invasive for your line-of-vision.   Metal rails are low maintenance and child/pet friendly, eliminating the problem of little handprints or pet noseprints that can be a nuisance with glass railing.

Local building codes will dictate that balusters are spaced appropriately to ensure safety on any elevated structure.

Deck and Rails to Maximize View and Safety, Project by Archadeck

Archadeck Deck Design To Maximize View and Safety

If, however, you have a very (very) small pet and you don’t want to risk a possible ‘squeeze-through-escape’, baluster installation can be tweaked for a tighter fit.

Dark Colors

Choose darker balusters for your railing rather than light colors or bright white.

Darker colors blend with an outdoor background to avoid a stark, visual contrast when overlooking the scenery.

Multilevel Deck Design Without Rails, by Archadeck

Multilevel Deck Design Without Rails, by Archadeck

No Railing

If your deck design is at grade-level or very low to the ground, then you can safely ditch the rails all together.


A perfect view with zero visual obstruction.

Problem solved!

Next Steps

If you reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area and are interested in adding a deck, screened porch, pergola or other outdoor space to your home, please consider Archadeck.  We’re located in West County and serve the entire metropolitan area including St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.

Give us a ring, 636.227.0800 or visit our website, to send an email or submit an online inquiry form.

If, however, you’d like to explore a bit more before talking to a contractor, we have a few great resources.

Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide

Archadeck Outdoor Living Design Guide

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