Just like the interior of your home, you have choices when it comes to each-and-every component of your outdoor space.

And it’s those collection of elements which will ultimately determine the overall style, maintenance needs and bottom-line costs of an outdoor living project.

Screened Porch with Knee Wall Railing by Archadeck

Screened Porch with Knee Wall Railing by Archadeck

Railing is no exception.  Rails will properly ‘frame’ your outdoor space, reflecting aesthetics while providing plenty of character.

Think about it.  What’s your fancy?  Natural wood or newfangled glass?  Dark tones, lighter colors or a combo?  Country?  Contemporary? Classic?  Traditional or eclectic or somewhere-in-between?

Deck with Glass Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

Deck with Glass Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

When it comes to the rails for a deck, screened porch, front porch or gazebo, boy-oh-boy, there are material and fashion options galore including knee wall.

Craftman Style Front Porch Addition with Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

Craftman Style Front Porch Renovation with Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

So whether you’re adding a new outdoor space — or renovating an old one — the rails can be designed and built with wood, composite or vinyl; glass or metals; or a combination of assorted products to achieve your very own customized flair.

Deck with Knee Wall Rails Designed with Wood and Steel, by Archadeck

Deck with Knee Wall Rails Designed with Wood and Steel, by Archadeck

But no matter the materials, knee walls — as a design feature — can be used to really make your project stand-out.

But what exactly is knee wall railing?

As the name implies, a knee wall rail is a short wall and typically less than three (3) feet tall.  Design-wise, ‘knee wall’ is most often associated with the classically traditional and quintessential charm of homes built in the early 1900’s.

Traditional Garden Gazebo with Knee Wall Railing by Archadeck

Traditional Garden Gazebo with Knee Wall Railing by Archadeck

Today, however, knee wall rails can be jazzed-up to reflect a contemporary style.

Modern Screen Porch with Knee Wall Rails Combined with Balusters, Project by Archadeck

Modern Screen Porch with Knee Wall Rails Combined with Balusters, Project by Archadeck

Why would I want knee wall railing?

Beyond aesthetics, knee wall for outdoor spaces introduces a moderate sense of privacy and some weather-protection.  And even though knee walls originated a long time ago, the rail can be adapted to fit into a modern setting too.

Updated Gazebo Design with Cross Pattern Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

Updated Gazebo Design with Cross Pattern Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

With an abundance of design choices, these railings can be constructed in whatever way you wish using horizontal lines, geometric or decorative patterns, with or without balusters or in solid square panels.

Porch with Solid Panel Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

Porch with Solid Panel Knee Wall Rails by Archadeck

Next Steps

To explore more design ideas for your outdoor space just visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.  You’ll see photo galleries, an online inquiry form, a free download for Archadeck’s design guide with a short video too.  In addition, you can click on our social media links from the homepage for Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz.

Do you live in the Greater St. Louis MO area and feel ready to talk to a contractor? If so, please consider Archadeck.

We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County.  Call us anytime – 636-227-0800.

Deck Converted To Screened Porch With Kneewall Railing by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Converted To Screened Porch With Kneewall Railing by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

If you don’t live in the St. Louis area, simply visit archadeck.com or call 888-687-3325 to connect with Archadeck owners, nationwide.

(Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County serves the Greater St. Louis territory including all areas of St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois too.)

Screened In Patio Enclosure with Kneewall Rails by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Screened In Patio Enclosure with Kneewall Rails by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Sources

Front Porch Ideas and More, kcdecks-porches.com, Wikipedia, Houzz, Hometalk, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadeck in Central Georgia, Archadeck in Austin TX, Archadeck in Kansas City MO, Archadeck in Columbus OH