One sure way of securing your kids from falling is by building a cable railing. They are pretty much easy to build and if done rightly, a cable railing will totally transform your home. After doing some in-depth research on cable railings. We found some amazing ones.
We included 10 DIY cable railing projects in this article. Building one would take some time to complete, however, it would be worth it.
1. DIY Cable Railing With Metal Posts
Here is an amazing cable railing made of metal. This is done from scratch and there are a few materials involved in the building process. These materials are 2-inch square metal tubing, 2 x 6 wood boards for the top plate, and the cable.
This process took 2 to 4 whole weekends to build, one weekend for the building and the other for the installation. The process is not difficult and can be done by anyone with or without the required skill set.
2. How To Install Cable Rail
With this guide, you can install a cable railing that you built from scratch or one you already have or removed from an old location. First off, you need to consider your starting location then, move on to measuring, marking, drilling holes into the post that you intend to put your cables.
If you have stairs then, you need a sliding T-bevel, angle drill guide, and hammer. For the overall work, you need an electric drill, hacksaw, electric grind, cable cutters, and more.
3. Cheap DIY Cable Railing
Are you looking for a cheap cable railing? Check out this amazing inexpensive cable railing building guide. It’s clean and easy to build. The total price for the materials is $47, which is super cheap but if you’re looking to do a cable railing for a large area, you might spend up to $100 or more.
You need some carriage bolts, stainless steel washers, and nuts. Everything has to be stainless steel. The deck from this guide is 40 ft long with about 10 cables.
4. DIY Wire Railing
If you’re looking for something modern and less obtrusive then, look no further. This guide will teach you how to build a wire railing with ease. The guide is pretty simple, all that is needed is an understanding of the materials and tools required for this project.
This project will cost about $130 which is a fair price. You need stainless cables, stainless bolts, washers, and nuts. The tools are drill press, wrench, driver or socket, angle grinder, and cable cutter.
5. DIY Cable Railing
Here’s another project that’ll show you how to build a low-budget cable railing that is durable and efficient, you need some stainless steel aircraft cables, wood clear coat sealant, treated lumber, deck screws, stainless steel lag screw eyes, concrete wedge anchor steel bolts, and other important materials. The total cost for the cables is $448.03.
6. DIY Cable Deck Railing
I looked at some videos of what other people had done on the cable deck railing, and I found this one to be more teachable, simple, durable, and cheap. The process involves you buying some important items from a hardware store like an elevator bolt, steel cables, and a drill. This project cost about $60, and always ensure to consult your local building official to get the necessary permits before you begin building.
7. DIY Deck Cable Railing
A lot of videos on youtube about deck cable railing are not all that useful, it’s either the prices are too outrageously high, or they don’t give a step-by-step guide on how to build and install the deck cable railing.
Although they are videos out there on youtube that are up to par, like this one. They still have an expensive budget for their deck railing, but if you assemble the pieces by yourself, you can save money. You need stainless steel cabling, cable Tensor, swage ends, and hydropic crimper.
8. How To Install Stair Cable Railing
This cable railing is for stairs and it is super easy to build. Only $90 for the total cost and you’re good to go. If you are looking to build a cable railing from the ground up then, this isn’t the guide for you.
Here the focus is on installing a cable railing, probably removing the old wooden railing if yours is made of wood, and installing a new railing with cables. This guide won’t show you how to remove your old railing, just the ins, and outs of things you need to do to install a new one. If your old stairs are too bad and rotting that you need to change the stairs as well as the railing then, you might end up spending close to $500.
9. DIY Modern Cable Railing Bed
Do you need to change a few things in your room and you wish to change your bed frame, why don’t you consider using cable railing for that project. It’s safe, simple and it can blend with anything you design your room with. The materials are wood post, wood board, wood dowel, and plywood sheet.
Here are the tools: galvanized steel cable, swaged lag screws, stainless steel sleeves, heavy-duty bed rail brackets, lag screws, wood screws, nails, and more. There are a lot of tools that you need for this job, check the link to see them and their dimensions and sizes, and also to know which one you might have at home and which to buy.
10. How To Install A Cable Deck Railing
For this project, you are going to learn how to install a cable railing on your deck, and not how to build one from scratch. To begin, you need a twisted stainless steel cable. You are going to run it horizontally through the post that you have a fastener, drilling holes through every post to pass the cable.
You are also going to space the cable, 3-inches apart from each other, all the way down. This process won’t take long, as long as you have your deck post ready, all you have to do is drill holes and install the cable railing.
A cable railing is a great way to transform your porch, backyard, or outdoor stairs. Regular railings are pretty expensive to make, however, using a cable is way cheaper. All the DIY cable railing projects above are pretty easy to make.
Have you found your preferred cable railing? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to use the comment section below if you have any contributions or questions. Thanks for stopping by.