13 DIY Outdoor Stair Railing Ideas

Front Steps Outdoor Railing

Looking for a little inspiration before building a railing for the steps outside of your home?

This list of 13 outdoor stair railing ideas were all built by our customers alone, without the need for any specialized labor to put them together. Using one of our outdoor stair railing kits, or a custom-built solution using Kee Klamp pipe fittings, each of the railings you see featured in this article were all built using just a few basic tools. There's no welding or cutting required.

In most cases, only an Allen Wrench is needed to assemble the railing itself, with a few other basic tools needed like a drill for mounting the railing to a wall or the ground. If you're installing handrail to brick, concrete, or stone, there are a few more steps you will need to take.

Start browsing the list of outdoor handrail ideas to see if there is a fit for you. If you find a railing you like that we don't have a kit for, reach out to our projects team for help. Our team will help you find the right fittings you'll need to create your perfect railing.

1. Back Deck Metal Railing

Back Deck Outdoor Metal Railing

This simple handrail for outside steps was built by Edward for his back deck wooden stairs. Edward wanted a sturdy handrail when going up and down the stairs, particularly in the winter when the steps are icy. The handrail is a custom build that uses the top fix rail assembly, the standard railing flange, and wall mounted handrail bracket.

2. Brick Pathway Railing

Brick Steps Outdoor Railing

This exterior railing was built by Robert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to accompany the brick steps leading up to his home. The railing was built using our Signature Offset Simple Railing Kit. This kit is configurable is length up to 8 ft with options for color. You have the ability for a custom longer length when you contact our projects team.

3. Outdoor Brick Steps Railing

Brick Steps Railing

This railing was built by Howie in Jamesport, New York. His outdoor railing was built using our Classic Offset Simple Railing Kit. The handrail kit is configurable in railing length up to 8 ft. and color finish options.

4. Brick Wall Handrail

Brick Wall Handrail

Mike in Cordele, Georgia built his front porch railing. The porch handrail attaches to both the concrete base and brick steps at the bottom of the stairs and the brick wall at the top. His outdoor stair railing is a custom solution, however, it is similar to our Hybrid 518/C58 Stair Railing Kit. The Hybrid 518/C58 kit is designed to connect to a wall on one end to a surface mounted upright on the other end.

5. Brick Wall & Stone Steps Handrail

Simple handrail for outside steps

This outdoor railing was built by Neil in Winnipeg, Canada. Neil's porch handrail is a custom designed exterior railing that attaches to the sloped concrete edge using the adjustable angle base flange. This pipe fitting allows the angle of the pipe handrail to be adjusted from 11 to 30 degrees. At the top of the railing, the standard railing flange is used to mount to the wall. The obtuse angle elbow fitting is used to create the handrail curve.

6. Concrete Stairway Railing

Concrete Stair Railing

Mike built his outdoor stair railing for the concrete stairs that runs from the driveway to the front entrance of Mike's Craftsman style house. Mike chose the handrail for its industrial look in order to compliment the aesthetics of the home's exterior design. The railing is custom design that uses the standard railing flange, ttop fix rail assembly, side outlet elbow (used to change the railing direction), and flange fitting (used to mount to the side of the garage).

7. Front Steps Railing

Front Steps Railing

David was looking for front step railing ideas for his home in Peabody, Massachusetts. His railing accompanies a small, three stairs and was made possible using our Surface 29 Outdoor Railing Kit.

8. Stone Step Railing

Stone Pathway Railing

This exterior stair railing was built by Mark for the stone stairs behind his home. He was looking for a handrail that was sturdy but could also handle the outdoor elements without rusting. His stair railing is a custom build that makes use of the top fix rail assembly, the standard railing flange, the variable angle fitting, and the internal coupling. The Variable Angle fitting can be used to create an angle anywhere from 30 to 200 degrees. Mark took advantage of our free design assistance to design a railing that worked for him.

9. Concrete Stair Handrail

concrete stair Handrail

Stuart built his front porch railing for his home in Pine Grove, California. The railing compliments the home's exterior colors well and was made possible using our Hybrid 518/C58 Railing Kit. Stuart needed an outdoor handrail that would attach to his home (wall-mount) and to the ground.

10. Stone Pathway Stair Railing

Stone Stairway Railing

This handrail was built by Christopher for the brick steps outside his home in The Bronx, New York. The railing was built using our Classic Limited Simple Rail Handrail and was painted in a dark red, powder-coat finish. Powder-coating is available for stair railing kits at an additional cost. This railing kit can be configured up to 8ft length or more with a custom design.

11. Stone Stairway Wrap Around Railing

Stone Stairway Wrap Around Railing

Doug needed more than just a basic outdoor handrail at his home in Carlin, Nevada. The railing wrapped around the corner, up the stairs, and onto the landing. Doug built the handrail for his outdoor concrete steps that led from the driveway to the front entrance of his home. The railing is a custom build.

To mount the handrail to the concrete wall, the wall mounted handrail bracket is used. To change the direction of the railing, the 90 solid elbow (in combination with two internal couplings) is used. This allows the handrail to have a smooth connection. Lastly, to mount the railing uprights to the ground, the standard Railing flange is used.

12. Stone Steps Handrail

Stone Steps Handrail

Laura built her outdoor railing for the stone steps outside her home in Moorestown, New Jersey. The railing was powder-coated in a black finish and built using our Classic Offset Simple Rail Handrail kit.

13. Concrete Porch Steps Handrail

Stone Porch Steps Handrail

This railing was built by Richard in Reading, Pennsylvania for the concrete front porch outside his home. The exterior railing features an aluminum finish made possible using our Aluminum Surface L160A Railing Kit. The railing is all aluminum components and is designed for greater durability and flexibility than standard railing systems.

Building a railing by yourself doesn't have to be difficult. With one of our exterior stair railing kits, or a custom-built solution using Kee Klamp pipe fittings, it's possible to build a railing in just a few hours (many of or customers have assembled railings in less than 30 minutes) without having any prior building experience. Make sure to browse our outdoor stair railing gallery to see more of what our customers have built.

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