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Porch Railing Accessory Ideas

Who Knew So Many Accessory Ideas for Railings?

These porch railing accessory ideas are sure to inspire you to use your railings in other ways than just for safety. Porch and deck railings are perfect locations for adding accessories to increase appeal, enjoy nature up close, or for personalizing your outdoor space.

Any size porch with railings can be enhanced with flower boxes, railing bird feeders, lights, and railing ornaments that will be welcomed by friends, family, and visitors. Most can be easily installed with clamps (and removed when necessary) on porches, decks, and balconies making them ideal for renters or to satisfy HOA requirements that prohibit affixing objects to railings.

Imagine being able to add extra appeal to your home by simply clamping feeders, planters, or other accessories in no time at all.

flower boxes in full bloom on front porch railings
Front Porch Railing Flower Boxes in Full Bloom





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Mary and I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised at how many porch railing accessories are both affordable and functional. Whether looking to enhance the look of your home or wanting to dabble in growing plants or herbs, feeding birds, or adding interesting decorative items, check out some of your options below.

For your convenience, we've linked to products in case you want to learn more about how they can be used or for obtaining additional ideas. We may receive compensation if you choose to purchase an item.

Porch Railing Accessory Ideas for Entertaining

Railings can become quite functional for entertaining by adding a table for snacks and drinks. Tables can add useable space for small decks, porches, or balconies leaving room for more seating in many cases. Here's a folding railing table we discovered that could work well on any sized outdoor railing space. Imagine what you could do with this...enjoy meals, work on your laptop, paint, do crafts, do paperwork, play games

Hanging Folding Table Dining Table Leisure Table - Amazon.com (affiliate link)
Not only is this folding table quite stylish, but we also like how it folds down when not needed, to free up space. You can even adjust the height which makes it super handy for a dining table.

folding porch railing table from Amazon.com
Hanging Folding Table in Storage Position


Here's another version that we both like really well. It is an all-weather design, UV resistant, and has padded table and back splash surface - meaning durability and comfort for you. You can easily adjust the height and mount on any vertical or horizontal railing (except glass railing).

Adjustable Railing Table - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


See more innovative railing table ideas.

Shade is so important if entertaining outdoors. Everyone loves relief from the sun. Although you may not need an umbrella on a porch, it sure is necessary on a deck or balcony in most cases. Here's one option we found.

Portable Umbrella Lightweight Balcony Parasol - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


We seem to be living closer together whether you live in a subdivision, condo, or apartment. Sometimes we wish to relax outdoors with some privacy.

A railing privacy screen can give you that peace of mind whether enjoying dinner, having a glass of wine, or that morning cup of coffee. It not only provides privacy but also protects you from the wind - a real plus for enjoying your outdoor time.



Liveinu Privacy and Windscreen - Amazon.com (affiliate link)
Note that different colors may provide more or less privacy as they are opaque. Screens can provide up to 85% visibility blockage depending on lighting conditions.

You can find more unique privacy screens here.

Porch Railing Accessory Ideas for Our Feathered Friends

We've enjoyed our bird feeding station for many years and have seen a wide variety of birds. You too, can enjoy the same with a railing bird feeder that easily attaches to your porch, deck, or balcony railings. Our son and his wife have a view of their deck from where they work every day. And they enjoy the birds, so a birdbath would add an extra dimension of enjoyment.

We especially like the one below as it combines both a bird feeding station and a bird bath. That's not all. This railing bird feeder can also be used to display planted foliage right on your porch or balcony. It clamps on to your railing making it a perfect option for renters too.

porch railing bird feeder and birdbath
Railing Bird Feeder with Bird Bath


Urban Deco Bird Feeder and Bird Bath Spa - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


One of our favorites: This railing bird feeder has two branches on which to hang multiple feeders and clamps onto your railings. It gives added height so you can easily watch the birds from the comfort of your home, if you like.

clamp on dual bird feeder pole for porch railng
Railing Bird Feeder with Bird Bath


Bird Feeder Metal Deck Pole Kit with Two Adjustable Branches - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


For those who prefer a more stable feeder, consider one that can attach to your porch railing baluster. We like the one below because it swivels making it more suitable for those who want a feeder near the porch to reduce seed droppings.

This one swings in for ease of filling and then can be positioned so as not to make a mess on our porch, deck, or balcony.

It can support up to 25 pounds making it a nice optional plant hanger as well.

Swivel Hanging Bird Feeder or Plant Bracket - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


Find more interesting porch railing bird feeders at Amazon.com.



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Porch Railing Accessory Ideas for Plants

Unlike railing bird feeders, railing flower boxes need to be made to hold more weight.

Mary and I discovered this unique railing flower box you may not have seen that we believe would work perfectly on porches, decks or balconies. Because it isn't permanently attached, you'd probably be fine with most HOA requirements too.

It fits a variety of widths and handles twice the amount of plants as other rail planters.

Emsco Group Railing Flower Box  From Amazon
Emsco Group Railing Flower Box - Amazon.com


Adjustable Half-Wrap Hanging Planter - Amazon.com (affiliate link)
Railing Flower Box - Amazon.com


We hadn't seen one quite like this before and believe it would work extremely well on your porch, deck, or balcony railings. They are waterproofed suspended planting bags that are made from eco-friendly felt materials.

These railing flower boxes are durable and corrosion resistant. The planters are perfect for all kinds of plants, from growing flowers, herbs, and strawberries to vegetables right on your porch, deck, or balcony.

Hanging Garden Planter with 6 Pockets From Amazon
Emsco Group Railing Flower Box - Amazon.com


Hanging Garden Planter with 6 Pockets - Amazon.com (affiliate link)
We discovered many more railing plant ideas on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

Porch Railing Accessory Ideas for Ornaments

Add interest to your porch or deck railings with these railing ornaments. Outdoor wall art can also be displayed on your railings to add a personal touch to your home.

Railing panels like the one below can add an "outdoor" feel to your home and come in a variety of patterns and sizes.

Bear Design Balcony Railing Pane - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


You can find butterflies like the ones below
Outdoor Metal Butterfly Art - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


Personalize your railings with your own monogram- even customized for you personally.

Monogram Hanger - Amazon.com (affiliate link)


Look here for more outdoor railing ornament ideas (affiliate link). The two of us hope you found some inspiring porch railing accessory ideas for your porch or deck.

Before You Go...

Additional privacy and ambiance with these privacy panels

Want to know how to create porch privacy panels? We did this on our covered back porch. The little bit of privacy is truly nice!










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