Vertical Cable Railing Can Transform Your Indoor or Outdoor Space

If you’ve spent any time in a restaurant, watching TV, or browsing the internet, you’ve seen horizontal cable railing. It’s all over Houzz and HGTV. However, there is another option available that has many similar benefits in terms of achieving the unobstructed view that homeowners are looking for: vertical cable railing.

Our Key-Link horizontal and vertical cable railing systems both feature the same color selection and rail and post styling, however, there are many differences between the two beyond cable direction. Read on to see why you should consider vertical cable railing for your next railing project.

Vertical Cable Railing Systems

For the home or business owner whose top priority is a sleek, modern look, vertical cable railing is the barrier of choice.

Unobstructed views provide an unparalleled ambiance. The vertical cable is so unobtrusive you barely notice it is there. Paired with posts and caps of your choice from a wide selection, you can design the look of your dreams.

How many ways are there to tailor your railing to the look you are after? You can choose the style of your fascia mount brackets, posts/post wraps, post caps and trim, porch posts and a wide variety of colors. Additionally, you have the option of post and accent lights.

Key-link vertical cable railing can be used in a variety of spaces. Upgrading your outdoor living space? Choose vertical cable railing for a modern touch while maintaining classic ambiance.

Stainless steel vertical cable railing around an outdoor living space 

Hoping to transform your indoor space? Vertical railing provides safety combined with contemporary lines. Any cable Key-link railing can have an added ADA railing that coordinates perfectly to ensure safety for all customers or patrons.

 Vertical cable railing system with accessible aluminum ADA railing inset on an indoor wood staircase. Showcases stair cable railing for indoor spaces.

Key-link vertical cable railing is all about versatility. With the available baluster options, the railing can be a statement piece that adds to the overall look of the space.

Deck railing featuring white balusters with black railing and stainless steel vertical cable system in an outdoor living space.

Alternatively, Key-link stainless steel cable railing can be designed to be inconspicuous and meld into the overall design of your curated indoor space. It is the perfect addition to a minimalist look while maximizing functionality.

Minimalist black stair railing around a second level indoor space featuring stainless steel vertical cable infill.

Key-Link provides a plethora of options to customize the look you want for your space. There are numerous options that will work for any home or business in need of a barrier.

Installation Method of Cable Infill-Pre-installed Cables

Another benefit to the Key-link vertical railing is the simplicity of the installation process. Key-link vertical cable railing installation is simple for contractors and DIY enthusiasts alike. This is because Key-Link uses pre-installed cables and fittings into the top and bottom rail, creating a “panel” for the rest of the installation. Before each section is hung, all the installer does is cut the railing to length and insert the stainless-steel support balusters into the top and bottom railing. Once installed, the baluster serves as a ridged support that allows you to tension the cables properly. The next step is to hang the railing sections and tension the cable appropriately per building code requirements. Key link provides explicit, easy to understand installation instructions and videos to help guide you through the process. No drilling is required for a standard installation, basic tools can be used, and all components are included. Additionally, once installed, maintenance of the system is simple-gentle cleansers and water will be enough to keep your deck railing looking beautiful for years to come.

Both horizontal and vertical cable systems require specific tensioning. Regardless of which cable system you chose, we suggest purchasing a tension gauge to ensure your cable isn't over or under tensioned for maximal safety.

For more information and to see an example of installation, check out Key-Link's installation videos below.

Deck Railing Safety-Commercial Grade Strength

Everyone wants a beautiful railing, but more importantly, it serves a functional purpose: provide a safety guardrail for decks, balconies, and stairs. It was previously thought that children couldn’t resist climbing anything that resembled a ladder (“the Ladder Effect”)-this has been proven to be untrue. However, vertical cable railing takes that safety concern out of the equation while maintaining the streamlined look of cable railing.

In terms of safety standards, Key-link’s vertical cable system adheres to the highest standards. In general, any residential surface raised more than 30 inches requires a guardrail to have a minimum height of 36 inches. Any opening in the guardrail must prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through. This 4-inch sphere requirement is why it is extremely important that you tension your vertical cable railing properly. Key-Link's installation makes this easy by providing specific instructions that require a specific tensioning pattern (shown below) throughout cable infill to ensure compliance with IRC (2003) and IBC (2003) codes.

Image showing how to tension stainless steel vertical cable in order to adhere to building codes and safety standards using a basic tool for tensioning.

Key-link's vertical and horizontal cable guardrail is engineered and tested according to ICC standards; this ensures that their product is structurally safe and building code compliance is maintained.

Cost Benefit of Stainless-Steel Cable Railing

These days, everyone is looking for cost-effectiveness when it comes to construction budgets. The cost of materials and labor for vertical cable railing are typically cheaper than its horizontal counterpart. Due to the simplification of the installation as discussed above, installation is a quicker, more efficient process. Additionally, the posts for vertical cable railing share the same 2-1/2-inch post option as our budget friendly Outlook Series with square baluster, which is both smaller and more affordable. Vertical cable railing can be an economic choice when it comes to revamping your space when compared to horizontal cable railing. Long term, Key-link's high quality stainless steel components are going to endure for many years, making it a sound investment in your outdoor space, particularly when compared with wood decking. This is a sound investment in revamping your home.


Vertical cable railing can be a beautiful, modern addition to any space. When considering cable railing, it is an excellent alternative to horizontal cable railing due to simplicity of installation as well as cost effectiveness. The adaptable options make it a safe, practical choice while allowing for visual accessibility. All of this comes with a limited lifetime warranty from Key-link, whose quality product was voted “Highest Quality Deck Railing” in the Builder Brand survey, so you can purchase with confidence.

For more information about our Key-link vertical cable options, contact for a free quote.