Minimalist Cable Railing Ideas

A minimalist aesthetic is trending for cable railing. Here are a few options for a minimalist cable railing and also provides durability.

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing cable railing is which aesthetics to include for your residential or commercial space. Recently there has been a surge in demand for minimalistic designs and products. Minimalist railing makes it easy to manage and provides the most visibility. 

When choosing railing based on maximizing the view, it is crucial to select railing posts and hardware to meet safety requirements. Below are some different options for a minimalist cable railing that also provides durability.

Size of Railing Posts

The railing post design is crucial when choosing your aesthetics for maximizing the viewpoint. Different post options offer various sizings. Three of the most popular options are tubular stainless steel cable railing posts, 1.5″ Stainless Steel Square Railing Posts, and standard 4×4.

Flat-Bar Cable Railing Posts

A flat-bar cable railing post offers limited obstruction, giving you that minimalist cable railing effect. The flat-bar post can have as small a profile as ⅜”. To allow for a larger viewing area between posts, they are alternated with 2” structural posts. Our rail systems that offer this minimalist look are the RailEasy™ Cable Railing, NOVA II Cable Railing, or NOVA Nautilus. All of these options come in a range of finishing colors and can be fitted with Micro Star™ LED Lighting.

1.5″ Stainless Steel Square Railing Posts

If you can’t decide between a glass or cable railing system, then consider using 1.5” stainless steel square posts as an option. This type of steel post has a variety of application uses. For instance, you can use them with glass panel railings and in cable railing systems. Our rail systems to consider for this design are RailEasy™ Cable Railing and Spectrum System. These options can be combined with a top railing design to match the aesthetic of your home or building. The Spectrum System is also available in custom colors to match the minimalist design you envision.

Glass Railings

Glass railings offer the ultimate minimalist cable railing look as there is nothing blocking the view. The Atlantis Rail Glass Railing System comes in various formats that are adapted from our standard cable railing products for easy installation. We use form-fitting glass clips for both SunRail™ and RailEasy™ glass systems. These match our 2’ railing tube curve. For Spectrum Glass we utilize surface mounted square posts (available in 36” and 42” heights) adapted with our flat glass panel connectors. These will fit 3/8” or 1/2” glass infill. All 3 options are designed for use with customer supplied glass.


Size of Cable Railing

The size of cable is an important consideration when creating a minimalist aesthetic. Selecting the correct system and cable railing size can make a big difference to your seamless view.


The RailEasy™ Cable Railing System will offer a clean, clear view. Simply choose the cable rail frame materials and let our DIY cable railing components do the rest. The cable railing diameter for this system is 5/32”.  Enjoy years of low maintenance and unobstructed views, indoor or outdoor.


Our SunRail™ stainless steel cable railing is perfect for interior or exterior use. It is also popular for commercial or residential applications where clients require a sophisticated and custom look. Stainless steel requires minimal maintenance and will last for years to come. The cable railing diameter is also 5/32” like the RailEasy™ Cable Railing System. 


The HandiSwage™ offers the convenience and economy of 1/8″ or 5/32″ cable. Additionally, it combines this with the aesthetic appeal, quality and durability of hand swage fittings. All HandiSwage™ components are grade 316L stainless steel. This grade of stainless steel offers corrosion resistance and durability.

Consult a Professional

It is vital to listen to professional advice when choosing your cable railings. Most experts have field experience of what will suit your needs best based on your current setup and design outlook. It’s also crucial that you take your time choosing the right cable railing for you to ensure you don’t have to change it later on.