How to Replace a Wrought Iron Porch Railing With Wood

Wrought iron porch railings can be a suitable complement to a home’s exterior.
However, if you desire to up your curb appeal and present a more inviting porch for your home, you may want to replace it with wood. Wood adds warmth and style to any porch. A wooden railing mounted to posts with metal brackets will provide a nod to the traditional wrought iron railing while giving your home the warmth and beauty of wood. These dimensions are for a 48-inch porch railing, but you can modify them to fit the size of your own porch railing.

Step 1

Adjust the wrench to fit the lag bolts that secure the railing to the porch steps. Unscrew each lag bolt using the wrench. Lift the wrought iron railing from the porch.

Step 2

Position one deck post mount on each stair tread. Center the mounts in the width of each tread. The outside edge of the mounts should be flush with the end of the stair treads. Drive the screws included with the mounts through the mounting holes into the stair treads using a screw gun.

Step 3

Slide one end of each post into the deck post mounts. Drive the screws included with the mounts through the mounting holes into the posts.

Step 4

Place one bracket 3 inches down from the top end of each post. Drive the screws included with the brackets through the mounting holes into the posts with a screw gun.

Step 5

Center the handrail over the top of the brackets. Drive the screws included with the brackets through the mounting holes in the brackets into the bottom of the handrail with a screw gun.

Things You Will Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Deck post mounts, with screws (one for each stair)
  • Screw gun
  • Posts, 4-by-4-inch, 28 inches long (one for each stair)
  • Wrought iron handrail brackets, with screws (one for each stair)
  • 48-inch wooden handrail

Tip

  • Finish the handrail and posts to match the porch or trim color.

Warning

  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.