We’ve had a few customers ask us about the best rope to use for railings at their cottage or home. We typically recommend Manila, but we have had a few customers purchase 3 Strand Cotton as well. We don’t recommend 3 Strand Cotton without applying a finish on it as it’ll really pick up and show dirt. But, if you’re not concerned about longevity, then it does have a great look that can be suitable for staging a property for sale.
House and Home magazine has a great article on how to build your own rope railing.