Question: How Much Smaller Should A Gate Be Than The Opening?

Should a gate open in or out?

Swing Inward or Outward.

Your gate should always swing inward.


You want the gate to move towards private space, not out to the public..

Where should hinges be placed on a gate?

You also need to determine where the hinges will be installed. As a rule of thumb, gate hinges are placed at the top and the bottom of the gate but heavy-duty gate hinges will often have a third hinge for the middle to support the weight.

What is the standard gate size?

Standard entry and path gates are 0.9 metres (3 feet) wide. And it’s not just the width of the gate that needs to be considered when taking those important measurements. Think about what height the gate needs to be, ensuring that you leave enough space underneath it for ground clearance.

What size hinges for a gate?

A typical size hinge for a ‘typical’ gate is a 4″ x 4″ or 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ heavy duty ball-bearing hinge. See our selection of butt hinges.

How many gates should a fence have?

When planning out gate entrances, make sure to include at least two gate entrances and make one of those entrances slightly wider to accommodate bulky equipment. A 3-foot wide gate entrance will easily accommodate pedestrians, but a wider entrance is needed for items such as trash bins, lawn mowers and wheelbarrows.

How wide does a gate need to be for a truck?

For occasional or rare access for vehicle, equipment, or small trailer an 8′ gate should work. If you want to provide for trucks or larger trailers (my big trailers are 8′ wide) a 10′ gate would be tight but would work.

How much clearance does a gate need?

Your gate posts will have a different distance compared to that of other fence posts. The typical gate opening is 36 inches. Add to this a 1 1/2 inch (3/4 inch each) combined gap for gate hinges and the gate latch, and you will have a total distance of 37 1/2 inch between your gate posts.

How do you measure a gate opening?

Gate Opening Size: The ‘opening’ size is the distance between your hinge post and latch post, measuring from inside to inside of hinge and latch post. Gate Finish Size: The ‘finish’ size is the actual width of the gate, measuring from outside to outside of gate uprights.

How much space should be between post and gate?

4.5 to 5 inchesAllow 4.5 to 5 inches between the post and gate for hinges and pins.

Can you use door hinges on a gate?

Pintle hinges can be used on gates that you want to swing both ways (or gates that you want to swing only one way). This type of hinge can hold a lot of weight for its size. They are also good when you are mounting the gate to a masonry wall.

How many hinges do I need for a gate?

For example a small garden gate may need only a single pair of 12” hinges but a large set of 6ft high wooden driveway gates may need 3 pairs of 36” to provide adequate support.