How To Measure


How to measure for your wooden gate
This section is to aid the do-it-yourselfer with the information needed to successfully order and install our wooden garden side gates or wooden driveway entrance gates by using our easy how-to steps. Please remember we are a made to measure service so we will make to what ever size you require.
When using the price guides on our website, the prices are per gate for any side gates and field gates unless its driveway gates which are price for the pair.  All prices show both inclusive and exclusive of v.a.t. which is currently set at 20%.  If you have an in-between size, use the next size up for accurate pricing and then you can add you correct size required into the message box once in checkout. If you do have an odd size which cannot be based upon the current pricing guide then its always best to email you order or send a letter in writing to cover both parties from human error against sizes etc. Dont hesitate to contact us for any help, we are here to help you and guide you through etc.
Step 1
Which Gate?: Firsty you need to establish which style of gate you require from our website which meets your requirements.  i.e. Flat top, Round Top, Field Gate, Side Gate etc.
Step 2
Posts Or Wallplates?: You then need to establish do you need timber posts or wallplates?  (Wallplates are timber uprights which are bolted onto an existing wall/pillar/column allowing you to attach your hinges easily).  Wallplates are 45mm thick.  It sometimes makes many customers life easier, to have the posts or wallplates installed first, this then leaves a more accurate measurement to assertain what size gates are needed, this can only work for our local customers that are willing to collect the posts / wallplates before-hand otherwise we can send posts and wallplates out seperately but delivery charges will be charged accordingly.
Step 3
Measuring Your Width?:  When measuring, you need to take measurements at two points, the top and the bottom.  Sometimes, posts/walls/pillars are not always completly vertical, so its up to you to assertain which sizes you need to allow.  If its a case of 5-10mm then this is not really a problem, but we would advise using adjustable hinges to help make both sides even upon installation etc.
Step 4
How Much Clearance(s) Do I Need To Allow?: Please remember to allow clearance for your gates.  On a Pair Of Gates we recommend to allow 30mm overall.  This will leave 10mm either side and 10mm in the closing centre.  Every pair of gates are supplied with a centre closing strip to cover the centre gap so no need to worry.  For Single Gates we recommend to allow 15mm overall.  This will leave 7.5mm either side for clearance.  Please remember to allow for clearance underneath (also above if a cross bar is already existing or anything that may be obstructing the gate to open and close).
Step 5
Measuring Your Height:  When measuring for the height for your gate(s), please allow 50mm (2") from the ground level to the height you need at the hanging side.  Please make sure to allow clearance for any high spots in the ground as opening and closing them over these high spots would damage the gates.
Step 6
My Driveway Is Sloping:  If you driveway is sloping from front to rear or rear to front, the easiest way is to make sure the gates opening away from the ground.  Otherwise, (helpful tip) setting the hinges up offset between one another before hanging the gates, this willcertainley help raise the gates from the ground level.  All depending on how much you offset the hinges is all depending on how high you need the gates to raise.  Please note: offsetting the hinges will show the gates are not vertical when fitted so please bear this in mind.