Wondering how to hang a garden gate? We’ve got you covered.

Hanging a garden gate is one of the trickier parts of the process when it comes to building your fence, but it’s a necessary first step. And thankfully, it is very doable for a DIYer with the correct equipment on hand and proper guidance.

Harlow Bros, as a leading timber merchant, will walk you through all the necessary steps so that you know how you can hang a garden gate and have all the required materials.

Our landscaping experts will explain the required steps and preparation for garden gate installation, with expert tips provided throughout.


What you will need for garden gate installation

You will of course need a gate, which can be bought complete. This can be anything from a typical garden gate to a feather edge gate, the choice is yours.  You will also need posts, hinges, latches and screws.

This is on top of all of the equipment required to build your full fence. Typically, it’s best to get your gate up first and then build the rest of the fence from there.

Learn more about building a fence with the best timber materials available here.

As you will be starting with your garden gate, you have some flexibility when it comes to size. Consider how large you want your fence as a whole to be.

Is it a perimeter? Are you looking to keep a dog in? Is it being erected to improve privacy? Keep these questions in mind when you are choosing your gate.


Essential equipment for installing a garden gate


  • Timber gate
  • Timber posts
  • Hinges
  • Required ironmongery (screws)
  • Gate latch, bolt and/or hook


  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Spade or shovel
  • Pencil
  • Spirit measure
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Markers

Installing garden gate posts

First of all, you need to install your gate posts, which is where you will hang your garden gate.

Getting the spacing right is very important, so make sure you have a tape measure.

You’ll need to dig a hole for your posts, so first of all, mark the width of your garden gate on the ground.

Tip: Anything from a golf tee to a pencil can be used as a marker.

Once you have the width of your fence, add another wider set of markers. Generally, you would go out another 50mm on the side where your gate will attach to the fence through the hinges. This covers your clearance gaps, and is where the inner side of your fence post will be.

You can then add a third (and final) marker on each side. For this marker, you will need to know your post’s width and thickness, half that number, to mark where the centre of the post will go.

Now, you are ready to start digging.

When digging a hole, you will want to ensure that your posts are secure. Generally, look to dig a hole for your fence post 1/3 of its own total length. While it’s not always easy, try not to make the hole you’re digging too wide, as it could compromise the gate’s stability.

Following that, it’s a simple case of inserting your posts.

Before you buy garden gate posts: This sounds obvious, but ensure your gate posts are taller than your gate itself, as part of your posts will be in the ground. 2.4m gate posts are usually a safe bet, but always double-check your requirements. To make sure you’re getting the right size, feel free to contact us. Remember, if it’s too big, you can cut your post down, but if it’s too small, it’s not fit for purpose.



How to fit a garden gate

As mentioned, your posts should allow 50mm of clearance space on the side of your gate where the hinge will go. This will allow the gate to open and close without rubbing against or jamming on the posts. You can leave a little less space on the other side where your latch will be, still enough for the gate to open and close.

Similarly, you should make sure that there is around 20-30mm of clearance space from the ground. This is because timber can expand as temperatures change, and your fence could get jammed against the ground without the right clearance space.

Now it’s time to mark where your hinges are going to go. Again, this will depend on the height of your gate, but generally, it’s best to have either two or three hinges.

Tip: Don’t overcomplicate the process – align where your hinges will go with the gate rails (that’s the pieces of wood on the gate near the top and bottom that face horizontally.)

Once you have an idea of where your hinges are going to go, use your tape measure and a pencil to mark out where your pilot holes, drill them in, and then screw on your fence hinges.

Hinges will require between 2 to 4 screws to secure your hinge to a post. Before screwing the hinge on, use a spirit measure to ensure that the hinge is true.

How to hang a garden gate

Once all of the measurements have been carried out and the posts are in place, the garden gate installation will be straightforward.

All you have to do is make sure your gate is within the clearance space, mark pilot holes for your hinge leaf (the part that connects to the fence) and screw it on.

How to fit a garden gate latch

Now that you have a functioning gate, you can secure it with a latch, bolt lock, or hook lock. Pick yourself up a reliable choice like a Gaternate ring gate latch which will last you for years to come.

A latch, like a hinge, simply needs to be screwed onto a fence post (the one opposite where your hinges are) and the fence itself.

If you want to be extra secure, you can fit more than one latch, with one at the top, one in the centre, and/or one at the bottom.

Once this is done, you should have a fully functioning garden gate. Remember to make sure it is all well-treated to prevent rot. Why not opt for a classic antique pine stain?

This first step is also the hardest step, so well done and good luck with the rest of your fencing project!