Should Fence Gates Swing In or Out?


You want your gate design to add to your home’s overall curb appeal and be practical, too. Should your decorative metal garden gates and driveway gates swing in or out? Your family will open and close the gate often. Choosing the wrong option can result in daily annoyance and even having to replace the entire gate.

Make the Gate Open as Wide as Possible

This might seem obvious, but you want your gate to swing wide open. Why? This will help get more use of your gate and make it more functional. Whether you have customized decorative garden gates, a large security gate, or a pool gate, you need to make regular use comfortable. Typically a meter or so works best for most gates. Formal entryways may need three meters.

Double Gates vs. Single Gates

Driveway gates may be several meters wide to allow for all vehicles. For smaller openings, you will use a single gate. However, those wide doors need a double gate. Both types are convenient for you and your family.

Swing Inward or Outward?

Your gate should always swing inward. Why? You want the gate to move towards private space, not out to the public. Single gate hinges work on either side. If you have a gate swinging on a sloping hill, you might need to place hinges on a different place, like the downhill posts.


Sometimes the gate swings against a fence, wall, or other obstacle. You need to hinge the gate so it opens towards the path. Don’t allow the gate to further block the path. To prevent further issues make sure that the gate is set deep in the ground and is secure.

The Gate Experts

When you need to install a metal gate, call the experts at Master Iron Stairs & Fences. Locally owned and operated, Master Iron has served Toronto customers for decades. We provide superior installation of gates, railings, grates, fences, and grills. Our custom-made designs comes with a guaranteed warranty.

Call the experts at Master Iron today! Our friendly team will be happy to help you. Contact us now.