Installing a new metal garden/ side gate is usually more straight forward than expected, and most can be carried out by competent  DIYers. The main issue that needs to be checked is ensuring the right size gate width/ height has been ordered.

As standard, over 90% of metal gates are installed using the below example:

Install diagram for metal garden or side gate


  • Spirit Level
  • Hammer Drill
  • Hammer
  • Spanner
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • First, a clearance is required between ground level and the bottom edge of gate. We recommend allowing 50mm (or 2″) on a level drive although this may need to be increased if the driveway raises.The easiest way to do this is by using a straight edge and a level.
  • Next depends on whether there are posts/ pillars in place or not. If you need to fit posts, see “How to Fit Posts” for more info.

On existing pillars or posts: As standard (if no posts are selected on order), you will receive 2 x hinge plates along with 2 x adjustable bolts that connects the gate to the plate. If you purchase the posts, hinge lugs will already be attached to the post.

  • Use one side of the gate and position it onto the straight edge. Put the silver threaded bar through the top (pre-drilled) hole of gate frame (before this, make sure you remove one of the nuts off the threaded bar.)
  • Connect the bar to the hinge plate and mark the pillar/ post where the hinge plate needs to be mounted.

Repeat this process for the bottom hinge plate but using a spirit level to ensure the gate is plumb then move on to opposite side. This stage needs to be accurate so spend time to get it right!

  • Using a hammer drill, drill the holes. Insert the wall plugs until they are flush with the surface. Fix the 2 hinge plates to the posts/ pillars.
  • Connect the two threaded bars to the gate frame and hang.
  • Adjust the side gap so that you have an equal space between pillars and gate. Do this by moving the two nuts connected to the adjustable bolt.


  • Connect latch to the gate. Please note, there maybe two sides where you could attach to. This is for the gate to hang from either left or right side.
  • Mark position of the closing bracket on the pillar and fix (drill, plug then screw).
  • If needed, shorten the latch using an angle grinder and apply a black metal paint protection to end to prevent rusting.
Metal Gate Latch and Closing Bracket