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Metal Gates Direct - Choosing The Right Gate For Small Spaces

Choosing the Right Gate for Small Spaces

If you are a security-conscious homeowner, then a gate, no matter how big or small, is an important requirement for any UK property. However, when dealing with small or snug spaces, our experience has led us to believe that customers find choosing the right gate type to be more challenging. However, our experience has also taught us that having limited space doesn't mean you have to compromise on either security or the appearance of the entrance. With this in mind, we have created this useful guide to provide you with lots of tips on selecting a gate that will maximise both aesthetic and functionality elements when working with a small entrance.

Types of Gates for Small Spaces

When dealing with a small entrance, there are several solutions that will be of benefit. Below, we provide you with more details:

  • Single Swing Gates: A single gate is perfect for small openings as it will need less swinging space than a double. Furthermore, with the ability to install the gate with either left or right hand hanging and the option to fit it either inward or outward opening, overcoming obstacles and obstructions is easily achieved.
  • Sliding Gates: If you have limited space for the gate to swing open, then a sliding gate is a good choice. However, because the opening is in one direction, the space available in the direction it opens will need to be at least 1 ½ to 2 times the width of the opening it is securing. For this reason, they are best suited to properties with a long boundary wall.
  • Bi-fold Gate: This type of gate is divided into two sections, allowing it to fold back onto itself. This means that only half the swinging radius is needed compared to a single-panel design, and as such, it is the best choice for the most compact of spaces.
  • Pedestrian Gate: When a property has a restricted swinging radius or a limited amount of driveway space, the installation of a separate pedestrian gate will help to minimise the overall size needed for larger driveway gates.

Small pair of Royale Marquis double gates for a narrow entrance

Regency single swing gate Monaco narrow garden gate

Things to Consider When Choosing a Gate

Whichever type of gate you need or decide to purchase, there are a few factors that you will need to consider for it to meet your needs:

  • Security: Ultimately, the primary role of a gate is to provide security; therefore, always try to select the heaviest duty design you can afford, as the stronger the components, the better the level of protection it will be able to provide.
  • Appearance: To create a harmonious appearance for your property, we recommend that you select a gate design that will blend in with your home's existing architectural style. 
  • Cost: Don't be tempted to cut costs and purchase the cheapest gate you can find. Specifications vary dramatically, so always factor in your security requirements when selecting a design.
  • Planning and Building Regulations: If you live in a conservation area or the gate is over 6ft in height, you may require permission from the local authority. For more information about these requirements, we recommend you refer to our planning permission and building regulations guide.

Making the Most of Limited Space

Having a small entrance does not need to mean that your gate cannot remain stylish. Here we have provided you with some tips to help you maximise the aesthetic appeal of your entrances:

  • Think about colour: If you want to make a bold statement, paint the gate in a bright colour. Alternatively, for a more traditional appearance, black has a timeless appeal.
  • Add Lighting: Think about adding lighting to the entrance as it will provide a useful addition for pedestrians entering and exiting the property.
  • Use Vertical Lines: A gate design with large gaps between the bars will retain an open feel and help to make the entrance seem larger than it really is.
  • Keep It Simple: An overly decorative design can look too busy, whereas a simple gate with clean lines can provide an uncluttered appearance to the entrance.

Small bespoke double gates with vertical bars and ball top finial in a narrow entrance

Tips for Small Gate Maintenance

To ensure you gate is capable of securing your property, it is important to carry out the correct maintenance.

  • Regular Cleaning: We recommend that you keep the surfaces of the gate clean so that a build-up of grime and dirt does not occur.
  • Weather Protection: To protect against rust, you need to ensure that all the exposed surfaces of the gate are painted to achieve an adequate level of protection against the weather. Please also note that any chips or scratches to the paintwork should be touched up as soon as possible.
  • Lubricate Moving Components: To ensure your gate is able to swing freely, we recommend that you lubricate all the moving parts on a regular basis.

Searching for a Compact Gate for your Property Entrance?

Here at Metal Gates Direct, we aim to offer customers convenience and affordable prices. So please feel free to browse, select, and purchase your ideal compact gate today using our secure online shop. Alternatively, if you are wondering about installation or maintenance or have other queries, our dedicated customer service team is happy to assist.

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