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The Best Gates For Gardens & Side Entrances

gated entrance to a front garden covered in roses

The primary function of any gate is to complete the border to your home, delineating the extent of your land and providing an entranceway into it. But gates can serve so many other purposes, as well.

From elaborate front gates which welcome visitors to your property with their inviting appearance to understated entryways which provide discreet access and egress from your back garden, there are a variety of characteristics you might look for in the ideal gate for your situation. Fortunately, there are plenty of ready-made options on the market, meaning you’re simply spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the right gate for you.

When perusing the range of products available, there are a few things you’ll want to keep at the forefront of your mind. The three biggest concerns will likely focus on the size of the gate, the materials it is made from and how these two factors combine to affect its aesthetic appearance. You’ll also want to bear in mind the existing décor of your home and ensure that the gate will fit in seamlessly alongside whatever theme you already have in place.

Durability is also factor, especially given the inclemency of the Great British weather on (far too frequent!) occasion, so choosing a gate that’s built to last is also a key consideration. Opting for a recognised brand backed by strong customer reviews is a sure-fire way to ensure you get a quality product, while the price tag will always have some sort of bearing on any decision of this kind.

With all of those above points in mind, we’ve narrowed the hundreds of products on offer to just seven of our preferred favourites.

Best Metal
Regent Metal Scroll Garden Gates 838mm GAP X...
Best Wooden
Ruby Featheredge Gate Wooden Garden Side Gate...
Also Consider...
4ft High x 3ft Wide Treated Wooden Round Top...
Material
Galvanised Metal
Pressure-Treated Featheredge
Scandinavian Softwood
Height
91.4cm
180cm
121.9cm
Width
83.8cm
90cm
91.4cm
Price
Price not available
£129.96
£80.96
Best Metal
Regent Metal Scroll Garden Gates 838mm GAP X...
Material
Galvanised Metal
Height
91.4cm
Width
83.8cm
Price
Price not available
Best Wooden
Ruby Featheredge Gate Wooden Garden Side Gate...
Material
Pressure-Treated Featheredge
Height
180cm
Width
90cm
Price
£129.96
Also Consider...
4ft High x 3ft Wide Treated Wooden Round Top...
Material
Scandinavian Softwood
Height
121.9cm
Width
91.4cm
Price
£80.96

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For anyone short on time to compare the merits and drawbacks of everything that’s out there, we’ve done the hard work for you – so have a read over our choices below and equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

Best Metal Gate: Regent Metal Scroll Gate

Classy metal gate is solid, stylish and galvanised against erosion.

Cost: Price not available

There’s something about a metal gate which adds a touch of elegance to its surroundings, whether it’s installed between a wooden fence, concrete wall or topiarised hedgerow. This scroll gate from Regent fits that description to a tee.

The gate has been designed to fit a gap of 914mm x 914mm, so be sure to check the dimensions of your aperture before ordering. It’s constructed from solid metal and is sturdily built, but still remains surprisingly lightweight. It has also been electro galvanised and powder coated black, to give it additional resistance against the build-up of rust and impart a classic charm to its appearance.

The gate comes with all of the relevant fixtures and fittings, including two angle brackets and bolts to hang the gate up, as well as a tip latch and catch to secure it. One small grumble is that there are no screws included in the package, but it’s a minor obstacle and all in all, the gate is easy to install.

As for value, it’s one of the cheaper items on this list – but that may have something to do with the fact that it’s also one of the smaller options. Overall, however, it’s an excellently made and attractive product for a very affordable price.

Pros

  • Refined metal construction adds class to its surrounding
  • Electro galvanised to provide rust resistance
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Not the largest dimensions
  • No screws included

Best Wooden Gate: Ruby Featheredge Side Gate

Well-made wooden gate is perfect for a side entrance to your property.

Cost: £129.96

For those in the market for something a little more rustic, this handmade wooden gate from Ruby could fit the bill.

With sawn framing and featheredge softwood construction, it’s a beautiful gate that will hang perfectly on the side entrance to your property. The dimensions here are 900mm x 1,800mm, making it ideal for those who are looking for a bit more privacy in the product. The timber is a little rough on arrival, so a solid sanding and finish might be in order for those pernickety about the final appearance, but it’s more than presentable as is.

The door is delivered fully framed, ledged and braced, but it doesn’t come with any hinges, screws or bolts, so homeowners will have to source their own fixtures. Having said that, it’s an easy installation job once you have all the tools to hand and is guaranteed to enhance the bucolic appeal of your back yard.

It is sold at a very reasonable price, especially in comparison to some of its rivals from household brand name suppliers, while it’s robust enough that it should stand you in good stead for many years to come.

Pros

  • Good-looking timber construction catches the eye
  • Built to last

Cons

  • No hinges, screws or other fittings included
  • Wood not sanded on arrival

Ruby Treated Picket Gate

Scandinavian softwood option is the archetypal picket gate.

Cost: £80.96

For those raised on aspirations of a country cottage with a blossoming front garden and a white picket fence, this alternative offering from Ruby ticks all the boxes. Well, almost all of them – it’s not white, but it is utterly charming.

The gate is approximately 900mm x 1,200mm in size and would work best alongside a picket fence of the same style, but will serve equally well alongside a boundary of any kind. It is made from Scandinavian softwood and pressure treated for superior appearance, with rounded edges to the upperparts of the posts. Surprisingly weighty in the flesh, it will make for a robust addition to your garden.

Again, Ruby do not provide any of the hinges, latches or other fixtures required to get you up and running. Again, however, it’s an easy installation job once you’ve tracked down all of the pieces of the puzzle you require, but it’s an idea to order the hinge kit in advance to avoid delay once the gate arrives.

In terms of its price tag, it’s a high-quality gate that is on offer for a mid-range fee. Given its idyllic appeal and the durability of its design, it represents excellent market value against the competition.

Pros

  • Very pretty on the eye, recalls visions of rural bliss
  • Well-made and easy to install

Cons

  • No fixtures and fittings included with purchase

Verona Metal Side Gate

Contemporary metal gate brings art deco into the al fresco.

Cost: Price not available

Are there any fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the house? While this elegant metal side gate doesn’t quite follow the looping swirls and delicate contours of that world-famous designer, there’s certainly something of his spirit in its design.

That makes it an ideal choice for anyone wishing to inject a modern vibe into their garden. Constructed from wrought iron, electro galvanised against erosion and powder coated with black paint, it’s a sleek and chic gate perfect for a side entrance into your property. It’s made to fit brick, metal or wooden posts and will slot in snugly into a gap of 920mm to 980mm, with a height of 1,800mm.

Verona have included all of the necessary fixtures and fittings with each purchase, meaning you should have all the tools to hand you need to get cracking. Unfortunately, the instructions appear to be either non-existent or needlessly confusing, which makes installation a mite trickier than it needs to be. But while the latch in particular might provoke some head-scratching moments, its ingenious design does preclude wind rattle, so that’s another point in the plus column.

Perhaps the biggest negative, however, is its price; it’s a good stretch more expensive than any of the others on this list, but those willing to splash out will land themselves a tasteful and long-lasting gate to enhance their home’s aesthetic.

Pros

  • Artful design calls to mind art deco elegance
  • Robust and resistant to rust
  • All fixtures included

Cons

  • Instructions complicate rather than facilitate installation
  • Prohibitive price point

Henley Scroll Garden Gate

Simple but smart wrought iron gate brings timeless appeal to all environs.

Cost: Price not available

When it comes to design, sometimes less is more. This scroll gate from Henley employs the same electro galvanised and powder coated wrought iron as other options on this list, but with less intricacy in its appearance. For those looking for a minimalist solution to their gate needs, that’s a good thing.

The gate comes in two different sizes; the smaller option is designed to fill a gap of between 850mm and 919mm, while the larger is better suited to larger apertures of 920mm to 990mm; both options are 942mm in height. That choice gives you the opportunity to achieve a snugger fit when it comes to installing the gate in your garden, resulting in a better overall impression.

Despite its solid metal construction, this is a surprisingly light product, though the quality of the materials and the electro galvanised finish means it should hold up well over time. It comes with all the materials necessary to fix it in place minus the screws, since they will differ depending upon the surface to which you wish to secure it.

Installation is straightforward and the price a fair reflection of its quality and style, though there are more affordable options out there.

Pros

  • Classic design and black colour complement any surrounding décor
  • Choice of two sizes gives a better fit

Cons

  • Simplistic design perhaps not as sophisticated as some other options
  • Slightly expensive in comparison to alternatives

PGS Arched Top Gate

Very versatile arched gate can adapt to your preferences.

Cost: £85.00

If you prefer the capability to adapt and customise your garden gate as you see fit, this arched offering from PGS might be the one for you. It is constructed from featheredged timber and comes with a variety of different options, allowing you to pick the one that suits your tastes best.

For starters, there four sizes to choose from. While all of the quartet are 1,800mm in size, homeowners can pick between widths of 750mm, 900mm, 1,050mm and 1,200mm. This ensures that the gate will slot in effortlessly and sit flush to any aperture your home has. What’s more, customers can choose to purchase it with a Suffolk latch, a ring latch or with no latch kit at all, affording the utmost in customisation.

The gate is semi-braced and pressure-treated to afford to a lengthier lifespan, while the quality of its construction only enhances its durability. The arched design of the top of the gate brings a smidgeon of character to its appearance, too, while the wood is suitable for painting if you so desire.

It’s also available at a reasonable price that, while not the cheapest option out there, certainly won’t break the bank. All in all, that makes for one quality purchase.

Pros

  • Quality timber product is sturdy and handsome
  • Four different sizes and two options of latch (or no latch alternative)

Cons

  • Not the cheapest option, but that’s a minor grumble for such a high-quality product

VidaXL Timber Garden Gate

Affordable timber picket gate comes in flatpack form.

Cost: £39.99

Fashioned from impregnated pinewood, this timber garden gate follows the same form as the picket option from Ruby mentioned previously. Unlike that product – and unlike all other products on this shortlist – this gate arrives flat-packed.

That is perhaps the biggest deterrent for anyone not comfortable with rolling up their sleeves and putting their DIY hat on. Not only does the package not include the necessary locks and hinges, it also requires assembly upon delivery. Having said that, anyone with a modicum of knowledge about such matters should find the process fairly straightforward, with the instructions clear and the materials cut to size competently.

Aside from the assembly aspect, another important factor to consider is its size. At just one metre in both width and height, it’s appropriate for smaller and squatter fences. When married with the right surrounding structures, however, this timber gate can hold its own in terms of allure and resilience against any of the other items outlined above.

Which brings us onto the one area where it clearly outperforms the competition: its price. Of course, the fact that an amount of manual labour is required before the gate can be fitted should be factored into your equations, but otherwise it’s a very affordable option that won’t disappoint.

Pros

  • Strong and sturdy in construction
  • Quaint and charming in appearance
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Requires DIY assembly
  • No fixtures and fittings included

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