Do Gate Hinges Go On Inside or Outside?

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When installing a gate, one crucial decision to make is whether to place the hinges on the inside or outside. While it may seem like a simple choice, several factors come into play, including security, aesthetics, functionality, and personal preference. In this article, we will delve into the considerations and best practices for gate hinge placement, helping you make an informed decision and ensure optimal results.

Inside vs Outside, what's the difference?

Simple answer.  If hinges are on the outside, the gate will open outward.  If the hinges are on the inside, the gate will open inward.

Safety Consideration

#1 thing to consider for installing your hinges is if you have, or will ever have a pool.  The reason for this is the gate must swing out of the property.  For this case the hinges should go on the outside.

Does your ground slope at all?

If the ground on the outside of the fence slopes up, you’re best bet is to put the hinges on the inside so the gate opens inward.  This is so that you don’t have to install the gate high off the ground to make sure it can fully open.


If you have a pool (or may get one in the future) put the hinges on the outside.  If your ground slopes up on the outside of your fence have the hinges on the inside.  For all other cases the choice is up to you.

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Joe Migrala

Joe is the owner of H&J Fence Supply and has been in the fence industry for 8+ years.

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