A gate frame doesn’t have to be the standard rectangular, that you see on so many other websites,
Basic frame designs or gate frame shapes. 5 very basic metal gate frame designs, which can be used on almost any single gates, short or tall. can be adapted for double gates.
The rectangular metal gate frame, simple to make and functional, often with scrolls on top or railing heads but sometime just a plain top as drawn.
This is by far the simplest and most economical to make, upright bars are all the same height, this means the stop can be set on the saw and no need for individual measurement of the upright bars
This is the basic frame that is included in the “design your own” series
The rectangular gate frame with a half circle on top. doesn’t have to be a full half circle but can be a section of a circle making it shorter. Note if a full half circle on a 3 ft wide gate then the height of the half circle will be 18 inches, so does add height to the gate. Just a choice then of how to infill the half circle.
A circle isn’t difficult to make for an arch, but as each one is hand formed because we don’t make set size gates, but make the gate to fit the gap..
Point to note with a full half circle it will be, half as tall as it is wide. So for example a 915mm gate (3ft wide), has a frame that is about 800mm wide (allowing for hinge gap etc) so this would add 400mm to the height of the gate, so a 3ft wide gate becomes over 4ft tall (1250mm) when hung
Still a half circle but made narrower than the width of the gate, reducing the height, usually a scroll design infill into the top of the curve
Can be a “squashed” half circle, like the other 2 above these are all based on a rectangular gate frame, which means it would suit almost all designs, with out issues
another possibly variation of gate frame design, this is best suited to a plain top as drawn, or decorative railing heads on top
Can cause some issue with certain designs, because of the added height, scrolls would be one issue as the scrolls in the centre would need to be stretched to fill the gate and would look out of proportion
This adds about £40 to the price over a basis metal gate frame
An upside down curve, or a dip.. This is best suited to being plain or with railing heads as above can cause issue with certain patterns in the design, because of the need to shrink.
This adds about £30 to a price over a basic frame.
All the above can be varied in different ways in terms of curve size, after deciding on a frame style, once the frame is decide its really then working out the top detail of the gate and if you required a pattern or design in the gate..