Gate latches need to stand up to weather and rough handling, as well as to the scrutiny of aesthetically inclined neighbors. Here is our roundup of latches to add functionality to your wooden garden gates (see 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Garden Gates).
(N.B.: Many of the latches shown are also available as part of full gate hardware sets with all pieces needed–hinges, stops and latches–to hang your wood garden gates. See our Rustic Hinge Roundup for appealing hinge options.)
Above: The Sun Valley Bronze Slide Bar Gate Latch Passage Set is available in silicon bronze (bottom) and white bronze (shown top in privacy set with a visible cam). The materials used in this product have been certified to contain a minimum of 90 percent pre-consumer recycled bronze content; $839 at Snug Cottage Hardware.
Above: The Alta Stainless Steel Contemporary Gate Latch comes in a brushed stainless finish. It is a two-sided latch, operable from both sides, and features spring-loaded levers; $535 at 360 Yardware.
Above: The Rocky Mountain Rectangular Gate Passage Set includes escutcheons (2.5-by-4.5 inches) and levers for both sides of the gate. Price includes choice of finish and handle; $524 as shown from Prowell Woodworks.
Above: The Dark Bronze Contemporary Lever Latch by Coastal Bronze features a square handle with a flat catch and square back plate. Cast in solid bronze with living dark patina finish. Includes inside and outside handles that are operable from both sides of gate; $475 at Prowell Woodworks.
Above: A smaller scale option is the Acorn Forged Iron Gate Latch which measures 4-inches wide and is a one-sided gate latch; $11.69 at Chown Hardware.
Above: Perfect for Gates too short for standard latches, Rocky Mountain Hardware’s Bronze Hook is a modern take on a classic cabin hook is available in 4-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch lengths; $160 through Prowell Woodworks.
Above: The heavy duty Stainless Steel Slide Bolt measures 12-inches in length, and is crafted of stainless steel that is black powder coated. Available individually ($46.80) or as part of a convenient package of hardware to hang a single wooden gate. The Stainless Steel Slide Bolt Single Gate Hardware Package includes the stainless steel slide bolt, a set of three heavy duty ball-bearing hinges, and a gate stop. All parts are finished in black; $100.26 for the set at 360 Yardware.
Above: The Bronze Lockable Bolt Latch is a one-sided cast bronze gate latch. Install it on the inside of the gate, slide it closed, and no one can open the gate from the outside. It measures 9-inches long and comes in red bronze finish; $99 at 360 Yardware.
Above: A hand-forged iron Blacksmith Beeswax Privacy Latch Set is £21 from Cast in Style.
Above: A budget basic, the Stanley Zinc-plated Hardware Gate Latch; $4.47 at Amazon.
For more wooden garden gates, see “5 Favorites: Modern Wooden Garden Gates.”
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