Don’t Overthink It Grids

Simple grids- how to code in CSS

The vast majority of websites out there use a grid. They may not explicitly have a grid system in place, but if they have a “main content area” floated to the left a “sidebar” floated to the right, it’s a simple grid.

If a more complex layout presents itself, people often reach for a grid framework. They assume grids are these super difficult things best left to super CSS nerds. That idea is perpetuated by the fact that a lot of the grid systems they reach for are very complicated.

Here’s how I build grids. It’s not hard or complicated. Even making them flexible is no big deal.

A block level element is as wide as the parent it’s inside (width: auto;). We can think of it as 100% wide. The wrapper for a grid probably don’t have much to do with semantics, it’s just a generic wrapper, so a div is fine.

Let’s start with a practical and common need: a main content area being 2/3 the width and a sidebar being 1/3 the width. We just make two column divs with appropriate class names.

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