Neat 2 introduces a lot of new interesting features and functionality, and also reworks a few key principles. One of these features is the ability to create nested grids. Nested grids are common for creating complex layouts and dynamic designs. They are also pivotal when creating components that live inside large layout structures. Here’s how to think about and create nested grid structures in Neat 2.
Since Neat uses a
push left grid system, gutters are
defined with margin, not padding, on each of the grid objects. Here’s an example
of three simple columns in a great container. Each column is defined using
grid-column(4) which, given the default of 12 columns, means that there are 3
columns per row.
If we just nest additional columns inside one of the existing ones, we end up with double margins. This doesn’t break the layout, but it is often not the desired behavior.
The best way to resolve this situation is to use the
mixin. This object is an extra element added within the parent column, wrapping
the three children columns. Taking the global gutter into account, this element
will “eat” the margin on either side of it, allowing the children elements to
then push back in, reestablishing the gutter. Its also common to add
container() to this element, since it has floated children and will collapse
unless a clearfix is added.
That’s it! If you’re into multiple levels of nesting, you can continue to nest columns
over and over again by adding a
grid-collapse() element each time to wrap your
columns. While this system does require you to add extra HTML elements, the end
result creates super stable layouts that look great across any device. Nest
away, you maverick 🚀!
Will H McMahan