CSS Easy Masonry Grid

— 2 minute read

Today we are going to look into making a straightforward CSS Masonry grid. For those who don't know what a Masonry grid is, it's a grid where items that are not equal in size match up. Back in the days, this was quite hard to achieve, and you had to use some bloated JavaScript framework to accomplish this. Nowadays, we can make it with very little use of CSS.

HTML Structure permalink

<div class="masonry">
<img
src="https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1551675705-72513c2722a2?ixlib=rb-1.2.1&ixid=eyJhcHBfaWQiOjEyMDd9&auto=format&fit=crop&w=800&q=60"
/>

... More images
</div>

As you can see, I tried to keep it as simple as possible by only using one masonry container and adding several images in it.

CSS Masonry permalink

.masonry {
column-count: 3;
column-gap: 0;
}
.masonry img {
display: block;
max-width: 100%;
}

Yes, that's all! We define a column-count which will make 3 columns and I added a gap of 0 to make it look better. Then each image we give a max-width so it doesn't break out.

View and play with this demo on Codepen.

See the Pen CSS Easy Masonry Grid by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

Browser Support permalink

The browser support for column-count is actually impressive! IE10+, and all major browsers.

View on caniuse

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