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    Spacing settings based on Bolt design principles. Part of the Bolt “Core” CSS framework that powers the Bolt Design System.

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    Install via NPM

    npm install @bolt/settings-spacing

    Spacing Chart*

    Vertical and Horizontal Spacing Base

    Direction Size Related to
    Vertical 1.650rem Leading
    Horizontal 2.000rem Gutter

    Spacing Size Multiplier

    Size Multiplier Vertical Horizontal
    xxsmall 0.125 0.206rem 0.250rem
    xsmall 0.250 0.413rem 0.500rem
    small 0.500 0.825rem 1.000rem
    medium (base) 1.000 1.650rem 2.000rem
    large 2.000 3.300rem 4.000rem
    xlarge 4.000 6.600rem 8.000rem
    xxlarge 8.000 13.200rem 16.000rem

    Squished and Stretched Ratio

    Name Vertical Horizontal
    Squished 50% 100%
    Stretched 100% 150%

    Getting Started

    The best way to start using Bolt is via the Bolt Starterkit (coming soon), a pre-assembled front-end boilerplate designed to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

    You can also use the full Bolt Core CSS framework on its own, or, install just the parts you need and fold the different ITCSS layers of Bolt into your existing codebase.

    Installing Bolt’s spacing settings is as easy as running NPM install:

    npm install @bolt/settings-spacing

    TIP:: Don’t have a package.json file? Need a little help getting started? Check out our Getting Started guide for some tips to help get you up to speed.


    Once installed, you should @import the main Sass partial into your project’s main .scss file to make the included variables available to the rest of your code.

    // Settings
    @import ‘@bolt/settings-spacing’
    // Tools
    @import ‘@bolt/tools-...’

    Since Bolt's CSS architecture is based on ITCSS (Inverted Triangle CSS)1, what Sass partials you import, and in what order, makes a whole world of difference. That’s why importing any Settings packages from Bolt in your project’s Settings layer (prior to any Sass mixins, resets, base HTML element styles, etc) is so important.


    We recommend using Bolt’s Gulp-based front-end build tools to compile your Sass as we're pre-packaging many of the latest tools and add-ons to help you write your very best: LibSass, Autoprefixer, PostCSS, CleanCSS, Sassdoc, Stylelint, Gulp Plumber, npm-sass, and BrowserSync live reloading.

    Further Reading:

    1. Learn more about ITCSS

    2. Spacing


    npm i @bolt/settings-spacing

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