The padding-bottom CSS property sets the height of the padding area on the bottom of an element.

An element's padding area is the space between its content and its border.

The effect of the CSS padding-bottom property on the element box

Note: The padding property can be used to set paddings on all four sides of an element with a single declaration.


/* <length> values */
padding-bottom: 0.5em;
padding-bottom: 0;
padding-bottom: 2cm;

/* <percentage> value */
padding-bottom: 10%;

/* Global values */
padding-bottom: inherit;
padding-bottom: initial;
padding-botom: revert;
padding-bottom: unset;

The padding-bottom property is specified as a single value chosen from the list below. Unlike margins, negative values are not allowed for padding.



The size of the padding as a fixed value. Must be nonnegative.


The size of the padding as a percentage, relative to the width of the containing block. Must be nonnegative.

Formal definition

Initial value0
Applies toall elements, except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Percentagesrefer to the width of the containing block
Computed valuethe percentage as specified or the absolute length
Animation typea length

Formal syntax

<length> | <percentage>


Setting padding bottom with pixels and percentages

.content { padding-bottom: 5%; }
.sidebox { padding-bottom: 10px; }


CSS Box Model Module Level 3 (CSS Box Model 3)
# padding-physical

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See also