Nesting Media Queries

Prompted by Dan Davies, I thought I’d share how I use nested media queries in Sass. What I do is nothing new, but we all learn by sharing and discussing things.

Below is how I use nested media queries in Sass. I try to keep nesting up to 3 levels deep at most, group properties by type such as layout (display, padding), text (colour, font, weight, size) and so on.

Then I order media queries by size, so the smallest query first then the largest last. Inside the query’s block, I try to keep the order of properties the same, but as they’re usually quite small, I’m not precious about it.

.elem {

    color: red;
    border: 1px solid blue;

    .thing {
        font-weight: 600;

    // And any other properties...

    @media (min-width: 601px) and (max-width: 800px) {
        color: green;

    @media (max-width: 801px) and (min-width: 1000px) {
        color: blue;
        border-color: yellow;
        .thing {
            font-weight: 400;

} // .elem

The only downside I can see to this is the end result when compiled. You could have many repeated @media query declarations. When someone makes a good Sass plugin to combine the @media declarations, that’d be awesome.

As ever, my good friend Stuart Robson has written a few times about this such thing. This and this are both worth reading, even if one is about LESS.

Update: 12:07pm

The very same Stuart as above shared some links related to my ‘many queries’ concern above. Take a look.