Vertical menu for Bootstrap 3

In my current project to redesign a site using the latest Bootstrap 3, I realized I wanted a vertical menu in the sidebar. I found all kinds of examples using lists as and just stacking them, but I wanted the mobile menu to function the same. So essentially I wanted a stacked sidebar menu that would function just like standard framework mobile menu. After some searching and trial and error, here’s what I came up with.


Update

In anticipation of Bootstrap 4, here’s a demo on creating a Bootstrap 4 Vertical Menu.


At a resolution of 768px or greater you see vertical menu in one of my two main columns.

bootstrap-side-menu-2

When scaled down to less than 768px, the menu collapses and works just like the normal theme menu.

bootstrap-side-menu-3

I only made one small addition to the standard HTML – I added a container div around the menu with a class called “sidebar-nav”.

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-sm-3">
    <div class="sidebar-nav">
      <div class="navbar navbar-default" role="navigation">
        <div class="navbar-header">
          <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".sidebar-navbar-collapse">
            <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
            <span class="icon-bar"></span>
            <span class="icon-bar"></span>
            <span class="icon-bar"></span>
          </button>
          <span class="visible-xs navbar-brand">Sidebar menu</span>
        </div>
        <div class="navbar-collapse collapse sidebar-navbar-collapse">
          <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
            <li class="active"><a href="#">Menu Item 1</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Menu Item 2</a></li>
            <li class="dropdown">
              <a href="#" class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown">Dropdown <b class="caret"></b></a>
              <ul class="dropdown-menu">
                <li><a href="#">Action</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Another action</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Something else here</a></li>
                <li class="divider"></li>
                <li class="dropdown-header">Nav header</li>
                <li><a href="#">Separated link</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">One more separated link</a></li>
              </ul>
            </li>
            <li><a href="#">Menu Item 4</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Reviews <span class="badge">1,118</span></a></li>
          </ul>
        </div><!--/.nav-collapse -->
      </div>
    </div>
  </div>
  <div class="col-sm-9">
    Main content goes here
  </div>
</div>

Then I just added this css.

/* make sidebar nav vertical */ 
@media (min-width: 768px) {
  .sidebar-nav .navbar .navbar-collapse {
    padding: 0;
    max-height: none;
  }
  .sidebar-nav .navbar ul {
    float: none;
  }
  .sidebar-nav .navbar ul:not {
    display: block;
  }
  .sidebar-nav .navbar li {
    float: none;
    display: block;
  }
  .sidebar-nav .navbar li a {
    padding-top: 12px;
    padding-bottom: 12px;
  }
}

Hope that helps someone.

At the request of a few people I have set up a really simple demo:

 View Vertical Menu for Bootstrap 3 Example


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