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Goodness, where is the time going these days?! I’ve been meaning to get this post out for at least a week now… Christmas festivities the 1 last update 2020/06/01 keep taking priority, and of course I wouldn’t have it any other way. But, without further ado, one of the easiest projects we’ve DIY’ed in a while… a baby/pet (pet in our case!) gate.Goodness, where is the time going these days?! I’ve been meaning to get this post out for at least a week now… Christmas festivities keep taking priority, and of course I wouldn’t have it any other way. But, without further ado, one of the easiest projects we’ve DIY’ed in a while… a baby/pet (pet in our case!) gate.

Since our darling babies are now 6 and 4 years old, I thought we were LONG past the need for baby gates. It was a glorious feeling to move so freely from one room of the house to another, without the hazard of stepping over a gate.

Alas, that short window of time has ended. I had a brief period of losing my mind, and agreed to get a dog. (In all honesty, we have the sweetest dog on the planet so I really should not complain.) But, we are back to needing gates in our house.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Let me just say, baby gates are expensive! At least, if you are looking for the kind that can open and close easily and look halfway decent. We purchased two from Babies R Us…and I think on sale we probably paid around $150 each. Yuck.

About a month or so ago, we swapped a couple rooms on the first floor of our house (former playroom became office, former wasted space room became playroom). The new playroom was off the front entry, and had a large opening that we needed to barricade.

French doors would have been a great solution EXCEPT they are pricey, and I didn’t really want to close the room off entirely. And to buy a gate for that width?? Forget it! So expensive, and I really didn’t even like the smaller ones we already had.

Enter my genius hubby. I used to tease him about not being very handy, but I have to say…he’s really coming around. He fabricated this DIY GATE (Baby or Pet…take your choice!) and it has worked out perfectly! Best part? It took a matter of minutes to build. It’s also inexpensive to build. And it looks nice. Triple score!

Here is what you will need to complete this project:

  • 1×4 pineboards (number of these will be based on size of the gate you are making!)
  • deck screws
  • hinges (I used these)
  • latch of choice
  • stain or paint- I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Java

We decided that we wanted our gates to be 36 inches tall, and measured the door opening to get the widths and have now built 3 custom gates for three spaces in our house.

We used our miter saw to cut the pine boards to size. Then we laid everything out and determined the spacing for our slats. (TIP- we used a board length in between because it made for simple measuring…just use a spare to space them out!) I pre-drilled holes for the screws, then used the deck screws to connect. We added hinges and stepped back to admire:

I opted to stain the gates for a more cohesive look with the rest of our house. I had General Finishes Gel Stain left over from staining the pantry door, so that’s what I used.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for We built the initial gate and loved it so much that we have now replaced all those old white plastic gates in our home. Even though I don’t love the idea of having gated rooms, the style of these gates make them much more tolerable!

Moment of truth: I still have to stain the two smaller gates. It’s been on my to-do list for a couple of weeks now. It keeps getting bumped by things like looking at Christmas lights, baking cookies, watching Frosty or Rudolph, or crafting with the kids. There is always tomorrow, right?!

UPDATE:

I’ve had some questions about the hinge and how to install the gate. I’ve taken a couple of close up for 1 last update 2020/06/01 pictures of the way I attached the hinges. Hope this helps!I’ve had some questions about the hinge and how to install the gate. I’ve taken a couple of close up pictures of the way I attached the hinges. Hope this helps!

 

I’m not done yet. Before I leave you with our little DIY baby/pet gate, I present you some of the gates I recently checked out. Let me tell you, these products are just what you could require if you are really don’t want to change your house into a carpenter shop. I mean yeah, drilling, painting, and deciding design of the gate with your hubby could be the thing everyone would like, but again, that’s only for those who have some time to spare.

So, without any ado, let’s begin.

High Quality Quite Solid Wood Baby the 1 last update 2020/06/01 Gate Stair Fence Pet DogHigh Quality Quite Solid Wood Baby Gate Stair Fence Pet Dog

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for If I were to rate this baby/pet gate from 1 to 10, I’d give it 10/10, and probably this is the reason I’ve placed this on number 1 slot. The product is truly versatile in function and in looks. There’s nothing that could either disappoint you or anything.

It is made of beautiful solid New Zealand Pine that would give a natural touch to your house as soon as you install it. Talking about its ease of opening and closing, the door’s opening device is such that it allows the convenience you are looking for. However, if you are tired of closing and opening it again and again, you can set it to close automatically with its 90-degree rebound mechanism.

All of these specifications are just, you know, related to looks and function. If we talk about its installation, a door like this requires drilling, right? No, it doesn’t. There are simple clips that you can mount on any support surface and afterwards, let them do their job.

Baby Safe Metal Iron Gate Baby Safety Gate Pet Isolation Fence

The last doorway gate I talked about is made predominantly of wood. However, this one is all about metal. There are many reasons to like metal. My favorite is that it does not welcome any termites.

Coming towards its specifications, the foremost that captured my attention is the double local dual protection. You know how babies are. They miraculously find ways of opening things. But with this gate, they are going to have a bit of a tough time, thanks to this double lock.

Like the previous one, you don’t have to drill any holes or ruin your house. All you have to do is mount the clips on the support surface and your good to go. And yes, I forgot to say one thing. This door also comes in ABS plastic with iron surface paint treatment. For your information, this won’t be as heavy as you think.

Yes, I know you’re thinking about its durability. Well, it can’t get any durable than this. Since the makers care about the safety of your baby/pet, they are not going to sell anything that, you know, could undo the whole purpose of a baby/pet gate.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Baby Playpen Fence Baby the 1 last update 2020/06/01 Room Gate Fencing for Children SafetyBaby Playpen Fence Baby Room Gate Fencing for Children Safety

You like building a baby gate, right? Well, if you do, this product could be the right choice for you. It is not that you have to do the making, but just the building as each fence is 24 cm in height and you can add more to increase its height.

Having said that, by now, you might have understood that it is not as such a gate. The product is a fence made from highest quality plastic that is too easy to install but too stern to break. These are the features we should be looking for in a fence, no? This could be especially suitable for dogs. If you want to keep yours away from a place or you want it to stay in a place, then install this fence and forget about any headaches.

And yes, did I mention that its width is adjustable? I guess I didn’t. It comes with an adjustable width, which can be adjusted from 30 to 47 inch; thus, giving you ample choice of installing it in a doorway of these extremes. to adjust its width, you only have to stretch the shelf to a required width and then secure it with the fan-shaped screws that come with it. Remember: don’t use too much force while doing so, or you’ll end up ruining your product.

New Real Baby Safety Gate Door Stop Gas Stove Knob

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Ever thought you could secure a DIY pet gate or baby gate with gas knobs? I bet not. Well, its time you do because this product is as simple as you’d like it to be. There are no major hassles involved. While the products talked about above were all about definite pressure guides or clips, this product doesn’t even need those. Just 4 gas knobs would do!

The simplicity of this gate is beyond contemplation. There’s only one fabric sheet, two rods, and 4 knobs, and this is it. You get no extra panels, nothing at all. With these simple things, you can assemble a well-functioning and durable doorway gate within minutes. Don’t limit its functions because it can be installed in a number of places, not only doorways. You can use it to block stairways or any other place that could be potentially harmful to either your pet or your baby to get in.

The quality of the fabric has been kept to a max. It is black in color and has a kind of a mesh to it. Don’t worry at all because neither your baby or your dog will be able to tear it away.

Balcony Stair Gate Protector: Children, Dog, Pet Safety Netting

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Gates aside, you could need nets too. Of course, not in a doorway, but fences or balcony. This product is basically that net and it adds kind of a layer of security over already present baby/pet gate or a balcony.

I’ve personally seen how babies peek through the stands or panels of a balcony. Like they say, if the head fits through the panels, the body could too, and what could follow this is a horrible site I don’t want to talk about.

You can save your baby from that site, though. This mesh, net or whatever you call it, perfectly blocks the spaces without blocking your child’s view. The view is actually what your child is after, right? So, there are no reasons to block it but secure it with a net that cannot be penetrated easily.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for That is all about its security for babies. For you, the installment of it could not get any easy. There are definite threads that can be used to secure the net with the balcony rod. Once those are secured, you just leave it hanging down. As you can see in the pictures, the top and bottom of the net are lined by another material. This material kind of stops your baby from folding the net to get to the other side. What else could you want, mama?

Toddler Balcony Stair Netting: Children, Dog, Pet Safety Net

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Yet another balcony safety net, this product is unique in itself. There are no rods to hold it, no knobs, nothing at all. Just a few threads or plastic lock that has to be passed through the fabric. Once you do that, you only have to lock the balcony rod with it. That’s it. No major hassle at all.

I sometimes think how simple products like these make a difference in our lives. It’s just a simple net, but it does wonders indeed. There’s no denying it. It saves your baby from peeking through the panels of the balcony or reach out to save its toy from falling.

Only this could be the one thing to cherish the rest of your life. I mean what could be more important the 1 last update 2020/06/01 than providing safety for your baby. If a product does it well, we should revere it to the best of our judgement.Only this could be the one thing to cherish the rest of your life. I mean what could be more important than providing safety for your baby. If a product does it well, we should revere it to the best of our judgement.

I guess, I just got too emotional, but that’s okay. These baby products do get me emotional.

Coming back to the safety it offers, the net can also be fastened to a stairway rather than a balcony. Nowadays, even stairs come with huge spaces and you know how they could get.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for What I think personally is that you can add up an extra security layer if the 1 last update 2020/06/01 you build a baby gate and add a fence to the stairway as well. This way, you won’t have to worry about seeing your baby get away from either of the places.What I think personally is that you can add up an extra security layer if you build a baby gate and add a fence to the stairway as well. This way, you won’t have to worry about seeing your baby get away from either of the places.

Stretchable Pet Isolation Gate Fence Pet Isolation Gate

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We saw some metal gates, wooden gates, and fabric. Now, let’s see how this stretchable pet isolation gate could make a difference in your house’s look and safety.

First thing’s first. It is stretchable, so you can use it to block any doorway or secure it by adjusting its length accordingly. You don’t have to do anything, just give the gate a for 1 last update 2020/06/01 good stretch and adjust it to the width of the doorway accordingly.First thing’s first. It is stretchable, so you can use it to block any doorway or secure it by adjusting its length accordingly. You don’t have to do anything, just give the gate a good stretch and adjust it to the width of the doorway accordingly.

The gate comes in wood with a premium look and premium feel. That could mean only one thing: a visual appeal in your house like never before. You could have all the safety you need and also all the looks you desire. We are done with all those drab doors that have myriads of functions but little to their style.

While installing it, you might have to do a little drilling, but that’s okay because looks with quality sometimes don’t the 1 last update 2020/06/01 come easy. You have to do a little effort to get things running smoothly.While installing it, you might have to do a little drilling, but that’s okay because looks with quality sometimes don’t come easy. You have to do a little effort to get things running smoothly.

Moreover, this gate does not come with any type of opening mechanism that could be breached by your pet. Yes, they are animals, but sometimes they too find a way to get out just like babies. The gate opens only one way and it can be opened only by you.

Dog Gate The Ingenious Mesh Magic Pet Gate

Too conscious to think your pet would get hurt by trying to get its head through a regular diy dog gate? Well, don’t worry because I’ve got this Mesh Magic Pet Gate for you. As it is a mesh, your dog won’t find any larger holes to get its head through.

Like any mesh products, installing it is super easy. Once installed, it stretches up to 29” by 72”, which is more than enough to keep small or medium dogs at bay. You don’t have to use any specialized tools or anything. The product is completely assembled for you to place it anywhere you deem right. What this means is that it gives you the freedom of on-the-go portability you are looking for.

Besides its size, what really startles me is the ease with which you can carry it around your house and install it anywhere you want. By doing so, you don’t have to worry about the quality of the fabric being ruined because the mesh is made of woven fabric that is both strong and agile to secure any place or be transported. Now, this is something we moms could not complain about.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Portable Folding Dog Gate: Safe Guard Protection Safety Dog Gate

This is also a mesh gate, but here’s a little twist: The assemblage of this gate is easier than the previous ones. There are only 4 knobs or hooks that you have to place on the walls without drilling it and then hang the fabric on those knobs. Just like this. Simple and easy and totally hassle-free. Even a kid could install it anywhere.

Besides this, the product completely agrees to the makeshift portability we all look for. You can carry it around your house and install it anywhere you think it’s needed. You don’t have to worry about the height of this fence because it is enough to keep any small to medium house pets at bay. It won’t get through it by jumping or anything. Poor thing. I know, I know it’s for the good of everyone.

Mesh Magic Pet Gate: The Ingenious Safe Guard Anywhere

Talk about magic and you have Magic Pet Gate. Made ingeniously for small pets, it is the fence you most probably would like to have for its simplicity and the ease of installation. There are only 4 hooks that can be stuck to the wall. The rest is magic; just hang the cloth on the hooks and you’re done.

The cloth is made of a high-quality product that can be easily cleaned with mild soap. So, if your pet somehow finds a way to get it dirty, you can clean it without any problem.

The style is another addition to this product. But more than this, you can take a sigh of relief because the fabric is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

This is it. I’m done with reviewing DIY baby gates, pet gates, or doorway gates. I hope I’ve given you some head start in choosing the best product for your baby or pet. Please let me know if you have other questions!

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