Many of you may ask, "Why don't you just close the closet door?" My response is that I would love to just close the door, but the unusual location and construction of the closet makes that difficult. This particular closet has a high humidity problem and it needs to stay open at all times. So rather than expose my boy to the uncertain dangers of an unattended shoe rack, I decided to hack an off-the-shelf baby gate.
I have experience with a few different brands of baby-gates. Most of them use the same linear ratcheting mechanism to get the gate to fit snugly into the door-jam. This instructable should be applicable to most linear ratcheting gates because they typically have excess material that can be cut away.
- (1) Safety 1st 23" Wood Gate -- $12.99 at local Babies R Us. The 23" actually refers to height
- 7/32" drill bit
- (1) 2" aluminum screw post
- (1) 1-1/4" aluminum screw post
- (1) 3/4" aluminum screw post
- (1) 5/8" aluminum screw post
- screw driver
- pair of pliers
- roll of masking tape