Why lay down 50 bucks or more for a gate (that has less than a 2' opening), when you can MAKE exactly what you need for next to nothing?
Step 1: A trip to the garage...
The goal here is to set your gate to slide in & out of place, vertically, with little effort on your part.
Parts you'll need:
(1) standard wooden/plastic baby gate
(8) boards of equal length and thickness...1x3's, 2x4's, or the like
(*) wood screws, wall anchors, (and possibly) washers and nuts to match
(*) plastic cable-ties
Tools you'll need:
- drill w/bits
- wire cutters
- tape measure
- an extra pair of hands?
Step 2: Getting started...
I needed our gate placed at the top of our staircase. Placement of your gate may vary.
I took some measurements and planned to keep our kids and dog in place, while allowing for our cats to move about. Your needs may vary here as well.
Note: Watch for baseboard trim, rails, etc., when taking your measurements into account.
WARNING: Do NOT use this approach with babies!
CAUTION: Toddlers will most likely test the gate!
Step 3: Measure twice. Cut once.
Once your boards are cut, take the two boards that will be mounted on the walls (one on each side of the entryway), and drill 2 counter-sink holes into each -- this will allow for your gate to slide freely within the tracks. Then drill through completely with a bit a little smaller in diameter than the screws you're using.
Note: I am not listing drill bit or screw sizes here, because you may be using screws of a different diameter and length.