Baby Gate, Ship Style

This is an easy gate to prevent my infant son from going up the stairs. It looks like a ship fence because of the rope and stained wood. The rope is a single piece and laced through holes in the wood, it is not knotted like a net. The tension on the rope makes it very sturdy

I did not make photos during the process of creation, but as this gate is very simple I don't think that would be necessary.

I found some old wooden bars in our shed, and connected them into a square using wood connections. The connection must be strong because of the inward tension it will receive from the ropes
Then I drilled 5 holes on each side, for the ropes to be laced through.
It was then smoothened up and stained to make it more brown.

On one side, I left the wooden connections stick out, to stick into the hinge.

The hinges on the wall are wooden blocks where I routed a little path on the side so they can slit around the screws in the wall. This way the gate is easily mounted and unmounted (But tight enough for my son to not be able to detach it)

The rope was laced starting from one corner going to another corner and is hold tight by two knots.

I added a lock on the side of the stairs. We can easily reach our hands over the gate to open and close it



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    1 year ago

    Very nice and a great job. However I would be concerned with a child getting his head stuck in a mesh that large. That's why there are laws governing the spacing on children's cribs, gates and the like.


    1 year ago

    Looks really good. My only worry is that it looks really good for climbing too ;-)

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    Reply 1 year ago

    you are right :) my son doesn’t climb that high yet. My idea was if he will be able to climb over the gate, he will be ready to climb the stairs aswell

    That is really cool. This could go really well with a steam punk decorating theme.