Recycled Babygate.




Ever wonder how to make a baby gate for under $40? Here is how.

All you need is:
- Old crib rails
- Hinges
- Locking mechanisms
- Screws 2" (better then the ones in the package)
- Drill with bit
- Screwdriver

Step 1: Get Crib Rails.

Find an old crib that you dont need. Take the Ends (as they fit just perfect) and get it cleaned up (Paint if needed) and make sure there is no cracks or splinters.

Get Screws, Hinges, and Lock and postion then where you want them. Mark where you want the holes.

Step 2: Placing the Screws.

Pre-Drill holes so that way you dont crack the wood. Place the screws for the hinges and lock (make sure you get the right size. I didn't)

Step 3: Secure to the Wall

Screw into wall with 2"  to make sure that they are in there good.

Step 4: Just Lock It Now

Now just put the lock on and close the gate. There you go a baby gate for under $15. I spent $5 on the crib 3 years ago at a grage sale and $8 for the hardware. I made 2 one of each door in my kitchen as the Store bought ones that I had the kids broke.



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    8 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great concept! Just be sure that the hinges and hook-and-eye sets you use, the crib slats, and the frames they're attached to, can withstand the impact of a toddler having a fit trying to get out. If the child is able to remove just one of those, he could get his neck trapped and strangle.

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    yes this crib was made back when they had care in what they were building. it is from the 80's and made with Real wood not Pressed stuff. This unit has held up to 5 kids swinging and running into it, and even me a 300 pound man running into it the odd time. It is used in the kitchen where the kids are not allowed without an adult. Just check your screws once in awhile.

    Great. Thanks for the tip about pre-drilling holes, too. I tend to split wood when I drill holes, and that's a good idea.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This would work well for keeping your dogs out of a room. Sometimes I don't want my dogs to come into the house (when I'm having company), but they can still come in to the laundry room.(that's where the doggie door is. Putting this gate between the laundry room and the rest of the house would be perfect.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I give that kid a day (if less, start saving for college now :) before he figures out how to flip open the latch. If it's not impossible, they'll figure it out.

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    9 years ago on Step 4

    Some cribs come with a side that folds or slides down. There should be some sort of locking mechanism there. Have you tried to find suck devices to further make your gate fully recycled?

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

    Yes I have but when you are trying to get in or out of a place with your hands full I found that this works best. This one did not have any movable parts as it was just an Apartment size (smaller) crib.