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As promised, I am here with quick instructions on how to build the baby gate we did! It was pretty simple, but did take a little bit of time just because you have to make sure it fits correctly, have an anchor (or stud) on the wall and we did two of them (for the top and bottom of the stairs). Anyways, I like these SOOO much better than the store ones, not to mention they are literally more than half the price for us because we have such wide openings where we put them! So let’s just dive in and I’ll link everything we used below:
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- 1″ X 4″ inch wood – you’ll have to calculate depending on your door width and all of that for how many pieces. We used 4 8 foot pieces for two gates and had leftovers.
- Hinges, these are the ones I bought
- Latch, these are the ones I bought (I did go for a little more expensive because I wanted this look)
- Paint (in the color of your choice, we just used the same paint color as our walls with the paint we had in the garage – color is “pure white” by Sherwin Williams for reference)
- Drywall anchors (if you’re not putting into a stud, which the likely hood is low that you’ll be perfectly lined up)
- Wood Glue
And here’s the how to:
I wish I had taken pictures of the process, but I didn’t know it would be so highly requested (whoops) so I did my best to give y’all a little drawing 😉 of at least the beginning parts!
- Measure the width of the space it will be going
- Cut frame out to appropriate length (you will just cut out the top and bottom pieces), then lay it out and get the right height and spacing you want in between each slat, then cut the slats to go in the middle to those measurements.
- Glue slats to top and bottom for extra secureness with wood glue.
- Use either a staple gun or nail gun to then secure slats into the frame as well.
- If you don’t have studs where you are hanging it, this is where the anchor piece will come into play, you’ll have to cut another piece of wood (as you can see in the picture above) to be screwed into the wall WITH the drywall anchors. This will act as your “stud” so your gate isn’t falling off the wall, etc.
- Next you’ll want to paint everything before you hang it – it’s MUCH easier this way.
- Once painted and dry, hang the gate! Put the hinges into the stud or anchor piece you hung, then attach the gate. Then put the latch on the other side to your liking.