I did some quick searching on Pinterest and found lots of lots of great inspiration. My favorite was this DIY gate I spotted from the blog Tyson and Julia. My favorite part is that it is seamlessly integrated with their current staircase.
So, off to Menards we went. Ryan decided to go with pine 1x4s and used the largest available dowel rods (3/4 inch) for the railings. I like the clean look this combination created. And using the dowels made it much lighter and also much less expensive. (The dowels are still very sturdy, in case you were curious.)
For added stability, Ryan mounted it to the wall on an additional 1×4 that was screwed into the studs. He used two piano hinges that made it really smooth to open and close, and it also holds up the gate nicely. No sagging at all. We decided on a simple bolt closure, which is easy for Ryan and I to maneuver one-handed but gives a sturdy lock for Henry.
I’m really pleased with how gate blends with all the woodwork in the stairway. It doesn’t scream, “I’m a plastic piece of baby junk.” Which I consider a win.
So, that’s our better baby gate. I think it’s a huge improvement over anything available at the big box stores. Don’t you?
Thanks to the awesome hosts of the Pinterest Challenge – Michelle (Decor and the Dog), Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love) and Megan (The Remodeled Life). Go check out all the amazing projects linked up.
Have you used Pinterest to find project inspiration?