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DIY Dog Gate From a Bench - A Tutorial

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A week ago I got sick of our temporary gate that we keep at the bottom of our stairs for our cocker spaniel (similar one here). We wanted a gate there to keep her from going into our daughters room and finding those tiny Barbie shoes and what-not and chewing them to pieces. We are nervous that one day she just might swallow one of those bad boys.
Every time that I go upstairs, I have to climb over it because I don't feel like removing it and latching it back. It has become an Olympic sport, climbing over that gate with a basket full of laundry and not falling over it and breaking my neck.
So, we took a trip to Lowe's and purchased some wood to get started. But when we came home, I decided to clean out the attic and realized that I had this bench that I wanted to get rid of. Well duh...I could use the wood from our bench and save a few bucks on materials!
My husband some measurements and he gave me the nod that means my bright idea would work.
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We removed the top of the bench and used the remaining parts to construct our gate.
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Parts (1 & 4) were used for the main pieces to the gate and parts (2 & 3) closed the gaps to each side of the gate. We cut parts (2 & 3) in half to use on both sides of the main pieces as you will see below.
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We screwed the pieces together using 3" screws and filled with wood glue. Once the gate was constructed, we gave it a good sanding and primed and painted it using Rust-Oleum's gloss white spray paint.
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We fastened the two main parts of the gate with simple hinges that we also spray painted using Rust-Oleum's flat black paint, which gave the hardware a nice matte finish. The remaining hinges were fastened into the wall (in a stud of course) and to the front side of the gate.
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Pretty simple and it serves its purpose.

To see more: http://thehousemadehome.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-dog-gate-from-bench-tutorial.html

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  • Donna Wright Graver
    Donna Wright Graver Lorain, OH
    on Dec 8, 2014

    Wow nice job and what a great idea

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Dec 8, 2014

    Great great idea! Two baby gates tied together just isn't doing the job! Borrowing this!

  • Tracy She'saBrikhouse
    Tracy She'saBrikhouse Canada
    on Dec 9, 2014

    I just worry about the gap in between the "rails", seems like a small kid's head could easily get stuck in there. Might be a good idea to add a couple of cross bars or another slat in the middle of the gaps.....other than that it's a great re purpose.

    • Gail Salminen
      Gail Salminen Canada
      on Dec 10, 2014

      @Tracy She'saBrikhouse actually it looks like the slats are too far apart for that to happen. I think a child would be more apt to crawl through it, so would my dog. But you raise a good point - if children are in the house or apt to visit the slats should meet code - match those that are on the slats of a staircase. Lots to think about on a DIY project. This is a great project!

  • Robin Mericle
    Robin Mericle Bullhead City, AZ
    on Dec 9, 2014

    I like this but think a kid could put their head in there and get stuck. And looks like the dog might get through it too. I would take a piece of plexiglass or maybe even chicken wire to make it more solid so babies dont get stuck and dogs cant get trough. But its avry good idea . very clever

  • Dianaflo55
    Dianaflo55 Pensacola, FL
    on Dec 9, 2014

    Great idea but be very carful climbing over baby gates I fell and broke both my elbows because of them

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