10 Minute DIY Baby/Pet Gate

About a month or so ago, we swapped a couple rooms on the first floor of our house (former playroom became office, former wasted space room became playroom). The new playroom was off the front entry, and had a large opening that we needed to barricade. French doors would have been a great solution EXCEPT they are pricey, and I didn't really want to close the room off entirely. And to buy a gate for that width?? Forget it! So expensive, and I really didn't even like the smaller ones we already had.
Enter my genius hubby. I used to tease him about not being very handy, but I have to say...he's really coming around. He fabricated this DIY GATE (Baby or Pet...take your choice!) and it has worked out perfectly! Best part? It took a matter of minutes to build. It's also inexpensive to build. And it looks nice. Triple score!
We decided that we wanted our gates to be 36 inches tall, and measured the door opening to get the widths. We have now built 3 custom gates for three spaces in our house.
We used our miter saw to cut the pine boards to size. Then we laid everything out and determined the spacing for our slats. (TIP- we used a board length in between because it made for simple measuring...just use a spare to space them out!) I pre-drilled holes for the screws, then used the deck screws to connect. We added hinges and stepped back to admire:
I opted to stain the gates for a more cohesive look with the rest of our house. I had General Finishes Gel Stain left over from staining the pantry door, so that's what I used.
We build the initial gate and loved it so much that we have now replaced all those old white plastic gates in our home. Even though I don't love the idea of having gated rooms, the style of these gates make them much more tolerable! I still have to stain the two smaller gates, but you can get an idea of how they look!
For all the details, plus the supply list, stop by my blog post!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Rod31458422
    on Oct 25, 2017

    When measuring the width, do you subtract anything for the hinges?
    • John Harden
      on Jan 1, 2019

      I suggest you deduct an eighth of an inch to allow clearance to swing and to avoid hinge binding. At the hinge, to avoid hinge binding, when the wood swells due to humidity increases, provide a space equal to the thickness of a couple credit cards. Otherwise, during the higher humidity times of the year, the hinged edge of the gate will make contact with the wall or door jamb before the gate completely closes.

  • The23851897
    on Nov 16, 2017

    What about slivers?
    • Simply Raw
      on Jan 1, 2019

      There are multiple ways to deal with this. Here are a few: purchase pre-finished wood, use finishing sand paper, or you can even incorporate a pair of tweezers in your diy design hahaa.

  • Kelly
    on Apr 1, 2019

    How are you attaching them?

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  • Jill Dermer
    on Sep 27, 2018

    very nice!

  • Yammy
    on Oct 17, 2018

    I need to gate 3 openings as well to keep my collie/sheepdog out of there. I came up with the idea of using the boards from a wood pallet. These are easily available from many companies for free. Another idea I came up with is doing lattice inserts.

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