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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!

To see more: http://www.findingpurposefurniture.com/2015/12/21/10-minute-diy-babypet-gate/

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Dec 21, 2015

    Fabulous project! My brother and his wife will definitely be needing this in the next few years with my nephew!

    • Jessica Coplen
      Jessica Coplen Florence, KY
      on Dec 22, 2015

      @Hannah V Yes! We spent way too much money on ugly, annoying gates over the years...wish I would have thought of this method way sooner!

  • Debi53
    Debi53 Broadway, NC
    on May 4, 2016

    The people on this site are so smart! Makes me feel smarter just being here. (haha!)

  • Dawn DeLisle
    Dawn DeLisle Crockett, CA
    on May 21, 2016

    Great idea! I'll be using it for my dog. I love the look so much better than the ugly plastic ones, & any that are remotely attractive are so very expensive! My only concern is that the spacing looks wide for a baby (or a small dog). Recommended spacing for crib slats is that "the bars should be no more than 2-3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart, so that babies can't get their heads caught between them." Maybe slightly bigger for little crawlers & toddlers, but just something to consider.

    • Danielle Whatsittoyou
      Danielle Whatsittoyou Plainwell, MI
      on Nov 16, 2017

      I’m sure that they did consider how wide they needed their slats to be. Apparently, what they did is working for what they needed! I think if you had a baby that could get its head stuck in a space that small, you’ve got more issues than the width between slats on your gates! All of my kids were born with bigger heads than that and by the time I needed baby gates, they were MUCH larger than that!

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Sep 7, 2016

    such a good idea, and those could be used for project

  • Liz Wilcher
    Liz Wilcher
    on Sep 7, 2016

    I'm not thrilled with the way baby gates look, either, but they've been a necessity for my son who has autism. I do like your gates; maybe we'll replace the baby gates with your better looking gates.

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