Need staircase banisters enclosed for safety

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We have a toddler climbing up and scooting down stairs in town house. Although we have gates and we keep a close watch she moves faster than her ole grandma. The banisters and handrails are black painted wrought iron, no opening at bottom of rail. We plan on listing for sale this summer so we are looking for suggestions how to temporarily block any chance of her falling through the openings that she loves to stick her head through. Thank you.
q need staircase banisters enclosed for safety
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  • Emily Emily on Mar 10, 2018
    Have you thought of taking sheets and putting them under the lower railing and pulling up and fastening safely at the top railing? Or taking two light weight boards that fit the space, putting one on the outside and one on the inside and screwing them together?

    • D D on Mar 10, 2018
      Emil, I like your idea about the boards but it would give a bad feel to the place when people tour it. I'm not understanding the idea about the sheet. The bottom frane rail is tightly screwed into the wood support. Old place ugh been here 19 years. Want to move to a 1 story.
  • Geew Geew on Mar 10, 2018
    Amazon sells these:

    Anyumocz 6.56Ft Child Safety Rail Net for INDOOR & OUTDOOR Usage-Banister Stair Net – Child Safety; Pet Safety; Toy Safety; Stairs Protector(White)
    About the product


    • D D on Mar 10, 2018
      Geew,
      Ive seen those on Amazon also, but thought it would not work because there is no opening at bottom of rails, it's screwed into the wood side of steps. My husband was thinking of tying a black plastic rope tightly around the banisters. I was thinking of getting a mesh screen material like for window. We are looking for low cost fix Since we hope to move to a one story house.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 10, 2018
    Fix Plexiglass (Perspex) to Railings or thread fabric in and out of fix boards .
  • Melissa Montgomery Melissa Montgomery on Mar 10, 2018
    we used black plastic netting from home depot and cut the length to size because the height was perfect and then attached with black zip ties. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Tenax-3-ft-x-15-ft-Plastic-Black-Hardware-Net-751397/100384025
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    • Marcheta Lynn Rodgers Marcheta Lynn Rodgers on Mar 13, 2018
      The Amazon product recommended by DEEW does not require it to be attached under the bottom rail so can be used with a floor attached railing. It can be put on and taken off easily between house showings or open houses with no damage and not much hassel. Re look at the pick and check out the product.
  • Melissa Montgomery Melissa Montgomery on Mar 10, 2018
    the material is flexible and you can probably weave it in and out of your banisters.
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 10, 2018
    dWow, Geew! That’s a fancy smart safety tool! I think grandma D should order this and use it in the new house, too. But if not, I suggest foamboard sheets tacked or tied to the outside of the railings. They are available at Dollar TRee and even grocery stores and home improvement stores. ☺️
    • D D on Mar 13, 2018
      Jewel,
      Vert interesting idea and more affordable option to try first. Thank you!
  • Geew Geew on Mar 10, 2018
    Wishing You Good Luck!
  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Mar 13, 2018
    I love the black plastic mesh and zip ties idea. Looks great..and safe. Make sure you put the mesh on the INSIDE of the rails so it can't be pushed out.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 13, 2018
    Railings should be no more than 4 inches apart so if your toddler can put her head through that is extremely dangerous. For the interim, you could purchase a plastic mesh which you can then tie to the railing until you move.
    • D D on Mar 13, 2018
      Joychevi,

      My condo is 43 years old and stair case is original. I will follow suggestions on plastic mesh. Thank you
  • Kiturah Humphrey Kiturah Humphrey on Mar 13, 2018
    chicken wire threaded through and sealed to the bars with zip ties?
  • V Smith V Smith on Mar 13, 2018
    For an economical fix I would use plastic lattice (4 x 8) cut in half lengthwise and attached with wire ties (zip ties).
    • D D on Mar 15, 2018
      Hmmmm. available at garden stores? I bought a few foam boards and plastic ties to try out that idea. If that doesn't work I'll try the lattice.