Need a quick temporary "door" for a hallway with a high ceiling?

by Cay

I am looking to block the top of a staircase with a temporary door to keep cats out of the first floor. the problem I am having is that the ceiling is very high, 90"+, so I need a solution that will only attach to the walls, but will also keep the cats from crawling underneath or around. Any suggestions?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 10, 2021

    Here are some doors with the pros and cons of each.

    Many people just put up a baby gate.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 10, 2021

    My daughter put a gate that has a swing mechanism to keep her puppy out. It's designed for toddlers & crawlers but it sounds like the perfect solution to keep them from crawling underneath or around. The issue with cats is they are also jumpers so you might want to stack 2 of them. I think they are around 3' tall so 6' should be sufficient.

    My other daughter bought a device on Amazon that is motion activated to keep her cat from jumping on the countertops in an open floorplan kitchen. It shoots air when they get in the area and they back off. That might work to keep from from the area if you put a gate and the device just before it.

  • Maybe you could put a curtain rod across, pick up an inexpensive door and put eye hooks at the top. It'd be like a swing but maybe that can inspire some further ideas.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 10, 2021

    since cats jump high and love to explore areas they aren't supposed to go in I would say get a large piece of plywood and use that you could use a hook and eye to hold it in place but be sure it is tall enough they can't scale it

  • William William on Aug 10, 2021

    Ideas for baby gates from other Hometalkers. Their used for pets

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 10, 2021

    We used a baby gate to keep our dog out of the cat food in the kitchen.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 10, 2021

    Agree with above commentary. Baby gates and pet gates can be found to meet your needs.

  • Em Em on Aug 10, 2021

    A piece of plywood just a bit wider than the door can be held in place by two small blocks of wood and two screws. Stand the ply in front of the doorway and put the blocks in with two long screws into the edge of the fram that are loose enough that you can turn the two pieces of wood enough to allow the plywood to be loosened and moved in one turn of the wood. Meaning piece of wood say 2" x 4" with it attached so when you turn the piece it clears the opening and allows you to take the ply off easily and replace it the same way with just on twist of the wood block.

  • Cay Cay on Aug 10, 2021

    Thank you all. Baby gates are definitely not going to work in this case. The cats will jump those easily. I couldn't find any tall enough, but i may try putting two up and see how that goes. Otherwise will build one on my own 😉

  • I found this, it is a zip wall. It may work for a temporary solution:

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 16, 2021

    Try putting a gate at the bottom and hang with a tenshion rod a sheet up to hang on the gate then clip to gate

  • Rymea Rymea on Aug 17, 2021

    If you can put a piece of wood across the top you could hang a bi fold door from it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 04, 2021

    Build a framework and set a door into it! Otherwise maybe a shower door?

  • Rea67775961 Rea67775961 on Jun 28, 2022

    Please help I have a similar problem but for me it’s not for cats , I have a staircase the leads to my bedroom upstairs, the ceiling is very high so I may not find something the touches the ceiling, I want to put a safe temporary door because I have rented one room downstairs to someone. I just need something temporary but also safe . Please advise 🙏

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    • Kimberly Kimberly on Mar 24, 2024

      I have the same problem! Have you received any advice or come up with a solution?

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 04, 2023

    If you put one baby gate above the other then you just doubled the height. Doubt the cats can jump higher then 7 feet.

  • I would get an old, lightweight, outdoor wooden screen door and mount it at the bottom of the stairs with hinges. Prettier than plywood and more functional than stacking gates on top of one another.