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!
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Jessica Coplen
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  • Kelly Kelly on Apr 01, 2019

    How are you attaching them?

  • Yolande Yolande on Nov 01, 2020

    How do you get to blog so I can completely see how to make this door? Really love this idea!! Thank you!

  • Lois Buchanan Lois Buchanan on Jun 02, 2021

    I have an old house with high ceilings, corniches and hugs mouldings. Along with that is a huge doorway between the dining room and the living room and I have a pack of little Chinese crested dogs that when I have company for dinner I don't want in the dining area. I wonder if I put a hinge and make one part long and just a part of it easy to go in and out of if this would work? I still DIY I just do it from a wheelchair! This would be great to keep doggies out of the downstairs guest room. And still look nice. I like this idea! Very much!

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  • Ann Ann on Aug 18, 2021

    Safety Tip: If you are using this as a baby gate, the slats should be spaced to avoid injuries. The space between the slats should be no wider than an average soda can, which makes a handy measuring tool. In our state, this spacing is a product requirement for things such as cribs, etc.

  • Don49371137 Don49371137 on Sep 16, 2021

    Thank you for sharing. We recently adopted two bunnies and they love to run around, but we keep them confined to one room. The makeshift gate that I made is long and awkward. I think I will make two of the ones like your that will latch in the middle where they meet. Much easier for me and hubby to travel between rooms instead of stepping over.

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