DIY Deck Gate Tutorial
They love to break free, run wild, and basically be anywhere that “adult” eyes or hands won’t catch them or see them.
For awhile, we had to jerry-rig a blockade of sorts, to try to at least slow the kid down, if he made an escape. Check out how well thats been working for us…
PROJECT: DIY DECK GATE – Total Cost ~$39
2. Lay out your ballusters along the top and bottom boards, aligning the tops and bottoms of the ballusters, with the top and bottom of the support boards. There should be 1 support board on top and bottom, front and back. The 6″ boards go along the top, and the 2″ boards go along the bottom, like this:
5. After one side is drilled, flip the gate over and drill in the same way, but reversing which side you drill into, for each balluster (top/bottom), so that the screws alternate and don’t hit eachother.
7. Drill and attach your hinges according to the instructions for your gate hinge kit. Be careful to pay attention to the direction you want your gate to swing. In my case, I opted to have it swing in towards the deck. Also, make sure you leave about 1/2″ clearance between the gate and the deck rail, on the side where your hinges will be, so that your gate doesn’t get stuck and can swing freely.
8. Install your gate latch according to the package instructions (drills and screws are all you need here)
9. Take your 1x 4 x 36″ board and place it along the top of your gate to cover the tops of the ballusters. Drill along the left and right sizes (making sure the drill is going into one of the balluster ends), and add another 1 or 2 screws closer to the middle – there isn’t a science with this one, just get that thing stuck on there.
10. Give yourself a HUGE high five, you are officially a ROCKSTAR GATE BUILDER!!!
Barb on Apr 03, 2018
When we bought our house and seen the deck this was the first thing we ever did . NO one sold any so we made our own .I have a lot of little kids who come and for 24 years now we have always had a gate on the top of the steps . My Husband made ours almost the same way and we put a screen on it so the kids couldn't step in between the slats and climb over . You can use privacy screen on it just the same as you can around the rails we just stapled it on .Kids want what they can see and climbing over to get what they see was one of the things we also thought of .Just an FYI.