Solution for our baby gate situation?


Hi, we live in an apt and are regularly busy so when our baby gate started to loosen, it still opened and closed so we ignored it until the holes got bigger. We patched it up with patching plaster and tried again, anchored and screwed. This didn’t last long and so tried way bigger anchors hoping it would just permanently fix the problem but now we officially have to big holes with two bug anchors that have now made the holes huge. Mind you, we’re really busy but man it’s a huge problem we’re not even sure how to fix. Our thoughts so far are to just patch up and move the hole a little over but it’s in such a tight space..

q solution for our baby gate situation
q solution for our baby gate situation
q solution for our baby gate situation
q solution for our baby gate situation
q solution for our baby gate situation
  17 answers
  • It sounds like to need to find a stud to anchor it into. I wonder if there may be one on the other side of the door on the left. Use a stud-finder to help.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 19, 2021

    You should remove it completely, repair the walls, then purchase a different type of gate. My SIL put in one that has a frame and swings open like an actual gate. I think that would be a better solution in this space.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 19, 2021

    Well, I can think of 1way to remedy this...

    Find the stud and go into it, which is probably under the vertical frame of the short door, that is where you'd go with the attachment of the gate. Also, you'd have to move the baseboard attachment to that same line, closer to the vent.

  • Seth Seth on May 19, 2021

    You can try a toggle or molly bolt, which will secure the bracket. The type of anchor you show in the picture is not up to the task of what you need it to do. You would need a large fender washer to cover the hole. Finding a stud as others have suggested is the best solution. You can probe the holes you have to find one possibly or look at the baseboard trim and see where it is nailed in. That is usually where your studs are.

  • Connie Kunick Connie Kunick on May 19, 2021

    Yep. Stud finder. Or you an do what we do... We use baby gates that are a "press fit" into each side of two walls or a doorway. They are surprisingly stable depending on the size and weight of your toddler or dog, and cause no damage to the walls. If interested, look up pressure fit baby gate and see all the different kinds. Amazon has them too. Of course, if it's an animal that you are trying to barricade, you might try taking time to train it or direct its attention elsewhere (off the gate) when you are gone (give it frozen food in a Kong). There are also free dog training lessons on Youtube all the time. Best of luck.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 19, 2021

    I would repair the wall and use these when re-installing your gate.

  • William William on May 19, 2021

    Use toggle bolts. The butterfly goes into the hole and tighten the bolt. The butterfly opens behind the wall. The holes you have just happen to be the right size for the butterfly.

  • Maura White Maura White on May 19, 2021

    You can fill it with drywall compound, sand it flat when it dries, and paint over it to match the wall.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2021

      These walls are textured, as Dee, below has noted. Even if the areas are painted the same color of paint to 'match' the wall, unless they are also re-finished with the same type of stippled surface, the 'repaired spots' are going to continue to be clearly visible.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 19, 2021

    it will continue to damage the wall why not just put up a door there instead? I have been in homes where they put up a screen door so they could see the child or pet and yet they couldn't get out...

    • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2021

      In order to install a screen door properly in this hallway, a frame to attach it to will need to be constructed first.

      As Paula already stated that she lives in an apartment, a screen door is unlikely to be a viable solution.

  • Dee Dee on May 19, 2021

    I would definitely remove that gate. It does not even look safe. Fix the walls. But spray on wall texture to match the existing texture. Go to a builders surplus store and get a real gate. You need to find the studs to install the gate.

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on May 20, 2021

    I wld take that down patch ur holes an maybe use lattice or somn like that instead of baby gates

  • Annie Annie on May 20, 2021

    Find a spot in the wall where there is a stud behind to anchor to.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 20, 2021

    Yes, there's a stud under the trim at the utility closet door. Use it or another one.

    I'm guessing this is a dog gate.

    I agree there are better door types and I'd make the investment.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2021

    The top gate being zip tied to the bottom gate, unattached to either wall, does not look to me to be safe for a toddler. I also see a pet dish in some of the pictures. Is your 'baby gate' set up for a child or for a pet?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2021

    I agree with Seth and William that the anchors you are trying to use are not the correct type for this type of textured wall.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on May 31, 2021

    i would remove it all .. find a stud and then install your gate into secure stud . Or build a door frame for that in which you can securly anchor that gate