What’s the purpose of the Custom Baby gate?
Before you purchase a custom baby gate, ask yourself why you need it. Is it to prevent your child from accessing a room, such as a kitchen? Or is it to keep them from falling down the stairs? There are different types of baby gates for each of these applications, and both serve different purposes.
For example, if you have a puppy in addition to your child, you may consider purchasing an extra-tall gate that not only can keep either party out of an enclosed area, but also doubles as a puppy gate. Puppies are like little children—both will crawl through or under small spaces!
One last thing: If there is one person who would disapprove most strongly of the idea of putting up baby gates around your house (we’ll give you two guesses who), it’s probably your mother-in-law. So be sure that she’s on board with the plan!
The researchers found that more than 60 percent of the children injured were younger than two years old, and they were most often injured by falls down stairs after a gate collapsed or when it was left open. Injuries caused by these accidents lead to soft tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, and traumatic brain injuries, said the researchers.
Where do you want to put it?
The perfect spot for a Custom baby gate is one that both protects your child and keeps intrusion to a minimum. A great location for this purpose would be at the top of the stairs, in front of the fireplace, or in a hallway or doorway.
While it’s possible to install a baby gate at an angle, it should be secured to walls or other flat surfaces. If you have rounded walls or banisters, then look into purchasing a model that can be installed on those kinds of surfaces.
Alternatively, you may want to think about installing the gate in an unused doorway where it won’t interfere with foot traffic. We recommend taking careful measurements before making any decisions about where to install your baby gate. If you need help choosing the right spot then ask one of our friendly staff members for assistance!
What kind of space do you have?
- What kind of space are you planning to install your custom baby gate in? Take a look at the space you’re trying to gate off, and measure the width and height. This will help you figure out where and how to set up your baby gate.
You’ll also want to consider how much room you have for the gate doors to swing open. For example, if there is a wall or edge by where you plan on installing the gate, that might interfere with opening or closing. You may need something that swings sideways instead of inward or outward (or vice versa).
Another consideration for doorway placement: If one side of the door opens into a flight of stairs, it is crucial that any baby gates never open over the top step. In this instance, an easy-to-close swinging door is recommended instead of an accordion-style folding door.*
How wide is the opening?
Now that you have a better idea of the type of gate that will work best for your needs, it’s time to measure the space you want to close off.
- Measure how wide the opening is. Be sure to include those little nooks and crannies in your measurement; the last thing you want is a gate that doesn’t fit because you forgot about the ledge just above your staircase. The gate should be at least 2 inches narrower than this measurement, and if it has extensions, you can always widen it as needed.
Do you need a swinging or sliding custom baby gate?
Whether you need a swinging or sliding baby gate depends on the space you have for your gate and the area where it will be placed. Sliding gates can span large openings, but take up less room than swinging gates in tight spaces because they don’t require any clearance on either side from walls or furniture as they slide open and closed. Conversely, swinging gates work best for smaller openings and are easier to use in areas with tight spaces on either side.
Which way does your custom baby gate need to swing or slide?
- The custom baby gate you choose should match the door in which you plan to use it. For example, if you plan on placing it between two doors, you’ll need to think about whether the second door (which is usually smaller) opens in or out.
- Their height should also match the height of your doorway. If a baby can reach over the top of a tall gate, she could potentially climb over the gate and fall when attempting to step through.
- Your baby needs to be able to walk through the doorway after passing through a baby gate so that she doesn’t have any trouble entering and leaving her room. So if your doorway happens to be relatively small, make sure that your gate is at least as large as it will need to be for an adult child to pass through both doors without having any difficulty walking across each space.
Which is best for the age of your baby (or pet)?
If you’re planning to install a baby gate in your home, you should consider the age of your child, how mobile they are and how they interact with the world around them.
For older babies and toddlers, a taller gate will last longer and keep your little one safer. You can also keep the top locked so that when baby gets bigger or learns how to open it, they can’t get through.
A shorter baby gate is better for when they’re newer and smaller. If you want to place it across an opening between rooms or where there’s no wall on one side (like a doorway), choose one with a door that swings both ways since it’ll be easier for you to move around as well.
Be sure to check what size children this particular model accommodates before purchasing!
There are many reasons why parents may want a “pressure mounted” gate. Pressure mounted gates, or spring mounted gates, are held by tension. You just unscrew the holders and you’re done. It’s easy to install, and for parents who are renters, it may seem less likely to upset a landlord.
But permanent-mounted gates are almost always better, because they aren’t as likely to fall in. Pressure mounted gates may lose tension over time. Permanent mounted gates, when installed correctly, won’t yield to most adults.
Don’t be afraid to install a permanent gate. It usually only requires a screwdriver, and any holes can be patched and painted with ease
Good custom baby gates should be safe, easy to use, and fit seamlessly with your decor.
A good baby gate should be safe, easy to use, and fit seamlessly into your decor. You need a gate that’s sturdy enough to keep your toddler away from danger but simple enough for you to use without feeling flustered every time you open it. The gate should also match the look of your home, so choose one with a neutral color or style that can easily blend in.
You might want to think about how you’re going to customize it, too. If its appearance is really important to you, consider building the baby gate yourself using materials like wood and metal.