All parents know about the inevitable, but unsightly, baby gate. Crucial when toddlers are taking their first steps, safety gates reassure that little feet won't go tumbling down the stairs or wandering into the wrong rooms. But just because they're a safety necessity doesn't mean they can't be stylish. This DIY baby gate actually looks like a statement feature in your home. The unique barn door facade keeps baby safe without disrupting your decor. These are great for keeping pets wrangled, too!
Note: This gate is designed for a stair base with posts on both sides. This project can accommodate any hallway or staircase opening up to 48 inches.
We reccommend cutting as you go to ensure the right fit. Sand rough edges as you cut.
Attach back stiles to front rails. Glue and screw through back stiles.
Flip over and attach front stiles. Glue and screw through back stiles.
Flip over again so that front rails and stiles are facing downward. Set long brace under assembly with one edge in one corner and the opposite edge in the opposite corner. Mark with pencil where they overlap. This will be your cut line. Line up miter saw to match angle of line.
Leaving long brace in place, repeat Step 3 to cut short braces to fit.
Make sure back stiles are facing up and angle braces are in place. Cut bead board panels to fit inside the back stiles. Place the first panel face down and cover with glue. Place second in place face up. Screw from panels in place. Make sure to screw into the front rails, stiles, and all angle braces.
Attach top cap with glue and screws.
Attach mounting braces to door jam. Attach hinges and latch. Drill two 1/4-inch holes in the top and bottom of each mounting brace. Thread zip ties through holes to attach gate to stair posts.
Before setting the assembly up to the wall, prime and paint with a color of your choice.