How To Make a Custom Baby Gate — Apartment Therapy Reader Tutorials

Cut each board to size, depending on your staircase or door opening. Not thrilled with the readymade options they saw in stores, they devised this custom option for the top of their stairs. When you’re ready, click here to submit your project and photos. The plexiglass makes it less conspicuous than others out there, and the special size works nicely for their extra-wide staircase. Chris and Julia’s is 42″x34″. Have a really great DIY project or tutorial that you want to share with others? See how they did it… (Image credits: Chris Loves Julia) Chris and Julia’s daughter was growing up fast, and they needed a baby gate for their soon-to-be-mobile child. Pre-drill holes if you are worried about the wood splitting. (You can use a table saw for this, repeatedly running it through until the groove is wide enough, or a router if you have one.)
Paint or stain your wooden frame parts, before you assemble the gate. Use wood filler for the screw holes and other imperfections, then sand it all smooth. You can see many more photos, and the process in more detail, over on their blog… We love checking out what you’re making these days, and learning from our readers. Let us know!

Updated: 20.12.2014 — 09:17