Baby gates are fantastic to childproof some areas of your home and keep a baby eager to explore the house in a safe controlled environment. They are also great to keep a baby away from unsafe spots like a fireplace or staircases just to name a couple. Knowing that a child is within a safe zone gives parents a little more sanity and peace of mind. However, before you buy one, there are a few key features you need to consider.
Hardware-mounted: This type of gates are designed to be permanently attached to a door frame, wall or a banister. They are the most secure type of gates and should be installed in high-risk areas like a top of stairs. Hardware mounted doesn’t mean that the gate cannot be removed or folded temporarily. A lot of hardware-mounted gates come with a ‘quick release’ feature that allows you to remove the gate from the hinges. The disadvantages of a hardware-mounted gate are that they leave holes in walls or doorframe. Also, the installation takes a bit longer.
Pressure-Mounted: don’t require screwing the gate hinges into a door frame or a wall. They are like tension rods. They are almost as secure as hardware-mounted gates as long as you have the correct measurements. They are perfect for those who don’t want to drill any holes in a door frame or a wall. They are very flexible too as most of them have individually adjustable pressure mounts which are great for those who have irregular walls, door frames or have baseboards. Moreover, you can install them at any height you want depending on your needs.
They are very versatile and can be used in a doorway, hallway, between rooms, top of stairs, bottom of stairs as long as the opening is within the specifications. Lightweight and Portable. It can be easily removed or moved to another part of your home. They are easy to install too.
Door and locking system: another thing to consider is whether you want a gate that opens both ways or one way. Gates that open both ways are perfect for high traffic areas. Gates that open one way usually give you the choice of how you want it to open it during installation. If you’re buying a gate to childproof some areas of your home, ideally you’d want the locking system to be easy to use by an adult and difficult to figure it out for a child.
Safety: look for one that is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified and avoid cheap knockoffs. JPMA certified gates go through rigorous tests to ensure that they are safe and meet all safety standards.
Dreambaby Chelsea Auto Close Baby Gate
Dreambaby Chelsea Auto-Close Security Gate is for openings between 28-32″. It offers amazing protection for an active toddler. It has a lot of great features that lots of parents consider a ‘must-have’. To begin with, it has ‘automatic close’ which is great for moms as they don’t have to worry if it’s open or close. Especially when you’re holding a baby, the last thing you’d want to do is to turn around and close the door. It also makes a click sound (not too loud) so you know that the door is closed.
It aesthetically pleasing, very well build and durable. It will not move even if you have a child who likes to shake or pull things.
The door opens both ways which is super convenient. That’s another great feature to eliminate some stress.
For extra security, it has a double locking system and is JPMA and ASTM Certified.
It fits doorways or openings from 28″ – 32″ If you need to make it longer up to 111 inches you need to buy extensions. Click here more info.
It will work well at the top and bottom of the stairs. It works with a banister but you need to purchase Y-shaped banister adapters. Click here for more info.
Easy to install, remove and put back again.
All in all a great sturdy and safe gate. Opens both ways, has an auto-close and good locking system. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t have a ‘stay open’ feature. If this doesn’t bother you, this is an excellent choice. Available in black and white.
Price Range $36.99
Great Multi-Purpose Gate That Opens Both Ways With Locking System
Easy Close Baby Gate fits spaces between 28″ to 38.5″ wide is a great multi-purpose gate to keep your children safe. Sturdy and installs easily. It opens in both directions. It stays open or with the easy close feature it swings close behind you. For extra security, it has a double locking system that’s easy to use for an adult to and impossible to unlock it for a small child. It looks attractive too and won’t be an eyesore.
For doorways or openings form 29.5 inches – 38.75 inches
- 29.5” – 31.5” no extension needed
- 31.5 – 35.5” with 1 extension
- 35.5” – 38.5” with 2 extensions
2 extra extensions are included.
- Height is 29” which is very comfortable for adults to open.
- Space between bars is about 2 1/4″
- The width of the doorway is about 17″ – 18”
In general, it will work anywhere as long as the opening is within the specifications. Since each corner can be adjusted independently, it can be used on an opening that has trim. The manufacturer does not recommend using it on top of the stairs.
Some of the unique features are the ability to open it in both directions and the self-close mechanism that works in either direction. Moreover, if opened just past 90-degree, it will stay open till given a push and then it will self-close.
Another great feature is the locking system. It doesn’t open just by pushing it. To open it, you have to slide the trigger latch away from the opening and lift the door panel to open it.
For extra security, to prevent a child from opening it by lifting it, it has a latch locking system as well. To lock it, twist the knob sideways, and it will lock the switch and prevent it from opening by lifting the door.
The locking system is easy to use with one hand for an adult but impossible for a baby.
Safe: Very well made, sturdy and secure gate. Made from heavy-duty metal construction. Even if you have a child who likes to step on it, it won’t move.
Assembly: Installation is straightforward and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. It is pressure mounted, so there is no need for drilling and damaging walls/doorframe. All you need to do is insert extension(s) if necessary, insert the tension knobs and tighten the 4 adjusting screws.
For additional stability, you can use the mounting cups that are included. It come with screws for the plastic cups as well, so you do have the option of screw it to the wall. However, most customers find it very sturdy and secure without screwing it to the wall.
If you’d like to remove it temporarily, simply loosen the tension knobs and remove it.
Overall an excellent gate to keep your child safe. You’ll love the pressure mount, opens both ways and the “hold” option that keeps it open if you don’t want it closed. Plus the finish is beautiful and will match nicely any decor. Excellent quality, great design, easy to use, highly recommend. Available in white or bronze.
Price Range $49.99
Great Gate To Keep Roaming Toddler(s) In One Area
Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate fits doorways between 29″ and 39″. It is an excellent choice and comes with all the essential features to keep kids safe. With the convenient walk-through design you won’t have to worry about stepping over to pass through it.
Perfect for those who have a little crawler wanting to explore every possible space in your home. It will set the boundaries where they can and can not go. In fact, this is probably one of the least expensive gates on the market. Very easy to install, sturdy, not at all cumbersome.
For doorways or openings from 29 to 40 inches
- 31 inches high
- The walk-thru opening is about 17″
- Openings between the bars are 2 1/2 inches.
It can be easily installed on:
- Top of stairs
- Bottom of the stairs
- On doors with trim as long as the surface is flat. It won’t work on a beveled trim
- Hallway against drywall, as long as the hallway is between 29-40 inches it will work fine
When open, it doesn’t close automatically. If you leave it open, it will stay open as there is no spring to pull it back. However, this is not a problem for most parents, in fact, some prefer that way.
It opens one way only; you can choose which way it opens when you install it. It has a secure one-touch child-proof lock that’s easy to operate with one hand.
Simply pull the red piece that locks down the latch with your thumb and lift the latch with your index finger. Although it looks easy to open it is impossible for a toddler.
Safe and sturdy: Made from steel for durability, strength, and security. You might think that because of the low price the safety and durability are questionable but customers have been impressed with the stability and overall construction.
The gate is very sturdy even if you have it pressure mounted. It won’t move even if your little one bangs toys on it, leans on or pushes it with all their might. As long as the tension mounts are appropriately tight, it stays put no matter what.
PVC-free and certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
Installation: It is entirely up to you how you want to install it. It takes about 20 min to set it up. It does not require hole drilling in walls or door frame if pressure mounted. Furthermore, each pressure mount is individually adjustable to provide a stable and secure fit. For permanent installation, it comes with mounting the plastic caps.
Lightweight and Portable. It can be easily removed or moved to another part of your home.
Please note: during assembly, you will notice a slight latch which is about 1/2 inch away from being able to reach and close the door. This is NOT a defect because it is pressure mounted and the gap will disappear once you re-secure or lock it. That’s normal, and this is how it works.
Overall this is a great gate for the price. Most reviews for this product have been favorable and vouch for the quality and reliability. Probably the best one you can find at this price point.
Price Range $36.99
Also available as:
For openings 29-1/2 to 40”wide
For openings 29 to 40″ wide
For openings 29 to 44″ wide
Stylish, Secure Extra Tall Decorative Baby Gate
Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate it tall, very versatile, sturdy, secure, attractive and easy to install. It will keep your child and maybe the dog or cat out of the living room or were they supposed to be. With the self-close feature, you won’t have to worry about locking it. It does it automatically for you. Easy to open for an adult, impossible for a small child.
For openings from 28 to 48 inches
- The gate is 36 inches tall (the arch height is 36″, the sides are 33 3/4″)
- The walkthrough opening is about 18 inches
- The distance between the bars varies, it’s about 2 1/4″ in the main gate and around 4 1/4″ near the top and bottom
All in all a very versatile gate and can be used in a doorway, hallway, between rooms, top of stairs, the bottom of stairs as long as the opening is within the specifications. Please note, at the top of stairs, mounting cup installation is mandatory. It is for indoor use only.
It comes with 2 short (4 3/8″) and 1 long extension (8 7/8″).
- Without extensions, it fits openings from 28” to 31.5”.
- 32″ – 36″ one short extension
- 36.5″ – 40.5″ one long extension
- 41″ – 45″ one long and one short extension
- 45.5″ – 48″ one long and two short extensions
It opens in either direction; you can choose which way it opens when you install it or simply by switching the door stopper. To have it swing both ways at all times, you have to remove the door stopper.
Easy to open with one hand. To open it simply push the release button away from the handle, lift up the door and swing it to open. It will automatically close and lock behind you.
The dual locking system makes it safe and secure. It’s hard for a child or toddler to figure out how to open it on their own (unless you teach them).
It is spring-loaded and closes automatically on its own. Unfortunately, it does not have a ‘stay open’ feature. If you want it to be left open, you’d have to prop it with a bungee cord or velcro strap. Some customers like it that way, some don’t. So it’s a personal choice that you’ll have made.
Safe and sturdy: It is durable, well made of powder-coated steel and very sturdy.
Installation is easy. You have a choice of how you want to install it, you can either pressure mount it or screw it into the wall. It includes hardware for both options.
If you’re mounting it on top of stairs, wall cups must be used. It works well with banisters too, again if the banisters are on top of stairs, mounting cups must be used to screw them into the wood and then mount the gate. If you intend to install it to banister(s) the diameter of the pressure mounts is 1 1/2″
Since each pressure mount is individually adjustable, it will work well with molding on the bottom of a doorway or baseboards as long as the width is within the diameters.
If needed the gate can be temporarily removed. It’s not something you’d want to do on a daily basis, but it’s OK from time to time.
Overall an excellent good looking baby gate with a sturdy structure. Perfect for baby or pet-proofing. Easy to use and install. Available in beige or bronze.
Price Range $79.99
Easy Close, Extra Tall Gate with Wide Doors
Munchkin Easy-Close Extra Tall and Wide Metal Gate is an excellent, tall baby gate that’s perfect for wide doors. The tall door will keep your children safe and prevent them from climbing it. Opens in both directions and has a dual security lock (one of the best childproof locking system). It will keep your children safe and the dog and or cat out of the play area too.
For openings from 29.5 to 51.5 inches
- 36 inches tall
- Walk thru opening is 21 1/2 inches
- The distance between the bars is 2 3/4 ”(widest slot) and 2 1/2” the other ones
Very flexible gate and can be used virtually anywhere in your house. Top of stairs, the bottom of stairs, between rooms or a hallway. When installed on top of stairs mounting cups must be screwed to the wall.
Three extensions, 2-3/4 inches, 5-1/2 inches, and 11 inches are included.
The door opens in both directions. You can also choose which direction the opens by using the optional third lock at the base. So it’s up to you, you can have it open both ways or one way. It closes automatically with a push or if you would like, you can leave it open.
Moreover, it has a double-locking system on the handle that’s easy to use for an adult, but difficult for a child. For extra security it has an extra lock feature on the bottom of the gate, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your child will be safe when you’re busy doing something else.
Safe: Solid construction and very sturdy. The gate is made from durable steel with a U-shaped power frame for additional stability. It won’t move even if your children shake it back and forth.
Installation: The gate installs with a pressure-mount system and is very secure and extremely sturdy. Or can be screwed into the wall for additional safety, which is recommended for top of stairs installation. All hardware needed for both installations is included.
All in all excellent baby gate that’s tall and has wide doors. Perfect to keep your children safe. Great quality and worth every penny. Wonderful design and the color/finish is very attractive and will fit in well with any decor.
Price Range $84.99
Very Versatile Wide Gate
Deluxe Décor is an exceptional gate for doorways between 38.3″ to 72″ wide. It’s 30″ high and you can use it in different ways depending on where and how you want to use it. It does a great job of blocking both kids and pets from the rooms they are not allowed. Beautiful design and color that will match the interior of any house.
Perfect for wide openings like between rooms or the bottom of stairs from 38.3 to 72 inches.
- 30 inches tall
- The opening to walk through is about 25″
- The distance between the bars is 2 1/4 inches
It’s perfect for the oddly shaped doorway between the living room and kitchen, large archway between rooms or to block off a fireplace, TV corner or playroom.
It is designed to close automatically; it latches when closed. It also has a feature to remain open for easy passage. To enable the ‘stay open’ feature, simply open the door fully. You can close it again with a gentle push. The child-proof safety latch is designed to be secure and provides easy one-hand operation for a parent.
Once installed in the position you want, the door opens one way only.
Another great feature is the ability to fold and unfold the panels. The entire gate can swing open to either side. When not needed, you can easily remove it from the hinges and store it or swing out of the way.
Safe and sturdy: Made from heavy-duty steel construction and is very sturdy. One of the sturdiest gates out there. It will withstand vigorous shaking and kids standing on it.
Installation: It’s hardware mounted. There are 4 brackets, 2 left and 2 right that must be screw into a wall. Once installed, it slides in. All necessary mounting hardware is included.
Different types of installation:
Baseboards: If you have baseboards that continue through the doorway, you might need to remove or add an additional piece of wood for the top mount to become flush.
Banisters: It works well with banisters as long as there is enough solid surface to anchor it.
Angled or corner walls: As long as there’s a flat surface to mount to on both walls it will work. It is flexible at the hinges; the brackets allow it over 90% of flexibility to swivel.
Spindles: the gate does not attach to spindles. It has to be mounted to a flat surface. For spindles, you could try the No Hole Stairway Gate Mounting Kit By Safety. Click here for more info.
Stair banisters: Only if the banister is solid wood and has a flat surface like an about 2 x 4”. The width has to be greater than 2 inches.
Mounting it isn’t complicated and shouldn’t take longer than an hour.
Beautifully crafted wide gate and looks like a custom made and more importantly safe and functional. It does a great job keeping the children and pets away from any harm. With it, you can rest assured that your children will be safe. Available in 2 colors.
Price Range $89.99
Gate For Doorways 144 inches wide+
North States extra wide baby gate 3 In 1 Arched Decor is perfect for doorways 144 inches wide or wider with extensions. It is very versatile and can be used anywhere in your house be it across the room, to separate the kitchen or family room, a bottom of the stairs or around the stairs to keep your kids safe. You can “U” or “L” shape it if you need it. Works great to childproof furniture or entertainment center or to keep your children away from the fireplace. It works with all sorts of configurations and is very customizable. It folds up quickly or can be easily converted into a freestanding portable play yard. Easy to set up and use.
Out of the box, you get 6 panels. Each section is 2 feet or 24 inches long. All mounting hardware is included.
When extended, all 6 panels can cover 12 feet or 144 inches. If space you’re trying to block off is bigger than you will need additional panels.
A lot of customers have been asking if the gate has to be arched or if it can it be used straight across. The answer is yes and no. You can remove or add panels, 2 feet at a time. So you can make it smaller to about 10 feet, 8 feet, 6 feet and so on. If the opening you’re trying to block is 10 or 8 feet it can stand straight across, however, if the opening is let’s say 7 or 9 feet it will have to be arched a bit to fit the distance. It has hinges on each joint that make it wiggle both directions.
- It is 30 inches tall
- 2 1/4” between bars
Enclosed play yard: You can even detach it from the wall brackets and use it as an enclosed play yard. 6 panels give you 10 square foot hexagonal play area. You can create a bigger play area by adding more extensions.
It disconnects easily with a push of a button from the mounts so it can be removed and put back daily.
The opening (swing door) is 14″. The panel with the door can be placed at any point. The door opens one way only.
The door has an automatic closing and ‘stay-open’ feature. It comes with a childproof double locking system which is easy to operate with one hand.
Extra extensions: You can buy additional panels; they come in two, 2 foot each. You can add as many panels as you want or you can combine two gates together. Click here for extra extensions.
Safe: No matter how you use it, be it a gate or play yard, it is very well built and sturdy. Toddler proof and industrial strength. Even if your child likes to shake things, it won’t move. Perfect for assisted walking too.
Installation: It’s not a pressure-mounted gate. The wall mounts need to be screw into the wall. The installation is straightforward, it takes about 20 to 30 mins, there are two brackets that attach to the wall on each end.
It does not interfere with baseboards. The bottom wall mounts that are screw into the wall slide up and down along the pole to clear molding, so you don’t damage it.
It comes with all necessary mounting hardware.
It can easily be taken off the wall mounts and turn into a play yard or collapsed for storage. Each panel can be disconnected.
Overall this is one of the best on the market. It’s solid, sturdy, looks great, and is easy to use. Some customers find that the walkthrough opening a bit narrow, but it isn’t a big deal. Available as Arched Decor Metal, Metal or Wood.
Price Range $189.99
Gate for Doorways from 38 to 60 Inches Long
Evenflo Soft and Extra Wide Gate for doorways from 38 to 60 inches long is an excellent choice for use with varying-width doorways or if you live in an open concept house and have large openings that you would like to block off.
Perfect for those that would like something that is safe, strong and does not require a permanent installation. So there is no damage to the walls. Easy to put it on or take out.
Because it consists of two rods that are similar to expanding shower curtain rods it expands easily to fit any opening between 38 to 60 inches. And you don’t have to worry about extensions.
Another great thing about this gate is that it works great even on uneven walls. As the top and bottom rods adjust independently from each other allowing you to accommodate for wood trim on the bottom of walls or uneven frames. And it will fit snugly top and bottom.
Safe and sturdy: The gate is very well built and despite the fact that it is a pressure-mounted it’ll stay in place even if your child hangs all over or pulls on it, it won’t budge. The netting is strong and durable as well. Actually, a lot of parents prefer the netting because if an active child hits the gate while playing, they won’t hurt themselves.
Care: In case if your child has an idea to paint it with spaghetti or strawberries you can easily remove the fabric/mesh to sanitize/wash it.
Easy to move and portable: You’ll love how easy it is to take the gate down or move it to a different location if you need to block off a different room. And it is very portable too. You can disassemble and roll it up. This might be useful if you need to take it off or even travel with it.
Easy to install: Installation is very easy and should not take more than 5, 10 min. the most.
A couple of things that you need to be aware of.
- It doesn’t retract and doesn’t have a door. So you need to step over it. For most parents, this isn’t a huge deal. But it may not be the perfect choice for a high traffic area.
- There are no extensions and it only fits openings between 38 to 60 inches.
- Two gates cannot be connected.
Overall: If you don’t mind the fact that it doesn’t retract and doesn’t have door Evenflo Extra Wide Gate is a very good choice. Very well made and will keep your LO in a safe area. The colors are neutral and they match any decor perfectly without looking like an eyesore or another baby product.
Price Range $39.99
Keep Your Kids Safe with Regalo 192-Inches Super Long Gate
Regalo extra long baby gate is 192 inches long an be used as a gate to safeguard a fireplace or as a play yard. Perfect for indoors or outdoors. Each panel clicks in place to fit an odd opening and can be installed on angled walls. Sturdy, heavy-duty and does not budge. Here are the details:
- Expands to 192 inches to become a wall mounted
- Includes 8 removable and configurable panels
- Each panel is 24″ or 2 ft
- It’s 28″ tall
- The space between each bar is 2 1/2 in
- The door opening is about 17 inches
Wall-mounted: Fits doorways/openings up to 192 inches. You can use all 8 panels or remove panels to make it smaller. It works well as a barrier between rooms, around bottom stairs or a fireplace barrier. Connection to the wall can be angled.
Free-standing gate: You can either set it as an octagon, square formation or arched to block off places like the bottom of stairs or fireplace. Just keep in mind, when used as a free-standing barrier, it isn’t as sturdy as mounted to a wall.
Free-standing play yard: You can connect all panels together to create a free-standing play yard. With the 8 panels, you can create an octagon or a square. Either way, you’ll get approximately 19 sq. feet play area.
Because the gate is simple to remove from the wall, you can move it and use it in another room as a play yard. No matter how you use it, it’s very flexible and can be set up as a round, square, rectangle, or fixed at a 90-degree angle to make a corner.
The door is about 17 inches. Once installed, the door opens one way only. However, you can choose whether the door opens to the inside or outside. Also, you can move the door panel around; it doesn’t have to be in one position. The door doesn’t have an ‘auto-close’ feature. If you leave it open, it will stay open.
The gate has a sliding childproof lock. It is a 2 step lock; you have to pull back the spring-loaded red piece with your thumb and lift up the sliding lock. Easy to open for a parent, but not too easy for children.
Perfect gate for indoors or outdoors use.
Extra panels: Unfortunately, extra extensions are not available. If you need to extend it to make a bigger play area, you have to buy another set and put two of them together.
Safe: It’s very heavy duty and sturdy. Even if a child jumps up and down on it trying to shake it, the gate will hold up just fine.
Installation: This is not a pressure-mounted gate, you can either attach it to the wall with screws and a bracket or use it as a free-standing gate or play yard. All hardware is provided. 4 wall fixers, two for each side plus all the screws.
The mounts allow it to swivel it to any angle allowing you to attach it to a wall at an angular. So it is very flexible. Baseboard doesn’t interfere with the installation because the lower brackets can be set above the baseboard.
Overall exceptional gate. The gate’s locking mechanism is a hit or miss, some like it, some don’t. Eventually, a child will learn how to open it. But you shouldn’t worry about that until they are about 24 months old. Easy to set up and relocate. Very flexible and serves its purpose of keeping the kids safe.
Price Range $131.99
For one more excellent wide gate please see our review below of Retract-A-Gate that’s great for doorways up to 52 or 72 inches wide.
No Trip Design Baby Gate For Stairs
Evenflo Easy Walk-Thru baby gate for stairs is safe, sturdy and easy to install. Even though it is designed for stairs, it can be used for doorways, hallways, the bottom of stairs, kitchens, laundry rooms, bedrooms, and playrooms. The best feature is that it doesn’t have a bottom bar that runs along the floor to possibly trip over.
- Fits openings from 29″ to 42″
- 30″ tall however can be installed 3″ above the floor for 33″ of height
- 2 3/4 inches between slats
The gate’s door opens, either way, you can use the removable swing control clip which allows you to choose which way it will open.
The handle lock system is ergonomically designed, and it takes only one hand to open no matter what direction you are approaching from or what hand you’re using.
It has a childproof lock, to open it you have to squeeze the handle firmly, children don’t have the strength to open it.
It doesn’t have an auto-closing feature, but there is a red/green indicator that shows if the door is closed completely. Easy to latch and unlatch it.
If needed the gate can easily be lifted up off of its hinges if you want to remove it and have it out of the way.
Installation: It is a screw-mounted. Installation is straight-forward, comes with a template that you can tape to the wall to drill the hinged end in place. Comes with all needed hardware but you will need an electric drill, 1/8” drill bit, screwdriver and pencil for the installation. Once it hangs in the hinges, it’s easy to make all necessary adjustments.
Overall: Made from metal, very sturdy and safe. Perfect for stairs. It will hold up to children shaking it. Perfect for those who don’t want to worry about tripping over a bottom bar. Attractive, adjustable, and kid-proof because it requires an adult amount of hand strength to open it.
Price Range: Around $65.00
Great Baby Gate That’s Perfect for Top or Bottom of Stairs
Munchkin Loft Aluminum Infant Safety Gate is perfect for top or bottom of stairs. It is one of the best gates on the market. The quality and durability are amazing. You can use it everywhere in your house: between rooms, a bottom of stairs and since it doesn’t have a bar at the bottom to step over or trip. It’s perfect for the top of the stairs.
The gate comes with an Integrated Tuning System which allows you to install it even on irregular walls. You’ll be impressed with the ability to fine-tune it to fit your doorway perfectly.
The gate’s door opens in either direction. Inward and outward. So it’s up to you how you want to use it. Which is perfect for high traffic areas as you don’t have to think which way it goes.
Furthermore, it has excellent latching system that’s simple to use for an adult, but complicated enough for a young child. No latching system is perfect. A 7 or 8 years old kid will be able to open it but not a 3 or 4 years old.
Moreover, you can easily take it off if needed.
Perfect for openings from 26-1/2 to 40 inches.
It doesn’t use extensions. It has a unique ‘retract and extend’ system that allows you to fit every single width that it says it will perfectly. If the opening is smaller or bigger, it will not work for you. The opening needs to be between 26-1/2 to 40 inches.
With the gate’s integrated tuning system, you’ll be able to correctly tune it even on irregular walls or frames.
It doesn’t have a self-closing mechanism. If you leave it open, it will stay open. However, if you give it a push, it will latch on its own.
It is about 28-29 inches tall. But the actual height will depend on the height you install it above the floor.
The installation is straight forward for most parents. But you do need to take the time to read the instructions. And have to follow them exactly. If you do that, you should have no problems at all. For extra security, it is a wall mount gate.
Installation on banisters, rail or a post. Technically to install it you need approximately 3 inches of a flat area. If you have banisters, you could use the No Hole Stairway Gate Mounting Kit. It works very well with it. You can purchase it on Amazon for about $30.00. Click here for more info.
It does work well even if you have baseboards because you can install the mounting bracket as high as you want so it won’t interfere with the molding.
Overall an excellent baby gate for stairs that you can use anywhere in your house. It’s more expensive, but the quality and durability are exceptional. The construction is of high quality. Moreover, you can quickly remove it out of the mounts if you don’t need it. It looks beautiful too. And it will fit perfectly with your decor and furnishings. One of those products that most probably will exceed your expectations.
Price Range $169.99
Secure, Easy To Operate Retractable Gate
Retract-A-Gate Safety Gate is one of the best available today, retracts automatically, is sturdy has a durable mesh and childproof lock to prevent it from opening. Available in 52 or 72 inches wide and is perfect for those hard to cover areas. Easy to use, low profile, perfect on top or bottom of stairs, or anywhere in your house to keep kids or pets safe and out of harm’s way.
There are a number of reasons why parents love this gate. First, it’s a very low profile. When not in use, it’s completely out of the way.
Moreover, it’s super easy to use. It opens, closes and retracts very smoothly and easily. It can be opened, closed, locked with one hand even while holding a baby. See the video below.
Strong and secure: It’ll withstand a toddler(s) trying to climb over it, leaning or pushing on it. The gate has been tested against a 200-pound push out force. So this gate can easily handle the ‘ little crazies’.
When is locked, it’s strong enough to prevent a child from crawl under it.
The mesh is 34 inches tall, easy to clean and does not contain Lead, Phthalate, Latex or BPA chemicals, is formaldehyde-free, and contains NO hazardous materials as defined by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. It’s been tested and certified annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Installation: the gate is very flexible. It can even be installed at an angle with no loss in safety or functionality. The mounting brackets allow the gate to work at virtually any angle.
It is available in two sizes. 52 inches and 72 inches wide. The distance includes the mounting brackets. If the opening that you need to block is for example 53 inches, you need to buy the 72” gate. Or if the opening is an inch or two outside of the dimensions. you could buy the Retract-A-Gate Wall Spacers. And use them on both or just one side. That should give you that extra inch or two.
If you have baseboards that are thicker than 1/8” and taller than 4” you’ll need to buy Retract-A-Gate Wall Spacers which allow you to install it over the baseboard.
For banisters, you’ll need Retract-A-Gate Stair Banister Kit. Both spacers and banister kits are offered on Amazon website as an add-on.
It can be used indoor or outdoor.
All in all, it is a very versatile, great looking gate and excellent for those looking for an extra-wide gate to cover wide or odd doorways or openings. It is more expensive but the made in the U.S.A. quality is exceptional.
Available in 2 sizes and 3 colors:
The 52 inches long sells for about $135
The 72 inches long for about $165
Space Saving Gate. Perfect For Open Concept Area
Summer Infant retractable gate is a great alternative to traditional metal, plastic or wooden gates. It is hardware mounted. Perfect to use on any open concept area, between rooms to keep your little one safe or out of the rooms that you do not want them to enter. It can use it at the bottom or top of the stairways.
And since it retracts you don’t have to worry about stepping over a bar or tripping.
- For openings up to 50 inches. And it is 30 inches tall
Parents love the convenience of being able to leave it open and have a clear entryway when not in use. When closed it creates a secure barrier.
The screen is sturdy (as long as it is locked, it will keep the fabric from pulling out any further) and won’t cave when a child leans on or pushes on it.
The mesh fabric although black is see-through which is perfect for those who would like to be able to maintain visual contact with their child.
One of the features that parents love is the dual automatic childproof one-handed use locking/unlocking system. Simply push down and click it in to lock it, push the blue button and lift lever to unlock.
You can mount the handle any way you want, out of the box it is set in the middle but can easily be unscrewed and moved up to the top part of the gate for easier opening/retracting. The handle can be installed on either side of the gate so it is left and right hand-friendly.
It also locks in place so that it won’t retract accidentally.
Care: Very easy to clean in case your LO decides to smear baby food on it, all you have to do is wipe it with a wet cloth.
Installation: This is hardware mounted. It can be easily installed on drywall or wood. It can NOT be installed to a banister. All hardware is included.
A free baseboard installation kit is included as well in case you need it and also can be installed at any height you want.
Unfortunately, it can not be easily moved to another location; it only comes with one set of wall anchors.
Overall: It is secure and easy to operate the gate. The great modern look will complement any house well.
Price Range $99.99
Very Safe, Very Convenient Dreambaby Gate
Dreambaby gate is one of the most versatile gates. Sturdy and durable mesh barrier that retracts on itself to stay out of the way when not in use.
- The gate fits openings up to 55” and is 34″ tall
Here are the features that make this gate unique:
- It comes with two sets of hardware for mounting in two locations. This allows you to permanently set up mounts on two doorways. And if needed simply unclip it and move it to another location.
- This gate can be used indoor and outdoor. The durable mesh is UV treated and won’t fade or get damaged in the sun.
- Flexible installation. It can be installed at different angles for odd openings and installs on the inside or outside of a door-frame.
Suitable for hallways, doorways and top and bottom of stairs.
The gate can be locked when open or closed. It has a double locking feature.
There are some complaints that it makes a clicking noise when retracted. The noise while retracting it is meant as a warning signal to alert you when a little one has gained unauthorized access. To avoid the noise, simply hold the unlocking mechanism down while retracting it.
Despite being fabric, it is strong enough to keep a child from going up the stairs and does hold firm well when pushed against.
Although it has a one-handed easy opening system some customers have mentioned that it may be a little tricky at first to get used to it especially while holding the baby.
Care: To clean, wipe the surface with a damp cloth or sponge using a mild detergent and warm water. Do not use abrasive, ammonia-based bleach or spirit type cleaners.
Installation is easy. It comes with templates to help you to mount it.
Please note, if you have baseboard or molding in your home you will need to buy spacers to make it work properly. Spacers are sold separately. A set cost around $9.00. When you purchase it on Amazon, they usually offer it as an add-on. If you don’t see that option, click here for more info.
Overall: A great gate. Looks fantastic and works very well. Not as sturdy as a standard metal gate but does the job well. A trade-off for the convenience it offers. It does cost more, but with the two sets of hardware it comes with, you can unclip it from one place and move it to another; it’s like having two gates in one. It is attractive when closed and unobtrusive when open. Worth the price and peace of mind.
Price Range $89.99
Available in 2 colors: