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Baby gate suggestions?

Hi all, I’m looking for gates to put in the stairs. Any suggestions? I’d rather. It have to drill into the wood but open to suggestions

There are many options and this is out of my lane. Thanks in advance
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Grab a piece of wood strapping and screw the gate to the strapping. Now zip tie the strapping to the spindle with as many zip ties as you'd like. This way it doesn't damage the railing spindles with screws. Easy peasy. From experience that's what I did and it worked well for many years.
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2 very helpful posts. Thank you so much. The thought of drilling into our brand new banister gives me indigestion.
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fordmaple wrote: Grab a piece of wood strapping and screw the gate to the strapping. Now zip tie the strapping to the spindle with as many zip ties as you'd like. This way it doesn't damage the railing spindles with screws. Easy peasy. From experience that's what I did and it worked well for many years.
this is exactly what i did at the upper floor except with pressure gates. recommendations say not to use a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs but i've had one for over 5 years now with 4 toddlers running around. Never had any issues. However, I do have a landing and then a turn before the stairs exactly like that posted by altezza86. I might have been a bit more cautious if the gate led directly to downward stairs. Personally, I would go with what altezza86 suggested but when i was researching, i never came across to a product like this. Previous owners drilled into the wood on my main floor and i still haven't patched it up.

the one i bought is very similar to this picture

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4a/a2/ec ... aa8d5c.png
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otaknap wrote: this is exactly what i did at the upper floor except with pressure gates. recommendations say not to use a pressure mounted gate at the top of the stairs but i've had one for over 5 years now with 4 toddlers running around. Never had any issues. However, I do have a landing and then a turn before the stairs exactly like that posted by altezza86. I might have been a bit more cautious if the gate led directly to downward stairs. Personally, I would go with what altezza86 suggested but when i was researching, i never came across to a product like this. Previous owners drilled into the wood on my main floor and i still haven't patched it up.

the one i bought is very similar to this picture

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4a/a2/ec ... aa8d5c.png
One of the main reasons that they’re not recommended for stairs is that there is a bar across the bottom which is a tripping hazard
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altezza86 wrote: I was told not to use pressure-mounts when installing at the top of the stairs for safety reasons. As a result, we got this to help protect our banister (no drilling). Gate is from Evenflo.

https://www.amazon.ca/Summer-Infant-Ban ... aby&sr=1-1

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This type of mechanism is exactly what my parents bought for the top of their stairs, with a very similar bannister, for when we visit with our toddler. It works very well.
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JayLove06 wrote: 2 very helpful posts. Thank you so much. The thought of drilling into our brand new banister gives me indigestion.
I installed the gate before the stairs works way better in my case.
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Exactly like first two posts.

Go to Home Depot, grab a couple of pine 2x4s, cut to size, sand it down, stain & varnish if you want to be fancy, and then drill couple of channel holes through it. Buy some foam cushion from Wal-Mart or Fabricland, wrap around main banister. Pass zip ties through holes and around banister. Attach baby gate to your 2x4s.
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Red_Army wrote: One of the main reasons that they’re not recommended for stairs is that there is a bar across the bottom which is a tripping hazard
That, plus pressure mounted can still be moved with enough force from a motivated toddler.

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