When we moved into our house, we needed a gate for our little ones, to prevent them from crawling up the steps without our knowledge and supervision. The problem is always the same- the opening at the bottom of the steps is far too big of an opening – so what do you do when the bottom of the steps is too wide for a gate?
Here is a DIY gate for bottom of wide staircase – I hope it is helpful!
Follow my husband’s lead and build your own! He can fix just about any problem in our house and if he can’t, my Dad can… so when I gave him this problem, he was quick to come up with an answer.
Here is how it is done- a PVC Pipe Gate
- Buy a few 8-10 feet long pieces
- Buy around 20 (however long you need) T-Connectors
- Buy four ‘elbows’ (corner connectors)
Cut the some of the long pipes into smaller 3-inch sections
Line them up to make sure that you have what you need – a template. Do this on a flat surface.
Connect them together (DO NOT GLUE YET) to see if you have the sizes right and to see if you need to add more sections.
Use a piece of wood (a 1 X 3 would work).
Connect it to the stairs with zip ties.
Connect a piece of the pipe with a corner piece of PVC pipe. Now you will hinge it to the wood. The hinge connects the wood with the pipe. This pipe will swing because it will be part of the gate.
My husband cut the hinges to make them fit on the pipe- put one part on the pipe & one on the wood. Do this at the top & bottom. (See picture below)
Attach the rest of the gate (as seen below).
(Test it first & if it works, use glue to hold it together and then put it back on, once the glue has dried).
Here is the glue that we used.
Here is what the gate will look like now…
To attach a lock to the gate (to keep your toddlers from opening it themselves), simply add an eye-screw to the gate, towards the top (don’t put it too high on the gate, or your kids will pull the gate down, trying to open it)
We used a small bungie for the ‘lock’ part, but you could use anything that works. We tied it to the railing on the stairs (that was already there before we added the gate). This has worked well for us and its been over six months.
Here is how they go together.
And your gate is completed in under an hour. This has been a life-saver for us (preventing many falls, I’m sure!)
I hope this gives you an idea of what you can do at your house.