The Art of Buying Baby Gates or Pet Gates

Published: 04th April 2009
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Lets Start With Some Simple Baby Gate and Pet Gate Facts:

• A baby gate or a pet gate is used to provide a barrier to keep either a child or a pet

from going anywhere in the house other than the confined area that you have


• You are creating this confined space because you know that it is either baby proofed

or pet proofed, so that no dangers exist in this space for your loved ones.

• Perhaps you are creating these borders to keep your child or pet in an area where it

is easier for you to keep an eye on them.

• We use these gates to keep our dogs off of our carpets or to keep them from being

the first ones to greet any guests coming to our door.

• A common use of a baby gate today is across the child's bedroom doorway. This

way, the parent can leave their child playing safely confined in their bedroom, and

the parent can still hear if the child cries out.

• Baby gates are also the primary means for keeping our children away from the

dangers of stairways.

• For all of the above reasons and for dozens more, baby gates or pet gates are really

the only useful products today that enable us to block off areas within our homes

without the need for installing doors.

The truth is, that most people like to create a sense of openness with their home decor.

Pet gates and baby gates serve the purpose of creating a barrier without detracting from

the open feeling.

Originally these safety gates were designed to fit within a door frame. This seemed

appropriate when we consider that doorways were meant to define a border between

rooms. In today's homes doorways are a lot less common. Instead of doorways, we see

archways, short but much wider hallways, or complete open concept designs.

Creating confined spaces within these newer homes or redesigned homes requires a bit

more creativity. Baby gates and pet gates are now more often used in hallways or across

expansive archways.

When most of us think about pet gates or baby gates, we automatically assume an indoor

gate. However, many parents or pet owners are beginning to extend the usefulness of

these gates to outdoor spaces. A typical outdoor installation would be at the stairway

leading off of a raised deck attached to the back of the house.

Is their any real difference between a baby gate and a pet gate?

Well, the truth is that pet gates are pretty much the same thing as baby gates. The

difference is really how you as the parent or pet owner, consider the purpose and

requirements of your gating needs.

A common requirement from a pet perspective is to have a taller than normal pet gate, so

that your dog can't leap over it. Standard baby gates are about 28 inches in height. The

taller pet gates range from 38 to 40 inches in height.

A common requirement from a baby or toddler perspective is a gate latch that baffles a

young child but is simple for an adult to operate.

Another common concern is the distance between the gate slates and whether this would

be a hazard for a small child. Gate manufacturers now offer clear hard plastic-sheet gates

which remove this concern completely and are quite wonderful for small pets as well,

because they have no slats or holes that the pet can squeeze through.

The Art of Buying Your Baby Gate or Pet Gate:

Picking out a baby safety gate doesn't really need to be that complicated. The major thing

is making sure that the baby gates fit the space where you would like to create a barrier.

You will need to consider whether you want to secure the gate mounts to your walls on

both sides, or use pressure gates which effectively are jammed between your door frames

or walls by applying outward pressure with the side mounted pressure screws.

The second most important thing, is to consider that this barrier will likely become a part

of your home for many years. For this reason you will want to make sure that the gate

you choose is easy to operate. It should easily open in either direction. The gate latch

should be operable with one hand only, and in many cases you can purchase gates that

automatically swing close.

Also, because these gates will be part of our homes for several years, a growing

requirement is for the gates to as closely as possible match the decor of the home.

Fortunately gates today come in may colors and designs.

Keep in mind that if your gate requirement is to create a stairway barrier, then you need

to ensure that yo can securely mount the gate to your wall or bannister. Pressure gates are

usually not recommended for stairways, however there are some new methods for

creating a more secure mount for a pressure gate.

Where large pets are concerned, steel gates and tall gates can be helpful, but the truth of

the matter is, that if they desperately want to get over, around, or through a gate, they

most likely will. Most dogs will accept the gate quite readily, but some dogs can't bear to

be confined. All dogs, but especially large dogs should be trained as to what the gate

represents. Of course it would be easier if you train them about gates when they are pups.

The bottom line:

When you are searching for your gate, don't worry whether the gate is listed as a baby

gate or a pet gate. They are most often the same gates with different labels. Take

measurements and list all your requirements before you start. You may need to

compromise on some requirements, but in most cases you should be able to find the

perfect gate for your purposes. offers a quality selection of baby gates and pet gates for any need

you may have. We offer standard gates designed for the average doorway widths, wide

gates designed for most hallway widths, extra wide gates designed to work in large

archways or open spaces, tall gates for that leaper in your house, and stairway gates that

are designed specifically for stairway safety. We also offer gates in different designs and

colors to match any type of home decor.

Doug Noble owns and operates an online store that specializes in creating safe environments for your children and pets.

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