I just love the look of all of the barn door DIY baby gates I had been seeing on Pinterest and decided it was time to build my own! I decided not to build our baby gate with a cross or diagonal piece through the center because I knew my little ones would just use that as extra climbing help. Ha!
*****EDIT: The DIY Baby Gate was my first build ever! It is holding strong to this day. While the nails did their job, you could instead join each piece of this project with the Kreg Jig pocket hole system. This post is not sponsored in any way by Kreg Jig – I just love mine and it has transformed how I work through every project I now build.*****
3- 1×4 (8 ft long) pine
1- 1×3 (8 ft long) pine
- Miter saw or circular saw
- Kreg Jig** -not required, but will sure be made for a smooth build ~ worth the plunge if you haven’t taken it already!
- Wood glue
- Stain or paint
- 1 1/4″ nails
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws – (you will need 16 of these)
- Hardware (I purchased mine from Home Depot – each piece cost less than $5, so for both hinges and the latch, I came in under $15)
- ***1 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wall anchors (you may need 8 each of these)*** Each installation will vary. I needed to create something to screw my hinges into, to avoid screwing them directing into the crown molding on the staircase. Originally I had chosen 2 industrial hinges that would be mounted to the inside of the gate and corresponding staircase wall, however, this was before I discovered that our stair molding would be an obstacle, so I went with the barn exterior barn hinge.
Your cut list:
4 – 1″x6″x24″ (or 6 if you will be installing like pictured)
2- 1″x3″x24″ (only if installing like pictured)
Using your wood glue and nails, attach 8 of 1″x4″20″ vertically – next to one another, with 1 – 1″x4″x20″ piece along the top and bottom.
*** Instead of nails you can use pocket holes for almost the entire project. IF using your Kreg Jig I would join all center rails first.***
Using your glue and pocket screws, attach your 1″x3″x44″ piece to the top of your gate.
Sand any uneven edges, and stain, and seal. For the stain, I am using my latest obsession – Minwax’s Slate.
Attach your hardware and install.
If you need to install your baby gate as I did (away from the wall or staircase). You will need to attach 1 – 1″x3″x24″ piece to 1- 1″x6″x24″ piece using your Kreg Jig (make two of these). You will basically mount this to the outside of your staircase with anchors – similar to installing floating shelves – only vertical.
…now sit back and admire all of your “hard” work!
I’m seriously addicted now… what to build next!?
You might also enjoy: