Probably the longest title in the world, but following on from my post about the best ways to child proof your home, I had a few comments about the mount for the bottom of the stairs, essentially making it a DIY Safety Gate ‘project’.
This mount will mean that you will not need to drill holes in your wall or leave marks on wall paper or paint as the mount will take all of the pressure rather than the banister or the wall.
The back story to this mount is that we now in our home have a toddler who uses the toilet and last time around with baby proofing we just put the gates to block off the lounge and dining room (now play room) as the stair gate idea just wasn’t working after going through a number of options.
This is how I built it and how it works with a safety gate, the gate I’m using with it is the Lindam MK0018-000 as it states ‘one hand’ opening which is pretty true and it doesn’t auto close like some of the other gates we have.
1. I measured the thickness of the banister and then headed to my local DIY store for an appropriate piece of wood that was at least 6cm in width and 4cm in depth. I drew up ‘very official’ plans (on a sticky note) to show Kiri what the heck I was on about.
2. Using some spare would that I had in the garage I built a frame to go around the banister rather than fixing the batten to it – removing the need for drilling holes in places that will annoy you once you remove the gate in a couple of years.
3. Fixed it all together for a trail run – to see if it actually works and was strong enough to take the pressure points of the gate (and also to get the wife’s approval!!!!)
4. Sanded and painted to match the banister so that it was less combasome and fit in with the rest of the hall way. I also added felt pads to the inside so that it wouldn’t mark the banister over the period of time it was up and because no drilling was required there ‘should’ be no decorating needed once it’s taken down in a few years.
The reason for framing the banister was that I’ve seen similar done with tie-wraps but think that this looks more aesthetically pleasing and should be stronger as it is a connected frame.
Happy baby proofing.