Is your little one constantly crawling out of their crib and into dangerous territory? You need a baby gate to keep them safe, but drilling holes in your wall seems like too big of a hassle. Never fear! There are plenty of ways to install a baby gate without drilling into walls. Read on for some tips on how to get the job done.
Can I Install a Baby Gate Without Drilling into Walls?
If you’re going for a soft-installation baby gate, then yes, you can. Most pressure-mounted gates don’t require nails or screws to stay up and work great on carpets, hardwood floors, tile, and linoleum. They can even be used to keep your pets in or out of certain areas.
Pressure-mounted gates are also great for doorways that don’t have molding like the top of stairs, on an upper landing, or even to block off an open kitchen from the living room. No matter where you need a baby gate, there’s one out there for you!
What are my options?
When choosing a baby gate, you have four main choices: clear glass, wire mesh, molded plastic or wooden. Some are pressure-mounted while others do require hardware installation.
Pressure Mounted Gates
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require any drilling, then this is your best bet. Pressure-mounted gates are the most versatile type of gate for floor-to-ceiling openings, but they also work great in doorways or other types of openings.
These gates are very sturdy and can be used to keep children out of high traffic areas like stairways. Hardware-mounted gates also look great and can be painted to match your decor
Steps to install baby gates without drilling into wall:
- 1. Make sure the baby gate is tall enough for your child to climb over or strong enough for them not to knock down easily
- 2. Choose a location where you’d like to install the baby gate and mark the wall with a pencil on either side of where you intend to place it
- 3. Press each indicator on the hinges, slide the baby gate into place and release each indicator to tighten
- 4. Allow the gate to hang from the wall for 24 hours before using it as a safety gate
- 5. If you have a pressure-mounted baby gate, press down on each side until you hear an audible click indicating that it’s locked in place. Repeat this process at the top and bottom of each gate to secure it.
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Q: What if I need extra support to keep the baby gate from falling over?
A: If you’re using a pressure-mounted gate, you can prop up one side with foam pool noodles cut into thirds. However, this option is only good for temporary use and will damage the wall over time.
Q: Will my baby be able to pull the baby gate down?
A: The weight of the gate itself should prevent your child from yanking it off the wall. However, you may want to consider getting a safety strap or harness if you have a climber on your hands or if your gate has only one indicator in the center of the hinge. Once this type of gate loses tension, it’s easy for children to knock it down.
Q: How do I keep my pet or child from opening the baby gate?
A: Pressure-mounted gates are easy enough for young children to open if they’re determined enough, but you can try these tricks if you have a curious cat or feisty dog that keeps getting into trouble:
– If you’re using a pressure-mounted gate then adding a safety strap or harness can help keep your pet from opening it
– For hardware-mounted gates, you may have to tie a piece of string between the upper and lower indicators on each hinge. This will secure the gate in place so that neither your child nor your cat can open it.
Q: Can I use a baby gate at the top of the stairs?
A: Yes, you can use gates at the bottom or top of stairs, but you’ll want to opt for one that’s hardware-mounted. Another good choice is an expandable pressure-mounted gate that fits spaces between 38 and 42 inches wide.
Q: Can I use a baby gate outside?
A: There are some pressure-mounted gates that can be used as outdoor gates as well as indoor ones, but weather will impact the reliability of your gate, so this isn’t something we recommend doing. Instead, look for an outdoor baby gate that’s hardware-mounted and has a rust- and weather-resistant finish.
Q: I live in a rented apartment, can I attach brackets to the wall to install my baby gate?
A: This is something that’s best discussed with your landlord before you do it. We recommend sticking to pressure-mounted gates if possible, because they can be removed without leaving any evidence behind. You may also need to buy taller brackets like the ones shown here.
Q: I have a large gap between my walls and nowhere to anchor hardware-mounted baby gates, what can I do?
A: Use expanding pressure-mounted gates that mount directly to your wall and adjust accordingly for a perfectly secure fit.
Q: What is the best baby gate for top of stairs?
A: This depends on how wide your stairs are, what materials you prefer and if you want a pressure-mounted or hardware-mounted gate. If you need more help choosing the right safety gates for your home, see the safety gates shown here
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.