{barn door baby gate}

Jan
14
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Baby Caroline started crawling (sniff, sniff) a couple of months ago--much earlier than I expected her to.  It's so funny--with my first baby, I couldn't wait for him to crawl and walk, but by now I realize that mobility comes at a price.  :)  We have stairs in our house, right in the kitchen area, and where we spend the majority of our time.  At the bottom of the stairs is tile, and if she fell, it would really not be good.  I want her to learn how to do stairs--I think it's important-but only if I'm right behind her to catch her.  So...it was time for a baby gate, and what could be cuter than one made from a barn door?

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

Yes! I love love love it!

You'll see the black ties around the posts--we decided to give those a try so we could attach the gate to the posts, instead of having to go up a couple of stairs for it to go into drywall. So far so good!  I went back and forth on color, but I'm so glad I went with the red--it's the perfect pop of color in my kitchen/family room area.

Good news...they are easy to make!  Here's how we did it:

{supplies}

-1x4 boards

-1x2 board

-wood glue

-nail gun

-miter saw/chop saw

- 2-8 inch extra heavy T-hinges

-window bolt

-spray paint

{barn door directions}

1.  Measure your space for the width, and decide how tall you want your gate to be.  Cut enough 1x4 boards to fit that measurement and line them up.  Remember, 1x4 boards aren't really 4 inches in width--more like 3.5 inches, so you need to consider that when figuring out how many you'll need.  We needed 39 inches, so we had to cut one last board on the end a little thinner to make it the right total width. I bought the rougher boards (not the select pine), because I knew I was going to distress it, and they are SO much cheaper than the select wood.  Just know there are options when buying wood, and your budget and end result will both be factors!

2. Once your boards are lined up, cut another 1x4 to go across the bottom, and one across the top.  Attach them with wood glue, then a nail gun.  Cut two boards--one for each open space on the sides (it will about 7 inches less than the height of the baby gate, since you already have the boards across the bottom and top).  Repeat with the wood glue and nail gun.

3.  For the "x" in the middle, a sliding bevel is key to helping you get the right angles!  They aren't very expensive, and if you plan to do other projects with angles (including frames), it's a really great tool to have on hand. Once you have them cut,  once again, use wood glue and a nail gun to secure it in place.  We wanted a finishing piece on top of the gate, so we added a 1x2 along the top, to give it a little bit of a lip. You don't have to--whatever you like!

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

You'll see our sides are a little different--instead of the side boards being flush against the bottom and top boards, we have our "x" into that space.  That's only because we changed plans midway through the project and didn't want to start over. You'll want to have your side boards go from top to bottom, with the x in the middle--it's too many angled cuts otherwise, and it's not necessary. I just wanted to point it out in case you wondered about it!

4. Sand all the surfaces really well to finish it, wipe off the extra dust, then paint as desired. I used Rustoleum's Colonial Red/Satin Finish.  I then went over it with a power sander and medium grit sandpaper to rough it up and make it distressed.

5. In addition to the barn door, you will also need two pieces of 1x4 board that have been cut a little bit taller than your gate.These are your brace pieces, and help keep the gate up. You will either screw these into the wall (find a stud), or zip tie them onto your stair posts.  If you plan to use the zip ties like we did, you'll need to pre-drill holes at the top, bottom, and middle of the board for the zip ties to go through and tie onto the banister.

{installation directions}

1. Once the door was finished, it was time to install the hardware. We used a drill to attach our heavy duty hinges to the door. (see link to what we used in the supplies section)

2.  We stood our 1x4 brace pieces against the inside of each post, and slipped our zip ties into the pre-drilled holes, then used Robogrips to tighten them as much as possible.

4.  We attached the window lock next--it has two pieces, on for the brace piece on the right, and one for the door itself.  You can use other locks if you like, but we knew this one would be secure enough for those that shouldn't be opening the door, but easy for this who should be.  ☺

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

5. Lastly, we attached a small strip of wood on the inside of the brace on the right, so the door wouldn't swing past that point, and get caught on the stair behind it.

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

And we're done!!!

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

Simply Kierste
Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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comments

  1. Oh my… I love this! I do not need one for babies, but have a swinging baby gate in a hallway to keep the dogs out of the cats bathroom (food & litter are in their). This would look so much nicer.

  2. Oh my gosh, I love this! What a great idea! Totally pinned! :)

  3. Love this! Ive seen these but thought im glad we don’t have stairs, but we do off of our back porch! This could be so cute out there too :) Thanks for posting!

    • simply {kierste} says:

      I’ve wanted to do this for years, but haven’t had the stairs that worked, and now I do!! I think a back porch gate would be darling!

  4. I love it! We used zip ties for ours too, works excellent. Pinning.

    • simply {kierste} says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you use zip ties and that they are still working for you! We haven’t had ours up too long, so thank you for sharing!!! xoxo

  5. How ingenious to use zipties to attach it to the posts, so you wouldn’t have to drill into the newel posts!

    • simply {kierste} says:

      I can’t take credit for it–I saw it somewhere else with another type of baby gate, and knew I had to try it! Thanks for dropping by!!! xoxo

  6. This is so cute and classy! Do you have any idea what the total cost was?

    • simply {kierste} says:

      We bought all of the supplies along with the supplies for another project, so I don’t have an exact amount, but I can give you an estimate. We spent around $17 for the hardware, and about $30ish for the wood. I already had the spray paint, wood glue, nails, etc., so right around $50!

  7. MUCH better than a plastic baby gate! This is such a great gift idea too :) Thanks for sharing!!

  8. That is brilliant! It looks amazing!

  9. I have grandbaby #1 on the way and I have to start thinking about this – - great idea! I love the way you fit the X in the frame. It looks very creative and unique!

  10. Oh Kierste! This is super cute and creative. I love it! …..posting to my DIY board.

  11. what a BEAUTIFUL baby gate! Love it!

  12. Would it be wrong to dress them up in a cute little animal costume using this?? :-)

  13. This is beyond adorable! Such an amazing way to disguise this in your house. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  14. THis is FAB, I love it!!

  15. Wow, that door is gorgeous. LOVE it!!!

  16. We don’t have posts :( have you figured a way to keep it up between walls? :)

    • Yep! Just screw the side boards of the baby gate (the side boards that are attached to my posts) into the studs of your wall. Make sure it’s in the studs, because it’s really heavy. That was our plan if the zip ties didn’t work. :)

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