Charming + Safe: DIY baby gates

Jan 25, 2012 | Home + Studio Tours

Not too long ago it dawned on me that we could use half doors instead of baby gates. Afterall, we already have a dutch door in our kitchen, so why not continue the obsession with half doors throughout the house instead of baby gates?

So, my dad got to work using a door we found at a garage sale for $5. He cut the door in half, installed the first half at the bottom of the stairs leading up to our attic (master bedroom), and used the other half at the top of the stairs leading down into our basement (family room, etc).

Take a look:

half doors

The result? Charming, safe, and love at first sight! When True gets a bit taller, we’ll have to secure the knobs, but I’m loving how this has turned out!

Speaking of baby True, he’s…

pure joy, into everything, and has us counting our lucky stars each and every day for him. Hard to believe he’s already 15 months. Feels just like yesterday that he was born. It’s been 15 months with him, 15 months with a new (widely open + exposed heart), and 15 months of discovery each and every day (for him and for us). Bliss, bliss…

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (9 comments)
  1. Debbie

    How can I get one of these doors. I don’t want it for a baby. I need it to contain cats.

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      My dad actually made it for us! Not sure how well it would work for cats!

  2. baby gates

    Very helpful! Thanks for the help and sharing!

  3. Lynn Reedy

    Your little boy is just beautiful !! This is fabulous !! I was just complaining about our baby gates how they are a pain to open and close or "step" over all the time and are starting to look "crappy". We have a little boy who is 16 months and into EVERY thing. Some of the gates he knows how to open already. We also use baby gates to keep our dogs out of some of the rooms in our home so this is fabulous ! I am definitely doing this !!

  4. carla

    We just bought our first baby gate for our youngest child, we're having a lot of fun putting it together…

  5. Anonymous

    Did you already have the door frame or did you put one in…or skip that step. If that's the case and there's no door frame/door jam, how do you keep it closed? Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚

  6. Jason and Amy

    Where did you find this half door? I'd love to get one as well.

  7. chandra ~ oh lovely day

    this is genius! You should have your dad to a step-by-step tutorial – I'd use it! πŸ™‚

  8. joyjoytucker

    Great idea! Cute baby too…



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