Stair Gate Instructions

Updated July 19, 2017

A stair gate is a physical barrier to keep children from reaching the stairs. They can be installed using minimal equipment. Most stair gates rely on pressure to keep them attached securely to the walls at the threshold of a stairwell. While stair gates are most often used to stop children from falling down stairs, they also may be installed at the bottom of a flight of stairs to stop children from climbing up.

Extend the stair gate between the two surfaces at the threshold of the stairs.

Apply plastic cups to the ends of the tensioner.

Twist tensioner by hand until gate fits firmly between the two surfaces.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with second tensioner.

Decide on location of the hinges. Stair gate should open away from the stairs.

Drill pilot holes into the wall.

Secure hinges to wall with screws.

Attach stair gate to hinges.


Stair gates should always open away from stairs. Screw-anchored safety gates are more secure than those that are press-mounted but they leave marks on the wall when removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
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