How to Configure a Stair Gate

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How to Configure a Stair Gate
A stair gate can help prevent unnecessary injury to children and pets. (Interior Stairs image by Gonçalo Carreira from

Configure a stair gate in a few simple steps no matter what type of banisters you have. A stair gate is the perfect solution for those who own two-story homes and want to keep pets or kids from playing on the stairs. Whether you have wood or wrought iron banisters, it is possible to configure a stair gate. You can use the same trick for your wood banisters as the wrought iron banisters to protect them from drill holes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drill with drill bits and Phillips screwdriver bits

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  1. 1

    Drill two holes into the banister about 2 inches deep. Place the hinge bar flat against the holes, and then use your drill to screw it in place. Be sure that the hinge bar is straight up and down during this process.

  2. 2

    Place the latch bar directly across from the hinge bar. The height must be exactly the same on both bars. Make marks for this with a pencil. Then, drill two holes into the wall 2 inches deep. Place the latch bar flat against the wall, and drill two screws into the latch bar.

  3. 3

    Hang the gate onto the hinge bar, snapping the hinge cap onto the post afterward. Make sure that the hinge cap sits on securely.

  4. 4

    Add the swing control clip to the gate if it is at the top of the stairs. This is a safety precaution that will make sure that the gate does not swing outward.

  5. 5

    Adjust the gate width as necessary until it is one-eighth-inch from the latch.

Tips and warnings

  • Installation kits with no-drill hardware options are available for wrought iron stairs and for those who do not want to drill into wood banisters.
  • Evenflo says to make sure that the gate is no higher than 3 inches off the floor for safety purposes.
  • Test the gate after installation by shaking firmly and opening and closing several times.

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