How to Build a Baby Gate: 10 Step Process

How to Build a Baby Gate: 10 Step Process

Welcome to the new year of 2020! I hope you all had a great New Years Day! I’m starting the New Year’s off by finishing the build of my second baby gate.

I was in desperate need of a gate since my little mister has successfully climbed over and through everything I’ve used to block his way; a chair,  a large basket filled with blankets, a large pillows, and even bean bag chairs. All were epic fails!

Honestly, I’ve been putting this off for a while now. With so much to do and so little time, things just haven’t been getting done. Now that the holiday season is over, I was finally able to build the gate and can’t wait to start my next project.

Mommy’s travel buddy and I took a ride to Home Depot to gather supplies. We gathered about 6 common boards, hinges, and a lock only to find out that I purchased the wrong boards and lock this time, (this is what happens when you’re short on time and in a rush.)

The lock is smaller than the one I purchased last time, while the boards are much wider and longer than the common boards I used in the previous build of my first  baby gate.

Sighs…No matter though!
I just improvise. 

Different boards mean different gate and I’m fine with that! 

Let’s build!

Materials used:

  • 6- 1 x 5′ x 8′ Common boards
  • Hand saw (suggest a mitre saw or circular saw)
  • Nails & Hammer (Brad Nailer if desired)
  • 2 Hinges
  • 1 Lock
  • Wood stain of your choice
  • Polyethylene (if desired)

Tools used:

  • Hand saw (suggest a mitre saw or circular saw)
  • Sander
  • Drill and/or screwdriver
  • Sponge and/or paintbrush

Step 1: Measure the length between the wall of your stairway or wherever you choose to place your baby gate. Then subtract an inch or 2 off to compensate for the board(s) that you will be attaching to the walls to help hold up the gate. 

Note: This is where I made a mistake by not examining and remeasuring the area before I measured and cut. It wasn’t too much of a disaster,  but it would have saved me from cutting one less board.

Step 2: Measure and cut the boards as you need to equal the width. 

Note: I used the same measurements from my last baby gate diy, but this time with lesser boards and a different style gate.

My Measurements:

39″ width × 33″ height

Step 3: After cutting, sand each board before assembling. 

Note: You could wait to sand until after you assemble. It’s your choice, but I chose to sand everything now.

Step 4: Lay the backframe and spread each board out as equally as possible. Then lay the front frame across on top, making sure they’re aligned with the backframe. 

Note: For the front frame, one board at the top, while the other is at the bottom. See picture below for layout.

2 boards for the front frame; 5 boards for the back frame.

Step 5: Use wood glue and apply a small amount to one board on the back frame. Next, hammer 2 nails to secure the front frame to that board. Repeat the step for the remaining boards.

Step 6: Stain your wood if you dare. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label and allowed it to dry 24 hours before applying polyethylene. 

Note: I used Rust-Oleum American gel stain.

After apply the stain, I allowed the gate to dry 24 hours before apply polyethylene.

Step 7: By following the instructions on the label, apply polyethylene. Also allow 24 hours to dry.

Step 8: Depending on the placement of your gate, you may need to screw one or two board to the wall using 3 drywall screws on each. 

Note: Based on the placement of my gate, I only needed to use one board.

Step 9: Use a drill or a screwdriver to attach the hinges.

After attaching the hinges.

Step 10: Last, but not least, use a drill or screw to attach the lock bolt. 

Note: Based on my placement of the gate, I only used one board for the wall to latch the gate onto. I then attached part of my lock to the gate and then the door frame of my kiddos playroom. (See picture below.)

Lock attached to gate and door frame. Yes, I know it’s a little crooked, but it works!

It was definitely time for another baby gate. I am so thrilled to have finished this project and I’m ready to take on the next one. So with the New Year finally here, I hope to plan accordingly and finish projects one at a time. The bigger projects may occur once a month, while the smaller projects can vary from once a week to every two weeks. Stay humble, plan, and enjoy your year of 2020!

The finish product! As you can see, one board is used to hold up the baby gate, while part of the lock is attached to the door frame.

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Christmas Tree Stand Box (DIY)

Christmas Tree Stand Box (DIY)

Hi everyone! Hope you all had an awesome weekend! It’s the holiday seasons, everyone’s trying to prepare and things can be a bit hectic. Over the weekend I went to a workshop at my local Home depot. For those who don’t know, Home depot host workshops for kiddos, as well as adults. So I encourage you to check the workshop out when you have free time. It’s lots of fun!!! I personally signed up to have mommy time away from the kiddos for a few and learn something new. Now, I would love to share my diy project I assembled at home after my learning experience.


Alright, let’s get started! For the first time I rented a Brad Nailer and air compressor which you don’t have to. Using a nail and hammer will be just find if you don’t mind the hammer imprints or nail heads. I just got persuaded to rent one, plus it does make assembling a lot quicker. In my point of view, I found renting tools was quite expensive (sighs. . .money wasted.)


The materials needed:

  • 1- 1″ x 12″ x 6’Common Board
  • 3- 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Common Board
  • 1- Pack 1 ¼” Brad Nails
  • 1- pack 2″ Corner Braces and Screws or (2 single packs of door hinges 3″ with ¼ ” radius with screws

Tools used:

  • Hand saw or circular saw
  • Drill or scree driver
  • 18 ga. Brad Nailer (rented along with the compressor)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Safety Goggles
  • Ryboi Corner Sander

According to the measurements:

  • The 1″ x 12″ x 6′ common board cut 3 times at 24″.
  • The first 1″ x 2″ x 8′ common board cut 4 times at 24″. 
  • The second 1″ x 2″ x 8′ common board cut 2 times at 24″, and then cut 5 more times at 8 ¼” with an extra remaining piece of wood. 
  • The last 1″ x 2″ x 8′ common board cut 10 times at 8 ¼ ” with an extra remaining piece of wood.

After the long tedious work of cutting and measuring(mind you I was using a hand saw.) Instead of assembling my project after cutting my boards this time around, I decided to sand with the Ryboi Corner Sander, use the Brad nailer, and then stain the wood with Rust-Oleum weathered grey stain. If you don’t feel like staining you can always leave as is, paint, or even use chalk paint and write the years or name of your family. Oh the possibilities! 

Now let’s keep it moving. Take two of the 24″ cuts from the 1″ x 2″x 8′ board and lay it on the top and bottom of the 24″ cut from the 1″ x 2″ x 12′ board. Next take two of the 8 ¼” cut and lay on each side of the 24″ board making a frame. 

Then place the next three 8 ¼ ” boards inside the frame. There may be an overhang which. If there’s an overhang you want to your bottom board to be flushed at the bottom so the board can sit evenly on the floor. In other words, the overhang will be at the top, but you can’t tell when looking from the front of the boards. Secure the boards with the Brad nailer after spacing everything evenly. Continue to build and secure your frames with the next 2 boards. You should have 3 frames in total. 

Attach the panels so that the side of one board is against the backside of the front panel. Using a drill, screw the brackets to the top and bottom of each board. If you decided on hinges, use the drill to screw the hinges to the middle of the back side of the board. Do the same with the last board. Ta da!!! Your Christmas Tree Stand!

Thanks for taking the time to diy with me. As always sharing is caring. Positive thoughts are always welcome!

Building a Baby Gate (DIY)

Building a Baby Gate (DIY)

Hi there! Today I will take you step by step through the process I used to build my first baby gate for my little mister. Previously, we were using a pack n’ play to block the steps. Unfortunately, it took up more than half of the walkway, not to mention damaged the walls, and then became very unsafe once my mister began moving it. This motivated me to build a baby gate. I’d previously purchased one before, but returned it simply because the stair railing was in the way making it impossible for the baby gate to properly fit. Stressing about his safety, I went to the local Home Depot.

Very unprepared, looking through the selection of lumber, I literally picked my lumber by price and by weight. My purchase included: 6- 1×4×6 common boards, a hand saw, and a sander. Little did I know, I would be right back at Home Depot the next day for more.

Based on my measurements, I needed at few more boards for the style I wanted, plus nails shorter than the ones I already had so that they wouldn’t go through the board. In total, I purchased 9- 1×4×6 boards for this project.

The measurement for the width of my stairway is 41 inches. I subtracted 2 inches so that there would be space for mounting the hinges onto the boards on the wall. Now the width for the gate is 39 inches and I chose a height of 33 inches.

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 9- 1 x 4 x 6 boards
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails 1 1/4 inch
  • Ryobi Corner Cat Compact Finish Sander
  • Rust-OleumRust-Oleum Gel Stain American Walnut
  • Minwax One Coat Polyurethane
  • 2 Door Hinges- Everbilt 3 inches with a 5/8 radius
  • 1 Barrel Bolt- Everbilt 4 inch lock

WHAT TO CUT?

  • 11 boards cut to 33 inches in height (back frame)
  • 2 boards cut to 39 inches (the top and bottom width of the front frame)
  • 2 boards cut to 26 inches (front frame height)
  • 2 boards cut to 33 inches (mounting to wall)

Your measurements may vary depending on the width of your stairway and the height you prefer.

WHAT’S NEXT?

I lined up 11 boards for the back-frame, then measured to make sure it measured at 39 inches. It was less by 1/4 inch or so. I found it pointless to cut an extra board super thin, so I left it alone – you could barely tell. After, I laid the top and bottom board for the front- frame on top of the back-frame. Then I made sure the board underneath for the back-frame were lined up before nailing. As I insert each nail, I used my index and middle finger as spacers in between each nail. Be careful not to bang your finger. If you have a nail gun. Hurray!!! It’ll make the process much faster and easier. Next, nail the 26 inch side boards to complete the top frame. I inserted 2 nails on each board.

After completing the frame, I then sanded the wood using the Ryobi Corner Cat Compact Finish Sander and 220 Grit sand paper. Then I stained it with Rust-Oleum Gel Stain American Walnut. It only took one coat. I waited 24 hours to let it completely dry before applying Minwax One Coat Polyurethane. I waited another 24 hours before attaching the gate to the wall. Finally, I attached the last 2 -33 inch boards to the wall. Also, attaching the door hinges and the barrel lock and there we have our finish project. Yay!

I will be working on another baby gate soon for the bottom of my stairs. The plan is to take more pictures of the entire process step-by-step. Please subscribe to look for updates with pictures and more diy projects, as well as my home life with the kiddos and the mister. Feel free to connect and share with me as well.