How to Install a Baby Gate With Baseboards

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Things You'll Need

  • Wall-mounted swinging baby gate

  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Hanging attachment

  • Latching attachment

  • Screw

  • Screwdriver

  • Pressure-activated baby gate

  • Spacers

A baseboard doesn't have to mean unsteady baby gates.

Baby gates keep your children and pets confined in rooms or out of unsafe rooms. However, if the entryway where you want to install the gate has baseboards, finding a way to install the gate and maintain its structural integrity is tricky.

Swinging Gates

Step 1

Measure the height of the hanging attachments on the gate with a measuring tape, with the gate sitting on floor level.

Step 2

Mark the placement of the hanging attachments on the wall 1 inch above the measurements you took in Step 1. The additional 1-inch clearance helps ensure that the gate swings clear of the floor.

Step 3

Measure the height of the latching attachment on the gate according to package instructions. Directions may vary between brands, but most have you screw or hammer the mounts to the wall.

Step 4

Install the gate's hanging attachments according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5

Install the gate's latching attachment on the wall 1-inch above the measurement you took in Step 3. Follow the manufacturer's specific instructions for installing. By using a gate that mounts to the wall permanently, there is no need for the gate to rest against the baseboard, eliminating any stability concerns.

Spacers

Step 1

Install the baby gate, placing as much pressure as possible in the springs. Observe the spaces between the pressure points caused by the bottom bumpers resting against the baseboard.

Step 2

Mark the location of the rubber bumpers at the top of the gate using a pencil.

Step 3

Remove the baby gate. Install spacers onto the wall. Spacers designed specifically for baby gates are available at baby supply stores. Installation varies based on the brand, but most kits have you screw the spacers into the wall. Place one spacer on either side of the wall.

Step 4

Place the baby gate back into position, placing the top bumpers against the spacers. Lock the gate in place, using as much pressure as possible.

Step 5

Test the strength of the gate. Apply pressure to the gate to check for stability. If the gate gives, further adjust the pressure against the bumpers.

Tip

Purchasing a self-adjusting pressure gate allows you to place the gate level on the ground. The gate has self-adjusting pressure pads that allow you to place it against a baseboard and still have a snug fit against the wall. Raising a pressure gate above the baseboard is another option. However, if you are trying to keep small animals in a room, this may allow too much room between the gate and floor, allowing the animal to escape.

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Erin Ringwald

Erin Ringwald began writing in 1998. She runs her own party planning business and helps with her husband's photography business. She's working on her Master of Education with a focus on elementary education and child development. Ringwald studied musical theater and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Wright State University.