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The Best 8 Baby Gates For Stairs, Doorways And More

Baby gates are super useful and even considered to be indispensable by some, especially when staircases are involved. What they do is basically prevent babies, toddlers and also some pets from accessing certain areas of the house by blocking off the room. They’re easy to install and can be made of several different materials including plastic, wood and metal. As far as the design and any extra features are concerned, that depends on the model. Below you can find a selection of what we think are the best baby gates available at this moment.

1. White White Auto Close Security Gate

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Before anything else, it’s very important that you measure your opening so you know exactly what type of gate to look for. After all, if it doesn’t fit it won’t be of any use. This one for example fits openings between 28 and 32 inches, with the possibility to add an extension for larger openings. It’s 29.5” tall and can potentially be extended up to 188” which makes this gate extremely versatile. It’s easy to install and even easier to use. You can operate it with a single hand and it’s very durable and strong.

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White White Auto Close Security Gate
White White Auto Close Security Gate

Additionally, thanks to the smart open and close mechanism you can always rely to keep the gate either open or closed, depending on your needs.

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2. Expansion Walk Thru Room Divider Gate

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For extra wide openings, this gate is just right. It’s made from a combination of wood and plastic and can fit a variety of different openings from 24” to 60” which makes it extra versatile. It’s easy to install and features a four point mounting mechanism and it’s also easy to use. The design is very attractive as well which is important because the gate will basically become a part of your home’s interior design, even if only temporary.

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Expansion Walk Thru Room Divider Gate
Expansion Walk Thru Room Divider Gate

This gate can be used in a variety of openings because it is extra wide

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3. Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard

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Baby gates are not only for doorways and small openings. They can also be used to delineate a larger space and even divide a room. Of course, not all models are designed for that. This kit however is and can fit openings up to 192” wide. The gate kit is 28” tall and can include up to 8 panels which you can easily and quickly connect together. You also get 4 packs of wall mounts. In addition, each panel can be adjusted and you can thus baby-proof all sorts of spaces of all sorts of sizes and types including doorways, hallways and more.

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Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard
Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard

When you don't need it you can easily fold it flat and store it.

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4. North States Easy Swing & Lock Pet Gate

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Now back to a bit more familiar designs. This gate has a very strong and durable construction and a design that also makes it extra efficient. The vertical placement of the bars makes it difficult to climb onto the frame but doesn’t diminish the appealing aesthetic. The overall style is simple which makes this gate versatile and able to fit into a variety of different spaces and decors. The gate swings open fully and can be operated with one hand which is super practical.

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North States Easy Swing & Lock Pet Gate
North States Easy Swing & Lock Pet Gate

It's a great overall choice for both parents and pet owners.

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5. 2-in-1 Stairway and Hallway Wall Mounted Baby Gate

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Here’s another great option which may not look very interesting but definitely does the job. This baby gate (or pet gate) has an all steel construction which makes it super strong and durable yet doesn’t really give it an industrial appearance. It\s 30.5” tall and can fit openings between 29” and 43” wide. It’s great for stairways and hallways and also comes with banister adapters as well as all other mounting hardware required for the installation.

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2-in-1 Stairway and Hallway Wall Mounted Baby Gate
2-in-1 Stairway and Hallway Wall Mounted Baby Gate

It's easy to remove and to store and easy to put back up.

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6. Wooden Freestanding Foldable Pet Gate for Dogs

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Some gates and kits, this one included, are designed to be low enough so you can step over them. It’s not as efficient as the taller versions but in some cases it may very well be exactly what you need. What’s extra nice about these proportions is that you can also use this kit for decorative purposes or to create a cute little pet pen. It’s easy to set up and comes fully assembled. It has non-slip rubber feet and has an elegant dark wood finish.

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Wooden Freestanding Foldable Pet Gate for Dogs
Wooden Freestanding Foldable Pet Gate for Dogs

The dimensions are 80'' width x 0.75'' depth x 24'' height when open and 20.5 width x 3'' depth and 24'' width when folded.

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7. Retractable Baby Gate

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If you’re focused on the practical and convenient side of the design, you might prefer something like this. This is a retractable gate and the advantage is that you don’t have to remove and to store it when you don’t need it. Simply leave it there, retracted and it won’t get in the way. It actually looks sleek and nice as well. Installation is quite easy and you get all the needed components in the box. It’s important to attach the date to rigid surfaces in order for it to work as intended. It fits openings up to 55” wide and it’s 33” tall.

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Retractable Baby Gate
Retractable Baby Gate

You can use it both indoor and outdoor and to unlock just push down and turn the button clockwise.

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8. Extra-Wide Wire Mesh Baby Gate

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The last baby gate that we’ve selected today can fit openings between 29.5” and 50” wide. It’s 32” high and has a sturdy and durable hardwood frame. The rubber bumpers ensure that the walls don’t get damaged when the gate is in place and when it’s used. Installation in this case is easier than usual because there’s no need for any hardware or tools. The pressure mounts allow you to simply position the gate where you want it to be and then lock it in place. The wire-mesh panels create a nice patterns and add a traditional vibe to the design.

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Extra-Wide Wire Mesh Baby Gate
Extra-Wide Wire Mesh Baby Gate

At the same time, they increase the safety and efficiency of the gate.

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