Installing a Pressure-Mounted Baby Safety Gates

Pressure mounted gates tend to be easier to install and rely on pressure between the two surfaces the gate stretches between. There is generally two panels that can be slid back and forth to increase or decrease the length of the child safety gate and the panels are removed or slid from side to side in order to pass through them. There is a pressure bar that affixes the gate to the wall via a pressure/spring mechanism.

No drilling is required to have this gate in a doorway or along a hallway. They are made from vertical wooden slats, aluminum slats or enamel-covered steel. They can also be created from mesh, plastic, wire or plastic-coated wire. Some are primarily transparent with panels that allow you to see the baby on the other side of the gate.





Good places for Pressure Mounted Baby Safety Gates

Pressure-mounted child safety gates are best used in areas that are less hazardous, such as down hallways or between rooms. They aren’t very good choices for stairwells as the baby can more easily breach the pressure mounting. You can use them in your kitchen to keep baby out or on one end of a hallway you don’t want baby to go down.

How to install Pressure Mounted Gates

These are easy to set up. All you need to do is compress the gate and expand it against two walls or two door frames. No holes are required and there are no marks left on the door frame or wall. The usual pressure baby safety gates expand and contract to fit openings between 26 and 38 inches, depending on the type you buy. Some gates are manufactured to fit larger widths, perhaps as wide as 62 inches. Other manufacturers offer add-on extension pieces.

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