Store-bought pet gates are great and all; but they’re typically expensive, don’t have the right size, and don’t match your home aesthetic.
Who says building your own DIY dog gate has to be complicated?
We have scoured the interwebs for all sorts of dog barricades – spanning from simple 5-minute builds, to full blown woodworking projects.
We’ve provided links below to each project instructions so you can see what’s involved.
If you’re still feeling handy check out our DIY Dog feeding stations.
Here’s the best dog gates we could find:
1. PVC Doggy Gate for Stairs
Before we get into the fancy farm-house chic doors, let’s keep things simple and easy (yet classy). This barrier is used to keep Annie, the Golden Retriever, from going up and down the stairs. Thankfully, it was cheap and easy to build.
It’s simply a PVC frame, and some fabric with a few seams sewn in. It slides over the frame like a pillow case – and voila! A fancy pet barrier that’s easy to move.
2. Wood Dowel Door
For something a little more of a challenge, we could arrange and paint wooden dowels within a simple frame to create a nice looking guard rail. It looks clean, and is surprisingly simple to construct.
3. ‘No-Hinge’ Baby Gate
There’s no hinges here, no attachments, and no drilling into the wall required. Great for renters or someone who doesn’t want to cause any damage. The bottom is lined with a soft fabric (furniture protectors) that allow for easy sliding (between the railing on the right side).
Of course, this only works if you have stairs with a railing – and you have just the right amount of space to hold the barrier upright, and be able to slide it open and closed.
4. Stand-out DIY Doggie Gate
A picture is worth a thousand words – and as you can see, this project seems to serve it’s purpose quite well. The unique ‘tree’ design really makes this stand out. It’s a simple wooden frame, and then multiple 45 degree cuts. This one is tricky to build, but if you have the tools and the will, it certainly looks fantastic.
5. Foldable Baby Gate for the stairs
Similar to entry #2 this is another wooden dowel gate, but with an awesome foldable design. That makes things a whole lot easier for quick travel, or if you only have one hand free.
This project is surprisingly easy if you have a little bit of woodworking skill.
6. Custom DIY Indoor Pet Gate
Instead a dog door for stairs, what if we want a barn door to block off part of the house? This custom project is beautiful and can stand up to even the biggest of dogs. I won’t lie, it’s a little more work intensive compared to some of the others.
What you end up with is a perfect door blocker for dogs.
7. Super easy PVC gate
I know what you’re thinking… all these baby gates look great, but they’re big projects that take some time to build.
Well, look no further – this gate puts together like Lego, and costs about $20. It’s also safer; as there’s no sharp corners (if your dog tends to hurt themselves trying to escape).
8. DIY Dog Gate Made From a Old Bench
This may look like a simple and beautiful custom-built gate. But what you don’t see is this was built from the legs of an old bench. Extra points for creativity.
It proves you don’t always have to look through the hardware store, but instead at the old furniture gathering dust in the garage. A perfect small pet barrier for smaller canines.
9. Extra Wide Fabric Pet Barrier
Of course we don’t want to bombard you with complex projects. Instead of construction maybe we put your sewing skills to the test. This project makes use of 2 Spring Rods (rods that are spring loaded and fit snugly between your door frame), and some fabric stretched over.
The nice feature here is you can span even the widest of doorways in your home.
10. Little Red Riding Door
I think it’s safe to put baby gates and dog gates in the same category. Besides, our babies are just a bit more furry (and can jump higher). Either way, this is the perfect gate. The red color pops out but in a good way.
11. Plexi Glass Door
This gate might look next level, but don’t be intimidated. A little bit of woodworking, painting, and a piece of plexiglass is all your need. You can paint it to match your home, and the end result looks very clean and professional.
Although, you might need to keep the window cleaner nearby for the drool marks.
12. Farmhouse Barn Door Baby Gate
Farmhouse chic is all the rage right now, so I know a few of you just found your favorite baby gate on this list. It’s as functional as it is beautiful.
What’s even better is how detailed the building plans are. Remodelaholic really went the extra mile with their building instructions, so even if you’re a newbie with some tools you should be able to get this one handled.
13. The 10-Minute Baby Gate
A couple pieces of wood, screws, and hinges is all you need here. Hence the ’10 minute’ gate.
Pro tip: If you don’t have a saw, you can get the hardware store to make all your cuts for you. Then all you have to do is drill.
14. Dutch Door Baby Gate
What is a dutch door? It’s a door that’s cut in half (horizontally) and the two parts open individually. Now, for this project we only need the bottom half for our doggos.
If you have an old door, these clever people cut out the bottom section and added a few finishing touches. It’s beautiful, cheap, and fits in perfectly with your home.
There’s even a short YouTube video that goes over in more detail. Check out the DIY instructions here.
15. DIY Pet Gate from a Vintage Headboard
If you’re into the antique look, then look no further. This gate is an old decorative headboard, with a couple of copper pipe straps to use as hinges.
Even if you don’t have an old headboard; this might spark the creative side in you, and you’ll start to see what other old furniture around your home could have other uses.
16. DIY Custom Pet Gate
When Kim was designing a pet gate she had 4 main goals in mind:
- It had to be easy to open
- It had to self-close and latch
- It had to be comparable in price
- It had to be PRETTY
At just $47 in materials (about half the cost of a premade gate), I would say she nailed it.
17. The $25 Barn Baby Gate
Since we’re talking about staying within a budget, I think $25 for something this perfect will certainly get some attention. Some wood, hinges, and a few screws is all you need to get going.
18. The Screen Barrier
What if you don’t need a gate to cover a doorway – but a huge opening instead? What if you’re dog is so impressively athletic that she can clear any barrier in their path?
We need to upgrade our technology. In comes the screen door barrier. It’s 57.5″ inches tall and 135″ inches wide. Of course, we can reduce the width by removing a screen or pushing them closer together.
And unless your dog is an Olympic athlete – they probably won’t be able to hurdle this barrier.
19. Rustic Indoor Dog Fence
This gate was designed out of desperation. It would seem their Jack Russel Terrier was a big fan of Spider-man, and could scale just about any fence in her path.
The solution was this metal screen, and a plexiglass barrier over one side.
Of course, they stained and added some features to give it a beautiful finish.
20. Build a cheap gate without tools
I get that every one of our gates has involved some kind of construction ability. So I felt it was important to include something that literally required no tools.
Look closely and you’ll see this is just a wire shelf with some zip ties.
This will work great for most small dogs. A big dog will probably barrel right through it however.
21. Free Standing Pet Barrier
In similar fashion to our previous barrier – but a bit more fancy – this is a free standing barrier that it’s to fold up and move when necessary.
It’s great for small to medium sized dogs, but a big dog might put the gate to the test.
22. DIY Simple Baby Gate
Nothing complicated here – just another simple baby gate with a nice stained finish. Even with the rounded railing on the right side, they found a clever way to secure a gate latch, and some 90 degree steel L channels to ensure the railing doesn’t break with force.
23. Fabric (Velcro) Pet Barrier
Let’s say you have multiple pets; you have no problem letting the cat roam freely, but the dog needs some segregation. How do you implement automatic traffic control? With this clever fabric panel.
It’s loose enough on the bottom to let your kitties travel, but a larger dog can’t get past.
24. Extra Wide PVC Gate
If the entrance to your stairs is much too wide for a typical store-bought gate, you’ll need something that can reach. PVC comes to the rescue again. For about $20 worth of PVC parts, and an hour of your time, you’ll have something that can span any distance. Minimal construction experience required here, this stuff puts together like Lego.
25. Fabric DIY Stair Gate (No sewing required)
Back with another fabric gate, this one resembling something a little more “Spider web” like. Thankfully, no sewing is required in the making of this barrier. Instead, Casey used a heat activated adhesive. And with the clever use of 4 cord bundler hooks off Amazon, you now have a neat little pet gate.
26. Professional Looking PVC Gate
What’s so cool about this gate is how pro is looks, but made entirely at home on a small budget. Look closely and you’ll notice the outside ring is PVC, and the bars are actually wooden dowels.
You simply need to drill out some holes along your pipe, fit in the dowels, and snap together your PVC parks. Add a few hinges and brackets to hold everything together and you’re good to go!
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- #1 – Teach Obedience Training Early On.
- #2 – Use a Pet Fence.
- #3 – Use a Scent Deterrent.
- #4 – Use Bumpy Flooring.
- #5 – Train Them With the Command “Out”
- #6 – Designate a Spot for Them.
- #7 – Use External Correction and Reinforcement.
Well, half doors. If you love the look of Dutch doors, you'll love this idea of using half of a door as a baby gate. Kelly simply cut a door in half and used each half as baby gates. They look great in the house, much better than the standard safety gates you can buy.
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Cut cardboard to fit length – if you are using multiple boxes you may need to Duct tape them together. Stand cardboard up and use flaps to stabilize (you can alternate the direction of each bottom flap for balance). Duct tape the top flaps together to make your gate more sturdy. Cover cardboard in Con-Tact paper.
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What scents keep dogs away? Dogs dislike the smell of citrus fruits. These include grapefruit, lemons and even oranges. This is one of the reasons why citrus odors are used in sprays to keep dogs from chewing on items.
Vinegar – Vinegar is another strong-smelling scent that will act as a repellent to dogs. Again, use cotton balls soaked in vinegar in the area you wish to keep dogs out of.
Place your pet's (more importantly dogs) bed in the north-west, north or east direction to keep them cheerful, well-behaved and happy. These are the directions from where positive energy flows into the home. South east and south west directions should be avoided as they can make them restless and unhealthy.
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Fencing made from PVC pipe is convenient and portable, as it can be quickly taken apart and put back together.
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Generally speaking, baby gates tend to consist of the same types of metal, plastic, and other materials found in dog and puppy gates. The main difference between the two is in the overall strength of their designs. In baby gates, for example, materials tend to be much lighter in weight than what's found in puppy gates.
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All you must do is arrange the pallets so they line up as equally as possible. Use either 3” bolts or the large roofing nails and put them together with a hammer or impact. You may also choose to buy stakes and place them in the ground. Then you can simply slide the pallets over the stakes.
The first two strategies for building a no-sag gate involve the principle of triangulation: introducing a diagonal to stabilize the square frame. Tension rod with turnbuckle. The tension solution uses a rod or a cable and turnbuckle, as shown, to keep the frame from twisting out of square.
Measure the gate opening with a tape measure and construct the gate so that it is 1/2-inch narrower than the opening. If the gate is already constructed, measure the width and trim it with a circular saw, if necessary.
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Spray the stairs with a scent that your cat dislikes. Use a commercial cat repellent, or use a cologne or citrus-scented spray. Alternatively, scatter lemon or orange peels on the stairs.
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Install gates in homes with children between 6 months and 2 years of age. If possible, remove the gates when the child turns 2, or when the child has learned to open the gate or climb over it.
Place deterrents. Place carpet runner, pointy side up, tin foil, or sticky shelf liner, sticky side up, on the first few stairs of your staircase.
Safe and Secure
Our 34-inch-tall gate is one of the highest retractable gates available. This will deter most cats from jumping over the gate. Cats often want to jump up to something, look around, and then jump down.
Because cats are known for leaping over the tops of obstacles, height is a crucial consideration. A pet gate that is at least 30 inches tall is the finest option.
You can find tacky mats in home products stores. A ScatMat may also work. You may also use smell deterrents to keep the cat away from forbidden doorway zones. Cats dislike citrus smells, so orange or lemon scents sprayed at the bottom of the door may help.
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You need a pet door that has a flap height that is at least 1" taller than your largest pet, and a step over no more than 1/3rd of your smallest pet's height from the floor to their back. This will give you the best dog door size for your household!
Between 17-20 months, toddlers slowly walk up stairs with support and lead with the same foot. Around 22 months, toddlers can walk up and down stairs, leading with one foot and using a handrail. Remember that little ones who are more exposed to stairs may reach these milestones earlier.
On average, by 2 years – 2 years 6 months, children can walk up stairs independently, two feet per step, without any support. By 2 years 7 months – 3 years, children can walk up and down stairs, one foot per step, while holding a rail.
Gates are particularly important if you have stairs in your house. In children under 2, falls from stairs are a leading cause of emergency department visits. It's ideal to install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, but the top is the most critical spot.