First off let me say that baby gates are created for a reason. They are super secure FOR A REASON…but what do you do when you don’t really need a gate for safety…just more of a barrier????
My son is almost three. He can go up and down the steps without issue. However, when we have friends over that have children that are not at that stage, what do you do? Yes, you can get out tension baby gates, but then my daughter and the older children cannot easily move between the floors.
We are also a pet friendly home, however, we keep pets to the first floor. So we needed a gate to help our dog (who has now passed) from going upstairs. Since our dog had passed, we still get our puppy fix by dog sitting for our friends, so we still need some sort of gate in the event that we are watching our friend’s puppy:-)
Here comes the Awesome!!!!!
One day I was strolling around Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and cane across some whiteboard paneling. It was around $13 for a 4’x8′ sheet!!!! That was big enough for the openings at the top AND the bottom of our stairs!!!! I LOVE that they will cut items for you! I purchased one sheet and had them make one cut to make it the correct height(I wanted it to be able to slide under our railing) and the correct width.
Love love love!!!!!
Now, we have impromptu barriers that take up hardly any space AND when not in use as a barrier, we have two awesome sized Whiteboards for the kids I color on!!!!!!
Whenever my friends come over and I can pull these out to give us a little more piece of mind, it is always greatly appreciated!!!
Remember….They Will Love Your Effort<3!!!