DIY Baby Gates

Working through things together guys! Here we are with a downloadable plan that I hope will make following along a little bit easier for you guys.

To do this project you will need some materials that are easily obtainable at your local hardware store.

Here is the danger zone that needed a little help with safety.

This gate consists of two parts: the gate door and the wall system. I create a door jam attached to the wall, essentially, so the gate is strong if pushed from the interior side.


  • Common boards 3″ x 3/4″ depth by length required for your space I used this to construct the frame of the door
  • 3 Common boards for wall door jam – I used 3′ x 3/4″  2″ x 3/4″ and 1.5″ x 3/4″ for the wall pieces. Mine were 32″ tall so I needed a total of 64″ for these pieces
  • Bead Board for backing
  • Wood Glue
  • Kreg Jeg Drilling System with clamps
  • Kreg Jig Screws 3/4″
  • Saw- I use a Dremal Saw Max
  • Drill
  • Small screws to attach bead board or nail gun
  • Hinges

I got some at Home Depot, where they had lots of different options. A cabinet hinge would potentially hold this gate as well.

Download instructions and visuals here: BABY GATE DIY

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The mechanics of construction for this door rely heavily on the Kreg Jig system. I drilled holes into the pieces for the door frame, and attached it  together using Kreg Jig screws.


The Kreg Jig allows for these pocket holes to be drilled for screws to remain hidden.
Wood glue makes a big difference in holding things together!

Once your Kreg Jig pocket holes are drilled into your horizontal pieces you can assemble the door frame. A clamp to hold the frame exactly flush together helps during assembly. All Kreg Jig accessories can be found online. It is fun to experiment with tools and even clamps!

I always recommend adding a layer of wood glue during assembly to add extra strength.

The outside main frame should be assembled before measuring for X braces. The door doesn’t have to have these pieces, and it can be a little difficult to lay these pieces out. I laid my boards on top of my frame and traced it out.

Once my frame was fully assembled I measured and cut bead board backing to fit. I attached it with 3/4″ screws. I only built one frame, but the option exists to make it double sided with two door frames and the bead board sandwiched in the middle.

To hang the gate on my door jam I used a book to lift the gate about 1/2″ off the floor and secured it all together.

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