Stair GatesWe have a large collection of high-quality, safety and stair gates to fit almost anywhere in the home which have been designed to offer protection and peace of mind. Read More
We have a large collection of high-quality, safety and stair gates to fit almost anywhere in the home which have been designed to offer protection and peace of mind.
What is a Stair Gate?
A child safety gate or stair gate is a protective barrier usually put in place indoors to prevent children or animals coming into contact with any hazards. They are typically placed at the bottom and top of staircases, the entrance to the kitchen and anywhere a child could potentially come to harm. Stair gates can be made from a variety of materials including retractable mesh, metal and wood and can be both permanent or temporary depending on your needs.
Benefits of a Stair Gate
All parents know babies, toddlers and even pets don’t know when they are taking risks and can be completely unaware of any danger. The stairs are one of the most hazardous places in the home, especially once babies start to become more mobile, but by installing a stair gate or safety gate you can ease the worry of your little ones taking a tumble.
Our wide selection of stair gates means you can not only choose a gate that gives you security but also matches the décor of your home. We have a range of stair gates including pressure fitted safety gates and screw fitted stair gates so you can create a sturdy barrier that will prevent children and pets from climbing the stairs or accessing dangerous areas in the home.
How to Buy a Safety Gate
Before buying a safety or stair gate, it is important to know where your gate will go and what purpose it will serve.
The first thing you should decide is where the gate is going to go. If you are looking to block access to the top of a staircase, Safetots strongly recommend that you choose a screw fitted stair gate rather than a pressure fitted option. This is because a screw fitted gate does not have a horizontal bar along the base, which could present a potential trip hazard.
Sounds like an obvious one but you must make sure that the gate you purchase is difficult enough for your toddler to open but you must be able to open it with relative ease. Easier said than done with a wriggling child under your arm!
SIZE & ADJUSTABILITY
Most pressure fit gates fit widths ranging from 70-85 cm without the need for an extension. If you have a wider space, a gate extension is required. Safetots has a width calculator to make sure you get the correct safety or stair gate for your home. Although a pressure fit gate can be moved around different areas of the home, this is not advisable if the gates are going to be used daily. Over a period, by installing and uninstalling a gate, it may become less stable. If a pressure fit gate was to be used in a grandparent’s home for example, with visiting grandchildren coming once a week, then putting up the stair gate in preparation for the visit and removing afterwards would be perfectly safe. However, Safetots would still recommend checking the stability of the gate after each installation and the purchase of a gate with an ‘installation indicator’ may be a suitable option.
It is important to make sure that your safety or stair gate conforms to correct EU legislation EN 1930:2011 and that the gaps between the bars on the gate do not exceed 6cm. All Safetots stair gates and safety gates conform to current European legislation.
Different Types of Safety and Stair Gates
Commonly used for stairs and doorways, screw fitted stair gates are easy to install but must be fixed to a wall. They are ideal for the top of the stairs and do not have a bottom bar which can often be a tripping hazard. If you have a wider space, then stair gate extensions are available.
Pressure fitting safety gates are easy to set up and can expand to fit a range of doorways. Due to the trip bar included on a pressure fit gate, it is not advisable to install at the top of a flight of stairs where a screw fitted gate would be our recommendation.
Auto close safety gates will close behind you to keep your hands free and can be easily installed with pressure fittings.
Retractable gates are suitable for children up to 24 months and feature a roller-blind like mechanism.
Stair gate extensions are additional pieces you can add to your gate to extend the span and provide extra protection. There is a large range to choose from, just make sure you get the correct extensions for your gate.
Stair gate accessories are available at Safetots and include items such as extensions, no-trip step plates, extra fixings, spindles and gate spacers.
- How do I use the Safetots Stair Gate finder?
- Which Stair Gate would work for an awkward space?
- How many stair gates do I need and where should I put them?
- What age are baby gates for?
- Which stair gates are the best?
- Why are stair gates important?
- How Can I buy stair gates?
- What is the difference between pressure and screw fit baby gates?
How do I use the Safetots Stair Gate finder?
1. WALL TO WALL - To establish the ‘wall to wall’ measurement, measure from wall to wall where you estimate the top edge of the safety gate to fit. (Standard height gates are approximately 75cm and extra tall gates are 100cm in height. Key in this measurement in centimeters in the ‘wall to wall’ box.
2. FLOOR LEVEL – To establish the ‘floor level’ measurement, measure the estimated floor space, taking into account any skirting boards. It’s important to measure within the skirting boards as this may alter the gate we recommend for you. Key in this measurement in centimeters in the ‘floor level’ box. If there is no difference between the floor level and the wall to wall measurement there is no need to fill in both.
3. Once you have entered ‘wall to wall’ measurements and ‘Floor level’ measurements select the blue GO button. You will now have a list of all suitable and compatible safety gates for your space. Your measurements have now been automatically and accurately calculated.
4. To narrow your search further, select TYPE. Establish the type of safety gate you would prefer and select/click on that option. For example, if you are looking for a Pressure Fit Stair Gate, click on ‘Pressure fit Stair Gates’. You will now have a list of pressure fit stair gates (only) that are compatible with the measurements you have already entered. You can select more than one gate type if required.
5. To narrow your search further, select COLOUR. Click on the preferred gate colour or colours. At this point you will have a list of gates in your chosen TYPE and COLOUR that will fit your exact measurements.
6. Continue to follow the process of points 4 and 5 for GATE MATERIAL, BRAND and GATE FEATURES.
7. Once you have completed your selections, you will now be left with a list of safety gates compatible with your space in your preferred brand, colour and style with any particular gate features required.
8. To start the process again, simply click the blue x in the top right corner of the finder, this will take you to a fresh stair gate finder page.
Which Stair Gate would work for an awkward space?
If the Safetots stair gate finder is not working for you due to an unusual or awkward space, contact the safety gate experts at Safetots who will aim to make recommendations to you based on your requirements. It is advised to send an image of the space along with dimensions in centimeters and one of our team will call you back. You can email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most common question we get is to install a gate into a space where there are not fixing points directly opposite each other. In these instances we can recommend either a multi panel gate which can be angled between panels as you choose, or alternatively a diagonal fitting gate.
However, it is extremely rare we receive a query to find a stair gate where we unable to find a solution. So please email us directly and we will aim to be back in touch with you with a solution in the shortest time possible. If you would prefer to speak with someone, please do call us on 01438 728 888, but please note we may well ask to see a photo of the space to clarify the issue.
How many stair gates do I need and where should I put them?
What age are baby gates for?
Which stair gates are the best?
There is a wide choice of stair gates from which to choose, each available in a range of sizes. Safety gates are available in metal, wood and mesh and can be pressure fitted, screw fitted or retractable. For stair gate safety, many parents prefer to install a screw fitted baby gate to the top of the stairs, screw fitted baby gates benefit from having no trip bar, making them an ultra-safe option as there is no bar to physically step over and potentially fall over. Retractable baby gates are a great safety gate option for parents looking for a lightweight, contemporary stair gate in their home. Fitted with wall mounted brackets, retractable baby gates can be fully retracted and neatly tucked away when not in use and quickly and simply pulled into place when needed.
Auto close stair gates are a great option for busy homes, the auto close system ensures a safety gate with this feature closes slowly and securely behind you. The auto close stair gate is a popular choice for families with older siblings, with a guaranteed close system that doesn’t slam behind you, it gives peace of mind that the safety gate has closed securely. For families looking for a less-permanent stair gate, there are several options. Screw fitted safety gates benefit from fixed wall mounted brackets, enabling a gate to be slotted in when needed and removed when no longer needed. By keeping the bracket in place, grandparents and carers can pop the safety gate into the brackets when needed and simply remove the gate when children are no longer in their care. Retractable gates are another great less permanent option.
Why are stair gates important?
How Can I buy stair gates?
What is the difference between pressure and screw fit baby gates?
Very simply pressure fit stair gates do not require the need to drill screws into the walls to install. To install a pressure fit stair gate, the user will insert pressure fit spindles into the four holes at the top and bottom, left and right of the gate. Typically the spindle will be threaded through a handwheel. Once the user twists the handwheel, the thread inside the stair gate will catch on to the spindle, and the pressure fit pad will be pushed outwards away from the gate until it applies sufficient pressures against the surface it is being installed against. It is recommended to try to keep the amount of pressure applied even against each of the four points.
Screw Fit Baby gates will typically come with a template which will highlight exactly where you need to drill holes to attach the the fittings to the surface you are installing the gate against. Typically the fittings will require two holes and the correct screw fittings will be supplied with the gate. If installing into a potentially crumbly surface it is recommended to use raw plugs. Both screw fit gates and pressure fit gates have to undergo the same rigorous safety testing to pass the EN1930:2011 safety standards. Safetots do not advertise baby gates unless they have passed this standard. Therefore there is no difference in the stability of a screw fit gate as compared to a pressure fit gate. However, as with any product which is pressure fit, there is always the possibility that something heavy could knock against the fittings which could cause the fittings to lose alignment. Additionally if a boisterous child were to attempt to swing on the gate, or the gate were to regularly get slammed shut, again the fittings may become dislodged. It is always recommended to check the pressure fitting spindles have not become loose over time, and if necessary to twist the handwheels to tighten the gate again.
The core difference between a pressure fit gate and a screw fit gate is the presence of a trip bar. Pressure fit gates by their nature of design will always have a trip bar (the bar which runs along the floor connecting the gate frame). Obviously this type of gate should not be installed anywhere where it may be dangerous to trip, particularly the top of a flight of stairs. Screw fit gates are designed in a similar way to a barn door (yet with a locking mechanism), and therefore typically they do not have a trip bar. Screw fit gates therefore are considerably safer for use at the top of a flight of stairs