Pressure fit stair gates are one of the most popular stair gate choices available today. This is due to the fact they are incredibly easy to install and won’t leave marks or holes in the walls, unlike screw fitting stair gates. Safetots has a wide range of pressure fit stair gates designed to fit almost any space and available in both metal and wood and black and white to suit the décor of your home from reputable brands such as BabyDan, DreamBaby and our own high-quality range of Safetots stair gates.
Installing a pressure fitting staircase is very simple and does not require any additional tools or equipment. A pressure fit gate will typically open outwards and is fitted securely to a doorframe using adjustable pressure pads at four corners of the gate with the door supported by a U-shaped frame. It is ideal for those who live in rented accommodation or do not want to drill holes in walls.
Pressure fit stair gates are portable and versatile and can also be used to separate rooms. Safetots has an extensive range of stair gate extensions
and narrow width pressure fitted gates for larger doorframes or unusually shaped spaces so you can install your pressure fit gate almost anywhere without compromising the décor of your home or your walls!
Pressure fit baby gates are not just easy to install, they also come with a range of features often not seen in other types of stair gates. These include two-way opening gates, auto close safety gates and gates with the option for a secure double locking system.
One of the drawbacks to having a pressure fitted stairgate, however, is the potential tripping hazard which can make these stair gates unsuitable for use at the top of stairs. This is easily remedied, however, by placing the pressure fit baby gate on the second stair, thus protecting you from tripping. Another solution is to install an extra tall pressure fitted gate, which creates a higher barrier, reducing the risk of hazards. The extra tall pressure gates are approximately 25cm taller than a standard height pressure fit gate, therefore ensuring the gate is still at a safe height when approached from the top of the stairs.
Are pressure fit stair gates safe?
Stair gates are increasingly becoming the product parents turn to once their baby or toddler shows signs of crawling and walking. Pressure fit stair gates
are a popular choice due to the simplicity of installation and the added benefit of no tools needed for fitting and no lasting damage to walls and bannisters. Pressure fit stair gates are exceptionally safe if fitted correctly within the U-frame and appropriate pressure applied at the 4 pressure points at the top and bottom of the stair gate.
A pressure fit stair gate is more suited to the bottom of stairs due to the U-frame design comprising a trip bar that runs directly across the bottom of the gate. Due to the trip bar feature of a pressure fit safety gate, suppliers do recommend they are installed at the bottom of the stairs as opposed to the top. Should a pressure fit baby gate be the only option for the top of the stairs, an extra tall stair gate is recommended. By installing an extra tall stair gate directly below the top stair the trip bar can be pushed to the back of the step, as opposed to being exposed as a potential hazardous raised bar on the top stair.
Pressure fit safety gates are suitable for any doorway in the home upstairs or downstairs, they create an instant and safe room divider to keep your children from entering less safe areas of the home. All pressure fit stair gates are safe if installed correctly, installed in doorways or at the bottom of stairs or used as a divide between the indoors and outdoors. All pressure fit baby gates have been tried and tested and comply with up to date safety standards. Pressure fit stair gates are easier to install than screw fit gates
and have the benefit of no screwing or drilling required. It is advised to test your pressure fit baby gate frequently by pressing on it to ensure no pressure has been lost during daily use. Extensions are available for most stair gates enabling you to create a safe room divide in doorways large and small.
How to fit a pressure fit stair gate?
A pressure fit stair gate is not installed using tools or drilling and screwing techniques but by applying pressure to the four main pressure points. To fit a pressure fit stair gate simply place the stair gate
in the space you wish to fill then firstly tighten the bottom two spindles followed by the top two spindles, the gap between the wall and stair gate will then gradually close.
MANY PRESSURE FIT GATES COME WITH A CABLE TIE ATTACHING THE DOOR OPENING TO THE FRAME OF THE GATE. PLEASE DO NOT CUT THIS TIE UNTIL AFTER INSTALLATION.
A gap is required at the top of your pressure fit stair gate to enable pressure to be applied to all four spindles. Should a gap still appear at the top of your stair gate, it is important to keep tightening the spindles. If a gap is still present once maximum tension is applied then a stair gate extension may be necessary. Once your pressure fit stair gate has all four spindles tightened correctly in place, a locking latch will then fixate under the lip of the framework and the gate will close. To then operate your pressure fit safety gate efficiently simply pull the latch back and lift the gate out of its cradle to enable the stair gate to open.
Brands such as BabyDan
also include the added feature of a safety indicator across all their pressure fit stair gates. This safety indicator shows if the stair gate has been mounted correctly and provides an extra safety measure and reassurance that the pressure fitted safety gate has been installed appropriately. Some pressure fit safety gates come with wall cups which cover the four main pressure points, making it easier to apply additional pressure.
Can you use a pressure fit stair gate at the top of the stairs?
Pressure fit stair gates can be installed at the top of stairs, but they are not recommended. Pressure fit stair gates are made within a U frame with the base of the frame being a raised bar creating a potential trip hazard. Due to many families living in rented accommodation and unable to drill into walls and bannisters, a pressure fit stair gate may be the only option. Should a pressure fit stair gate be the only option for the top of stairs, it’s recommended that an extra tall pressure fit safety gate is installed on the first step down from the top of the stairs. By installing an extra tall stair gate
directly below the top stair the trip bar can be pushed to the back of the step, as opposed to being exposed as a potential hazardous raised bar on the top stair. By investing in an extra tall pressure fit stair gate for the top of the stairs, the necessary height will still be achieved when installed to the lower stair. A screw fit stair gate is recommended for the top of stairs, with a no trip bar feature it makes for the ultra-safe option. A screw fitted stair gate is sturdy and strong, the ideal choice for the top of stairs.
What is a pressure fit stair gate?
A pressure fit stair gate is a safety gate that is installed by applying pressure to the four main pressure points of the gate. There are no tools required to install a pressure fit safety gate and no drilling or screwing into walls and banisters is needed. Pressure fit stair gates are popular as once removed after use there is no lasting damage. Pressure fit gates are popular with parents, carers and nurseries as they are easy to install and versatile in that they can be removed simply and quickly from one doorway or stairwell of a similar size to another.
Pressure fit stair gates are popular with grandparents and other family members who have little ones visiting and do not require a permanent stair gate installed in their home. A pressure fit stair gate enables families and nurseries to create an instant divide between two areas of the home or nursery ensuring a young child can play safely in an area designated to them. A pressure fit stair gate can be metal or wood, black, white, natural or silver. Pressure fit stair gates come in a range of sizes to fit doorways and stairwells both large and small. Pressure fit safety gates range in height from 75cm, 103cm to 105cm. Extra tall pressure fit gates are particularly popular with young families with pets, they create a secure room divide between young children and animals. Stair gate extensions are available for larger doorways or parents wanting to create a larger room divider between two areas.
How do pressure fit stair gates work?
A pressure fit stair gate works by applying pressure to 4 spindles, two at the top and two at the bottom of the stair gate. No tools are required to install a pressure fit safety gate and no drilling or screwing into walls, doorways and bannisters is necessary. A pressure fitted stair gate is the ultimate fuss-free option for installing a safety gate in any home or nursery. Pressure fit stair gates benefit from being easy to install and versatile in that they can be fitted and removed easily and placed simply in alternative doorways of a similar size if required with no lasting damage to the area in which they are installed. Auto close pressure fit stair gates are popular with families with older siblings, benefitting from an auto close feature this gate provides the extra security of automatically closing after use. Swing close pressure fit stair gates feature a secure closing mechanism but unlike the auto close stair gate does not close automatically.