Room dividers are designed to fit wider spaces where stair gate extensions may not necessarily reach, they can be shaped and angled as required and are an ideal addition to an open plan room. Using a room divider allows you to keep a watchful eye on your child whilst giving them the freedom to roam and explore in a safe environment.
Baby gate room dividers are easy to manage and can be customised to your individual requirements. By dividing a room, you can create a safe enclosed space for your child to play whilst keeping them out of the way of potential hazards.
At Safetots we have a wide range room divider gates from reputable manufacturers such as BabyDan as well as our own high-quality Safetots range. Our room dividers have been designed to blend in with the decor of your home, remaining as neutral as possible. We have both white room dividers and black room dividers, which fit up to many meters if required. Please note room dividers can NOT be free standing and all will need to be connecting with the included wall mounting kit
Baby room dividers are a valuable and versatile piece of furniture, especially when you have inquisitive children in the house! They provide a safe space without the confinements of a traditional playpen. Our room dividers are also great for pets, keeping them separate from children or areas of the house you would they not go.
Dividing a room couldn’t be simpler. If you require any further help or advice, please visit our FAQs section, or contact our customer services team.
What are room dividers?
Room dividers are versatile, connecting, safety gates that enable you to divide two or more areas of the home. As room dividing panels can be purchased as individual panels, it is possible to create a room divider for almost any space in the home. As Safetots room dividers are made up of several interconnecting panels, they can be angled as required to fit unique and awkward spaces. Room dividing baby gates are designed to fit wider widths and often installed to create separate, multi-purpose areas in living rooms and kitchens and to keep young children and pets apart. Room dividers are often used to prevent children accessing areas of the home such as the kitchen and keep them safe from large fire hearths and other potentially hazardous areas of the home. Room dividers are the multi-purpose solution to simply and safely dividing a large space in today’s modern open plan home, creating safe play zones for children and enabling pet zones, child play zones, entertaining zones to be temporarily created.
More than one opening gate panel may be installed within the configuration of any room divide, allowing for more than one entrance and exit within the room divide. As each panel can be angled to 10 degrees we recommend that you install a room divider at a slight angle and not in a straight line to help with stability. Most Safetots room dividers and BabyDan Room dividers offer further versatility and can be configured from a room divider into a playpen for young children.
What are room dividers made of?
Safetots have a wide range of room dividers including black room dividers and white room dividers made of metal. Safetots supply BabyDan room dividers and Safetots room dividers, some with two-way opening features and other room dividers suitable for diagonal spaces. For safety reasons, it is recommended that a room divider is always screw fitted and mounted securely to any straight or angled walls to which it is installed using the compatible wall mounting kit supplied.
What are room dividers used for?
A room divider enables you to create a divide between two areas in the home. Kids room dividers are popular with parents of young children, they provide the ideal solution to keeping children safer in the home from pets or potentially hazardous areas such as the kitchen or hot fire hearths. A room divider allows you to create a safe zone for a child to play and provides peace of mind should you need to leave a child unsupervised for any time. A room divider gate can be used in any area of the home, upstairs or downstairs and can be configured to suit unique and individual spaces. Each room divider panel can be adjusted to a 10 degrees angle, making them the versatile solution to organising the space in your home. Safetots room dividers are easy to fold and store when not in use.
How to keep room dividers from falling down?
It is recommended that all Safetots room dividers are screw fitted to straight or angled walls to ensure maximum strength, safety and stability. Wall fittings are included with all Safetots room dividers and BabyDan room dividers and it is recommended that they are used during installation. As room dividers generally tend to be larger than a standard safety gate it is advised to install the panels at an angle and not in a straight line. Each panel can be angled to 10 degrees as required. By angling one or more panels, greater stability is achieved resulting in a more sturdy and secure room divide.
How to secure room dividers?
A room divider is installed using a wall mounting kit. All Safetots and BabyDan room dividers come complete with a compatible wall mounting kit allowing for simple installation. It is recommended that a room divider is never left as a freestanding gate and advised that it is always installed using the wall fittings provided. A room divider gate is further secured by angling various panels to add strength and resilience to the gate.
How tall are room dividers?
Safetots room dividers and BabyDan room dividers are a standard height of 72cm. Although height is standard, there are various panel widths available in 20cm, 33cm, 46cm and 72cm to enable you to create a room divider suitable for your required space. Extra wide gate openings are compatible with all Safetots room dividers enabling easier access and more than once gate opening can be installed within any configuration.
When to use room dividers?
Dividing a room is made possible with Safetots and BabyDan's vast range of room dividers. A room divider is used to separate two areas in the home, it enables families to separate young children from pets, to restrict children from various areas of the home and to create safe zones for children to play. A room divider adds separation and creates versatility and flexibility in the home, enabling larger spaces to be divided safely and securely. Safetots room dividers and the BabyDan room divider can double up as play pens, they provide the safest, most versatile solution to keeping children safe whilst you go about your day. As lifestyle today has shifted more towards open-plan living, a room divider can instantly transform one large area into a multi-purpose space by dividing a large open living area into two zones when needed. Safetots room dividers are designed for the safety of young children and with their fuss-free, slim pole, metal frame design they don’t block the light in any room. A room divider is most popular for separating floor space and furniture and creating none permanent, separate zones within the home.
How to hang room dividers?
Safetots room dividers are interconnecting, metal gates, when joined together create a large room divider. Panels are secured to the wall using a compatible wall mounting kit and each gate is securely fitted by screwing securely into the bracket and the wall. Safetots recommend that a room divider is always securely fitted using the kit provided and never left (for safety reasons) to be a free-standing room divider. Brackets can remain in place and panels removed with ease and stored when not in use.
How to use room dividers?
Safetots have a wide range of BabyDan and Safetots room dividers in white and black metal. A room divider is made up of individual connecting panels configured with one or more two-way opening door panels. Room dividers are used to divide a room, to create separation and to provide flexibility with space in today's ‘open plan living’ or to keep children separated from pets. They enable larger areas in the home to become ‘multipurpose’ and enable you to create zones for pets and children or for entertaining purposes. They can be used to divide the indoors from the outdoors, separating the two areas safely and securely. Room dividers are simple to install when needed and quick to fold away when no longer required. They are the versatile, none permanent solution to creating individual, unique spaces in the home.
How do room dividers work?
A room divider enables you to create custom size play zones for children; areas for pets to be contained; to separate children from potentially hazardous areas in the home, and to create non-permanent zones in large open plan living spaces. They provide versatility enabling areas in the home to become temporarily multi-purpose as and when required.
Why use room dividers?
Room dividers are popular with families with young children, they can provide parents with reassurance and peace of mind in the home as they go about their day. A room divider is ideal for separating pets from children or for days when you are entertaining guests in the home and want to keep pets contained or children safe and separated from the party. A room divider is installed for many reasons, predominantly to ‘divide a room’ for the unique reason intended. They provide the ultimate multi-purpose solution to creating unique, bespoke, safely, separated areas and zones in the home upstairs, downstairs, indoors and outdoors.
Once your baby starts to become mobile, ensuring they can only crawl and toddle within safe areas of your home becomes a priority. Your inquisitive little ones will appear to have an inbuilt sat nav directing them to all the high-risk places such as kitchens and stairwells or maybe through the cat flap to explore the great outdoors! Even the most alert and hands on parent/carer will at times need to attend to more than one thing at once, and times of distraction are often when accidents happen in the home.
A safety gate provides the ideal solution by creating a protective barrier between child and potential hazards, whilst still giving the space to learn through exploration of the remaining child friendly environment. They allow the adult to continue to pay attention to their child when they also need to carry out a task at the same time as supervising, by reducing the risk of harm or accident. For example, a parent can be cooking in the kitchen and singing nursery rhymes, whilst their child is joining in on the other side of the safety barrier out of reach of hot stoves, sharp knives and the odd dropped chilli pepper.
It is worth planning the positioning of your baby safety gate well in advance of needing it. In this way, you can carry out thorough research on the type of gate that best suits the chosen location, match it to your décor even, and install it before your baby crawls. This gives family and visitors time to practice using it because it is notable that many accidents involving safety barriers are due to the user not ensuring the gate is properly closed. This is also the ideal opportunity to include any older siblings in the care of their little brother or sister by educating them on how to operate the gate safely and the importance of keeping the gate shut. Some gates have a colour indicator which shows green or red, depending on whether the gate has been shut properly – a simple feature which assists children as well as adults to operate the gate safely.
Most families opt to purchase at least 2 stair gates, and this is to protect their child from falling down the stairs. Safetots would only ever recommend a screw fit gate at the top of the stairwell with the door opening away from the stair treads. No other type of gate provides the same level of security on impact should your toddler accidentally run into it during a fun game of chase for example. These gates are secured into position using screw fixings into a wall or woodwork and have no trip bar at the base when the door is opened. As there is no danger of falling at the bottom of the stairs and the gate’s purpose here is to stop a child climbing up the treads, the gate chosen for this position may be any style including pressure fit gates which do not require a permanent fixing.
When installing a gate on a staircase make sure that surfaces for any assembly fixings are secure and in good repair. General stair safety would include repair of unstable bannister rails or spindles and ensuring any floor coverings are in good condition, non-slip and clutter free. If your staircase has spindles, it is advisable to think about the size of gap in between them and whether your child could squeeze through – many parents or carers choose to board them in during these early years as an extra precaution. As your crawler develops into a toddler, start to teach them how to walk up and down the stairs in a safe manner – safe would include using a bannister rail if there is one, walking slowly and holding an adult’s hand, and not carrying anything in their hands. As an adult, remember to use the stairs in this way as your child will learn through observation, and when carrying a child on a stairwell, always have one hand on a bannister rail or secure surface to help avoid tripping.
Common areas to position further gates would be entrances to kitchens and other rooms with heat sources such as an open fire or log burner. Some people select gates with an optional stay open feature for lounge areas as this doorway tends to be a high traffic area, whilst gates with an auto close feature are very suited to kitchens which most parents/carers would wish to permanently restrict access to. Many families also choose to place a safety barrier across the doorway of the child’s bedroom to create a safe space for them whilst baths are being run or nap time is being taken for instance. Retractable gates are a popular choice here as they can be neatly tucked away when not in use.
Having selected the right safety gate for your needs, there are some general safety aspects to consider.
The safety standard EN1930:2011 gives the following important warnings:
“WARNING – Read the instructions before installation as incorrect installation can be dangerous”.
“WARNING – This safety barrier must not be fitted across windows”.
In addition, if the safety barrier requires wall cups (pressure fitted gates): WARNING – Never use without wall cups.
Children’s safety barriers are designed and tested for domestic use only, being suitable for children up to the age of 24 months.
Fit your gate in a strong and secure opening and ensure the surfaces are dry, solid and clean. Safetots recommends the use of appropriate types of fixings depending on the surface available: wooden screws for wooden surface, multi-use plug and concrete screw for concrete surface, plasterboard wall plug and screw for plasterboard surface, metal screw for metal surface
Safetots recommends that the space around the gate’s location is checked for anything which could be used to assist climbing; nappy boxes make great steps for example and your tot will quickly get them stacked against the gate ready for their grand adventure. As tempting as it may be to dangle and tie toys to the bars of the safety barrier to stimulate play, these pose strangulation and entrapment dangers, and nothing should ever be attached to the gates that is not part of the assembly fittings. Finally, even the most securely installed gate is going to take some bashing in the general course of home life. Safetots recommends that all gates installed, and surrounding surfaces, are routinely checked for any damage, loose fittings, and that the open/close mechanism is sound. Damaged gates should be replaced.
All Safetots’ safety barriers designed for children up to the age of 24 months have been tested and comply with the safety standard EN 1930:2011 when fitted in accordance with the instructions.
When buying a product to help keep your child out of harm’s way, Safetots believe it is worth investing in one that has been tested to a professionally approved level of safety using rigorous testing methods.
For this reason and where applicable, our products are tested to a British Standards Institution (BSI) standard and/or equivalent international standard. Each standard that our products complies with has been drawn up by a group of experts in the field. Not only do they have extensive knowledge about their product and credibility in the child safety product industry, they are also fully aware of the potential hazards posed by poor quality items being used in the home where children are involved.
The British and European Standard for safety barriers is BS EN 1930:2011. You can be reassured that all Safetots’ safety gates designed for use with babies and toddlers up to age 2 comply with this standard and are retested whenever design upgrades are made, or components changed.
The title of the safety standard, EN 1930:2011 will be marked on your purchased safety barrier next to Safetots’ contact details.
What types of tests are carried out and why?
The tests carried out are designed to mimic the actions of a small child exploring a gate and its surroundings. For example, a child left to explore would attempt to climb over, through or under it, stick their fingers, arms, legs, head and toys through it, push and pull it very vigorously. Budding musicians will give it a good bash with anything to hand to make a great noise and next generation’s engineers will focus on prying apart the opening mechanism. Some children will use it as a teething aid by biting or mouthing it and all would probably love to hang onto the swinging part of the gate for a ride if given the opportunity.
The standard includes tests to check for parts of the gate which could be used as a foothold to assist climbing, finger and limb entrapment risks and stability of the gate when rattled for a lengthy period. The resilience of the opening/closing mechanism is tested, as is the durability of any paints or varnishes that the barrier has been coated in (and the safety of the chemicals within these). In short, every effort has been made to ensure that a gate complying with EN 1930:2011 will be a safe and hazard free product.