Where you can install
Click any picture below to see it more clearly! This page covers nearly all situations: doorways, stairs, hallways, and between posts. Scroll down to view more about hardware latches and view our video here. To install our hinged gates, a level or plumb line is helpful to ensure your gate hangs straight. We provide small blocks to place under the gate to help you lift it off the ground, while you mount the gate. Have a drill and screwdriver handy for the hinges and latch! Removable Snaptight gates, in contrast, require that you simply install a small brass cup (literally a ball catch) in your doorframe using a pin nail, and folding gates simply sit on the floor!
At the Tops of StepsIt's really critical that you face the hinge pins towards the upper landing. That way, you'll push the gate towards the landing as you go up the steps. Gates swinging over steps are a safety no-no! And you can put a little doorstop on the post with the latch, to ensure the gate can't swing out even if pushed to the point of breaking.
Deck GatesYou must have a 4x4 post to hinge to. Otherwise you won't have a sturdy enough nor wide enough surface to hinge to! You cannot hinge to siding on a building, or to a 2x2 post.
Wide openingsTwo panel gates can span openings from 36 to 65 inches wide. Normally, each panel is the same size, but exceptions (as shown) can be made. The latch for two panel gates goes where the gates come together in the middle. For mission gates, it is a double ended snap bolt latch. For Classic gates it is a surface bolt.
Gate HingesThere are two hinges per gate panel (except for tall gates, which get three). The hinge pin faces the direction you want the gate to swing towards.
Latches for Two Panel Classic and all Tall GatesA trigger snap is provided for most gates, except for the 2-panel Classic style and Tall style which uses a pre-installed surface bolt.
Latches for Two Panel Mission GatesThis hardware is installed by you, but a typical installation is shown.
Deck Gate HardwareThere are two strap hinges per gate panel (that you buy - not provided in order). The strap faces the direction you want the gate to swing towards. Most big box gate hardware packs come with a latch or hasp included. (Shown here on a stained deck gate).
Snaptight GatesCut exactly to fit your doorframe top and bottom. You install the brass cups (we provide) in doorframe. Slides and snaps tight into doorframe. Doorframe MUST have a raised bump (doorstop) in the doorframe for gate to push against to thwart pushing animals. NOT FOR USE WITH CHILDREN unless you add additional latch to prevent removal.
Z fold GatesThree panels, bendable by use of long 30 inch piano hinges between pianos. Not for animals that jump and push on a gate. Can topple too easily if pushed nearer the handrail.
Where to Install
Deck Gates:. Deck gates must hinge to a 4x4 post. You must be about to mount the base of a strap hinge to the post. You can NOT use butt hinges (two plates that touch when the gate is closed). Strap hinges prevent gate sag, and distribute the load across the handrail.
Doorframes. Wood door frames are great, as long as there is no door present. The frame must have 1 1/2" of flat space available where the gate will hang.
Wall Mount. You can also attach wood planks (we provide) to your drywall or paneling, and hinge to the plank (and latch to the one on the other side). But, there MUST be a stud behind the drywall, to which the wall plank(s) are anchored.
Posts. You can install gates between posts (to which you can hinge). So, there must be flat areas on the posts for hinges, and those hinges have to line up vertically.
Requirements. Gates must be mounted at a right angle to the wall or doorframe or post. They can not hang 'on a diagonal'. You can NOT hinge directly to drywall. Gates are too heavy for compression mount. You can not 'turn a corner' with a two panel gates. Two panel gates must hang in a straight line.
Our latches are intended to defeat little hands but are not rated as child proof. They use a thumb clasp for locking. You can augment with a doorstop, to prevent a gate opening over stairs. You can also add a surface bolt or hasp for extra safety. View our latch video.
Products ship UPS GROUND. Stained gates/kits ship within 14 days after payment. Unfinished gates, deck gates, and all kits ship within 10 days. If you revise your design within 36 hours after ordering (which any customer can do), your delivery time may extend a day. Plans are downloaded by you after payment. We do not ship AIR. We can not ship to PO Boxes. In most cases, a signature will be required for delivery addresses NOT matching the billing address, or if we are shipping to an area with extreme weather (so you're there to bring it inside).