How to Build Your Own Deck Stair Gate

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Update – These gates have been up for four (4) years and still look and work great!  Keep reading for the instructions to make and hang your own deck stair gates.

Have you ever wished your deck could be a contained, safe place for your young children or your pets? You can easily build your own desk stair gate with these simple step by step instructions and a few, easy to find materials.  No woodworking experience necessary!

DIY Deck Stair Gate for Backyard Safety

The backyard is where the family magic happens.  Whether it’s the kids on the playset, tossing a ball with dad or making S’mores over the fire pit, it’s the place to be on a warm summer evening.  Sadly, our backyards are also full of little dangers, especially for younger children.  There are plenty of places they can find trouble… playsets for older children, trampolines, and stairs – just to name a few.  If you’ve had a child take a tumble down a set of stairs, you know exactly how dangerous and traumatic a fall down the stairs can be.  Now, in your home, your stairs are either carpeted or nice, smoothly finished wood.  Not so much on a deck, especially if it’s been around for a few seasons.  That soft little skin is met with sharper edges, rougher surfaces and the landing can be a little less cushioned.  That’s where our deck stair gate comes in.

What?  You don’t have a deck stair gate?  There’s a simple fix for the deck stair issue.  Make your own deck stair gate!  Sure, you could pay someone to do it for you, but why spend the extra money when it’s something you can easily do yourself.  From start to finish, this project should take you approximately 1 hr if you are already familiar with using a power drill and the basics of hanging hinges….a little longer if you are not, but still completely do-able!  It took me about 50 minutes to make this deck stair gate and that included snapping pictures as I went.

I live in the south.  This time of year it is nearly 100% humidity and mid-upper 90’s so working outside on my lunch break at 1pm was not very appealing.  I decided to set up shop in my dining room on the floor.  Just know that you’ll need to vacuum thoroughly afterwards to ensure that all of the bits of wood are picked up.  We have carpet in our dining room for now, but I wouldn’t advise doing this project on a floor surface that tends to scratch easily.

Deck Stair Gate Complete materialsTotal cost to build this gate was $47.  The most expensive part was $16 for two hinges, so if you’re thrifty and have time to look around you may be able to find hinges cheaper.  Just keep size and durability in mind when buying the hinges.   You can read about the different decking materials available so that you can figure out which wood is best for you to use on this.  Also, the smallest box of deck screws you can purchase is 1lb, so you will have quite a few left over screws that can be used for other projects.  I used approx 1/5th of the box.

Materials needed:

2 – 1x4x8 pressure treated lumber (each board cut into two 41” pieces…Lowes/Home Depot will do 4 cuts for free, so you don’t even need a saw at home.)

9 – 36″ pressure treated baluster (square ends, not angled)

36 – 2.5” x 9 – Ceramic Coated Deck Screws

2 – 4” Decorative Tee Hinges

1 – Gate Latch of your choice (Many styles available with different levels of difficulty to open…think about if you want your kids to be able to open the latch or not.)

1 – 1.5” Gate Hook and Eye

Tape measure

Marker/pencil to mark wood

Power drill

Phillips Head drill bit

Star shaped drill bit (typically provided in your package of deck screws)

Assemble the gate:

1)      Lay two of the 41” 1×4 boards on the floor parallel to each other.  These boards will be referred to as the “header” (top) and “footer” (bottom) boards.  Take your first baluster and line it up with the edges of the header and footer boards.  Be sure that all of the exterior sides of the baluster and boards are even.Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy 12)      Use your tape measure to mark 3.5” from the inside edge of the first baluster on the header board.  Make sure to mark both the top and bottom of the header board to ensure a straight line.  Repeat this process for the footer board.Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy 2 - measure3)      Continue measuring across on the header and footer boards, placing your balusters as you go.  Remember, the left side of the baluster should go to the right of your 3.5” hash mark that you made when measuring from the previous baluster.  Now, for this particular gate there will be approx a 4” space between the last two balusters.  If you want to be completely accurate and all balusters equally spaced feel free to measure down to the 1/10th of an inch mark, but for me that was going to take too much time and it doesn’t bother me if there is a tad more space between the last two balusters.

Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy 3 - all pickets4)      Once all balusters are in place, lay the two remaining 41” 1×4 boards on top of the balusters and parallel to the bottom header and footer boards.  This is where you will need to take a few minutes and ensure that everything is squared up on the top, bottom, sides, and corners.  There may be a couple balusters that stick out just a hair on the top or bottom, but as long as everything is pretty square you should be ready to start screwing everything into place.

Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy 4 - ready to attach

5)      Now, you could get all fancy and use clamps here if you were working on work horses or some type of building table, but I’m working on the floor so I’ll just use my weight to hold the boards in place for screwing.  You’ll want to have your box of screws within your reach for this step.  Start with the header boards and screw one of the outside balusters first.  Just make sure to go slowly with the power drill and insert the screw closest to the middle of the gate first.  Going slowly is key here otherwise you will split your boards.  The smaller the board, the easier it is to split it when inserting a wood screw.  If you split a baluster or two it is perfectly okay, just as long as the split is only at the top and does not completed split through the baluster or board.

Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy 5 - assemble6)      Once you have inserted two screws into the first outside baluster, move to the other outside baluster and insert two screws there.  Once your outside balusters are attached, proceed from either side and insert two screws into each remaining baluster on the header board.Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy 6 one end7)      Once you have attached all of the balusters to the header boards, repeat steps 5 and 6 for the footer boards.  Once the balusters have been attached to the footer boards, you have a completed deck gate!

Deck Stair Gate Floor Assy finalInstall the Deck Stair Gate:

8)      Now you are ready to install your gate!  Move your gate, hinges, latch, eye hook, and power drill to your outside install area.  Now, if you have another adult or teenager at home you could use their help in the install procedure.  I was at home by myself, so I gather up wood scraps to help raise and stabilize the gate into the proper install position.

Deck Stair Gate Outside install 19)      Once you have your gate in place, it is time to attach your hinges.  Play with the hinges first and decide how you want the deck stair gate to swing.  I prefer my gate to swing inside onto my deck in order to avoid one of our children potentially being knocked off the stairs by the gate swinging outward.  It’s really all about personal preference here, so decide what you want and what is best for your family.  I attach the top hinge first as it is always the easiest…..working low to the ground doesn’t give much leverage for screwing the hinge on.  It really doesn’t matter which you do first…top or bottom hinge.  Attach your hinges using the screws provided in the package.

Deck Stair Gate Hinge install10)   Once both hinges are installed, you can remove your wood blocks, or excuse your helper as you shouldn’t need them anymore.  Your deck stair gate is officially attached to your deck!Deck Stair Gate Final product11)   Now it is time to install the gate latch.  Depending upon which latch style you have chosen, your install may be slightly different than mine.  Most packages have instructions on the back explaining how the particular latch works as well as how to install it.  I chose a pretty simple and very standard type of latch that my 5 yr old can open.  Install the latching mechanism on your adjacent support post with the provided screws.  Then you will install the latch bolt to the gate as shown in the photo.Deck Stair Gate Latch install12)   Now the final step for your install will be to attach the gate hook and eye set.  Sometimes I prefer for the gates to stay open especially if we are going to be out in the yard playing.  I would rather not hear the gates slamming shut every 5 seconds when the kids run on and off the deck.  Let’s face it, if you have kids you totally understand their inability to leave a door/gate open.  It’s much more fun to slam it shut.   So, open your gate all the way to where it almost doubles back against your deck railing.  By doing that, you will be able to take your marker/pencil and mark a tiny spot where the eye should attach to the deck, and the hook to the gate.  You will use your hands to screw in the eye hooks, no need for a power drill here.

Deck Stair Gate Eye HookNow, step back and revel in the pleasure that you built and installed your own deck stair gate!  Of course, there are many different ways to build a deck gate.  There are fancier and more complicated designs, but if your main purpose is to have an inexpensive gate that you can build yourself, then this is a perfect deck stair gate for you!  I built this exact design about a year ago and installed it on the other set of steps and the gate is still in perfect shape so this is a tried and true design that has had no warping to date!

If you try this yourself, we’d love to see pictures!

{This post was written by The Head Mama’s super talented sister – say “hi!”}

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139 Responses to How to Build Your Own Deck Stair Gate

  1. Roger Smith says:

    Very good instructions and a lot of fun building gate. Should last a long time.

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  3. This is a great project. I’m about to Pin it for later use. We added a deck last year and need an gate like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • mamamommymom says:

      Thanks! Glad you found it helpful.

      • Jim says:

        This was very helpful and Your end product looks great. However, being quite anal and OCD, and somewhat of a woodworker, I have two suggestions.
        1) Definitely pre-drill through the headers/footers and into the balusters. One can use a small drill bit. And for an even tighter fit, re-drill the headers/footers with a drill bit the size of the screws. This will tend to pull the balusters tight (I also used glue – told You I am anal).
        2) While it is very obvious, You omitted the step where You turn is over and drill/screw the header/footer on the other side.
        All in all, a very nice project, simple and great looking. Am building mine right now.

        • Debra says:

          Thanks Jim…with your advice and her great tutorial…it should be easy even for me to build one…I never built anything like this. I kind of like her lay out doesn’t have the 2 bigger boards on the sides, will that me as strong or would you recommend the 2 bigger boards on the sides {these would be attached… to the header & footer also if I do you the bigger boards for the sides, is it better to miter the boards. Thanks

          • Debra says:

            * If I do use the bigger boards on the sides, would I be better off mitering the ends

  4. Fantastic tutorial!! I sure could have used this at our old house. I was terrified to let the kids out on the deck. It was 2 stories up and I couldn’t find a gate that was safe enough. This would have been perfect!

  5. This is a great idea, and something we really need to install on our back deck. I never would have imagined I might be able to do it myself. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    • mamamommymom says:

      My sister and I have found that with proper motivation and access to some tools, we can do just about anything!

  6. Michelle Fe says:

    Wow, very professional looking.

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  8. Monica says:

    This is an awesome idea, I love the design!

  9. I love this idea! I will definitely use it for my back patio this spring! Thanks for the tip!

  10. Carissa says:

    OH my gosh I love the photo with your FOOT in it! ha! 🙂
    Did you totally do this whole thing yourself?!

    • mamamommymom says:

      I’d like to say it was me, but that was all my sister. She designed, planned and executed the project on her own. She wanted to be able to put her dogs out for a while when the yard was wet without them coming in all muddy.

  11. Look at you DIY momma!! This is an awesome step-by-step, so detailed.

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  13. Fantastic tutorial – I have quite a few friends I can share this with! Thanks!

  14. shelby says:

    I am so not the handy person in the home. Grumpy is all the way. i’m impressed with your DIY gate!

  15. Wow, good for you for busting out the tools and getting to work! That is a great idea and now that my kids are older, I am wondering why I never had anything like that for my deck when they were little.

  16. Danielle says:

    WOW! You guys did a fabulous job with this!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  17. While I wanted to click on your white wine sangria recipe first, I knew this post was more imperative because of the fact that our deck gate is currently hanging by a thread. :-/

    OMG!! Thank you so much for this post because you make it look so easy!

    I’m still not going to attempt this, though. (I know where my limitations lie — I am liable to F-up a house made of popsicle sticks.) So I will give this to The Hubs to do, and make him a pitcher of white whine sangria for his efforts.

    Stopping by from SITS! Congrats on this day!

  18. You did this!? That’s amazing! Pictures and directions were great. We don’t need a gate right now, but if we ever do…and if I need a shot of energy after what I feel is a long day, I’m heading over here to your blog! (by the way, my kids often call me “Mimzy”) Visiting from SITS…

  19. Carly says:

    Love this, it’s genius!

  20. That looks awesome! Now all I need is a deck and a flat backyard! LOL!!

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  22. Seana Turner says:

    Excellent tutorial on how to do this. Your photos are wonderfully specific. I love the attention to detail in providing a hook to keep the gate OPEN as well… you are so right about not wanting to hear the gate slamming over and over again:)

  23. Jen says:

    Love it! You take the best pictures – so clear and easy to follow along with you. Love this post and have pinned it to my Make Me board!! 🙂

  24. Love it! I could have used something along these lines in my last house for my dogs. They can’t go up/down stairs so it’s always a challenge keeping them away fem them!

  25. Wow, that is amazing that you can make it look so easy! well done…

  26. Leah Sannar says:

    What a great idea… definitely something we would implement at our house! I love how user friendly your tutorial is too, very easy to follow.

  27. NailCentric says:

    Wow, this is a big project and you did great, it looks very professional.

  28. Chris Reville says:

    Thank you for the great instructions and pictures. Very nice looking gate.
    One thing to note is the 4 x 41″ pieces is assuming your entrance width is 41″. My deck gate width is 46″. So make sure you measure the width. (I apologize if this point was already brought up.) Again, great instructions. I’m off to Lowes.

    • Amanda says:

      Ahhhh……thanks for the heads up! I measured the opening and was puzzled about this as it is 44″. I wasn’t sure if it needed to be shorter.

  29. AJ says:

    Husband just built this for our deck and it’s awesome. Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

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  31. Shurn says:

    Just built this gate. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Saved us a ton of money and the final product looks great! Thank you so much!

  32. Summer says:

    Thanks for sharing how you made this. My deck really needs a gate – you make it look so easy to make, I will have to give it a try!

  33. Really great tutorial. My husband put one of these on my above ground pool. He attached a spring too so that it closed automatically!

  34. Peter says:

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial , will be building this for my new pool deck today , I have just 1 extra tip for this. After you lay out your gate and are ready to fasten the material together, predrill the holes for your balusters using a drill bit slightly smaller than your screw and you will minimize your risk of splitting the wood . My apologies if this has been covered in a previous post.

  35. Wow! Fantastic tutorial and much cheaper than buying one!

  36. Shanice says:

    Great post! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  37. Monique says:

    Wow! Impressive. You made it look so easy. Thanks for linking up with Creative Style.

  38. Great idea! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  39. Jill says:

    This is fantastic. I bet it is much sturdier than a store bought safety gate and it looks better too!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  40. Trish says:

    Wow!! What an awesome idea. Love the tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up with Creative Style. Have a wonderful week.

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  42. This is awesome! Pinned, and thank you for linking up at Wordy Wednesday!

  43. Molly Matter says:

    I am so psyched! I just finished the gate and am so proud of it! Perfect for PRIDE weekend, a DYI project. I got cedar pieces, had them cut at Lowes and then took a few hours the first day staining them pretty. My 14 mo. was out for a few hours. Then today I took her nap time to put it all together! Piece of cake! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Two tips: you need 4 pieces of the 1 x 4 x 8; and you need hinges that are not 4 inches on both sides or 3 inch hinges.

  44. Valerie Almand says:

    I was looking for an easy gate design to use for our deck now that we have grandchildren learning to walk. Everything else I found on line was way too complicated and ornate — this is perfect! Thanks so much!

  45. Thelma says:

    If the opening is 36″ do you make the gate 36″ or 35″ to allow for the hinge?

    • mamamommymom says:

      Yes 35″ for a 36″ opening.

    • Debra says:

      Thelma, thanks for the question, I was wondering that myself…

      mamamommymom Thank You for a easy to follow tutorial…you should do a video of making one and show it on YouTube.

  46. amy says:

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial on how to build a gate! It has worked out great! I have one built and installed and am in the process of building another one for the other side of the deck. One thing that would be helpful in the directions is to clarify how much to cut off to allow for hinge and not closing too tightly. I did see the answer later in the comments but I just had to guess when cutting the wood, as I did not see the comment before I had my wood cut. But otherwise, wonderful pictures, which were VERY helpful!

  47. Patti Williams says:

    I just wanted to thank you for the super tutorial! I was tired of blocking our deck opening with a window screen (which we’d done for several years) so I put my foot down, literally, on some wood for a proper gate. And I made it myself, woohoo! I had to revise the specs slightly as we have a 45″ opening, but the gate is now installed and looks (and works) great!

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  53. Jo May says:

    Yay, we (hubby and I) have been discussing this very same project for our top porch, now that you have made it look simple and easy, we gonna do it. Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday

  54. Fantastic DIY and tutorial on how to build a deck stair gate! Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

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  55. Robin says:

    We has something similar on both our decks when our children were young and they worked great!

  56. This gate is a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for attending week 19 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our next party, Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!

  57. This is a great tutorial and project! My kids are teenagers now, but we did have a deck stair gate back when they were little! Thanks for sharing this with us at #FoodieFriDIY!

  58. Francesco says:

    Made this for my deck last night, super easy and looks great. Thank you for the instructions it made this project a breeze. Cheers!

  59. Stephanie R says:

    I was just telling my husband that we need one of these asap! Im going to pin this and see if we can’t make one of these for my home!

  60. Nicole says:

    Love this tutorial! I am always looking for my next project! Found your link on “Your Whims Wednesday Link Up” 🙂

  61. We need this for our back deck stairs! I am pinning this and also sending this along to the hubby. Thanks for sharing!

  62. Amanda says:

    This is wonderful! With two little ones this is going to be life changing as they know how to move whatever we try and block it with 🙂

    So I am a total beginner when it comes to these kind of projects, so I just wanted clarification. If my deck opening is 46″ I would want it cut to 45″? 1 inch off whatever the opening is?

  63. Abbi says:

    This is great we just finished building a new deck and this is wonderful!! I’d like to invite you to share at my link party on Saturdays and would love if you would come share with me!
    Hope to see you there.
    Abbi @

  64. Great tutorial! Thanks for writing this up. Finished two of three today:

    A few tips:

    – Be sure to measure your opening (width and height), and cut the header/footer and balusters to size.
    – Plan for about a 1/2″ gap between the gate and deck on the latch side (the hinge side can have no gap).
    – I squared and secured the first and last balusters in between both headers and footers, then slid in the rest of the balusters. This gives you a chance to prop up the gate in your opening to make sure things look right (I had a trim a few). Then all you need to do is slide the balusters through the header and measure / drill / screw without worrying about knocking things out of alignment before secured.

    Thanks, again!

  65. Oh, also, the balusters are technically 2x2x36, even though they’re about 1.5″ (lumber runs shorter). If you’re specifically looking for 1x1x36 and can only find 2x2x36, they’re likely the same thing as what’s used in this plan (if you measure about 1.5″, they’re what you want).

    • Liz says:

      Wish I’d read your comment yesterday! I thought I’d read them all. I could only find the 2x2x36, but it said 1x1x36. I ended up with 1x2x36, which is fine except for the fact that this made the screws about 1/2″ too long. I hope I can get 2″ deck screws tomorrow, and go back and replace all of them, because they all stick out!

  66. Caroline Leger says:

    We just bought the materials and are getting ready to build!! Thanks for this great tutorial :))) We will post pictures soon!

  67. Bill says:

    If I am making a double gate because the opening is 72″ how much of a gap do I have to leave between the two sections of the gate? I like the basic plan and would like to use it for the double gate.

  68. Chrissy says:

    Just bought all the supplies and ready to build! Thank you for the step by step. You made it seem easy enough that even I could do it 🙂

  69. Susan says:

    Thanks so much!!! I LOVE my new gate 🙂 Took WAY longer than 50 minutes but I’m a beginner at building things!! Works and looks wonderful!!!

  70. Eric says:

    Excellent simple design. I was able to adapt this and save a lot of money from what I would have otherwise done. Thank you so much for sharing this and pointing out tips along the way!

  71. Maureen says:

    Thank you for these simple and easy-to-follow instructions; it’s exactly what I needed! I had to modify the height due to the handrail on on the stairs, but that was easy enough to do. I completed the project in just over an hour (by myself) and am really happy with the result.

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  78. Meghan says:

    If I have a large opening and wanted to build two sides to a gate with a lock in the middle, would you just multiply this by 2 and bolt one side in so it doesn’t swing open?

  79. Freeman Thurston says:

    Just wanted to thank you for the excellent plan! I used it to build a gate to keep my granddaughter from running off.

  80. Rana M says:

    Totally dragging the husband to Lowe’s tonight. Our dog broke through the dog-gate we installed on the deck twice this year and I have been having anxiety and panic attacks every time we are sitting out on the deck and something walks by that he wants to bark at or chase in fear that he will knock it down again! THANKS FOR THE EASY TO FOLLOW DESIGN! Yay!

  81. Melissa says:

    I have a question my deck has a stair case that i am trying to make a gate for and the opening i have is not flush like in the pictures and i need to get a gate because of my dog any ideas that someone might be able to help me with?

  82. Liz says:

    First off, I love this gate – it matches my railing! However, I did have a problem with the size of the balusters and the length of the screws. The readymade balusters at my Home Depot were 2″ x 2″ x 36″. I find some wood that was 1″ x 2″ x 8′, so I got them cut, thinking that I preferred the 2″ width anyway. However, it turns out that this causes the 2.5″ x 9 screws to be too long. And yes, I screwed them ALL in before realizing. I decided to go to the store the next day and just get 2″ screws. However, after checking at Home Depot and Lowes, I discovered they do not sell 2″ x 9 screws. They do sell 2″ x 8 screws. I looked it up and the difference is 1/64″. These smaller screws did work for me, yeah! I then proceeded to put the latch on the wrong part (the post), that is what my instructions on the kit told me. I wish I had looked more carefully at the picture here! After I fixed that, I discovered that I really hadn’t matched up the latch and the housing. I had a self-adjusting latch, now I know to put it on the bottom originally. Also, to put the latch on first and then line up the other part. I’m just listing these mistakes of mine, in case it helps someone else avoid them! Love the gate – probably going to do one for my front deck!

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  85. Hope says:

    I predrilled my holes from the headers & footers into the balusters so avoid cracking them. It only took about another 10 minutes tops! I did attach the ones on the ends first and finished one whole side before putting the header & footer on the other side…

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  94. kristine dewey says:

    hi love the gate i made one for my front deck i had to make a few adjustments but it will work great to keep my mother from getting out she has alzheimer’s and wonders off .now i feel alot better thank you so much.

  95. Terry D'S says:

    First off, overall excellent job of instructions and photos. I do have some comments/suggestions:
    – the Torx deck screws are wonderful; they are pricey but well worth it
    – however, they need to be specified as Qty. 36, #9 x 2″; 2-1/2″ is too long; I had to grind down the protruding ends. I’d go with 2″ with 1/8″ countersink
    – I glued all joints, screwed alternate joints, so 18 or so screws, not 36
    – leave out the hinge side screws till you install the hinges – use the hinge screws to hold it together

  96. Lou Montella says:

    Thanks for posting such an easy design to build. I had to make a few adjustments to the size.

  97. Melody says:

    So grateful for this post! We have a new puppy and she knocks down the spring gates. Can’t wait to build this tomorrow! Thank you!

  98. Anonymous says:

    This gate was just what I was looking for. Finished mine in a few hours. I must not be as fast as you. 🙂

  99. Mishelle says:

    I just made this, this weekend with my 10 year-old son. After I made sure all of the corners were square and helped him space the balusters, he finished the rest himself!! I love it!!

  100. l Gillam says:

    Easily done with patience and time. I pre stained the gated prior to installation. May I suggest that the 1x4x8 be cyt 1/8 ” shorter than the opening so the outside one does not catch on the post when opening gate. Had to sand mine down and still sticky. I also suggest pre-drilling for hardware screws. Easier to screw in hardware. I also pre-drilled for all screws. I flipped the gate around so screws are not visible from the inside of the deck. Cost me $30.00 at home depot less the screws. I used pressure treated lumber. Should be good for a long time. I also used clamps to hold it firm to the post before attaching it to ensure it is squared up prior to drilling the hardware.
    I like you had no help for support. Thanks for the post and sharing!

  101. Marty Toren says:

    Just finished one of two of these gates. Love the simplicity of doing and the elegance of the finished product. The only issue I had was the 2.5 inch screws were too long and came through the other side. I am going to go with two inch screws on the other gate.

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  103. Armando Paone says:

    Great, simple design. I am building it as we speak.

  104. Jonnyjake says:

    Great easy project! Took the dimensions to Home Depot and they cut boards to size for me, (no charge)! My saw stayed in the shed the whole time. I did pre-drill the holes first to avoid splitting the balusters. Now my deck is safe for my dogs, we keep the deck door open and they come and go as they please.

  105. Sarah Rook says:

    This worked out great! The gate we needed for our deck was only about 36 inches so I changed the size but other than that, great “recipe” for a do it yourself stair gate!!
    I can’t seem to upload a picture but it came out really nice! Thank you!!

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  107. Miranda says:

    My dad and I just built a gate for my back porch using your directions. Of course we had to change our measurements, but it turned out GREAT! Thanks for posting this…very helpful!

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  110. Caitlin says:

    Sent this to my husband & he built me a deck gate! Thank you for the clear steps & sharing your knowledge!

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