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My Husband and I decided to get ourselves a puppy, while she is an adorable ball of fur and fun, her safety is the utmost in our minds as we can not be everywhere at once. During the summer months we like to keep our back door open for extra fresh air, usually this is not an issue but the new addition to the family made it so we had to either keep the back door shut or spend all day running up and down the garden supervising her adventures.
We decided the best option was to fit a safety gate, that way we can have the back door open and let Jessie out when we can keep an eye on her.
We had a quick look around for a safety gate and decided we did not need a fancy one as it was just to keep the little madam secure and it did not have to fight off toddlers. The one we chose was the Lindam Extending Metal Wall Fix Child Safety Gate. We sourced it from the online retailer amazon.co.uk for £17.00 including free super saver delivery, I had some left over Amazon vouchers so in the end it cost me 90p, bargain.
When the gate arrived it was packaged in a nice slim line box, not much bigger than the safety gate itself. In the box was the safety gate in two parts, this makes up the extending bit as you clip them together to cover the correct opening, and fittings to attach the gate to the wall/door.
Falling into gender stereo types I sat back while Mr H fitted the gate, it seems quite simple, the hinged side comes with a wall template to aid drilling and fixing, it genuinely is fool proof all the necessary screws are provided and the instructions for fitting are illustrated. Mr H chose to use his own screws as he always says the provided screws are not long enough. Mr H soon had our new piece of safety equipment attached and was soon demonstrating it for me.
The hinges are very safe and secure, all moving parts are covered to protect little fingers, the hinges are also easy to release so the gate can be lifted off the wall without the need to remove the wall fixings. The locking mechanisms on the opposite side of the door frame are very secure but again very simple, the gate simple lifts slightly into the cradle of the catch and is held secure with a little flippy bit, to open the gate you just need to push the flippy bit back and lift the gate slightly and hey presto it is open. I can imagine this would not stump an intelligent toddler for long but it stops our puppy in her tracks.
The gate is very strong and is made of durable white plastic coated metal; it is very easy to keep clean and is soon sparkling with a wipe down with a damp cloth. All possible places that little fingers could get trapped are covered with plastic caps.
One of the things I like about this gate is that when it opens the whole gate is moved, there is no inner frame that needs squeezing through or stepping over. The gate extends to fit openings between 63.5cm and 102cm, you do have to have the bars matching up for both sides to fit together properly, so while it is extendable you do have some restrictions on the sizes available.
In conclusion, this is a great basic gate, there are no fancy extra's it simply and safely gates off an opening, it is quick to fit, and easy to keep clean and keeps our puppy safely inside while we have the door open.
Thank you for reading.
My daughter is now 10 months old and is like lightening in her baby walker. We live in a first floor flat and the stairs are very steep. The time came for us to buy a baby gate to keep her away from the dreaded stairs. We were admittedly completely baffled by all the different types and brands so we kept putting it off. We spotted the lindham baby gate in Asda for the very reasonable price of £15. So we took the plunge and bought it.
My husband isn't the best at DIY so I called my father to come and fit it. It took him around 15 minutes and there was none of the usual shouting and profanities that usually come from him while he's completing a job so I assume it was pretty easy. It fits to the wall via 4 brackets which need to be drilled in, the stair gate the slots in to them. Sounds pretty simple to me.
The lindham stair gate is extendable so it can be used in spaces from 66cm to 102cm. You can also purchase additional extenders so they fit wider spaces. We didn't need these so I can't comment on them other than to say they are available.
A great feature of this stair gate is that it opens both ways. We have ours in our hallway but if using at the top of the stairs I imagine this would be invaluable.
All in all for the price we paid I am very happy with this stair gate, it does exactly what we wanted from it and I can now leave my daughter in her walker while I pop to the toilet knowing she wont come to any harm. I would recommend it, it's basic but to keep baby safe it's perfectly adequate and for £15 it's a bargain
We had a real job getting a stairgate to fit our stairs as they are extra wide (the previous owners had them altered so that they could fit in a stair lift as they were elderly) and bought several different ones before purchasing this one from Argos for £19.99 (this was a couple of years ago so price may have changed now). This stairgate has been fantastic. Because it is extendable it fitted the space perfectly and was easy to fix into place requiring just a few holes to be drilled in order to fit in the screws. Our little boy is known for being able to get things open that he should'nt but even with him trying with all his might this stairgate would only open if he lifted it up and out of the housing which he just was not able to do. I have quite weak wrists caused by RSI but was able to easily open this stairgate with one hand so for me it was an ideal and excellent choice. The stairgate also wore very well with little damage to the painted covering etc over the course of 3 years. Overall I would recommend this stairgate to anyone but because of the ablility to extend to several different sizes this is a great feature for those with odd sized openings.
After a long search my partner and I decided to purchase the Lindam extending safety gate as we have a large house we have a number of different safety gates and guards.
This particular one was bought from ASDA during a baby and toddler event for £7 (we bought two).
It is the easiest to fit that we have but can be a little stubborn to open.
In the instructions it states that it is suitable for a child of up to age two I would, however, recommend caution if you have an early walker or a tall baby as our 18 month old can scale this (hence why we use it as a door guard and not a stair guard.)
another word of caution must be said as if you have 'dado rails' or high skirting as the height of this (and many other safety gates) means that it can be problematic to fit without a gap being present at the bottom!
this gate is, in my opinion one of the more versatile for odd areas!! they also stand up to being moved from location to location fairly well if installed correctly in the first place!!
it stands up well and cannot be budged out of it's 'lock' unlike others we have!!
would definitely recommend this purchase!!
We have recently had to purchase this metal stair gate (made by Lindman) as we have a larger then average landing and a normal size gate would not fit properly at the top of the stairs!! This one can be extended to fit openings up to one hundred and two centimetres but can also be used in a smaller area of sixty two. I think that it is exceptional value for money, we paid fifteen pounds for it from amazon so it was delivered for free too. It is quite a bulky item so i would really recommend doing the same, it is not the kind of thing that you want to be having to walk round town with if you have a pushchair with you, it is soo easy just to have it delivered to your door!!
It is 73 cm's high and the instructions say that it is suitable upto the child being two, i think that they will be fine until the child is old enough to know where they can and can't go but as a safety thing mine will be on the stairs for some time to come as i don't want any late night trips down stairs!!!
It was fairly simple to fit but did require a few screws in the wall so when they eventually go i will need to fill in the hole and cover it up but for now for safety it is a must!! I don't think that it was particually clear when i got it that you needed to drill holes but maybe i just didn't read enough, i was more concerned about the length that the gate could go to rather then how it fitted and therefore i just assumed that it went on like the other one i had that you twist into place but this is not the case....you will need a drill!
The gate came with an easy to use template so that you know exactly where to drill the holes and once they are installed they feel very secure! It is possible to open it with one hand which is another must if you have a small child in your arms!!
Does exactly what it should
I have 2 of these in my house, my first i put at the top my stairs, its been there for about 2 years now and is still going strong. i used it primarliy to keep my dog from going upstairs and then for its use to keep my child safe.
I have had 2 different types of stairgate on my lounge to keep my child safe while i do the housework cook dinner etc, and to keep the dog out of the lounge. My dog however chewed through the first 2 (they were the ones with the plastic clasp on the side handle) and one of them was especially designed as a pet guard and cost me twice the amount of money as a normal stair gate.
At the end of my tether i bought another one similar to the one upstairs. All i can say is it is brilliant and if i ever reccomend stairgates to any one it would be this one.
This stairgate extends much further than the regular ones, there is no floor bar (so nothing to trip over!) and has a one hand opening function, (yes i know most stair gates have this 'feature, but many, especially when new can be quite stiff) I have also found that although most stairgates are suitable up to approximatly 3 yrs old, my son and my neighbours son (she has one of the other plastic handle style ones) have worked out to open it, (the little devils!) Now i dont know about you but this has happened to my friend a couple of times mums and dads out there but how many time have you put the oven on then nipped to the toilet? or answered the phone, the child has got out and headed straight to the kitchen (luckily she caught him before he could hurt him self) but she promptly changed her stair gate to one of these types and now she can cook with the peace of mind that her child cannot open this one. I think this is due to the swing catch on the opening of the stair gate, it is quite stiff and you have to push the stair gate under it to release it, much more simpler, yet more difficult for a toddler than a lift handle.
There is a down side to this model as you have to screw it into the wall, but that nothing a bit of polly filla wont fix.
We bought this gate when our daughter first discovered the stairs, which to be honest was quite late on in her life, she was over 12 months and was only just starting to think about climbing them! She has friends who have been trying to get upstairs since they were about 6 months old... Anyway... so we got this from Toys R Us and at the moment it's selling for £17.99.
The reason we chose this one was because we needed a gate that was an unusual size (wider than most) and one that didn't have the trip bar across the bottom due to us having to install it on the second step and I didn't want to be tripping up or down the stairs while carrying my child.
It can extend from 62 to 102cm, so it's quite versatile if you have odd sized doors or stairways. When you open the pack it just looks like 2 gates, but you fit them together to the width you require and lock into position with a plastic cap to ensure the gates stay together.
Then (and this is a bit of a downside to the gate if you don't want to ruin your walls) you have to screw some hinges & plastic locking caps into the wall (in four positions). The gate then locks permanently into the two at the hinged side, and by twisting the metal bars extended from this side of the gate, you make the final adjustments to ensure the gate is fitted correctly into the space. The gate can then swing open either way and locks into position using the plastic locking caps that you have screwed into the wall, doorframe or banister at the other side.
It is possible to open and close the gate with one hand (although my childless friends would disagree!), I'm not really sure the best way to describe the locking mechanism but I'll give it a go...
The top and bottom of the opening side of the gate rests on the plastic things you have screwed to the wall. You have to lift the gate up (only a fraction) to get it to sit into these things, and the one at the top has a catch which locks it into place. When unlocking the gate, you just push the catch forward with your thumb, lift the gate and pull it towards you. Simple. Then to lock it again, just do the reverse. Sounds pretty complicated, but it's seriously easy.
The thing I like about this gate is that there is no trip bar across the bottom so hopefully no danger of tripping up accidents. It's screwed into the wall (which some people might not like) so there's no danger of it falling out of place, like with some other safety gates, unless my husband's DIY is not so good and the whole thing falls out of the wall...! It's also one of the cheapest gates I've seen but does an excellent job.
A great safety mechanism for around the home. Metal construction with a double locking system. The gate opens 2 ways and has a one handed opening release.