Product Type: Lindam safety products
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Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate
Member Name: emmad5689
Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate
Advantages: Easy to fit, easy to use, use one handed, safe
Disadvantages: Took some wallpaper off
We had stairgates when our eldest was little but we have since moved house and we had to buy an extra one when our youngest daughter started to show an interest in the stairs. We ended up with the Lindam stairgate as my Grandma was buying a stairgate for using with her dogs however they were buy one get one free so she had no use for the second stair gate and gave it to us. We got the stairgates from Argos where they cost £22.99.
The stair gate came in a pretty flat carboard box with a picture of the stairgate on it, the gate inside is all in one piece so there is no building involved which is ideal although you do have to adjust the gate to fit on your stairs.
The gate is supposed to fit gaps from 75cm to 81cms, we first tried the gate on our daughters bedroom and found that it actually was a little too big and we couldn't managed to fit it in the gap despite the door frame being exactly 75cms, she has the box bedroom and as it is so small the door opens outwards so not sure if that has any bearing on the fit of the stairgate or not.
Secondly we tried the stairgate at the bottom of the stairs which we hadn't measured however are as far as I can see standard stairs and certainly don't seem any narrower than stairs in any of the other houses we visit however we found the same problem that the stairgate was too big and we couldn't fit it there either.
In the end we put this stairgate at the top of our stairs, our stairs have 13 straught steps then a large square step and a turn for the last step so we found that due to the turn the stairs at the top are actually wider than the stairs at the bottom and the stairgate finally fitted one place in the house where we wanted one.
The stairgate is white in colour and made of metal, the bars are pretty close as far as stairgates go which is brilliant in our house as we have a cat who although she is pretty large has quite a small head and likes to squeeze through small gaps but she can't get her head in thankfully. There are screw ends top and bottom on either side which has little circle pieces to fir against the walls which are light blue in colour and then there is a little clip at the bottom in blue and a small bit of blue on the opening mechanism.
Tha gate can open either way which is great as it means you can have the opening mechanism on the most comfortable side for yourself, there is a small clip at the bottom which you can use to make it so the gate can only iopen one way but we have never found a reason to need to use this although occasionally when the gate is open the dog does knock the clip down and I end up wondering why I can't get it closed.
The gate is easy to open, you have to squeeze the little lever underneath and then push with finger and thumb at the top of the mechanism and then lift the lever, it sounds alot more complicated than it is and you can easily open the gate with one hand so if you are carrying something up the stairs you don't have to go ahead to open the stairgate. My 2 year old has no idea how to open the gate so it does the job intended perfectly and my 5 year old can manage to open the gate if she uses 2 hands which is great as it means she doesn't need us to open it all the time as even if we are downstairs we still leave the gate shut as it stops the dogs getting into the bedrooms.
We recently painted our hall stairs and landing and because you have to make sure the gate is fitted tightly into your gap we foun that it has removed a circle patch of wallpaper from the wall which is a shame although not a major disaster and the safety of our children comes first, it had not damaged the paintwork on the banister at all.
I would recommend this stairgate it is really easy to use and it provides maximum safety which is exactly what we needed it to do. The gate is certainly more expensive than some others you can buy however it is a well known make and I would prefer to buy something with proven history than take a chance on a cheaper version.
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