“ Brand: Lindam / Safety Type: Safety Gates „
This well known branded safety gate is designed to fit openings between 75-81cms. There is an extension available for wider fittings. It is a pressure fit design which means there is no need to drill holes into your door frames. You simply position it where you need it to go and use the provided wrench to turn the nuts until the pressure is enough to firmly keep the gate in place.
This gate is near in impossible to open one handed, when you're carrying a sleeping baby for example, because you have to squeeze pieces together and lift the lever at the same time. It can be done but it is very awkward. It is also rather loud to close as it kind of "snaps" shut. There are 2 locks, the main one on the top and there is also a small clip on the bottom. My children haven't yet figured out how to open it but to be honest I don't think it's the best design. Another year or so and I'm sure my 3 year old will have sussed it out.
I only paid £12 for it though so cannot complain as it does it's job perfectly and is easy to fit.
Although my son is now 3 I still find this safety gate useful, doors used to be good enough to close but then he figured those out and so I needed something that would keep him out of places I couldn't have him in. At first I kept this gate on my kitchen but as he's almost 4 he's really good at navigating stairs and staying out of the kitchen when I need him too however sometimes I need him in a safe place while I nip for a shower or pop out to hang out the washing and for this his room in perfect, there is nothing that can topple over and hurt him and therefore it's the ideal place to leave him and so when I do I pop him in his room and close the gate, this also comes in handy when he needs some time out to calm down and I need 5 minutes to collect myself and for this the gate is now across the space in his bedroom before the door which allows the door to be closed at night time as his room is just off the living room but means I can also leave it open while he's in there.
I bought this Lindam gate from Amazon for £16.99 at the time but this is now up to £18.99 however it is also available in Asda and across various other websites. These can also be found extremely cheaply at the end of the baby event in Asda getting down to as low as just £5. As I had mine from Amazon it was delivered free and came packaged safely with everything inside required to fit it. It also came with instructions to set this up but it's pretty self explanatory. You simply place the long screw looking items inside the holes of the gate at the top and bottom corners for 4 in total. The soft padded side goes against the wall to protect it (but more on that later). The white plastic circles act like screws and you simply screw these towards the bars tightening them as much as possible which pushes the bars closer together to allow the gate to join and stay closed. If you don't screw these in tightly enough the gate will just swing right past the closing join so you do need to ensure you do it tightly enough.
The gate has 2 closing mechanisms, the first is that you press the blue coloured patches on either side of the handle and pull up to open the gate and secondly there is a small swing style clip that you push round the hold the gate in at the bottom. The bottom closing mechanism is pretty useless for older children, my son was able to work the out from the first go but the top opening he still hasn't mastered although that could be because he's rarely in his room with the gate shut anymore. The gate is easy to open and close one handed which is good when you have hands laden with things or are multi-tasking. The bottom has a bar across it so you have to step over, I have only once or twice walked into it but it does hurt so you need to be careful!
The only problem I really have with this gate is that the screws have to be screwed in tightly to make sure the gate is secure and can close easily however this also means that if you do have to move the gate the paint is stripped off the wall. I can't have the gate anywhere except against the walls as there isn't anywhere else to put it, this has meant that I am left with a small patch of stripped paint which is really annoying but not really the end of the world. Apart from that I have no complaints, the gate is secure, does the job I need it to, keeps my son safe, last a long time and is generally really good. I would definitely recommend this safety gate as it works perfectly and if you can pick it up cheaply it's a bargain, even the price I paid I'm extremely happy with it.
I didn't think I would need to buy any stair gates when my daughter was a baby as our family were eligible for a local scheme that gives out some safety equipment for free. The local council came out and fit two stair gates, one for the bottom and one for the top of the stairs, perfect! Then when I moved my daughter from a cot to a bed I had a really hard time getting her to sleep, that was when I decided to go out and buy a stair gate to keep her in her bedroom. My mum has a stair gate at her house too, mainly to stop the dogs getting upstairs, my daughter had already mastered this stair gate so I had to make sure I was getting one that had a button on the top and bottom to open it so my daughter couldn't open it herself.
The gate that I bought was this Lindam Easy Fit Premium safety gate it cost me £25 from Kiddicare. This one is a little more expensive than the one my mum has at her house but as my daughter can open that one it would have been no good going for the cheaper option in this case.
After receiving the package I realised there is no assembly required, all I had to do was secure the gate in the door frame, perfect. This is quite simple to do, just pull the bolts through the four holes (two at the top, two at the bottom), then twist the round nuts until they are tight against the wall. I did each of these four nuts in turn and wondered why the gate still wasn't secure in the outside of the gate, after tightening each nut again I realised I hadn't tightened them enough and soon the gate clicked into place.
The safety gate is suitable for openings between 75cm and 81cm, I remember measuring the door frame and it was a tiny bit over 81cm but I thought I'd wait and see how big the gaps between the gate and the frame were before ordering an extension piece straight away. Once I had put up the gate I decided we didn't need an extension, the gaps either side of the gate aren't very big although there was still a lot of bolt left to use if I had a wider frame, however if it was any wider I would have purchased an extension so that it doesn't compromise the safety of the gate.
The mechanism for opening the gate is a simple push and squeeze system where you have to push the button on the top of the handle then squeeze in the bottom, this is easy to do one handed so you don't have to worry about getting through the gate if you've got a hand full. The gate can then open either way towards you or back the other way. It has a locking mechanism on the bottom for added piece of mind.
When I first installed the gate it took a little getting used to as it has a bar at the bottom, our stair gates don't have these so we haven't really looked for something on the floor when going through the gates. This has resulted in a few stubbed toes and my daughter tripped over it once but we've got the hang of it now! I wouldn't say this gate would be suitable for a top stair gate, not only should you have a secure stair gate at the top the bar across the bottom does increase the risk of tripping up.
When closing the gate, after giving it a swing back it secures into place on its own accord, where this would be great for keeping children out of certain rooms etc. we only use this in my daughters bedroom at night time so it is quite a pain. If I go in to pull the covers back over my daughter I have to push the gate back into place gently as swinging it back makes it bang into place quite loudly.
I'd definitely recommend this Lindam stair gate. Although it would be no good as a safety gate for the top of the stairs, it does the job I want it to do perfectly and keeps my daughter in her bedroom at night time. The price is a little more expensive than the basic Lindam gate but it's still not too expensive.
Lindam has always had well-priced, no-frills (mostly) baby products, and whenever I had a chance to use them (in value-for-many preference to for example brands like Avent) I was happy with the results.
This gate does what it says on the box, provides a barrier for a crawler or a toddler so they don't invade dangerous or fragile spaces. The pressure fit means you don't have to drill holes to install which makes it semi-portable (though it's a big item so I would think twice about for example taking it on holiday) as well as easier to fit in plastic and metal door frames.
The catch takes a little while to get used to/work out, and I found it awkward to open one-handed, but I was an occasional user as we had one at a toddler group (being the bad mother I am, I didn't protect my younger child from stairs (we lived in a flat when the older one was at gate stage) and I suspect a home user would develop the required dexterity pretty quickly.
The gate is supposed to fit in openings between 75cm and 81cm, which means that some wider staircases might need an extension (available), or a bit of DIY with blocks.
It's solid, sturdy (thus quite heavy) and when well fitted should easily withstand any bashing that a toddler or a crawling baby would give it. I can't see why it couldn't be used for dogs either.
When my daughter reached about 8 months of age and was eagerly crawling around the house, she discovered the stairs. She didn't try to climb them until a few months later but it was clear that this would become her aim any day soon.. And when a little toddler has an aim, it tends to get accomplished with vigour!
We bought two Lindam stair gates, one for the top of the stairs and one for the bottom. The top gate was particularly welcome addition as baby quite liked- and still likes- the novelty of playing on the landing. She also likes to pull herself to standing using the stair gate and shuffle along on her feet, as she will be walking soon.
My husband is not the best hand at DIY but these gates were easy enough to fit. All the parts were included with the gates and the instructions were easy to follow. Each gate took him less than 10 minutes to do. The gates do not need tools or drilling as they are pressure mounted, ie they 'squeeze' in between the staircase and the wall and they are nice tight fit. Different sizes are available to suit narrower staircases.
The gates can be opened inwards or outwards and they are easy enough to open and close, but not for little hands. My daughter does reach up and try to open the gate but she can't work the lock and won't be able to for a long time yet. I do find the locks tricky to work when I am carrying her though as they can't really be opened one-handed, but they can be closed one-handed which is the more vital aspect of these gates, and when the gate locks closed it makes a loud clicking sound which is very reassuring for anyone who has little children in the house.
Now that my daughter is almost 14 months old and climbing over everything in sight, including large objects, toys and people's feet when she gets the chance to, she often tries the stair gate at the bottom of the stairs. But of course she can't get past it, so I have no concerns about finding her halfway up the stairs one day!
Both sets of Lindam stair gates are still in good condition, and I anticipate getting much use out of them when we have another child in future. However I will draw attention to one minor niggle I have with them. Because little one is always so keen on standing against them and generally pulling at them, the top gate came loose one day. We had gone out for a walk in the park and when we came back it was getting dark. We walked in the front door and found a scene when we looked around.. The top stair gate had come loose, fallen onto the other gate and lodged it out of place, and my heart skipped a beat because it initially looked as though we had been burgled. Thankfully my husband was with me- I was too worried to step into the house- and he checked the house and surmised that the gate had slipped itself because one of my daughter's heavier toys had been propped on the wall next to it, had slipped onto it, which had led to it slowly slipping away from the wall. This had also damaged the paintwork on the walls on both sides where the stair gate attachments were. I therefore suggest using these gates with caution, and never leaving children unsupervised around the gates as one strong kick could dislodge the gate and cause a terrible injury.
Each Lindam gate cost me £29.99, which is a lot of money, but they are good, sturdy, durable items. I have since own-brand versions in other people's housing that look just as good however, so it's worth shopping around if you have the time to. Because of the fact that they can be dislodged, I am giving these gates 4 stars instead of 5. And remember, no safety product can guarantee the safety of your child 100%. That is what parents are for ;)
I was given this Lindam Easy Fit Stair gate by a friend when my son started crawling and it has been invaluable. Having looked on the web, it retails for anywhere around £25-30.
The stair gate is made of white metal and has blue features on the handle and sides where the adjustable wall screws are placed. Its not the best looking stair gate around, but essentially they are for keeping children safe so this is the most import thing in my opinion.
The stair gate has several features:
Push to shut easy close system securely locks gate into place, 4 point Pressure Fit - U Shaped power frame provides solid pressure fittings, push and squeeze handle for easy one handed opening, soft easy grip handle, triple opening action , double locking option, one or two way opening for maximum flexibilty, strong steel construction, assembled and ready to use and adjusts to fit openings from 75cm to 81cm. It can be extended up to 137cm with separate extensions. It complies to EN 1930:2000 when fitted as instructed and is suitable for children up to 24 months of age.
The stair gate is extendable, although I have not needed to extend my gate, you can get extensions in 3 sizes 7, 14 and 28cms, and you have to measure the gap that needs filling and then purchase the correct extensions to fit your particular area.
The stair gate was really easy to fit, you just position it where tou want it and then use the screw mechanisms to secure it into place. It has a bar running along the bottomof it so it must not be fitted at the top of the stairs, but the next step down to avoid triping hazards. This means that although it opens both ways, when at the top of the stairs it can only be opened one way, so going down the stairs, this is not a problem though.
The opening mechanism is very easy to use, you just squeeze the three point handle with one hand and it opens, so you can still have one hand free to hold the baby or keep the toddler at a safe distance. It easily clicks into the locked position and remains that way. It also has a swivel hook at the bottom of the gate which adds extra strength to the gate and keeps it locked, this is easily flicked up and I tend to use my toe to do so, save me bending whilst at the top of the stairs. My son knows how to open this bit of the lock, but has failed on numerous attempts to actually get the gate to open so it does a very good job. It is sturdy, as sometimes my son will lean on it whilst waiting to go down stairs and it always stays in place.
Overall I would recommend this stair gate to others, it is well made, easy to use, safe and sturdy.
When Lauren was about 4 months old, Asda had their baby event on and the Lindam stair gates were on offer at two for £30, I thought this was a really good buy as they normally retail at around £22 each so I could not resist.
They are easily removed by un-screwing the pressure pads which was ideal as we used to regularly take these with us away in the caravan.
These are ideal, we live in a new house and really would not trust buying one of the ones which screw into the walls as they are only made of plasterboard. Not only that but you are then left with the dilemma of having to re-decorate!
Although Lauren was nowhere near crawling yet, we thought we better install them ready (then at least we could get used to using them).
Once closed, the gates are opened by squeezing together two bits at the top and then lift the handle, although it can seem a little tricky at first, we both soon picked this up and were able to do one handed which is just what we needed when we had Lauren in the other arm.
Do not be fooled into thinking that because they are pressure fitted, they are not as secure as the screw in gates, there has been plenty of times mid tantrum where Lauren has spent time rattling the gate as hard as she can and never one has it even come close to coming loose.
Lauren is now 4 and can easily make her way up and down stairs with out any assistance, I do still have the gate at the top of the stairs on, just in case she gets up in the middle on the night as her room is just at the top of the stairs.
Although we never had to fit this to a large opening, if need be you can purchase extensions in two sizes, 7 cm or 14 cm.
Would I buy again and recommend - definitely, but always shop around, I have found most places have these on a special offer at some point.
4 point Pressure Fit -U shaped power frame provides solid pressure fitting
Squeeze and lift handle for easy one handed opening
One or two way opening for maximum flexibility and Triple locking mechanism
Adjusts to fit openings from 75cm to 81cm
Technical information provided my Amazon.co.uk
Lindam Easy Fit Pressure Mounted Safety Gates are the perfect gates to invest in if you are keen to minimise damage and marking to walls.
They do not require any holes to be made into walls or doorways. Instead, as their title suggests, there are four circular pads, on the end of four screws, top and bottom, which you shorten or lengthen accordingly to secure the gate into place. This is not too tricky to do as once you have the bottom two pads in place, it is easy to adjust the top two in line with the first two.
The gate's security is by no means compromised by this method of attachment as it is just as secure as if it had been screwed into the wall. (Ours have already been shaken vigorously by our daughter.)
This also means that gates can be moved to different areas of the house if necessary, and once they are removed altogether there should be little evidence they were ever there.
My husband and I realised it was time to purchase at least two gates once our daughter started crawling.
The gates were £22.99 each from Argos and we bought two at first but we may have to invest in more soon. At this price it isn't too expensive to kit out the whole house as needs demand.
The only warning I would give is the gates on their own were not wide enough for our doorways. We had to also buy an extension for each gate, costing another £12.99 for two.
I find all safety gates tricky to open at first. On this one you have to push in two pressure pads either
side of the catch simultaneously and then lift up the handle. Very quickly it is easy to do this one-handed - essential if you are carrying a baby around.
The only other negative is because the whole gate does not open but only a narrow doorway in the gate, it can prove a bit narrow to squeeze through if you are carrying anything.
All in all, however, as these gates come at the lower end of the market, they are more than satisfactory in doing the job they are designed to do.
Once my little girl started walking we knew it was time to buy stair gates. WE live in a two storey house so we got a gate for both the bottom and top of the stairs as well as one inbetween the downstairs lounge and the kitchen. She is actually very good at not climbing the stairs when we tell her to but the gates gave us the security of knowing that we could let her wander around without worrying that she might fall down the stairs. The one inbetween the kitchen and hallway is great too as it means I can still let her wander around when I am cooking int he kitchen and it actually keeps the dog in the kitchen too and away from our nice white rug in the lounge!
We decided to buy Lindam gates as I had seen them in other peoples houses before and they were quite a good price in Argos. We didn't particularly want one that you need to screw into the wall so I was happy that we found one which is pressure fitted. WE bought the Lindam Easy Fit Wood and Metal Child Safety Gate and this version is actually Winner of 'Baby & You' February 2004 and 'Baby & Toddler Gear' Platinum awards.
It's actually quite a nice looking stair gate as it includes metal and wood as we have a lot of wood in our house so wanted something that would sort of match. It is not plasticky looking which I like as I wanted to stay away from this particular look. The gate has basically has a plastic cup on each end top and bottom that fits against the wall and then you just tighten a screw to make the pressure enough that the gate will stay in place. The gates really do stay in place and I have to admit that I lean on them quite a bit and then never budge which is a really good safety feature for me. We have taken them off to do some decorating and they have not left marks on the walls where they have been attached either so that's nice to know.
The gate opens by pressing in a little button and then pulling back on the button to open the gate. This is very hard for a child to do (it even foxes my parents when they come over) so I can't see a little child being able to open the gate by themselves. My little girl knows what to do as she often reaches for the button but would not be able to open this gate herself. Then once the gate is open you just walk through. It has a swing shut mechanism on it which I really like so the gate will swing shut and catch close after you which is nice if you're going up and down the stairs with a toddler in your arms and want to make sure the gate has closed after you. However, we have now broken two of these gates by opening it to far. The mechanism has then been broken is some way and it does not swing shut anymore which is a bit of a nuisance but it does not render the gate unuseable, you just need to remember to shut it yourself which can be a bit of a pain.
Each gate cost £30 from Argos and in my opinion is a vital safety feature for the home if you have small children. From the website the dimensions are given as 76cm high and the gate will fit openings of 74 to 80cm.
Winner of multiple awards, this safety gate is genuinely easy-fit, sturdy and great value for money. It comes ready assembled and is simple to install, with no tools required.
The product is presented as a child safety gate, complying with the relevant British Standard BS EN: 1930. But its uses may not be limited to that, as we have discovered.
We picked up one of these recently from our local Argos (Extra) store for £22.99 and it's now a valued household item.
~~ The package ~~
The gate comes ready assembled, in a box measuring approximately 74 x 78 x 4.5cm and weighing 5.7kg, with the following additional components:
* four screw adjusters and locking rings
* two wallcups
* two adhesive pads
* two wall plugs and screws (for use only in certain environments)
* instruction booklet (7 pages; illustrated)
Collecting and transporting the gate presented no problems. The box was quite bulky but easy enough to carry and went quite easily into the back of a small hatchback.
~~Build quality and conformance~~
Apparently this product complies with BS EN: 1930 'when fitted as instructed'. The standard relates to 'Child care articles. Safety barriers. Safety requirements and test methods' [See links below].
The gate is stated to be suitable for children up to 24 months of age and it certainly feels fit for this purpose, being robustly constructed with a steel frame and well designed locking/opening mechanisms. The manufacturer, Lindam, offers a wide range of related products and appears to have a well-established reputation.
~~Look and feel~~
The gate looks the part and inspires confidence. It's smart enough considering how robust it feels.
~~A problem solved!~~
The latest addition to our household has in fact been our second 'rescue' dog. Our previous elderly dog had latterly suffered from severe mobility problems and had particular difficulty with stairs. Poor thing was just about able to climb upstairs but couldn't get back down again without assistance, which caused some distress. If only I'd thought of installing this gate...!
Obviously it's not marketed as a pet barrier - but virtually identical products appear to be offered elsewhere for this purpose, at considerably higher prices. Applying a bit of lateral thinking, it occurred to us that this might also be beneficial to our more recent 'arrival' ...
The delightful new dog that we've just rehomed, though perfectly fit, also appeared to have some difficulty descending stairs whilst showing a marked determination to join us upstairs! So, for the sake of safety and peace of mind, an unobtrusive barrier seemed worth a try. This gate seemed to fit the description and is now providing reassurance all round.
~~Assembly and Installation~~
Being a ready-assembled pressure-fit appliance with no screws or drilling required, fixing it up was a breeze. This did take marginally longer than the claimed five minutes to fit. Still, on reflection, this probably included unpacking and studying the clear instructions and diagrams!
A point worth noting is the importance of taking accurate measurements. The metrics quoted may need to be carefully checked, particularly against dimensions of older properties. I found the installation quite tight in our house, though this probably does at least ensure a stronger fit.
One other possible issue is the need to use screws on wallpaper and similar surfaces, instead of the sticky pads provided for the wall cups. This may require some drilling and the use of the supplied wall plugs. It's all in the instructions. For this reason only I've reduced my 'Advantage' rating from 'Very easy' to 'Easy'. It should probably be somewhere in between.
~~Dimensions and features~~
Best check product information for full details of spans, possible extensions and mechanical features: e.g. triple locking, two way opening etc. [see links below]
Briefly, this gate can be used in openings between 75cm and 81cm. Extensions for wider openings are also available from the manufacturer.
~~Usefulness and usability~~
Once installed, the gate is quite unobtrusive and easy to use. I found the locking handle slightly awkward at first but am now able to operate this with one hand (just!) Fortunately, the dog finds it less straightforward! (As, presumably, would very young children).
Temporarily positioned inside a doorway, for just as long as it needs to be there, the gate acts as an effective but transparent safety barrier. This allows continued supervision without unduly restricting general movement, once we'd all fully mastered the locking mechanism, that is. To open, you need to press two buttons and lift a blue lever. This can be a bit tricky with one hand, if you're carrying anything. To close, lower the lever to hear a reassuring click as it locks. There are also supplementary door stops near the foot. Again, it's all fully covered in the instructions.
It must be stressed that this product is not advertised as a pet barrier (though very similar ones may be); no recommendation is implied here. It's just a potentially useful gate.
The instructions advise regular checking for tightness and just cleaning with a soft damp cloth.
~~Help and documentation~~
Lindam provide a UK telephone helpline in addition to the accompanying user instructions. (Open Monday-Friday). A link to their website is provided below, along with a link to British Standards information.
This product is widely available. We collected ours from our local Argos (Extra) store for £22.99. It was also available locally from Homebase for slightly more, and there are currently several competitive offers online.
An excellent safety gate at a good price - perhaps not just for babies! Maybe that's what the 'plus' stands for in the product name?
* Standards information: http://www.standardsdirect.org/
* Manufacturer's website: http://www.lindam.com/
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We bought this lindam safety gate when we moved our daughter into a bed rather than a cot for the first time. Until then we had not had a stair gate upstairs, as she was never up there alone.
Compared to the previous stairgate (that we used downstairs) this Lindam one looks and feels of much higher quality. The opening and loccking mechanism is conatined within a blue ish grey plastic case and makes the whole thing feel very sturdy. It was pretty easy to fit (as the name suggests) however, our stairway is a little wider than average and so we have had to unwind the adjustable pins to their maximum width to get the gate to fit. Although I am still pretty happy with the fit, it is marginally less secure when the pins are fully unwound as it would be on a smaller stair way. Each of the four unwindable pins (one top, one bottom on each side) are fitted with rubber stoppers at the end, which provides some protection for your walls and skirting boards. I havn't removed ours yet- but am hoping when I do that no marks will have been left.
Initially it used to take me ages to actually be able to open the gate as the locking mechanism requires you to squeeze the right point on either side and then lift it up. Most of the time I still use 2 hands to open it although with practice it is possible to do with one. Although I did find this annoying, it is a good feature really as it makes it tricky for little people to work out how to open it. Having said that, my daughter is now nearly 2 and has opened this twice now. It did take her ages and a lot of concentration, plus she is pretty good with stairs now so I am not too worried but don't assume that your kids will never figure it out!
I've always rated Lindam baby gear and when Asda were knocking this safety gate out for £15 a pop it was a no brainer. The adjusters were more than capable of fitting across our wider than average staircase but, with a joiner in the family, we chose to make it even more secure by fitting nicely sanded and rounded wodden batons to the wall first and then securing the gate in place.
The added benefit of this was to reduce the gap either side between the gate and the wall. The more you wind out the securing pins then the greater the gap between the side of the gate and the wall. Fully extended it is still within safe limits so you shouldn't need to worry about your little houdini getting thru or even worse trapped up the sides.
If you do the Physics you'll find that the narrower you can fit the gate, the more rigid it will be in situ.
Now we were concerned somewhat with the bottom of the gate being less well held than the top and I am guessing that the rotating clips on the bottom of the gate are an addendum to the original design. It certainly helps keep the bottom of the gate in place all be it somewhat awkward to operate. Thus far we have had no incidents of trapped fingers so I guess they work well. Worth noting that even my naughty dog has noted the amount the gate moves when this clip is not in place so use the clip at all times.
The gate has been in place for 6 months now and is as smart and secure as it was the day it was fitted. The main locking clip can be operated single handed with a bit of practice and is solid and secure in operation. Like with all springy, clippy things you should be careful to avoid snecking your fingers in it as it snaps into place.
Overall it is a high quality, reliable product. It definitely is standing up well to the rigours of daily use and seems well up to it's task.
There are certain events which are amongst the greatest feelings any parent can have, one is when your new baby starts crawling and another is when they start walking. However, with this tremendous event comes the realisation that children have no concept of danger, heights or their own safety so pretty soon after junior starts being fully mobile then child gates need to be installed.
The Lindam gate is one of the easiest to install and easiest to open by the adult whilst preventing the child from getting into danger. They are usually sold for around £20, but well £20 for your child's safety - nothing really is it? The gate comes in white metal bars with a roll bar along the bottom and one along the top, the top one also has a opening mechanism which is simple to use for adults but children can't do by accident.
As I'm the worst DIY person in the world it is with great praise that I say installing the gate was EASY!! Yes easy, you need a drill, a 6 mm drill bit and that's it. The bottom roll bar is installed into the wall by drilling a hole, inserting a rawl plug and then screwing the long screw into the hole. The screw then goes into the bar and can be securely installed by the use of the blue circle which can be turned either way so that the screw can be adjusted to the width of the opening. Then do the same with the other side and the two on top of the gate and you will have a safely installed child gate. Simples!!
Oh yes, it's simple and can be drilled into masonry or wood.
Opening and closing
To open the gate is simple, the top bar has a mechanism for opening the gate which once clicked into place also locks the five bar gate. To open, the mechanisms has two little buttons on either side of the grip press and at the same time push the grip upwards and that breaks the seal and the door can be swung open in either direction. There is an additional safety catch at the bottom of the gate which can be slotted on and gives greater piece of mind as the bottom bar is then also locked, this is however a bit superfluous as the top locking mechanism locks everything very securely.
Safety is paramount
So the gate once installed is a piece of equipment which once locked cannot be opened by a child no matter how hard he tries to press the opening mechanism and because the gate is drilled into the wall then no matter how much your little guy shakes the gate it will never come free.
We know have 3 of these gates in the house, they protect both ends of the stairs and the entrance to the living room and are in constant use. They give that little bit of comfort that your house is child friendly and there shouldn't be any falls, this is becoming even more important now because our 2 year old is sleeping in his own bed and can therefore roam at will upstairs!!
So for £20 you are saving possible falls, death and heartbreak so don't stimp and install these gates, you'll never regret it.
With my first daughter we were living at my parent's house and I bought a Lindam stair gate but the one you put up with screws. When I had my second child and now living in a rented house I knew I would now need a pressure fit stair gate. This was as I would not be allowed by the landlord to put holes up to fit the screw type traditional stair gate.
I was very happy with the Lindam make before purchasing this product as I knew how sturdy my old stair gate was and how much service it gave us. However as I had to buy a stair gate with no nails to fix it in place I was slightly worried this time about how well a stair gate that was fitted by just pressure to ensure it was tight enough to not move would be.
I began by measuring the width of the stairs to make sure I would buy a stair gate that would fit easily. I wanted to buy from Amazon so that it could be delivered easily to my house rather than going shopping with two kids and carrying a stair gate back home. Lindam pressure mounted stair gates also had an option to buy an extra extension to expand the original gates if needed. This looked handy for those that required a larger stair gate. For me I had the opposite problem my stairs were quite narrow but luckily just in the Lindam measurement range.
I ordered the product for £21 from Amazon but I do know you can purchase it from many stores such as Argos, Mothercare. It arrived 3 days after and had all the pieces and instructions that I needed. It is mainly the stair gate with four blue fixtures that you twist around until you have a very tight fit. I found it extremely simple and easy to fix this gate up on the top stair case, it did not take me longer than 10 minutes.
The Easy Fit Lindam stair gate has many advantages as they do not damage the walls apart from leaving pressure marks. It is easy to move the stair gate around if you want to change its position or location as it is not permanently fixed to the wall. This was very beneficial for me as I moved house after purchasing these. They are very easy to fit and have very few pieces to put together. They are easy to open and close for adults and older children. There is an extra lock on the bottom of the gate for extra strength. They do not move if pushed and fitted correctly. These safety gates look presentable. I have heard the grips that hold the gate together gets weak but they do provide extra ones in the box.
These gates I have found do not seem to be as sturdy as the nail fitted type of gates and after much wear can lose its grips. Also they do not require holes to be drilled to fit it but after use I have noticed pressure marks in the walls. They will not fit narrow stair cases as when I moved house they could not be used on the bottom of the stairs as would be too large so I bought a new gate from Mothercare range at the time. These Lindam Easy Fit stair gates when open you still have to step over a panel on the bottom which you do have to be careful not to trip.
Pressure mounted - no drilling or screws required.