“ Brand: Lindam / Safety Type: Safety Gates „
When it came to choosing a stairgate, I must admit to being slightly baffled at first - I naively assumed that there wouldn't be much of a choice involved - I mean, they all do the same job - keep baby away from hazards and generally safe. However, as with everything generally baby related, there seemed lots of decisions to make.
Firstly, we needed to decide between pressure mounted and permanent fixings. Having a small boy who loves to swing off things and rather steep stairs, I decided that permanent fixings were the way forward.
The next decision was whether or not we wanted a step over bar. Now, the thought of walking up stairs with a wriggling baby and negotiating undoing a stairgate and stepping over a bar was not appealing, so one without a bar was a definite requirement.
Finally, a more aesthetic requirement was that I wanted the gate
to be wooden to fit in with my wooden bannister.
So, all requirements being thought about and doing some searching on the web, the Lindam wooden safety gate fitted the bill, and being a well known name, I was reassured that it would be safe and well made.
When the gate arrived I was pleased with the general look of the gate - it looked and felt sturdy. However, when my husband attached the gate to the stairs he was muttering about the standard of the fixings and that I needed to take care with it. I must admit, I thought he was making a fuss about nothing, but sure enough within a few days the fixings had started to unscrew from the plasterboard walls.
Luckily, my handy husband took the gate off and refixed it to a piece of wood which then attached to the wall and then not even my heavy handed boy can shift it. Not great really for a supposedly safe product.
The problem with the fixings aside, we have been really pleased with the gate. It does look really nice, and not having the step over bar is a real bonus. It also has two way opening, also handy when you have a child in your arms.
As the gate is extendable, it can fit widths of anywhere between 62cm and 102cm, it should be flexible enough to fit most door ways.
We purchased our stairgate from Amazon a year or so ago for around £25 which I think is good value for what looks a quality product.
From the moment our first baby started to climb stairs, we installed two of these gates - one at the top, and one at the bottom. I always said how important it was that the one at the top was sturdy and very secure, and we've not been let down by these gates.
The gate is very pleasing on the eye, with a natural wooden colour instead of the horrible white shiny gates you can purchase. The fact that there is no step-over bar is of utmost importance to us, as the last thing we want to do is trip at the top of the stairs whilst carrying a small child!
It's very easy to learn how to open and close the gate, and you can do it easily with one hand. One thing I would say is it does occasionally need adjusting through frequent use, as the catch can become stiff at times.
I would recommend this product to anyone, as it's safe, secure, reasonably priced and attractive.
I absolutely hated the idea of having stair gates around my house and resisted buying them for as long as possible. So when I could take no more and had been driven completely insane by chasing my little one around the house all day I finally gave in. I'm very house proud and didn't fancy having huge white chunky gates everywhere. After extensive research we found the Lindam extending wooden safety gate. Firstly I love that this gate is wooden and blends in with the wooden furniture around my house. Secondly this gate opens in both directions and doesn't have a bar across the bottom. I can't imagine carrying a toddler and having to step over a bar and then down a case of stairs every morning - so dangerous. Plus this gate can fit a wide variety of opening sizes. We have a narrow entrance to our kitchen and a wide opening to our stairs, but we were able to buy the same gate for each opening (I like things to match and be consistent - didn't want two different types of gate in the house). The fact that this gate opens completely wide is great, as on a lot of gates you can only open the middle section which you have to squeeze through. We originally saw this gate in my toddler's nursery and then realised if the professionals used this gate then it must be good. I would definitely recommend.
It's happened, baby is mobile and we have found ourselves in the next stage of baby-proofing the house - The safety gate.
When I started looking at the options for a safety gate I was a bit overwhelmed, there are loads. White, Silver or Wood. Permanent fixing or Pressure fixed. Fully opening or Walk through. Extendable or not. It seemed that I would need to do quite a bit of looking around and checking out other people's opinions.
Well, the practicality became a little simpler when I measured the space for the gate. We have a very old, very wonky cottage which has some narrow doorways and some wide doorways - but few which are the "standard" size. I wanted the gate to block the hallway into the kitchen (our stairs lead up from the kitchen) and this door is quite narrow. This reduced my options to a few gates which will fit 68cm.
I also particularly wanted a wooden one as this fits in with our decor better (just because my home is a mess of toys, changing supplies and other baby garb doesn't mean I can't pretend still to have a stylish house!)
I found this gate on Amazon for £25 with free delivery in 3-5 days. It was on John Lewis and various other sites for a few pounds more.
**Why I would recommend this gate.
Style - It's a good looking gate, mainly wooden but with silver catches which look decent quality.
Ease of use - you can open it quickly and easily with one hand. If you want to remove for a period of time it can just be lifted off it's hinges,
Extendable - There are two halves which are screwed together at different intervals dependent on what width you want. It can go from 62 - 102cm, which means that when we move home, it can still be used even if we have different sized areas..
No floor bar - Some of the gates I looked at had base bars which I'm pretty sure my husband would have tripped over (not me, obviously).
Wide walkway - as I had a narrow space I needed a gate that would fully open (not just a section in the middle which opens).
Ease of installation - it's pretty easy to put up, the instructions say it shouldn't take more than 15 mins. It did take me longer (see below) but wasn't too bad.
The only down side for me was that the installation was a bit trickier than the instructions would have me believe. If you have a reasonably straight, correctly angled space, it's easy, but my wonky old cottage made aligning the clasps a bit more difficult.
However, it wasn't impossible and I had it up and working in about 45 minutes. You'll need a drill and screwdriver to fix it in place.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my gate, it does everything I need and was only £25, whereas some gates can cost as much as £70.
Having grown up in a family where there were always toddlers and baby gates everywhere I lost count of the number of times I tripped over the step bar and vowed I would never get gates with them and thankfully my mother gave me the Lindam Extending Wooden Safety Gate.
Used to keep my mums puppy in the kitchen I then used it on my sons bedroom which has an unusually narrow doorway, this gate was perfect as it has slots to make it narrow or wide and with it been wood you can also add more holes although we use it on the smallest setting.
It slots on to 2 plastic adapters on the wall and has metal poles which slot in to give it a hinged affect, the gate then needs lifting to allow a horizontal pole to slide in the bottom catch and then the top catch has a lever which locks it into place. The poles also have a nut which can be altered to lock the gate securely incase you have a baby gate shaker like I did to draw attention to the fact baby doesn't want to sleep!
The Lindam Extending Wooden Gate is priced at around £24.99, is easy to put up and looks fresher than a metal gate. You can also add wood (my mum added skirting board) to the bottom of the gate to close the gap if using it to train puppies. It is more versatile than other gates and is very reasonably priced.
I would like to mention though that this gate needs fixing to the door frame using screws, other gates don't but then this gate does things other don't so it is a small price to pay.
This hardwood gate offers a stylish option to safety in your home Ideal for restricting access to kitchens and stairways. Two-way opening with no step over bar.