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We bought a grey and white Flexigate once our first became mobile. For a period we lived in a static caravan and struggled to find a guard which was suitable for smaller doorways. There are a few gates available, but we found that they all needed to be ordered in. Any of you with children will know that when you need a gate you need a gate!
We found the flexigate at Tescos for £19.99 at the time. As we were paying so much attention to its measurements (fits openings 71-92cm) we didn't notice that it was more a barrier than a gate, so to remove it you have to release the whole thing. This can be a nightmare if you are going to answer the front door etc as I found that quite often it would come lose at the bottom pressure points, and I would end up having to re-adjust it most times. The flexigate is pretty temperamental.
One advantage to this gate is that it folds up. It seems pretty hard to work out at first, but after the first couple of times putting it down, you get the hang of it. When you initially take it out of the box, you have to pull it and it pops into place. To fold it back up it needs to be pulled out to its maximum in order for you to twist it and fold it up. Once folded it fits neatly into a grey and white bag for easy transportation. It barely takes any room up at all.
The safety gate consists of a metal frame with a large mesh piece in the centre. The main piece of material and the mesh piece are really easy to clean stains off. The pressure point fitting means that you don't have to drill any holes etc-but we did find that it removes small patches of paint if it's left up for long periods of time.
I wouldn't recommend this gate because I always believed a gate should open and close. This does not. It's a nuisance, and can be dangerous if the bottom part adjusts by itself when removed from walls. I would only recommend this gate as a travel gate-or if you had no alternative.
I bought this item for a visit to my parents at Christmas. They have three dogs and I have three dogs and they only have a small house.
At one I use the metal Lindam gates and found this one which proclaimed to be easy for travelling.
This gate folds away to it's length by about 15cm and is actually quite light and easy to carry. It can be folded out to be fitted in seconds and only needs a little bit of fiddling to fix.
once fitted it is as secure as the normal metal gates and kept my dogs securely in the room. Even with them jumping up at the gate it was still strong enough to hold them being 30kg. I was unsure about my 45kg Rotti jumping up at it but it did withstand it once when he did it.
The main mistake I made with this item is thinking it was a travel "gate". It is not it is a travel "barrier". To go through this gate it has to come down. It has no hinges to swing open like the fixed metal gates and it was esier to step over the gate. This was only just possible being 5'2". To walk through or get a dog through the handle (same as the metal gates) is pulled up in the same way which relieves the tension in the gate and means it can be removed. Dont expect to be able swing the gate open like the metal ones and it would not be practical to use permenantly in the house but for travelling or holidaying where you do not want to take the heavy large metal gate with you this is brilliant.
Lindam is a good make for safety gates and I couldn't recommend highly enough. We have one at the top of the stairs at the moment so my two sons can play happily in their room while I'm upstairs and I have no worry of them falling near the stairs. But last year when my eldest son was 14 months we booked a holiday in a cottage. It was an upside down cottage were the living room was upstairs and the bedroom downstairs. I was concerned after booking it that my son wouldn't be able to play freely because of the stairs. Taking our safety gate was out of the question it just wouldn't fit in the car. So this was when I came across this little beauty a travel gate!
Now first I must stress this is not an open and close safety gate. If you want to get past it you will have to take it down or climb over it! It takes me back to my childhood when my mum and dad had a wooden baby gate for my sister at the bottom of the stairs. The amount of times I used to fall when I tried climbing over it!
The gate is to fit openings of 71cm to 92cm. So it does adjust quite a lot. I found it no problem to fit any place I have wanted. It is made from a lightweight metal and mesh material so it is nice and light. Making it a dream to carry.
Along the bottom is a metal pole under the mesh. This pole can be adjusting in length to fit the size of the gap. To adjust it you press a little notch in and slide it along until in hits the next hole. It is fairly easy to do. Unfortunately ours broke the first time we used it the little notch disappeared and we couldn't get it back. We took it back and got a replacement. The replacement has been fine we have used it lots and never had a problem. The only problem I see with this is if you have it very small the mesh across the middle isn't going to be very tight. At the top is a pressure fit handle. Once you have it at the correct size you push the handle down and it locks the four pressure pads on each corner.
It easily folds away and comes in a carry bag. It was great when we went away to our cottage it fitted in the car easily. We do still use it now occasionally at home so it's not just stuck in a cupboard. I find It's great to take to the grandparent's house. It doesn't mark the paintwork when you put it up always a bonus when at someone else's home.
The gate does come with wall fittings so if you want to make it your main permanent gate you can do. I haven't as I bought it as a travel gate and I'm going to use it as that. It isn't as strong as my main Lindam gate I have at the top of the stairs but that is meant to be a strong permanent fitting this is basically a travel gate that folds away. You can't expect it to be as strong as the ones made out of purely metal.
I bought this from my baby shop in my local town but you can get it from most shops. You pay around the £25 mark. You can get the Lindam Easy fit premium gate I use for the top of the stairs for £23 so yes it is a little higher priced. But as I have stressed before you can't travel very easily with these! This is a travel gate and that's what I bought it for.
Because the Lindam Easy Fit Classic stairgate is fairly solid and is designed, once in place, to be best left on, we decided we needed something a bit more lightweight and flexible to sit in the doorway of my daughter's bedroom. Something that could be easily removed during the day and only put on at night to stop little ones wandering when they should be in bed asleep!
This Flexigate then, also from Lindam, was an ideal choice! We wanted something reliable and, since we were so pleased with our other stairgate from this company, did not take long to make up our minds that this was just we had been looking for! Priced at just under £25, it is not the cheapest on the market but it is portable (this collapsible gate 'twists and folds' into its own carry bag making it ideal for travel) and easily attached.
It opens in a similar way to conventional Lindam stairgates with a handle that you squeeze to remove it from the opening but it does not swing out and instead just comes straight out! It is adjustable to fit openings between 71cm and 92cm and this is done easily by simply squeezing a small button underneath the gate and stretching each bottom corner until it connects to the wall or doorway. The top corner is tightened simply by twisting it in a clockwise fashion until it connects, in the same way that you would turn a screw!
I will admit I have had some trouble fitting this at night but that is more to do with the fact that I am a bloke as my wife has never had similar trouble! Once on, it is fairly secure and only comes loose if you have not tightened it enough. I also like the fact that it is lightweight and easily transportable if you go elsewhere to stay! This has made this come in very handy indeed!!
Overall, I am fairly pleased with this stairgate and would say it is good value for money! We certainly do not regret using it and then there has been many a night when Emilie will not sleep when we have been glad to have her kept safe and secure in her room with no chance to escape!!