I do not like the baby/doggy gate that we have used for Emma for the past 5 years. It’s the traditional white plastic gate. Emma is 12 lbs so we don’t need a heavy gate.
I came up with this idea after I noticed a chunk out of the corner of the wall as I came up from the basement that must have happened days before when we had something moved from the basement. On inspection I noticed the corner had a metal piece inside! Grabbing a magnet I placed it in several areas along the corner and the corner on the opposite side of the steps. All magnetic!
Im going to make a MAGNETIC doggy gate!!!
Emma sniffing the roll of magnets!
i have an open basement and that opening is 40 inches. The old gate stood at 26 inches high.
I found a 42 inch wide by 32 inch high foam core board at Hobby Lobby.
I trimmed off 6 inches along the top.
I also cut out a small section on each bottom side to accommodate the baseboard.
Standard plastic gate leaning against wall
The picture below shows after the board was trimmed to size how I placed 5 magnets along each side in holes I cut to magnet size. The magnets pushed in easily.
Magnets pressed into holes I made.
After this I used duct tape To tape over the holes on each side and also the top and bottom. I even crisscrossed the tape for extra board strength.
New but ugly gate
Now you can cover it If youd like. Contact paper would work but I had fabric that would go well in my hallway with the Bee gallery wall.
If you use fabric don’t overlap as you don’t want extra thickness over the magnets.
I had a French script fabric and printed out a Queen Bee print from Graphics Fairy onto decal paper which I ironed on in the center. I also had Bee ribbon that I used as trim.
This is working so well. I love that the magnets actually work!!!
Materials I used for this project:
Foam core board $8.99 (Hobby Lobby)
Magnets (I always have magnets)
Duct tape (Always have duct tape on hand)