Are you back to check out how to make a baby gate (or wall) for bunk stairs? It was a simple project that came together very quickly (like less than 2 hours). And, it’s still working!! I know it hasn’t been that long (maybe a week) but Baby E hasn’t even tried getting over it — yet.
Here’s what I used to make the gate:
Denim Fabric (strong and soft, yet cotton material)
100% cotton quilter’s batting
Denim sewing machine needles
Gold denim top stitching thread
How I made it:
- We purchased a piece of plywood that was 21 inches by 26 inches. I measured the width of the bunk stairs opening at 22 inches and measured the height of one of my baby gates at 30 inches. Thinking that 30 inches would be a little too high for stepping down to a lower step, I decided that the height of our gate would be 26 inches. To allow room for fabric and padding, I planned our gate width to be 21 inches.
- I cut my piece of denim and batting at 60 inches by 23 inches. This way only 2 sides would need to be sewn, making a pocket for the plywood.
- For decorative purposes and to attach the batting to the fabric, I sewed 3 zig-zag lines down the full 60 inch length of the denim/batting. I also sewed 2 zig-zag lines across the width. Hint – to make it easier to sew straight lines, I used painter’s tape on the fabric to use as guides.
- Next, right sides together (folded in half with the denim on the inside), I sewed up the sides using a straight stitch.
- Turn out the pocket and gently wiggle the plywood inside.
- There was about 4 inches left at the top. I tucked in one side and tried to fold the other side of the fabric (like you would wrapping a present). I used a hammer to attach upholstery tacks to close up the top (see photo).
It fits nice and snug in a small space between the end of second to bottom stair and the trim on the sidewalls. G could get it out if he really tried, but there’s no way that Baby E could get it out.
You can check out more “finished” photos in yesterday’s post. Ah, piece of mind… How do you other parents handle the bunk bed safety issue?