I'm so excited to show you how to make a DIY Dog Gate out of Crib Rails! It is so versatile for medium and small dogs that co-exist!
I have a baby gate for corralling Louie (left) but with a very strange floor plan in my home, I need more options when Lucy (right) comes to visit. When Lucy is fed, she gobbles her food up really fast, whereas Louie is more of a nibbler. It’s difficult to find a time to let Louie eat. So, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, hence I need some dog gates.
How To: DIY Dog Gate
While Jamie, Andy and Lucy were here for Thanksgiving, Jamie and I went shopping. We saw this dog gate at Ross. I immediately knew I needed to make one and I knew just how I would do it.
This is a crib I picked up at a thrift store a few months ago.
I removed the hardware from the crib rails and used my compound miter saw to cut the crib sides apart. Then I cut a little off of each end so the spindles would be more evenly spaced when I put them together. (I used a miter saw, but you could do the same thing with a jig saw, or even a hand saw)
Paint & Primer
Doing this, I ended up with four pieces. I painted them with a base coat of DIY chalk paint (as a primer).
Of course, I then gave it a nice protective coat of semi-gloss paint with my Finish Max on the very last day that I was able to work outside. Winter has set in, and my paint booth days are over for awhile.
I had to finish this project inside. I drilled pilot holes for the strap hinges.
These hinges worked great for this DIY dog gate.
See? I of course put one at the top of the rails and the bottom.
This doggate is going to come in very handy, and it’s much easier to pass through than those that lock in place. I am very aware that this might not be the solution for every dog. Lucy and Louie are both well behaved and will not force the issue of trying to breach the little enclosure.
Easy DIY Dog Gates
Initially I was going to attach all four pieces with hinges, but because of my strange floor plan, I decided to leave the two pieces separate of the other two identical pieces. I have doorways on either side of the fireplace that lead from the living room into the kitchen. With the snow we had over the weekend, I was able to easily block Louie out of the living room when he came in with those little snowballs all over his feet.
I set all four pieces up in the living room so I could take pictures. Louie would only cooperate and let me take his picture if I offered him treats. He should be holding a sign “will work for food”.
The only way I got this picture was to bait him with a milk bone.
With the strap hinges, the dog gate easily folds for storage.
This is what it would look like if I had connected all four pieces together with hinges. These dog gates are very versatile. The possibilities of sizes are endless, especially if you’re like me and have a stash of these side rails.
I think this even has outdoor uses. Is there a particular place you don’t want your pooch to go?
EDITED to ADD:
I now use these gates with Lulu Mae! I cut a little doorway that allows Lulu Mae to go through, but will keep the Grand Dog Lucy from bothering her. Simply flip it upside down and Lulu and her new friend Katy are kept out of harm's way!
Now that Lulu Mae is older, this one comes in handy when Lucy visits. It keeps her from eating Lulu's food. Because it's so easy to handle, I also take it with me when I use the guest room at my daughter's house.
Will you be making one?
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