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Folding Free-standing Style Pet Gate - Easy to step over. Fold up to put away. Gates2U Folding Freestanding Pet Gate

  • Folding Wood Gates sold Fully Assembled, as a Kit, or just get the Plans!
  • A sturdy gate, with strong slats sinking deep into the hand and footrails.. Sits on the floor in a V-shaped configuration. For pets generally respectful of barriers. Folds up to put away You pick the size and slat spacing.
  • Finished in 31 color choices, or unfinished.
  • Slats are 1 1/2" wide, 3/4" deep. Handrails are 1 5/8" from front to back. Sides of gate are 2 1/2 inches though the base flares to just under 5 inches at its edges (for stability).
  • Widths up to 65". Heights up to 20".
  • Assembled gates ship with hinges installed and gate is folded during shipment. Kits include hinges. Fully cushioned and shipped by our carpenters directly to you via UPS Ground . Assembled gate prices start at $150. Finishes extra. Kits at $105 In Stock. USD .
  • Assembled gates require no tools prior to using. In contrast, DIY kits require drill, screwdriver, and a brad nailer (ideally pneumatic, for speed; use a hammer if no nailer available) for assembly.
  • Finished gates ship in under two weeks, DIY kits in a week, or get plans instantly. No matter your choice, you need a design first.
  • Buying Just the Plans? You receive the plans, with measurements for cutting, and complete assembly instructions. You'll need a miter saw, and the tools for the kit. Wood available in the plank and molding section of your big box hardware store. Prices for all plans are under $10.

Where you can install

Click any picture below to see it more clearly! This page covers nearly all situations: doorways, stairs, hallways, and between posts. Scroll down to view more about hardware latches and view our video here. To install our hinged gates, a level or plumb line is helpful to ensure your gate hangs straight. We provide small blocks to place under the gate to help you lift it off the ground, while you mount the gate. Have a drill and screwdriver handy for the hinges and latch! Removable Snaptight gates, in contrast, require that you simply install a small brass cup (literally a ball catch) in your doorframe using a pin nail, and folding gates simply sit on the floor!

Between two posts

Mosts posts will work, but they must have square areas top and bottom to which to hinge a gate. Those hinge points must be vertically aligned - the top hinge needs to be directly above the bottom hinge so your gate hangs straight!

In a Wood Doorframe

With doorframes, we make our gates a bit less deep. THe sides are only 1 5/8" from front to back. So, they can go in any doorframe that has 1 1/2" of flat space all around. There can NOT be a door in the doorframe! And, baseboard in doorframes can cause problems if over 2" tall.

Between Walls

We will give you a wall plank to install on either side of the gate, since you cannot hinge or latch to drywall! The wall planks have holes in them, and you must anchor them to the wall with long screws. Screws absolutely must go into a stud behind the wall. Without studs, your gate will not be supported.

Between a Wall and Post

This is common on stairs. Normally, folks use one wall plank and anchor it into a stud. Then, they hinge to the plank, and latch to the post or underside of handrail. You have to measure the opening where it is tightest, above any baseboard. Which means posts with odd profiles can cause problems. Send us a picture if you have questions!

At the Tops of Steps

It's really critical that you face the hinge pins towards the upper landing. That way, you'll push the gate towards the landing as you go up the steps. Gates swinging over steps are a safety no-no! And you can put a little doorstop on the post with the latch, to ensure the gate can't swing out even if pushed to the point of breaking.

Freestanding Folding Gates

These gates sit on the floor. When you bend them, they span less of a distance from one side to the other. So, for example, if you want to span 40 inches, get a gate around 44 inches from one side to the other, so you can bend each side in a little!

Deck Gates

You must have a 4x4 post to hinge to. Otherwise you won't have a sturdy enough nor wide enough surface to hinge to! You cannot hinge to siding on a building, or to a 2x2 post.

Wide openings

Two panel gates can span openings from 36 to 65 inches wide. Normally, each panel is the same size, but exceptions (as shown) can be made. The latch for two panel gates goes where the gates come together in the middle. For mission gates, it is a double ended snap bolt latch. For Classic gates it is a surface bolt.

Gate Hinges

There are two hinges per gate panel (except for tall gates, which get three). The hinge pin faces the direction you want the gate to swing towards.

Latches for Most Gates

We provide a trigger snap and catch for one panel Classic, Mission, Cat Escape, and Beadboard gates. It is not child-proof rated, but uses the same mechanism as most such latches. For extra safety, mount it on the back side of the gate away from children. It is helpful to spritz it with a little graphite lubricant every year.

Latches for Two Panel Classic and all Tall Gates

A trigger snap is provided for most gates, except for the 2-panel Classic style and Tall style which uses a pre-installed surface bolt.

Latches for Two Panel Mission Gates

This hardware is installed by you, but a typical installation is shown.

Deck Gate Hardware

There are two strap hinges per gate panel (that you buy - not provided in order). The strap faces the direction you want the gate to swing towards. Most big box gate hardware packs come with a latch or hasp included. (Shown here on a stained deck gate).

Tall Gates

Hinged with 3 hinges and latches with a surface bolt. Door can NOT be present with tall gate. Heights up to 54". Widths limited to 33".

Snaptight Gates

Cut exactly to fit your doorframe top and bottom. You install the brass cups (we provide) in doorframe. Slides and snaps tight into doorframe. Doorframe MUST have a raised bump (doorstop) in the doorframe for gate to push against to thwart pushing animals. NOT FOR USE WITH CHILDREN unless you add additional latch to prevent removal.

Z fold Gates

Three panels, bendable by use of long 30 inch piano hinges between pianos. Not for animals that jump and push on a gate. Can topple too easily if pushed nearer the handrail.

Where to Install Gates

Doorframes. Wood door frames are great, as long as there is no door present. The frame must have 1 1/2" of flat space available where the gate will hang.

Wall Mount. You can also attach wood planks (we provide) to your drywall or paneling, and hinge to the plank (and latch to the one on the other side). But, there MUST be a stud behind the drywall, to which the wall plank(s) are anchored.

Posts. You can install gates between posts (to which you can hinge). So, there must be flat areas on the posts for hinges, and those hinges have to line up vertically.

Requirements. Gates must be mounted at a right angle to the wall or doorframe or post. They can not hang 'on a diagonal'. You can NOT hinge directly to drywall. Gates are too heavy for compression mount. You can not 'turn a corner' with a two panel gates. Two panel gates must hang in a straight line.

Learn More about LatchesOur latches are intended to defeat little hands but are not rated as child proof. They use a thumb clasp for locking. You can augment with a doorstop, to prevent a gate opening over stairs. You can also add a surface bolt or hasp for extra safety. View our latch video.

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Products ship UPS GROUND. Stained gates/kits ship within 14 days after payment. Unfinished gates and kits ship within 10 days. If you revise your design within 36 hours after ordering (which any customer can do), your delivery time may extend a day. Plans are downloaded by you after payment. We do not ship AIR. We can not ship to PO Boxes. In most cases, a signature will be required for delivery addresses NOT matching the billing address, or if we are shipping to an area with extreme weather (so you're there to bring it inside).

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