Homemade Puppy Gatesby Catherine Holden Robinson
Puppies require barriers for their own protection, and keeping your puppy separated from the overwhelming size of your home can make him feel secure. Traditional puppy and baby gates may not fit with the modern homeowner's particular décor. A fabric gate can be customized to fit any space, can be decorated in any style, and can create a soft place to land when "puppy" forgets the gate is there.
Measure your doorway. For a standard 36-inch doorway, a piece of 1/2 inch plywood 36 inches wide is necessary. Height will be a matter of choice, and will be determined by the size of your puppy. A barrier 36 inches square should be suitable for a small puppy.
Most hardware stores will cut the plywood for you. If not, you'll need to get the circular saw and put on your protective gear. Once your wood is cut, sand the wood so there are no splinters, which might poke through the batting and fabric and injure your pup.
Lay the batting out on the floor so that it is longer and wider than the plywood. You may need to lay it out in overlapping strips. Carefully lay the plywood onto the batting. Pull it tightly and secure with the staple gun.
Lay the fabric out the same way. You also may need to overlap your fabric depending upon its width. If so, taking a few extra minutes to fold the edge of the fabric and pressing it with an iron will keep it from fraying. Pull it tightly and carefully staple it. It will be visible from both sides, so fold it nicely, and secure it with staples placed equal distance apart.
Add the hinges to one side of the fabric-covered panel. Prior to doing this, gently poke a hole through the fabric with an ice pick or the end of the screw. A spray adhesive available in fabric or craft stores will keep the fabric from unraveling. Repeat this process to add the hook and eye lock.
Items You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- Thin plywood, 1/2 inch thick
- Circular saw
- Sand paper
- Quilt batting
- Fabric, 3 1/2 yards in length
- Staple gun
- Hinges and accompanying screws
- Hook and eye lock
- Keep all tools away from children.
- Wear protective gear when operating a circular saw.
- Adding a second hook and eye lock near the bottom of the gate can keep your puppy from trying to wiggle through the gate, especially as he gets stronger.
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