Playpens, door protection gates and stair gates
Door guards and stair guards for a safe home
When small children become mobile, it is high time to make your home childproof. Door and stair guards provide valuable help in this respect. They secure doors, staircases and corridors permanently and reliably, giving parents and guardians welcome relief. Even large hazard zones can be safely separated without much effort using a safety gate.
Geuther offers a large choice of safety gates for doors and stairs. They are available in a wide variety of designs: For every corridor width and every home, for drilling and for clamping, made of wood and metal, in different heights, with different locking mechanisms and bar spacings. There are also barrier-free gates with pivoting doors and gates with doors that can only be opened in one direction.
How do you find the perfect safety gate for your own home? What should you look for when buying a stair gate or door gate? And how can you recognise good quality? Our guide offers a concise overview of the topic of stair gates and door gates to help you childproof your home.
What to consider before buying a safety gate
Do you have wide or narrow corridors? Do you own your home or is it rented? Do you need to secure a stairway or childproof individual rooms? Door and stair gates are available for every need. If you carefully consider your own needs and requirements before buying, you will find the right safety gate more quickly.
The following points should be considered:
- Dimensions: How wide is the corridor where you wish you install a gate?
- Attachment type: Should the safety gate be firmly anchored in the wall? Does it need to be fixed to a banister or should it be a clamp-on gate?
- Door gate or stair gate: What does the gate need to block access to?
- Accessibility: Should the gate be barrier-free?
- Material: Whether the safety gate is made of wood or metal is irrelevant for safety. In most cases, the choice of material depends on your personal taste and furnishing style. In any case, however, all materials should be proven to be free of harmful substances!
- Opening and closing mechanism: Should the gate be operable for adults with one hand? Should it also be lockable or have an auto-close function?
- Tested quality: Rely on brand quality and look for the TÜV and/or GS seals.
You should consider:
- 1. The correct dimensions of the safety gate
Measure the width of the corridor you wish you wish to secure. Door and stair gates can usually be extended continuously, allowing you to adapt them flexibly to your circumstances. Geuther's stair and door gates are available for corridors with a width of 58cm to 135 cm. Please refer to the individual product descriptions to find out which gate is suitable for which width. For many gates, such as the Easylock Plus door and stair gate, you can also purchase extensions in the geuther shop, with which you can flexibly extend your gate - even retroactively!
The height of a safety gate must be at least 65cm so that small children cannot climb over it. The bars must not be more than 65mm apart to prevent heads from getting trapped. With heights between 72cm and 83cm, geuther stair gates and door gates offer optimum safety. If you also want to use your gate for pets, smaller bar distances are recommended. With the geuther pivoting door gates 2732+ and 2734+ as well as the pivoting stair gates 2733+ and 2735+ the distance between the bars is just 54mm. The Purelock pivoting metal door gate 4722 features an even smaller bar distance of 46mm.
- 2. Drilling or clamping: how will the stair gate be attached?
Drilling and clamping are both safe ways to attach a gate and each offers advantages and minor disadvantages:
Attachment by drilling: With drilling, the gate is firmly anchored in the wall or door frame. Although this is somewhat more time-consuming, it makes it possible to use barrier-free gates without additional floor braces. Disadvantage: The gate is fixed in place and can only be dismantled and used in a different location with a bit of effort.
Clamp-on installation: Clamp-on door gates are particularly popular because they are very easy to install. They can simply be clamped between walls, door frames or stair posts using a clamping mechanism and are just as safe as drilled-in gates. If they are no longer needed or are required elsewhere, they can be dismantled quickly and leave no traces behind. This solution is therefore often preferred by those living in rented accommodation. Disadvantage: clamp gates require cross-bracing on the floor for permanent stability, which means that the corridor is not barrier-free.
Special case staircase banisters: In the case of staircases, there is often no straight wall to which the banister can be attached. With specially developed clamps for banister rungs and so-called Y-spindles, gates such as the geuther Purelock and a href="/produkte/sicherheit/tuer-und-treppenschutzgitter/tuer-und-treppenschutzgitter-easylock-plus-zum-klemmen-metall/?number=SET4791">Easylock Plus can still be fastened securely and robustly.
- 3. Door gate or stair gate?
Both types of gate are often mentioned in the same breath. But what are the differences between them? As well as the differences in terms of mounting, which have already been described, there are other things to consider when it comes to securing your stairs. Ideally, stair gates should be barrier-free to ensure that there are no dangerous tripping hazards at the top of the stairs. In addition, it is advisable to select safety gates that can only open in one direction, i.e. away from the stairs or the danger zone, by means of an integrated stop or mountable door stop. Accessible safety gates from geuther include the following models: 2732+, 2734+, 2733+, 2735+, and the Purelock (Art.Nr. 4722).
- 4. The closing mechanism for door gates and stair gates
Impassable for children but easy for adults to operate: protection gates usually have 2-action safety locks. These can only be opened by pressing the handle and lifting the gate at the same time for example: with a little effort, this is possible with just one hands for adults, but for children it is a challenge involving motor skills that they have not yet mastered. The geuther 2712 door gate also has a locking mechanism with which the door can be locked permanently.
- 5. Gates for securing large areas
If large and open living areas or hazardous areas around your oven, fireplace, or wood fire need to be secured, conventional safety gates are often of little help. For these situations, geuther offers the Yoko configuration gate. In the standard version, it consists of five variably interconnected individual elements that can be used to separate corridor areas with a width of 95-260cm. With extension elements, which are available separately, the safety gate can also be extended by an additional 40-160cm or alternatively closed into a circle and used as a playpen.
Whether you opt for wood or metal or a combination of the two is largely a question of personal taste. Geuther offers a large selection of door and stair protection gates made from solid beechwood, for example, or powder-coated metal that is scratch-resistant and rustproof. All of our safety gates are made exclusively using paints and varnishes that are non-toxic, saliva-proof, and sweat-proof, as well as meeting the highest standards in terms of safety and quality. You can rely on that!