We were looking for something more decorative in a child gate than what we were able to purchase from our local box store, so we came up with the idea to build one by ourselves from pallet wood.
All the wood from this project came from pallets. I was able to find a pallet with some wider slats than I normally get and I use those for the frame.
This was custom-built to fit the opening to my hallway but could be easily adapted to your space. My dimensions are 33″ wide by 32 “high.
Using the wider slats I cut the top and bottom rails to 33″ using a table saw but this could easily be done with a chop saw. I cut these to length and then measured the risers and cut them to fit the 32-inch height I was looking for.
Then using the traditional slats for the back I cut 10 pieces at 32″ height. I had to shorten the first and the last piece so that it fit the 33″width of my gate.
Using simple carpenters wood glue and some pin nails I glued all of the pieces together using a square to ensure the gate stayed straight and plumb.
After the glue dried I sanded and stained the gate and added two coats of polyurethane.
I used simple door hinges to attach it to my wall and a gate latch to to keep it closed.