Pressure-Mounted vs Hardware-Mounted Baby Gates

pressure-mounted vs hardware-mounted baby gates

Having a new baby at home is an exciting time; however, safety should always come first. When babies learn how to crawl, cruise, and walk, they are going to become curious and want to explore. One of the most important safety elements when it comes to baby-proofing a home is the safety gate. A safety gate helps prevent babies from accessing dangerous areas of the home. This might include staircases, areas of the home with cleaning supplies, and locations with sharp objects. Of course, there are lots of baby gates from which someone can choose. Two of the most common ways to mount a baby gate include pressure-mounted baby gates and hardware-mounted baby gates. It is important to compare these two options so that parents and caregivers can decide which type of gate is right for them.

An Overview of a Pressure-Mounted Baby Gate

pressure-mounted vs hardware-mounted baby gates

Baby gates that are mounted using pressure are by far the most common type of gate. In addition, they are also one of the cheapest. There are a few ways by which pressure-mounted baby gates are defined. These include:

  • The presence of threaded spindles at the top and bottom corners of the gate
  • These threaded spindles are going to have bumpers attached to the end (they might even resemble a large screw)
  • When this gate is mounted, the spindles are unscrewed until they contact the wall
  • As the spindles are turned, the pressure between the bumper and the wall will increase
  • This pressure is used to hold the gate in place

Many people like pressure-mounted baby gates because they are relatively easy to install. They also do not damage the wall because they use pressure to “stick” to the wall. This is preferable to using a screw, which is going to place a hole in the wall.

On the other hand, there are still some situations through which a pressure-mounted baby gate can damage the wall. For example, if the pressure is too high (or prolonged), it can cause an indentation in the wall. These gates can also chip away the paint from the wall. In rare situations, these gates can even damage the drywall underneath the wall. Fortunately, there are also protector sets that people can purchase. These sets work by distributing the pressure of the gate across the larger surface area. In this manner, no one location on the wall is exposed to too much pressure, limiting the damage the gate can cause.

Some of the most common locations where someone might want to use a press-remounted gate include:

  • Doorways
  • Hallways
  • Entryways
  • Living rooms

In general, people like to use pressure-mounted baby gates in smaller areas. In larger areas, the threaded spindle might not reach the wall. Furthermore, if the spindles have to reach out too far, the gate may not stay in place. Finally, do not use pressure-mounted baby gates at the top of staircases. If a baby or pet leans against the gate, it may tumble down the stairs, taking the baby with it.

An Overview of Hardware-Mounted Baby Gates

pressure-mounted vs hardware-mounted baby gates

Often referred to as wall-mounted baby gates, hardware-mounted baby gates are the second-most popular option. Some of the defining features of hardware-mounted baby gates include:

  • These gates come with brackets that are screwed into the wall
  • Then, the baby gate is connected to the bracket
  • The bracket leads to a firm connection between the wall and the gate

When the bracket is screwed into place, look for a stud or doorframe. This is a sturdier connection that will keep the gate in place. Because the gate is held in place with a bracket instead of pressure, it offers a much firmer connection than a pressure-mounted gate. This means that this gate is perfect for locations near staircases. In general, people who are looking for a gate to place in a more permanent location should reach for a hardware-mounted gate. For example, those who want to have a permanent barrier for pets (or who run a daycare that always has babies and toddlers running around) will want to invest in this type of gate.

On the other hand, these gates are also going to place holes in the wall. This is why people should reach for these gates as a permanent feature. Those who are looking for temporary gates typically prefer pressure-mounted gates.

Selecting the Right Type of Baby Gate

These are two of the most popular baby gate options. Pressure-mounted gates tend to work better for a short-term situation; however, they might fall over if they are exposed to too much pressure. Therefore, you should look elsewhere if you want baby gates for the top of the stairs. Hardware-mounted gates are much sturdier and should be used in more permanent locations. On the other hand, they do place holes in the wall. It is critical for everyone to think about the gate that is going to be right for their needs. Remember that the safety of pets and babies should always come first. Use these gates to protect curious minds from harm!

Last updated on February 25th, 2021 at 11:58 am

Francine Wingard

I was always around kids since I was just a little girl, babysitting my siblings. When I turned 15 my parents allowed me to become a part-time nanny. Now I’m a full-time mom of 2 beautiful angels. If you’re as concerned about your baby’s safety as I am, consider Modern Baby Advice to be your new home.