Evenflo Home Decor Wood Swing Gate, Natural Oak

Walmart # 551207863

Evenflo Home Decor Wood Swing Gate, Natural Oak

Walmart # 551207863
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<p>The Evenflo Home Decor Wood Swing Gate, in a Natural Oak finish, is specially designed to restrict your babies within the confines of a safe region. Made from quality hardwood, the gate is built for durability and will serve you for a long time to come. This baby swing gate features a handy one-hand latch release for added convenience and uses hardware mounts for bolstering security. Further, the wooden safety gate stands 32&quot; tall and expands to suit openings 52&quot; wide. It is easy to install and uninstall the gate using the bundled hardware. Suitable for kids aged between 6 and 24 months, this Evenflo safety gate sports simple traditional lines with a natural oak finish that blends in well with most room decors.</p>

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Convenient, secure and stylish, this swing gate is designed to look good and last a long time
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Solid Gate

This is a nice gate, solid wood. We did a lot of engineering to get it in place, but that is more due to our house than the gate. We were disappointed as to the mechanism used for how you open/unlock the gate. We bought it for use at the bottom of the stairs between the banister and the wall. Having the lever on the side of the gate several inches down from the top was not going to work for us. How would I bend over and use my thumb or finger to unlatch the button with a baby in my arms? We took off the plastic hardware and instead installed a traditional picket fence latch. This works for us, at least for now. May have to buy a more sophisticated latch down the road when the baby can reach it!
installed on 3X3 piece of wood drilled into wallnew latch

Great gate, but only allows for inside mount

This gate is beautiful and is perfect for visible areas of a home. We use it at the end of our hallway, where it meets the living room. I would not say it's easy to install, b/c any time you are trying to line up something perfectly on two sides, it's a challenge. We had a family member who is very handy help us. He did a great job installing it and - as a result - the gate works great. (If you don't get things lined up right, it would not latch and un-latch smoothly, which is a must for high traffic areas.) It's easy to open (and of course close) one-handed, which is a must since baby is usually in my arms. You can also remove it from its brackets fairly easily (i.e. remove the gate, while the mounting hardware stays attached to the wall). That is a nice feature and we recently did that when we had grandparents staying with us for a few days. I uploaded 2 pictures of the gate. In the one picture, the gate is opened as far as it can go. The biggest draw back is it only opens 90 degrees and it's made for only an inside mount. As a result, when it's open, it's sort of a sitting duck to get pushed beyond 90 degrees and I'm worried it's life will be cut short by cracking the plastic pieces that hold the metal hinges (i.e. ... kids roughhousing and someone pushes into it when it's open ...). The second picture is a close-up of the plastic pieces that hold the metal hinges. To address that concern, we initially wanted to mount it just outside the hallwall walls (so the mounting hardware would actually be on the living room walls). The outside mount we desired would have allowed the gate to open all the way back and be flush with the left wall you can see in the picture. We were going to put "bumper" pads on the gate so wall would not get damaged if gate bumped against it. However, to accomplish all of this, we needed a 2"x2" piece of wood to use for the right side of the mounting hardware (for things to line up) and we didn't have time to get that wood and stain it and varnish it, so we just installed it with the inside mount. Sometimes I regret not taking the extra time doing the outside mount. Plan ahead and do what works best for your family. Yes, I would recommend it to a friend and I still gave it 5 stars. Just consider what's mentioned above before you install.
Gate opened as far as it can goPlastic pieces that hold metal hinges

Gate looks beautiful but assembly was frustrating

We purchased the Home Decor Stair Gate on May 11, 2014 to match our oak railing. We found the assembly to be difficult as the wrong screws were included in the kit. I found the front and back gate panel assemble to be cumbersome when attempts were made to insert gate into door opening. There is an age limitation referenced on the, gate which was 6-24 months, which I was not aware of. I was surprised that the hinges were made out of plastic considering the quality of the gate. Although the gate looks beautiful, I found the assembly to be frustrating.

Just installed

I haven't had a chance to actually decide how good this product is because I just finished installing it (about 15 minutes ago). But it looks great with my natural wood railing. So based on that, I would say so far it's a great product. However, I agree with most of the other reviewers. The instructions are a P.O.C. and basically a waste of time. I quickly got overwhelmed when trying to figure out the first couple of steps. One review that I read suggested to start by mounting the hinges to the wall (or the spacer), and I completely agree. I had to use the spacers (in which the holes were pre-drilled, even though the instructions said to drill holes), so I started with those. I did not tape the template to the wall or the spacer as the instructions suggest. Instead, I used it to mark off hole locations by measuring between the hole locations. Between hole "A" and "B" is 3/4". From hole to hole on the hinge pieces (from "B" to "B" on one hinge) is 2.5". From the bottom hole of the top hinge "B" to the top hole of the bottom hinge is 18". (Double check yours just to be safe) With those measurements, I used a level to mark all of the hole locations. After mounting the the spacer onto the wall, and the hinges onto the spacer, I started working backwards in a sense. I put the two hinge panels together to get the distance of the door way opening and THEN mounted the brackets to both of the hinge panels. I basically only used the instructions to identify parts and hole sizes. I used a 9/16" drill bit instead of the 1/8" as the instructions suggested. As one other reviewer mentioned, the screws will snap if you aren't careful. So, after snapping one, I learned that I should use a screwdriver (with the correct tip) to tighten all screws, and only use the drill for drilling holes. I had no problems using the screwdriver (but my hands and wrists got a good work out.) Lastly, for step 14 which says, "Adjust the eyebolt until the distance between the latch panel and the solid wood surface (wall or wood spacer) is 13/16 (21mm)"-- the instructions were unnecessarily complex. Basically, screw the eyebolt all the way in until you've reached the end of the thread. That should give you the approximate 21mm. Adjust if necessary. I hope the pictures help too! I hope the manufacturer reads these reviews. They seriously need to start completely over with writing the instructions.
Gate open, and gate closedUp close hinge panel bracket and hinge mounting

great product, terrible instructions

This gate is the best I ever saw. It looks very nice and matches my woodwork well. I think it is worth the extra money over cheaper models for that alone. I told myself, I'm going to have to look at this for 5 years, it better look nice. It feels solid and seems that it will prevent any accidents on the stairs. Now the bad. The directions are terrible. The diagrams are backwards and lack the appropriate information needed for an easy install. The installation isn't that hard if you apply common sense. I tossed the directions and started over and it went okay. I had to do a custom install for my gate also. I only had sheet rock on the opposite side of the existing railing. I bought butterfly type sheetrock anchors and that feels sturdy. The main post on the railing where the latch portion attaches tapers as it goes towards the top. The bottom latch catch fit fine. For the top one I use plastic spacers between the post and the top latch catch. This moved it out from the post and lined up perfect. Simply find ones that slide over the screws used to install the latch catch and cut to length.(bring the screws with you to the hardware store) On the gate itself just put the sides where you can see the nails towards each other. Don't follow the diagram on where to place the spacers between the gate halves. Just hold the gate up to your opening and make it about two inches or so shorter than your opening and install the spacers in the closest holes. Hope this helps!! P.S. I didn't look as happy as the lady in the picture for the product when I was done...
plastic spacers

Easy to use, looks great

I was skeptical when I read the reviews on the problems with installing the gate but my husband did not have much trouble. He does suggest to be sure you do your own measurements because their measurement guide was off by 1/8" which could make the gate a little wobbly. It only took him about 20 minutes to actually install it. We stained 2 pieces of wood & attached to each side of our banister so to not have to screw into the banister and it came out great. (I included a picture.) It is easy to open with one hand & then simply pull close. Very pleased.

I Like It

If you need a gate that you plan on leaving up for a while, this is the one. I did a lot of searching for a "top of the stairs" gate and never found one that matched our needs, until I found this one. I read the other reviews and most of them stated it was hard to install. I like to think I'm a mechanically inclined guy and it would be no problem, but it was actually a tad bit difficult to install. It matched our woodwork pretty closely and it will look good for the two years we'll probably have it up. Overall, a great gate.

Sturdy and Complements Decor

I was unexpectedly pleased with the quality of this product. It looks much nicer installed than I imagined from the picture -- the light wood gate matches well with our medium oak trim and once installed does not appear a different shade from the surrounding wood. The gate is very sturdy, we choose the hardware-mounted gate instead of the pressure-mounted for safety reasons, as the gate is at the top of a set of stairs. My husband was a bit confused with the installation, there was a gap left between the gate segments when using the enclosed spacer brackets. We finally decided it was a safety feature -- maybe to protect little fingers from getting caught. We are much more pleased than we initially thought we would be. In fact, we have decided to leave the gate up instead of using the pocket door to close off the area when the grandchildren are not visiting, the quality is so nice it actually adds to the decor --- an unexpected and surprising addition.

Great Features, Terrible Directions

I will start by saying that this gate is excellent. We have a wide opening at the top of our stairs, and this gate was perfect for us. It's also very attractive and should fit in well with most (if not all) styles of decor. With that said, the directions are probably the worst I've ever tried to follow. And that's saying something, as I've put together alot of furniture of this type. If you try to follow the installation directions included in the package, it will take you way too long to put together and you will likely get very frustrated. I read several other similar comments about this product, and they were absolutely right. My suggestion would be to start by taping the template to the wall (which is one of the last steps, according to the directions provided) and attaching the hinge plates. Then, insert the eyebolts into the hinging panel. When you have completed those two steps, hang the hinging panel onto the hinge plates. After you do that, it will be easy to attach the second panel to the hinge panel at the correct length. This may not make much sense as you're reading it, but if you purchase the product and try to follow the provided instructions, please refer back to my suggestions before you get too frustrated. You will save yourself alot of time and agony. Overall, I'm very pleased with the product. It looks great, and functions just as good as we'd hoped it would when we purchased it. I really like the fact that the gate is extremely easy to remove if you want to do so. I definitely recommend this gate.

Solid gate, looks good too

This is a solid gate, made of real wood and looks good too. We used this gate to block a large space (45 in) between rooms. Our one year old daughter can hang on it and it doesn't move. I do like this gate and I'm getting another for the top of our stairs. However, it could use improvement. The latch mechanism can be defeated by simply lifting up the side of the gate that opens. Our daughter has not figured this out yet, but I may have to improvise a solution at some point. The installation was not too difficult, if you disregard some of the instructions. I am an Engineer and even I found some parts of the instructions unworkable, so I had to improvise. Also, the screws provided are worthless and several broke - in half - during installation. I ended up purchasing stainless steel ones to replace the cheap alloy screws provided. Anyway, it's a solid gate that can expand to cover a good range of widths. However, once installed you can not expand or contract the gate. It's a fixed width after installation. The gate comes in two pieces and you line up the pieces to the appropriate width. This can cause the spindles to align much differently than the photos shows. It's not a problem, just don't believe all the pictures you see.
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