26 DIY Indoor Dog Gate and Pet Barrier Ideas - PlayBarkRun (2023)

Store-bought pet gates are great and all; but they’re typically expensive, don’t have the right size, and don’t match your home aesthetic.

Who says building your own DIY dog gate has to be complicated?

We have scoured the interwebs for all sorts of dog barricades – spanning from simple 5-minute builds, to full blown woodworking projects.

We’ve provided links below to each project instructions so you can see what’s involved.

If you’re still feeling handy check out our DIY Dog feeding stations.

Here’s the best dog gates we could find:

1. PVC Doggy Gate for Stairs

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Before we get into the fancy farm-house chic doors, let’s keep things simple and easy (yet classy). This barrier is used to keep Annie, the Golden Retriever, from going up and down the stairs. Thankfully, it was cheap and easy to build.

It’s simply a PVC frame, and some fabric with a few seams sewn in. It slides over the frame like a pillow case – and voila! A fancy pet barrier that’s easy to move.

Click here to see the full build instructions.

2. Wood Dowel Door

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For something a little more of a challenge, we could arrange and paint wooden dowels within a simple frame to create a nice looking guard rail. It looks clean, and is surprisingly simple to construct.

Click here to see the full build instructions.

3. ‘No-Hinge’ Baby Gate

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There’s no hinges here, no attachments, and no drilling into the wall required. Great for renters or someone who doesn’t want to cause any damage. The bottom is lined with a soft fabric (furniture protectors) that allow for easy sliding (between the railing on the right side).

Of course, this only works if you have stairs with a railing – and you have just the right amount of space to hold the barrier upright, and be able to slide it open and closed.

Click here to see the full build instructions.

4. Stand-out DIY Doggie Gate

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A picture is worth a thousand words – and as you can see, this project seems to serve it’s purpose quite well. The unique ‘tree’ design really makes this stand out. It’s a simple wooden frame, and then multiple 45 degree cuts. This one is tricky to build, but if you have the tools and the will, it certainly looks fantastic.

YellowBrickHome shows us how to build the perfect doggie gate.

5. Foldable Baby Gate for the stairs

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Similar to entry #2 this is another wooden dowel gate, but with an awesome foldable design. That makes things a whole lot easier for quick travel, or if you only have one hand free.

This project is surprisingly easy if you have a little bit of woodworking skill.

How to build the folding baby gate.

6. Custom DIY Indoor Pet Gate

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Instead a dog door for stairs, what if we want a barn door to block off part of the house? This custom project is beautiful and can stand up to even the biggest of dogs. I won’t lie, it’s a little more work intensive compared to some of the others.

What you end up with is a perfect door blocker for dogs.

Full build instructions on this beautiful gate.

7. Super easy PVC gate

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I know what you’re thinking… all these baby gates look great, but they’re big projects that take some time to build.

Well, look no further – this gate puts together like Lego, and costs about $20. It’s also safer; as there’s no sharp corners (if your dog tends to hurt themselves trying to escape).

How to build your own PVC Dog Gate.

8. DIY Dog Gate Made From a Old Bench

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This may look like a simple and beautiful custom-built gate. But what you don’t see is this was built from the legs of an old bench. Extra points for creativity.

It proves you don’t always have to look through the hardware store, but instead at the old furniture gathering dust in the garage. A perfect small pet barrier for smaller canines.

Don’t believe me – go see how they turned something old into something new (and useful).

9. Extra Wide Fabric Pet Barrier

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Of course we don’t want to bombard you with complex projects. Instead of construction maybe we put your sewing skills to the test. This project makes use of 2 Spring Rods (rods that are spring loaded and fit snugly between your door frame), and some fabric stretched over.

The nice feature here is you can span even the widest of doorways in your home.

Click here to learn how to make a fabric DIY pet barrier.

10. Little Red Riding Door

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I think it’s safe to put baby gates and dog gates in the same category. Besides, our babies are just a bit more furry (and can jump higher). Either way, this is the perfect gate. The red color pops out but in a good way.

Learn how to build your own Little Red Riding Door.

11. Plexi Glass Door

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This gate might look next level, but don’t be intimidated. A little bit of woodworking, painting, and a piece of plexiglass is all your need. You can paint it to match your home, and the end result looks very clean and professional.

Although, you might need to keep the window cleaner nearby for the drool marks.

How to make your own plexiglass door.

12. Farmhouse Barn Door Baby Gate

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Farmhouse chic is all the rage right now, so I know a few of you just found your favorite baby gate on this list. It’s as functional as it is beautiful.

What’s even better is how detailed the building plans are. Remodelaholic really went the extra mile with their building instructions, so even if you’re a newbie with some tools you should be able to get this one handled.

See the full building plans here.

13. The 10-Minute Baby Gate

A couple pieces of wood, screws, and hinges is all you need here. Hence the ’10 minute’ gate.

Pro tip: If you don’t have a saw, you can get the hardware store to make all your cuts for you. Then all you have to do is drill.

Download the PDF file instructions here.

14. Dutch Door Baby Gate

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What is a dutch door? It’s a door that’s cut in half (horizontally) and the two parts open individually. Now, for this project we only need the bottom half for our doggos.

If you have an old door, these clever people cut out the bottom section and added a few finishing touches. It’s beautiful, cheap, and fits in perfectly with your home.

There’s even a short YouTube video that goes over in more detail. Check out the DIY instructions here.

15. DIY Pet Gate from a Vintage Headboard

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If you’re into the antique look, then look no further. This gate is an old decorative headboard, with a couple of copper pipe straps to use as hinges.

Even if you don’t have an old headboard; this might spark the creative side in you, and you’ll start to see what other old furniture around your home could have other uses.

How they made a decorative baby gate from an old headboard.

16. DIY Custom Pet Gate

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When Kim was designing a pet gate she had 4 main goals in mind:

  1. It had to be easy to open
  2. It had to self-close and latch
  3. It had to be comparable in price
  4. It had to be PRETTY

At just $47 in materials (about half the cost of a premade gate), I would say she nailed it.

Learn how to make your own pretty pet gate for under $50.

17. The $25 Barn Baby Gate

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Since we’re talking about staying within a budget, I think $25 for something this perfect will certainly get some attention. Some wood, hinges, and a few screws is all you need to get going.

The $25 Barn Baby Gate Build Instructions.

18. The Screen Barrier

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What if you don’t need a gate to cover a doorway – but a huge opening instead? What if you’re dog is so impressively athletic that she can clear any barrier in their path?

We need to upgrade our technology. In comes the screen door barrier. It’s 57.5″ inches tall and 135″ inches wide. Of course, we can reduce the width by removing a screen or pushing them closer together.

And unless your dog is an Olympic athlete – they probably won’t be able to hurdle this barrier.

DIY instructions for the screen barrier.

19. Rustic Indoor Dog Fence

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This gate was designed out of desperation. It would seem their Jack Russel Terrier was a big fan of Spider-man, and could scale just about any fence in her path.

The solution was this metal screen, and a plexiglass barrier over one side.

Of course, they stained and added some features to give it a beautiful finish.

Building the ‘unclimbable’ pet barrier.

20. Build a cheap gate without tools

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I get that every one of our gates has involved some kind of construction ability. So I felt it was important to include something that literally required no tools.

Look closely and you’ll see this is just a wire shelf with some zip ties.

This will work great for most small dogs. A big dog will probably barrel right through it however.

Check out how to to build a super easy and cheap gate.

21. Free Standing Pet Barrier

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In similar fashion to our previous barrier – but a bit more fancy – this is a free standing barrier that it’s to fold up and move when necessary.

It’s great for small to medium sized dogs, but a big dog might put the gate to the test.

DIY Plans on making this free standing pet barrier.

22. DIY Simple Baby Gate

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Nothing complicated here – just another simple baby gate with a nice stained finish. Even with the rounded railing on the right side, they found a clever way to secure a gate latch, and some 90 degree steel L channels to ensure the railing doesn’t break with force.

Full Build Instructions Here.

23. Fabric (Velcro) Pet Barrier

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Let’s say you have multiple pets; you have no problem letting the cat roam freely, but the dog needs some segregation. How do you implement automatic traffic control? With this clever fabric panel.

It’s loose enough on the bottom to let your kitties travel, but a larger dog can’t get past.

Build a Velcro fabric pet barrier here.

24. Extra Wide PVC Gate

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If the entrance to your stairs is much too wide for a typical store-bought gate, you’ll need something that can reach. PVC comes to the rescue again. For about $20 worth of PVC parts, and an hour of your time, you’ll have something that can span any distance. Minimal construction experience required here, this stuff puts together like Lego.

How to build this PVC gate.

25. Fabric DIY Stair Gate (No sewing required)

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Back with another fabric gate, this one resembling something a little more “Spider web” like. Thankfully, no sewing is required in the making of this barrier. Instead, Casey used a heat activated adhesive. And with the clever use of 4 cord bundler hooks off Amazon, you now have a neat little pet gate.

See how Casey built her barrier here.

26. Professional Looking PVC Gate

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What’s so cool about this gate is how pro is looks, but made entirely at home on a small budget. Look closely and you’ll notice the outside ring is PVC, and the bars are actually wooden dowels.

You simply need to drill out some holes along your pipe, fit in the dowels, and snap together your PVC parks. Add a few hinges and brackets to hold everything together and you’re good to go!

Click here to learn how to make this awesome gate.

FAQs

How do you make an inside dog gate? ›

One by one i put glue into the groove of each board and pressed it into its neighboring board until

How do I block an area off my dog? ›

Find Your Local Expert
  1. #1 – Teach Obedience Training Early On.
  2. #2 – Use a Pet Fence.
  3. #3 – Use a Scent Deterrent.
  4. #4 – Use Bumpy Flooring.
  5. #5 – Train Them With the Command “Out”
  6. #6 – Designate a Spot for Them.
  7. #7 – Use External Correction and Reinforcement.

How tall should a gate be for a dog? ›

How tall should a dog gate be? A dog gate is typically around 20 inches tall for small to medial dogs. For larger dogs who could potentially hop over that height, you're going to want something a few inches taller.

How do I build a cheap dog fence? ›

Use PVC Deer Block Netting for Dog Fences (the cheapest option) Without a doubt the easiest and most affordable dog fence idea is to use PVC deer block netting. DIY dog fences made of PVC are inexpensive and highly flexible.

How do you make a dog gate out of cardboard? ›

Cut cardboard to fit length – if you are using multiple boxes you may need to Duct tape them together. Stand cardboard up and use flaps to stabilize (you can alternate the direction of each bottom flap for balance). Duct tape the top flaps together to make your gate more sturdy. Cover cardboard in Con-Tact paper.

How do you make a pet door? ›

Customizing a Doggy Door - DIY Network - YouTube

How do I make a PVC gate? ›

DIY PVC Pipe Gate with Snap-On Hinge // Part 1 - YouTube

How do you make a small gate? ›

How to build a gate - YouTube

What smell will repel dogs? ›

At the top of the list? Citrus. Most dogs can't stand the taste and smell of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Here's why — plus, how to use their dislike of citrus to your advantage.

How do you use vinegar to keep dogs away? ›

In a clean spray bottle, mix two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar and 20 drops of any citrus scented essential oil into one and a half cups of cold water. Mix well and spray in the places around your home that you want the dog to stay away from.

Where should I keep my dog in the house? ›

Place your pet's (more importantly dogs) bed in the north-west, north or east direction to keep them cheerful, well-behaved and happy. These are the directions from where positive energy flows into the home. South east and south west directions should be avoided as they can make them restless and unhealthy.

Can dogs knock down free standing gates? ›

As we just mentioned, high energy dogs and large breed dogs can easily topple a freestanding pet gate. No matter the quality or weight, if a dog gate is not properly installed into a wall, it can easily come down.

What dog gate is best? ›

Summary of the Best
RankBest ForProduct
1Best OverallCumbor Auto Close Safety Gate
2Best Expandable Dog GateMYPET North States Paws Portable Pet Gate
3Best Freestanding Dog GatePrimetime Petz 360 Configurable Gate
4Best Outdoor Dog GateCarlson Pet Products Weatherproof Outdoor Super Gate
31 Aug 2022

How do I stop my dog from jumping over the gate? ›

Use PVC plastic piping or large rubber tubes, at least 5 to 6 inches in diameter, cut lengthwise down the centre. Place them along the top of your fence. This makes a curved, slippery surface that a dog cannot get a grip on to get over the top of the fence.

What is the cheapest option for fencing? ›

PVC fencing. The cheapest way to create a fence for your home is by getting one made from PVC. Such fences substitute wooden pickets and stakes to offer your protection from the outside world. PVC sleeves improve the stability of wooden posts used as a fence, reducing the cost of material and the labor used.

How do I block the bottom of my dogs fence? ›

You can use chicken wire, hardware cloth, or a piece of chain-link fence attached to the base of the fence. Some people bury it for aesthetic reasons. But you can also lay it on top of the grass and hold it down with rocks, gravel, mulch, or even planters. Pour a concrete footer.

How do you install an invisible dog fence? ›

How to Install the PetSafe® In-Ground Fence System - YouTube

What can you make out of cardboard for dogs? ›

How to Make a Puppy Dog from Cardboard Box - YouTube

How do you make a dog gate out of pallets? ›

Pallet wood gate for the dog - YouTube

How do you gate off a large area? ›

Use two Retract-A-Gates to close off wide areas - YouTube

How do you put a magnet in a dog door? ›

How to Adjust Magnets on the Endura Flap Pet Doors - YouTube

Can you put a dog door in a wall? ›

Note: The pet door can be installed in most walls. Additional tools and materials, such as wood framing, may be needed.

How do you put a dog door in a door? ›

How To Install a Dog Door - YouTube

How do you make a temp gate? ›

DIY Temporary Dog Fence with PVC Pipe - YouTube

How do you make a PVC gate latch? ›

DIY PVC Latch, great for Doors and Windows on ... - YouTube

Can you use PVC pipe for fencing? ›

Fencing made from PVC pipe is convenient and portable, as it can be quickly taken apart and put back together.

How do you make a quick gate? ›

How To Make A Simple Fence Gate for a 6' Wooden Backyard Fence

How much smaller should a gate be than the opening? ›

Measure the gate opening with a tape measure and construct the gate so that it is 1/2-inch narrower than the opening. If the gate is already constructed, measure the width and trim it with a circular saw, if necessary.

What size wood should I use for a gate? ›

Post size: As a rule of thumb for free-standing posts, use 100mm x 100mm (4″ x 4″) lumber for narrow gates up to 1200mm (4ft) high, use 125mm x 125mm (5″ x 5″) posts for narrow gates 1800mm (6ft) high, and use at least 150mm x 150mm (6″ x 6″) posts for wide gates.

How do you block cats off the stairs? ›

Spray the stairs with a scent that your cat dislikes. Use a commercial cat repellent, or use a cologne or citrus-scented spray. Alternatively, scatter lemon or orange peels on the stairs.

How do you make a pet door? ›

Customizing a Doggy Door - DIY Network - YouTube

How do I keep my dog off the stairs? ›

Place deterrents. Place carpet runner, pointy side up, tin foil, or sticky shelf liner, sticky side up, on the first few stairs of your staircase.

How do you make a long baby gate? ›

HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLING BABY GATE - YouTube

Is there such a thing as a cat gate? ›

Pet gates, in general, come in three types: Freestanding: You can move these gates around and set them up in different configurations. You don't have to use screws or anchors to adhere them to the walls. Some come with walk-through gates, and some don't.

Why do cats block stairs? ›

Cats are naturally curious creatures and love to explore their surroundings. When they see an open doorway or staircase, they want to know what's on the other side. By blocking the way, they're effectively saying “I'm not going anywhere until you tell me what's over there!”

Can cats jump over pet gates? ›

Since the retractable pet gate doesn't offer a “ledge” for them to jump up to, most cats will not jump over the pet gate. If your cat loves to jump and can jump over a three-foot fence or safety gate, you will need a taller cat gate.

How do you put a magnet in a dog door? ›

How to Adjust Magnets on the Endura Flap Pet Doors - YouTube

Can you put a dog door in a wall? ›

Note: The pet door can be installed in most walls. Additional tools and materials, such as wood framing, may be needed.

How do you put a dog door in a door? ›

How To Install a Dog Door - YouTube

What to put on stairs for dogs? ›

Install a ramp

A pet ramp is a perfect solution to getting your dog safely up and down your stairs. While pet ramps may be designed to help dogs get in and out cars, they work exceptionally well as a stair-aid.

Why does my dog keep coming upstairs at night? ›

Possible reasons why your dog follows you upstairs are that it has some separation anxiety, it is bored, it is fearful of something or that you have inadvertently encouraged the behavior. Since there are a number of possible causes, it would help to consider what would make each of them more likely.

How do you make a plexiglass gate? ›

How To Make A Plexiglass Barrier - Ace Hardware - YouTube

Can pet gates be used as baby gates? ›

Generally, freestanding pet gates are great for puppies and little dogs, but they aren't suitable for babies unless there is constant supervision. Pressure mounted gates aren't recommended for stairs because they can be pushed out of place by children and animals.

How do you gate off a large area? ›

Use two Retract-A-Gates to close off wide areas - YouTube

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