15 DIY Dog Gate Plans (Free and Easy to Build)

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There are times when you need to keep your dog or new puppy contained or out of certain rooms. Perhaps you have an older dog who really shouldn’t be using the stairs. When you need a barrier, a dog gate is the solution. You could spend money buying one, or even better, you can make your own.

We’ve found 15 free and easy-to-build DIY dog gate plans that you can make yourself. There are a variety of plans, from wood to fabric and PVC pipes, so you’re sure to find one that matches your DIY skill level. We’ve also included a list of the tools and supplies you’ll need.

1. PVC Dog Gate, by Sew Many Ways

PVC Dog Gate

Our first set of plans from Sew Many Ways is low cost and ideal if you need to keep your dog off the stairs. It’s constructed with PVC pipes and fabric, with some sewing required. This gate works best if you have stairs with spindles to hold it upright.

  • Skill Level: Easy to Moderate. Requires sewing ability.
  • Tools: Measuring tape, saw, scissors, and sewing equipment
  • Supplies: PVC pipe and corner pieces, fabric, and thread

2. DIY Dog Gate, by Saws on Skates

DIY Dog Gate

If you have experience with woodworking, then you’ll be able to construct this sturdy and attractive dog gate from Saws on Skates. This dog gate stands on its own using a hinge in the middle. Keep in mind that if your dog is serious about entering the blocked room, this gate can be knocked over.

  • Skill Level: Expert. Must have woodworking skills.
  • Tools: Miter saw, drill, Kreg jig, clamps, and paint supplies
  • Supplies: Wood, two hinges, and paint or stain with a clear finish

3. Baby and Pet Gate, by The DIY Hubs

Baby and Pet Gate

This gate designed by The DIY Hubs offers a solution if you also own a cat. This dog gate works well to block dogs, as well as young children, while allowing your cat to slip through a small opening at the bottom. Genius!

  • Skill Level: Expert. Woodworking skills required.
  • Tools: Jigsaw, drill, 5” orbital sander, miter saw, circular saw, and paint supplies
  • Supplies: Wood, nails, screws, self-closing gate kit, bolts, discs, wood glue, wood filler, and paint or stain

4. How to Build a Dog Gate, by This Old House

How to Build a Dog Gate

For a sold-wood gate that you can construct, check out the detailed plans from This Old House. If you have basic woodworking understanding, you’ll be able to follow the step-by-step instructions, which come with helpful pictures.

  • Skill Level: Moderate to Expert. Woodworking experience necessary.
  • Tools: Miter saw, circular saw, combination square, bar clamps, pneumatic pin nailer, Allen wrench set, and drill with drill bits
  • Supplies: Wood, plywood, molding, stain or paint, wood glue, nuts and bolts, and hinges

5. DIY Modern Baby Gate or Pet Gate, by Crafted Workshop

DIY Modern Baby Gate or Pet Gate

This gate designed by Crafted Workshop can affix to the top of your stairs or to a doorway in order to block both your dog and a small child. Best of all, you can conveniently open and close this gate as you would a door. Two hinges allow it swing open, while a latch holds it closed.

  • Skill Level: Moderate to Expert. Woodworking knowledge is essential.
  • Tools: Miter saw, cordless drill, planer, jointer, countersink bit, woodpeckers square, sander, block plane, and parallel clamps
  • Supplies: Wood, gate hinges, latch, and stop, screws, wood glue, lacquer, and drywall anchors

6. DIY Pet Gate/Baby Gate, by Jennifer Maker

DIY Pet Gate-Baby Gate

This freestanding, extra-wide and -tall pet and baby gate by Jennifer Maker is an excellent design for rooms with wide openings that need to be blocked. Made out of a large plastic lattice panel, you can see through this gate. When it’s not in use, you can fold it up. Once you have all the materials, you can easily make this gate in one night.

  • Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Tools: Screwdriver and table saw or hand saw
  • Supplies: Plastic lattice panel, lattice caps, lattice screws, hinges, latches, and sticky felt roll

7. DIY Cardboard Dog Gate, by …Two and Three Quarters

DIY Cardboard Dog Gate

If you’re not a woodworker nor have any idea how to work a sewing machine but you need a quick fix on a low budget for a dog gate, search no further than these plans from Two and Three Quarters. Believe it or not, you can fashion a rather sturdy and crafty cute dog gate out of a cardboard box. You’re welcome!

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Tools: Scissors
  • Supplies: Cardboard box or boxes, measuring tape, duct tape, contact paper,3M Command Hooks, and ribbon

8. DIY PVC Pipe Pet Gate, by eHow

DIY PVC Pipe Pet Gate

For an easy-to-construct project that you can build after a quick trip to your local hardware store, consider these simple-to-follow plans from eHow. Along with a PVC pipe frame, galvanized-steel hardware cloth provides the screen, and tension rods on the top and bottom cleverly holds it in place.

  • Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Tools: PVC pipe cutter or saw and metal snips or wire cutters
  • Supplies: PVC pipe, PVC tee connectors, hardware cloth, cable ties, tension rods, protective gloves, and PVC cement

9. Doggie Gate DIY, by Yellow Brick Home

Doggie Gate DIY

If you’re looking for an eye-appealing gate to fit in a doorway and you have strong woodworking skills, you may want to try the plans provided by Yellow Brick Home. This gate affixes to your door post, allowing it to swing open or lock closed as needed.

  • Skill Level: Expert. Must have woodworking expertise.
  • Tools: Brad nailer, compound miter saw, mini Kreg jig, screwdriver or drill, square, tape measure or ruler, putty knife, sanding blocks: medium and fine, mouse sander, and paint supplies
  • Supplies: Wood, hinges, bolts, nails, screws, and paint

10. Baby/Pet Gates from Pallet Wood, by Instructibles Workshop

Baby-Pet Gates from Pallet Wood

Pallets are a fantastic shortcut for getting the structure of your dog gate in place. This pallet wood dog gate plan from Instructibles Workshop breaks down the steps you’ll need to follow for a solid wood gate.

  • Skill Level: Moderate
  • Tools: Miter saw or circular saw, drill and drill bits, hammer, sander, paint supplies, and tape measure
  • Supplies: Wood pallet, wood blanks, barrel bolt lock, hinges, screws, nails, and paint or stain

11. DIY Pet Barrier, From A Creative Life by Debbie Saenz

DIY Pet Barrier

If you’re handy with fabric and a sewing machine, you can easily stitch together this dog gate designed by Debbie Saenz of A Creative Life blog. With tension rods anchoring the top and bottom, you can adjust this fabric-covered gate to the width of your doorway or room opening.

  • Skill Level: Moderate
  • Tools: Sewing machine and iron
  • Supplies: Fabric, sewing supplies, and spring tension rods

12. Ten Minute DIY Baby/Pet Gate, From Finding Purpose Blog

Ten Minute DIY Baby-Pet Gate

If you’re looking for simple, functional building plans, Finding Purpose Blog has a basic design that you can make with minimal materials in a short amount of time. The title claims 10 minutes, but it may take you a bit longer. Either way, you’ll have a doorway gate that blocks your dog and opens with ease.

  • Skill Level: Moderate. Must have some woodworking experience.
  • Tools: Miter saw, drill, and painting supplies
  • Supplies: Pine boards, deck screws, hinges, latch, and stain or paint

13. DIY Wooden Barn Door Baby Gate, From REMODELaholic

DIY Wooden Barn Door Baby Gate

When you’re installing a gate into your home, you’ll most likely want it to match your home’s overall style. This wooden barn baby or dog gate from REMODELaholic has a warm, rustic look. As long as you have proficient woodworking skills, you can make this dog gate, which is both functional and attractive.

  • Skill Level: Expert. Woodworking knowledge a must.
  • Tools: Table saw, miter saw, drill, brad nailer, sander, utility knife, framing square, tape measure, pencil, sander block, sand paper, foam brush, and old rag
  • Supplies: Pine boards and lumber, drywall screws, wood glue, stain, hinge, latch, and handle

14. DIY Baby Gate With Fabric, From The DIY Playbook

DIY Baby Gate With Fabric

For a soft fabric option as a dog gate, The DIY Playbook offers step-by-step plans to create a colorful barrier. This clever design resembles a quilt stretched across a doorway. The fabric loops make it easy to set up and pull down as needed. Best of all, you don’t need fancy sewing skills to assemble it!

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Tools: Iron
  • Supplies: Quilted fabric, heat activated adhesive, bias tape, cord bundlers, and 3M Command strip

15. DIY Gate for Bottom of Wide Staircase, by Your Modern Family

DIY Gate for Bottom of Wide Staircase

This PVC pipe gate plan from Your Modern Family can span your wide staircase or perhaps a broad opening on a doorway. If you’re good at puzzling pieces together, this project is for you!

  • Skill Level: Moderate
  • Tools: PVC pipe cutter or saw, ruler or measuring tape, and screwdriver
  • Supplies: PVC pipe and connection pieces, PVC cement, wood, hinges, zip ties, eye screw, and small bungee and hook

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