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Learn how to make a DIY dog gate! This freestanding wood pet gate is perfect for doorways and stairs. It’s easy for anyone to build with some simple tools.

DIY Dog Gate

Keep your pet safe with this DIY dog gate! It’s the perfect solution to protect door openings and stairways. It won’t damage doorways like a baby gate because it’s freestanding. I made mine with inexpensive pine, but you can use any wood you like. The gate was designed for a small doorway, but it’s easy to customize for larger door openings. This a simple project that would be great for beginners.

Originally published September 30, 2015 updated November 26, 2019

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Table of Contents

  • What Skills Do You Need to Build a DIY Dog Gate?
  • What Tools Do You Need to Build a DIY Dog Gate?
  • What Kind of Wood Do You Need to Make a Pet Gate?
  • How Do You Finish DIY Dog Gate?
  • Customize this DIY Dog Gate
  • Where to Use a DIY Dog Gate
  • Where to Buy a Dog Gate
  • How to Make a DIY Dog Gate
  • Download the Free Printed Plan
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What Skills Do You Need to Build a DIY Dog Gate?

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for This is an easy project to build for DIYers of any skill level. It’s also a great project for beginners.

Related: 10 Must-Have Woodworking Tools for Beginners

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What Tools Do You Need to Build a DIY Dog Gate?

We only need some simple tools to build a pet gate. Tools like a miter saw, a drill, and a Kreg Jig. It’s also helpful to have an assortment of clamps.

You may enjoy these helpful tool tutorials:

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What Kind of Wood Do You Need to Make a Pet Gate?

A DIY pet gate can be made with just about any type of wood. I used common pine to build my gate. I purchased the pine at my local big box home improvement store. You could also build a pet gate with wood like poplar, oak, maple, etc.

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How Do You Finish a DIY Dog Gate?

The DIY dog gate could be painted, stained or left the 1 last update 2020/05/25 raw. I chose to paint my gate. I applied a coat of primer and two coats of quality paint. I applied the primer and paint with a paintbrush. More recently I started using a paint sprayer to paint my projects. A paint sprayer would make quick work of painting this project.The DIY dog gate could be painted, stained or left raw. I chose to paint my gate. I applied a coat of primer and two coats of quality paint. I applied the primer and paint with a paintbrush. More recently I started using a paint sprayer to paint my projects. A paint sprayer would make quick work of painting this project.

This DIY dog gate could also be stained. In this case, the project should be protected with a clear finish after the stain is applied. A clear finish like Bob’s Miracle Finish for Wood, shellac, polyurethane, etc.

You may also enjoy these helpful finishing tutorials:

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Customize this DIY Dog Gate

I made this gate for a door opening that measured 30″. This project is easy to customize for larger openings. First, you could make the gate panels longer for larger openings. Or you could simply build more panels and attach them with hinges.

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Where to Use a DIY Dog Gate

  • Indoors
  • Across Door Openings
  • In Front of Stairs

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Where to Buy a Dog Gate

Store-bought dog gates are available if you don’t have the tools or time to make one. Here are a few options you can buy online and have sent to your home.

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How to Make a DIY Dog Gate

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Supplies

Tools

Step 1. Cut the Legs

Cut 4 pieces of 1×3 for the legs.

Step 2. Cut the Rails

Cut 4 pieces of 1×3 for the rails.

Related: How to Use a Kreg Jig

Step 3. Cut the Slats

Cut 6 pieces of 1×3 for the slats and drill pocket holes in each end.

Step 4. Assemble the Gate Panels

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Layout 2 legs, 2 rails and 3 slats on your workbench. The slats are spaced 1-⅜” apart. I cut 8 pieces of scrap wood to 1-⅜”. I placed the scrap wood between the slats to help keep the proper spacing.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Apply glue to the ends of the slats and the rails, clamp, and attach using 1-¼” pocket screws. Repeat for the other gate panel.

Step 5. Attach the Hinges

Layout the gate panels side by side. Place one hinge near the top of the gate and one hinge near the bottom of the gate. Attach the hinges with the screws included with the hinges.

Step 6. Finish the Dog Gate

The DIY dog gate can be painted or stained. I planned to paint my pet gate and wanted to fill the pocket holes before painting. I could have filled the pocket holes with pocket hole plugs but instead, I filled the holes with several applications of Ready Patch. I sanded the gate smooth when the Ready Patch was dry. Then I applied a coat of primer and two coats Behr “Dark Cavern” paint.

I attached furniture pads to the bottoms of the legs when the paint was dry. The furniture pads will protect the floor from being scratched when moving the pet gate.

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Final Thoughts

Keep your pet safe with this DIY dog gate. This freestanding gate is perfect to protect door openings and stairways. I made mine for a small doorway, but it’s easy to customize for larger door openings. This a simple project that would be great for beginners. Click here to download the free plan (including all of the measurements) now!

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  1. Debi says Debi says

    I had trouble with the 1-1/4″ pocket screws and had to resort to 1-1/2″. All turned out well in the end. Liked it so much, made another one this weekend. (I made both four panels wide). Thank you for the plans. I have my eye on a couple of your other plans. Thanks so much.

  2. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Eric says

    Thank you for this plan. We have a beagle who likes to explore. I was tired of marking up door trim with our purchased gate, if we secured it, or having it fall and make a racket if we didn’t. This is just what I was looking for. Even as a first time builder, I was able to follow the plans and make a decent looking gate for much less than current online offerings.

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Scott - Saws on Skates says

      Hi Eric – Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad this plan worked out for you and your beagle!

  3. Gina Harder for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

    Just wondering: what prevents the gate from falling over the 1 last update 2020/05/25 if the dog jumps up on it? Thinking about making this for my parents who babysit a toddler and don’t want it to fall over.Just wondering: what prevents the gate from falling over if the dog jumps up on it? Thinking about making this for my parents who babysit a toddler and don’t want it to fall over.

    • Scott - Saws on Skates says

      Hi Gina – Thank you for stopping by. This would be best for dogs that don’t jump on barriers. It’s not recommended to be used with children or toddlers. It will tip over if it’s pushed or jumped on. I made this for my dog, who does not jump.

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