The Retract-A-Gate retractable baby & pet safety gate is designed to be no just easy to use but also very easy to install. If you have already purchased your Retract-A-Gate Safety gate, this step by step guide will help you get your gate in place in no time.
If you are still evaluating your safety gate options, this guide would also be of help to you to get a better idea what the Retract-A-Gate retractable gate can do for you and that it is not as difficult as you had imagine how a hardware mount gate to be.
The intention is to be able to cordone off a bedroom and other times to prevent a child from going downstairs. At any one time, only one area is expected to be blocked off.
This is a typical two storey house in Singapore. The walls are made from concrete and bricks. Door frames are made from wood. Stairway railings are made from wood and metal. The wooden skirtings are 10 cm high and about 1 cm thick.
*Note: this installation guide will not be covering in details the tools you need prepare as well as whether you will need spacers for your installation. Please refer to our FAQ section for such details.
For common gate options i.e, not Retract-A-Gate, you would need 2 gates. One to cover the doorway to the bedroom and the other to cover the top of stairs. It would look something like this:
If we are using the Retract-A-Gate, we can still do this. However, since we only need to close one gate at a time, the Retract-A-Gate allow us to do it a little differently and a lot more elegantly and efficiently like this:-
With the measurements, the maximum length of the gate required is 120cm. In this case, a 52" Retract-A-Gate (maximum length 132 cm) would be sufficient for this installation.
Once we have decided where the Retract-A-Gate would be positioned, we can start with installing the 1st set of Universal Wall Brackets.
Basically, the Retract-A-Gates uses the same brackets for either side of the gates. We will only go through in detail how to install the 1st set of brackets i.e., top and bottom brackets. The steps to install the other set are the same. If you can do the 1st set, you can pretty much do the rest. We will always start with the top wall bracket for each set.
The steps for the Top Bracket are simple:-
Once you are done with the Top Wall Bracket, snap back your Retract-A-Gate and follow the steps here to install the bottom bracket:-
Once the 1st set of wall brackets are done, you can repeat the Steps Two & Three to install as many sets our brackets as you like. The wall brackets are universal afterall.
In our scenario, the 2nd set of brackets are the ones across the bedroom doorway. Similarly, this wall has skirtings. We also discovered that the wall is not even. We decided to use the spacers to cater to both the skirtings and the uneven wall. As you can see below, the top bracket uses 3 spacers while the bottom bracket uses only 2 spacers. This helps to cater to the unevenness of the wall.
The 3rd set of brackets are across the top of the stairs. In this case, it is more challenging as with most stairways. A customized wooden plank is used to create a flat surface to install the wall brackets. Spacers are also used to displaced the brackets to clear them from the skirting.