Kidco Safeway Top of Stairs Gate’s Full details and Q&A You Should Know Before You Buy

Kidco top of stair gate

  • Steel and sturdy design
  • Designed for top of stairs use
  • Can be used in hallways or as a room divider
  • All joints rotate; setting individual sections to the ideal angle, and then easily lock in place for a secure attachment
  • Quick release hardware and adjustable width
  • Dimensions: 24.75″-43.5″ W and 30.5″ H (33.5″ H needed to install hardware)
  • Hardware mount gate for perfect top of stair use

Kidco Safeway Top Of Stair Gate  is the perfect solution for top of stairs baby gate use. As they are permanently mounted to the baluster or wall they provide that extra security, and peace of mind, where safety is paramount.

Not only that  hardware mount gates also work great in high traffic doorways and hallways.

Top of stairs baby gate


Questions you may have about this gate and answers given by other parents who bought this gate 

Q.The banister at the top of my stairs and nearest stud on the opposite wall are off by about 6″. Can it work properly at that much of an angle? Feb 21, 2014
A.You might have an issue with the latching side fitting properly into the lock mechanism. The gate is must sit fairly straight into the lock mounted onto the wall. 6 inches might be too much of an angle.
Feb 21, 2014 by Angela Keefer
Q.How wide is the door part of the gate? Jun 16, 2014
A.It is basically the full width of the opening it is installed into. Unlike some other units that have a set gate width and the adjustments for width are made to side pieces, the gate width of the Kidco Safety Gate is adjustable. The fine tuning of the width is by threaded rods that are part of the gate. The gate will span the full opening. The mounting attachment hardware on the side walls are no more than 1 inch thick. The gate is easily removable and very solid when closed.
Jun 17, 2014 by Larry T
Q.Do I have to purchase the stair installation kit to use this gate for the stairs or does it come with everything I need? Oct 5, 2013
A.Hi, i believe the stair installation kit is made so you don’t have to screw in the banisters etc. I didn’t get them. I will fill the holes with wood filler and paint over once we are done.
Oct 6, 2013 by Tom
Q.Can this be hinged to lay flat against a wall when not in use, 180 degree swing Sep 11, 2014
A.It does lay flatish against the wall. The hinge is a post pivot so it lays as flat as the hinge sticks out. Hinge is about an inch total and that is the max the whole thing encroaches into the walkway.
Sep 12, 2014 by Dallas member
Q.Does anyone who has this gate also have cats? Can they fit through it easily? I have one tiny cat and one fat cat. Hoping the fat one can fit through. Sep 30, 2014
A.My kittens fit through but my bigger cats jump over. I bought it to keep the dogs from eating the cat food.
Oct 1, 2014 by Tina Tallant
Q.Has anyone used this in a doorway? Aug 6, 2014
A.Yes My wife and I have– and it works great. We used it between our kitchen and our laundry room to keep our dog out of the laundry room so he couldn’t chew up our clothes–It is easy to install and easy to open, turns good on the hingesand easy to adjust if you follow the directions
Aug 6, 2014 by William A Prante
Q.A lot of the reviews say to purchase your own (longer) screws. If I want to buy them in advance, what size screws will I need and how many? Jun 3, 2014
A.I would suggest 3/4″ to 1″ drywall nails. If you’re using the regular mount you’ll need 8 screws. If using the stair banister kit, you’ll only need 4.
Jun 3, 2014 by Angela Keefer
Q.does it swing open in only one direction or come with that option so that it won’t swing out over the stairs? May 28, 2014
A.Gate swing both ways. Small, included stops can be installed on the latch. The stops are supposed to keep the gate from swing one way. I would not depend on them. The latch itself does seem to hold pretty good. A kid big enough to defeat the latch should have already learned to safely use stairs. Works well for us so far.
May 28, 2014 by Kygirl
Q.What size are the screws that come with this gate to mount it to the wall? Apr 22, 2014
A.It has been a while since I installed it, but I really feel like they were either an inch or 1 1/4 inch.
Apr 22, 2014 by sagen’jade
Q.Can the gate be installed so the hinged side is attached to one wall, but the latch end is secured to a perpendicular wall? Jul 15, 2014
A.My guess is no. The way it latches has circular ends that have to fit perfectly in the grooves of the latch. If it’s not straight on I don’t think it will work.
Jul 22, 2014 by Dawnee
Q.I want to mount this on a 29.5″ doorway between 2 rooms and want to open the gate “all the way” to have it swing against the wall. Will it do this? Jan 25, 2014
A.If you mean to have the gate swing completely 180 degrees, no because the door jamb and attachment points would prevent that. However it is pretty easy to lift the gate right up out of the hinges and you could just lean it again the wall until needed. The gate will swing a little more than 90 deg in either direction.
Jan 25, 2014 by S. Gallant
Q.With a 51″ wide top of the stairs opening having wall and metal railing on either side. will this gate extend and install on this opening? Jul 22, 2014
A.Mine is at 44″ and I think I could stretch 1 more hole to 48″. You will not like this gate with your metal railing; I had to engineer a wood panel with clamps to hold it to the metal, then screw in to the wood. I tried the yokes (available from another seller on Amazon. They do no damage to your metal, but you also have to remove the gate entirely versus having it swing open the way I mounted mine. Maybe try
Jul 22, 2014 by Will Ristom
Q.Someone said this gate broke after a few months of use. Did anyone else have this issue? Jul 5, 2013
A.Ours takes substantial abuse by our climbing tot. It’s showing no signs of breaking any time soon.
Jul 6, 2013 by newmommie
Q.Will this fit in a 27-1/2″ Opening? I do not see the width range for openings Nov 10, 2014
A.Yes, it is quite adjustable, I would estimate the smallest opening to be around 23 or 24″
Nov 10, 2014 by Victor long are the screws? I am using this gate in a basement and there are cement walls ~1 inch after the sheetrock, etc Sep 23, 2014
A.they come with 2 size screws, I think they were 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″
Sep 23, 2014 by Yvonne Schlote
Q.does it apply pressure to the banister? I am afraid it will move my banister Sep 21, 2014
A.This is not a pressure mount. However realize your child might add the pressure to the gate and this the bannister bit will not be an outward force but either a down or pushing force
Sep 22, 2014 by B. Tiplitz
Q.Does this gate automatically close without fail? Thank you in advance for your
answers. Sep 10, 2014
A.No, this gate does not close automatically. It has to be lifted about 1/4 inch into the locking mechanism. It can be opened and closed easily with one hand.
Sep 10, 2014 by Karen B.
Q.Can I install this gate into a wrought iron railing on one side and wall on the other Aug 12, 2014
A.I don’t know for sure. Each point of connection is a flat piece of plastic about an inch and half in width and several inches long that is mounted with two screws. We had to use wall anchors to for each screw to get them secure enough. With the iron they might not stay well and depending on how wide the railing is the plastic might not have enough surface space. It was a pain to put up, but it is a very nice gate and well worth it, so it might be worth trying.
Aug 12, 2014 by Dawnee
Q.Did anyone have difficulty using the template? My husband swears the template is off. Jul 17, 2014
A.No, ours were fine to use.
Jul 18, 2014 by patricia c stanley
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