Freestanding dog gates boast the advantage over pressure mounted and hardware mounted gates of not having to be connected to a wall.
They stand by and support themselves. They are also portable and easy to move around.
Let’s check out some of the more popular options on the market!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Best Freestanding Dog Gate: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
Our top picks for the best freestanding dog gates are:
- Carlson Pet Products Design Studio Freestanding Extra Wide Pet Gate (on Chewy) – stands 20 to 28 inches tall, and fits openings 40 to 70 inches wide
- Carlson Freestanding Pet Gate (on Amazon)
- Internet’s Best Traditional Arch Pet Gate (on Chewy)
- Internet’s Best Freestanding Pet Gate with Arched Top (on Amazon) – 24 to 36 inches tall, and fits openings 54 to 74 inches wide
- Richell Freestanding Gate for Dogs & Cats (on Chewy)
- Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate (on Amazon)
- Regalo 4-in-1 Play Yard Configurable Gate (on Chewy) – 28 inches tall, and expands to 192 inches wide. Freestanding, but can also be wall mounted
- Regalo, 4 in 1, 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard (on Amazon)
Best Freestanding Dog Gate: Reviews
- Reviews coming soon
- But, generally the list of freestanding gates above contains the most popular and best rated options on the market
- Check that the gate is both tall enough for your requirements, and will fit the size of opening you require, prior to buying
- Note that the Regalo 4 in 1 is both a freestanding gate, but can also be a hardware mounted gate, as it comes with a mounting kit
Best Freestanding Dog Gate: Buyer’s Guide
What’s Good About Freestanding Dog Gates?
- They usually come pre assembled – saves you time
- They are easy to transport and very portable
- No setup time – you just put the gate where you want to block off an opening in the house
Any Drawbacks To Freestanding Dog Gates?
- Because they stand by themselves, and aren’t fixed to a wall, they are easier to push out the way or push over for dogs that want to jump on them and put their bodyweight on them
What Size Freestanding Dog Gate Should You Get?
It usually depends on two things:
- the size of your dog. The bigger the dog, usually the taller of a dog gate you want to get
- the width of the opening or space you want to block off. The bigger the opening, the wider of a dog gate you wan to get.
Types Of Pet Gates
Some of the major types of pet gates to be aware of are:
- Pressure mounted pet gates
- Hardware mounted gates
- Freestanding gates
- 2 in 1, or All in one gates – might combine freestanding, pressure mounted, hardware mounted, and exercise pen capabilities
Some types of gates may also be:
- Extra tall
- Extra wide
- Be built with heavier duty materials
- + have other specific characteristics
Walk Through vs Swing Open vs Step Over Dog Gates
There’s usually 3 ways you can pass through or over a dog gate whilst still blocking your dog from passing:
- Walk Through – the dog gate has a door built in with a simple lock. You pass through the door and close/lock it when you’re through it
- Swing Open – the entire gate barrier can be lifted off the hinges mounted on the walls and swung open and shut
- Step Over – usually smaller gates for small dogs. You can completely step over these gates because of their height whilst still blocking your dog
A Few Other Things To Be Aware Of When Buying A Pet Gate
- Make sure you measure the size of the opening you want to install the gate into, and check what size opening the gate is suitable for
- Check the size of the gate door opening if it has one, and clearance of any step overs if relevant
- Make sure the gate is tall enough for pets you want to keep contained, and that your pets won’t knock it over, try to jump it, or break it
- Check the gate will be able to be secured properly and safely for your intended uses
- Check the age of child the gate is designed for (if you intend on using it for kids too)
- Check that the gate meets any relevant safety regulations and standards, and is going to be safe for the intended use in general
- Read the set up, operation and safety instructions prior to use
- Check the gate aesthetically matches in with your home
- Check if the gate is a multiple use gate
- Check if any add ons, kits or extensions come with the gate
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