In this helpful buyer’s guide and these reviews, we take a look at the best wooden dog gates for the house.
Some of these models are walk through dog gates, some are freestanding, and one is retractable.
Some are full wood, and some are composite gates made with wood and plastic, or wood and metal.
Let’s check them out!
(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 Wooden Dog Gate: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
Our top picks for the best wooden dog gates are:
- 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)
- Evenflo Expansion/Retractable Walk Through Room Divider Gate (on Amazon) – 32 inches tall, and fits spaces 24 to 60″ inches wide. Made of plastic and wood
- Summer Infant Decorative Wood & Metal 5 Foot Wide Gate (on Amazon) – 32 inches tall and can fit spaces between 36 to 60 inches wide. Made of wood and metal
Best Wooden Dog Gates: Reviews
Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate
You can read the full review of the Richell Wood Freestanding Dog Gate here
Internet’s Best Freestanding Pet Gate with Arched Top
Evenflo Retractable Walk Through Room Divider Gate
You can read the full Evenflo Retractable Walk Through Room Divider Gate Review here
Summer Infant Decorative Wood & Metal 5 Foot Wide Gate
Best Wooden Dog Gates: Buyer’s Guide
What’s Good About Wooden Dog Gates?
- They tend to be slightly lighter than metal gates
- Some people think they look nicer than metal gates
Any Drawbacks To Wooden Dog Gates?
- Wooden gates may get chipped or damaged with heavy use more often than metal gates, but this isn’t usually a big concern or issue
What Size Wooden Dog Gate Should You Get?
It usually depends on three 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 want to get.
- You also want to make sure you can fit through the gate if it has a door, and that other openings are big enough
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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