One of the most common questions we get from our readers is the difference between hardware mounted and pressure mounted baby gates and which one will be the best to install in your home.

One of the most common questions we get from our readers is the difference between hardware mounted and pressure mounted baby gates and which one will be the best to install in your home.

Hardware Mounted and Pressure Mounted-What is the Difference?

Baby Gates are of multiple types, namely, retractable, playing yards & walk-through. However, the usability and efficiency of a baby gate depend on its ability to free-stand. Baby Gates can be mounted in two ways- pressure mounted and hardware mounted, which is also known as wall-mounted.

Hardware or Wall Mounted Baby Gates

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Hardware Mounted Baby Gates are available with multiple brackets that can be screwed into the wall for installation. Unlike the pressure mounted baby gates, this is a sturdier gate and has no chances of falling down. Hence, this is the best form of gate that can be put up at the top of the stairs. Safety gates certified for this specific use, such as JPMA certified gates,also serve the purpose.

Hardware mounted gate is a one-stop solution for all the users who are looking for a permanent safety feature. Unlike pressure-mounted gates, which can be easily moved around and stored, safety gates address the long term need of a pet owner, daycare, big family, outdoor usability, etc. These gates provide extra security and are also a necessity for many super wide uses.

The limitation of the gates is that they put holes in the wall during installation. This is the only reason why pressure gates are more popular. However, a little patch or paint can easily fix the drywall holes. Installing the gate into a stud or door frame will boost its stability.

Pressure Mounted Baby Gates

Pressure Mounted Baby Gates are the cheapest and the most user-friendly types of gates. Threaded spindles with bumpers at the end (like a large screw) can be found at all the corners of the gate. While setting up the gate, unscrew these spindles until they come out far enough to touch the wall. Once the gate is held upright by the pressure of the spindles, unscrew them a bit more so as to ensure a tight-fitting.

Pressure Mounted Baby Gate

The biggest advantage of these baby gates over the other available forms is that it eliminates the hassle of drilling into a wall with screws. However, it does cause a certain degree of damage to the walls. Pressure spindles can chip off paints, cause indentations, or may even put holes in walls if hit hard enough.

These damages, however, can be avoided by using a pressure mounted wall protector set, which is pocket-friendly and is often available at less than $15. These spreads the pressure your wall is subjected to over a larger surface area, thus preventing any damage to the walls. Also, a tighter fit can be ensured using the protector set. These tools enable you to fit up to a 1.25″ wider space as these stick out 5/8″ on each side.
Pressure Mounted Baby Gates can be installed best in doorways, hallways, smaller entryways, and living rooms and can never be used at the top of stairs where the risk of a leaning child or a pet is extremely high.

Extra-wide baby gates will use hardware mounts because it is difficult to set up a wider gate firmly, using just only pressure.