When it comes to safety-proofing your home — especially with a safety gate or two — babies and toddlers probably come to mind. But as any pet parent knows, fur babies need to be corralled sometimes, too. Whether you’re cooking dinner and want to keep your pet safe from danger underfoot, or need to stop potential climbers from accessing stairs when you’re not there to supervise, safety gates can give parents of all kinds of babies the peace of mind they need.
Because homes often have wide hallways, stairways or other entrances, you should look for extra-wide safety gates that can expand to the width you need. Some can expand up to almost 6 feet wide! Most offer pressure or hardware mounts for extra sturdy protection (crucial for stairs), while others use their weight and non-skid feet to hold them in place. Also consider the height and spacing of the slats to make sure it will contain your curious fur babies.
We’ve rounded up the best extra-wide safety gates for pets, from foldale wooden ones to options with self-closing latches. Check out the choices below and click “add to cart” to get started pet-proofing your home.
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1. Summer Infant Extra Tall & Extra Wide Safety Gate
This Summer Infant safety gate is designed to fit doorway and stairway openings up to 53 inches wide. Plus, it stands extra-tall at 38 inches, making it perfect for containing your little ones and pets. The wide gate opening makes it easy to walk through, and the gate is equipped with an auto-close feature that gently closes behind you. The included built-in door stopper, however, will prevent your gate from swinging open when you don’t want it to.
2. Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate
This wooden freestanding safety gate is low enough for adults to step over while keeping your fur babies where you want them. The side panels prevent the gate from tipping over, and rubber feet stop it from sliding on hard surfaces. Designed to fit doorway or hallway openings from 39.8 inches to 71.3 inches wide, it’s available in brown or white. The freestanding design allows for easy placement anywhere in the home, and side panels fold in for easy storage or transport.
3. Cumbor 43.3” Auto Close Safety Baby Gate
With the included extension kit, this steel-frame gate expands from 37.8 inches to 43.3 inches wide and is sturdy enough to keep your fur family safe. Using gravity to assist it, if you open the gate less than 90 degrees it will close itself; open past 90 degrees and it will stay open. Standing 31 inches tall, the gate has a 23.6 inch large opening for easy walk-throughs. Each of the four pressure mounts can be adjusted to create a stable and secure fit, defending up to 200 pounds, and installation or take-down can be done in minutes. If you’d prefer to hardware mount, the included wall cups will help you attach it to the wall.
4. Munchkin Extending XL Tall and Wide Hardware Baby Gate
Made from high quality steel with a clean, modern design, this gate is perfectly suited for both stairways and wide door or hall openings. This safety gate can swing in both directions with full walk-through space, with an optional one-way latch for extra safety at the top of the stairs. With a sleek two panel and clamp design, there are no unsightly adjustment holes along the bar. When not needed, its quick release function lets it be easily detached and reinstalled. This versatile gate fits a number of width and height requirements and is ideal for families with large pets; it extends between 33 and 56 inches and is 36 inches tall with the space between the bars measuring 2.25 inches. This gate also is equipped with a locking mechanism that is easy for adults to operate with just one hand.
5. PAWLAND Wooden Freestanding Foldable Pet Gate
The PAWLAND Freestanding Foldable Wooden Pet Gate features an accordion-like hinged design that lets you fold it to fit the width of nearly any doorway or hallway. Made from tough wood with durable metal hinges, the wide slats provide a secure barrier while sturdy non-slip rubber feet keep your floors safe from scratches. It folds down quickly for easy storage and is available in several colors.