DIY Dog Gate – Building Your Own Dog Gate

Dog Gate

Dogs are such adorable babies. They are, certainly, man’s best friend. But they can really create havoc and can become messy inside your house when left on their own. This is where a DIY dog gate can be of use. There are many kinds of gates that you can purchase in the market today. Their prices range from moderate to expensive. The most ingenious way is to create your own, which only entails easy, simple steps.

Pick up the Raw Materials or, as I call it, ‘Ingredients.’

Like any other project, the first step you will take is to collect the necessary materials. Only a few materials are required, like hinges, woods, a locking latch, and screws. Any wood will work, but pine wood is durable and recommended.

DIY Dog Gate

Supplies needed

  • Wood glue
  • Hinges
  • Screws (The number of screws will depend on the size of the dog gate.)
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Tape Measure
  • Wood Saw
  • Sharp Pencil

Possible Measurement

A dog gate is made of three wood sides, including the rails, legs, and the necessary slats. You must measure each of them correctly to produce a well-built dog gate. Sadly, failing to do so might make your project a disaster. But, don’t worry, we have some recommendations for the measurement as well.

  • Four rail pieces about 1×3
  • Four leg pieces about 1×3
  • Six slat pieces about 1×3

Cutting and Drilling the Wood

Please pick up a wood saw, or call someone who knows how to use it to cut the woods into pieces. A total of 14 cuts must come out after the cutting process is done. Divide them into three parts, as mentioned earlier.

Wear your protective equipment, plug in the drill and get the slats to dig pocket holes on its edges. There should be four holes on each slat. You might apply the hole-to-hole drilling technique to keep the cuts upright and straight.

Assembling the Gate

Begin with the left half portion of the dog gate. Set apart two rails, two legs, eight pieces of scrap wood, and three slats. Lay out the wood pieces with precise spacing about 1-3/8″ apart.

Ready your wood glue, and then adequately put on both ends of rails and slats. Attach the woods using the screws. Keep it as guarded as possible.

Attach door hinges

Properly arrange the gate panels side-by-side and in accordance with your fancied style of a dog gate. Place one strap near the top of the panel and another near the bottom. The hinges are there to ensure the dog gate swings to close and open. You can leave it as it is or add protective paint to the finished product.


DIY dog gates can save up a budget and give your dog a lovely open and shut gate to enjoy. 

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