When we bought our house almost two years ago, the thing that I fell in love with was the curved staircase. When you walk into our home, the first thing you see is the stairs, and they feel so grand and beautiful. My daughter was five months old when we bought our house, and to be honest, I didn’t even consider what stairs would be like once she got older. But as my daughter has grown, I have realized how stressful stairs can be with a toddler.
As an independent two-year-old, my daughter could spend hours climbing up and down the stairs. She “knows” that she only goes on the stairs with an adult, but if I take my eyes off of her for a second, she usually heads straight to the staircase. As she’s gotten more mobile, I have concluded that we had to do SOMETHING to prevent her from trying to climb the stairs without supervision.
For the past few months, my husband and I have tried all sorts of gates for our staircase, but we ran into two issues. The first issue is that, because we don’t have any walls at the bottom of our stairs, the gates we found didn’t fit correctly. The other problem we found is that nothing looked good on our staircase and, because it’s the first thing you see when you walk into our house, that was a problem for me. I wanted to find something that would keep our daughter safe, but would also look beautiful.
I searched high and low for something that would work, and then I ran across The Stair Barrier. The Stair Barrier is a fabric stair gate that can be custom made to fit any staircase. From what I read online before receiving my gate, it can be installed in minutes, it looks beautiful, and it is the ONLY gate on the market designed for installation on banisters. But honestly, I was skeptical; it seemed a little too good to be true. Luckily, The Better Options Company sent me a complimentary Stair Barrier to try out and review, and I am so happy that they did!
When The Stair Barrier arrived, I was first taken aback by the incredible quality and the beautiful fabric. I guess I was expecting something flimsy, but it is so well made. I skimmed through the directions, which seemed easy enough to follow, and six clicks later, The Stair Barrier was installed.
Once it was up, the first thing I wanted to try out was how it rolled up. The directions explain that you unhook one side of the barrier and carefully roll it inward so that it stands up on one side of the stairs. “Yeah, right,” I thought; there was no way that my rolled barrier would look like the picture, and shockingly, it did! Once The Stair Barrier is rolled up, it stays up and takes up very little room, so you can easily walk up the stairs.
Now, the real test of The Stair Barrier was my toddler. I let her look at it and then held my breath, waiting for her to maneuver around and find her way up the stairs. As soon as she saw The Stair Barrier, her first instinct was to try to climb on it (of course), but after a few minutes, she left it alone and went on with her day. The Stair Barrier almost hides the stairs from her point of view and has done a great job keeping her off the stairs and giving me complete peace of mind.
Bottom line? After a couple of days of having The Stair Barrier up, we are so impressed! The quality is impeccable, the fabric is beautiful (I went with “Farmhouse Black Lines,” but there are so many fabric options), and it safely keeps our toddler off the stairs. I also really love that it hasn’t caused any damage to our staircase and can be removed entirely and easily stored in a matter of seconds. The Stair Barrier is now the first thing you see when you walk into our home, and I am completely okay with that! If you are looking for a stylish way to keep little ones or pets off your stairs, I cannot recommend The Stair Barrier enough.
Sending love and magic.