Temporary or Sliding Wall Solution Needed
Dee Caffeinated
July 3, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Looking for a way to close off these steps with access to the front door. Guest rooms are upstairs and need guest access to first floor allowed but limited (so a way to enter and exit) plus keep pets from going upstairs.

Here's the dilemma:
- no drilling or damaging the laminate flooring
- solution can be temporary or permanent depending on solution (sliding doors are permanent but can be pulled to side when guests aren't here)
- people need a way to enter and exit the area (some type of door?)

Thought of solid sliding doors but space is 8' tall and doors are generally shorter. Thought of sliding panels like drapes but pets can push right through these.
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Install tracks on the ceiling.
July 3, 2013 at 5:44AM   
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July 3, 2013 at 6:08AM     
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Dee Caffeinated
Thanks for the links mysh75

I had seen some of these elsewhere in Houzz and doesn't seem like there's online ordering.

Might also add cost effective is important since this may not be a permanent solution...

Thanks for the links!
July 3, 2013 at 1:55PM   
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the same stair gates that you use for kids would work fine. They don't need screws and would fit across your stairs no problem. Babies R Us or IKEA have cheap options or check out gumtree/ebay as you only need them for a few years with kids...
July 3, 2013 at 2:07PM     
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Just read your brief again and seems you may need sight protection from guests? If security is not an issue you may get away with a screen
July 3, 2013 at 2:10PM     
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Dee Caffeinated
grandeplan both good ideas also.
July 3, 2013 at 3:37PM   
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I have been searching the internet for my original idea and cant find it.. so here goes my explanation...
Originally I thought of the japanese screens, but on caster wheels to door frame height. That way you could take the to another room to use or for storage when out of sight without needing 2 people to move them through a doorway. Or, if they were only for one area, they could be almost ceiling height. For stability, you could have a few rings put in the ceiling and hooks on the screen side. That way if you wanted to get rid of the system later, you would only have a few screw holes to patch in the ceiling rather than a whole track. The rings I refer to are the same ones they use for kids swings to allow the chain to move. They have a heavy weight rating and should be secured to your roof beams not straight into the ceiling board. That way of someone falls or leans on the screens it wont rip half your ceiling down :)
July 3, 2013 at 6:21PM     
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Dee Caffeinated
mysh75 what a coincidence! When shopping today I saw several screens and like the idea of securing it to the ceiling. To get a feel for the space closed off we might put boards up for a few days just to feel how the space is with something blocking the stairs. I have 8' particle boards and it sometimes helps me to feel the space to mock up a solution.
July 6, 2013 at 6:50PM   
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Nancy Walton
May I ask why you want this? Are you running a bed & breakfast or a paying guest house?
July 6, 2013 at 7:27PM     
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Hi Dee
AWESOME! Glad you understood my gooble-de-gook! Trial run is ALWAYS a good idea as it costs nothing to test out the theory :)
July 7, 2013 at 2:26AM   
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