Just because you would do anything for your dog, that doesn’t mean you need to give him completely free rein at home.
There are many reasons you might not want your furball roaming with total freedom when you’re away from home.
Perhaps you have pristine white carpets or a pale leather couch and you don’t trust your pooch in your absence.
Maybe you have children at home and you want to segregate them from your pups at playtime.
It could be a combination of both these things if you have both pets and children at home.
Luckily, you can find plenty of indoor dog gates that allow you to create no-go zones for your pooch indoors. Think of these gates like an indoor version of the wireless dog fence in your yard but without the static shock.
If you’re feeling guilty about preventing your dog from running wild, remember that many dogs feel safe and secure when they have dedicated zones for them. Don’t feel bad about creating these no-go zones.
What should you consider on the buying trail, then?
- Type of fence: Freestanding gates work well if you feel you will often need to move your fence around. This type of gate is very versatile and cost-effective. Pressure-mounted gates slot neatly between doorways or stairways. The tension-fitted system is easy enough to remove, but it will take a little more time than shifting a freestanding fence. Foldable fences are great space-saving solutions if you want a temporary barrier you can easily store between uses. Walk-through gates give you the option of opening a lockable gate so you and your family won’t need to vault over the barrier
- Materials: Most of the best indoor dog gates are made from steel or wood. Metal fences last longer and should reduce any chance of your dog biting through the fence. Softer woods are not as effective as hardwoods. A wooden fence generally looks more attractive, though. As you would expect, the more you pay for a dog fence, the more robust it will be and the longer it will last
- Height of fence: If you have larger dogs or dogs prone to jumping, you should ensure that the fences on your shortlist are high enough to prevent them from vaulting over
- Installation: The installation of pet gates varies substantially. We draw your attention to the ease of installation for all the models we review, and we’ll also mention whether or not you need any tools and hardware for installation. Most of these gates are super-simple to set up
- Placement: Where will you be using your dog gate? If you have an especially large space to zone off, we review plenty of fences designed for larger spaces so look out for one of these
OK, it’s time to get right down to business now with our curated list of the best indoor dog gates. We review the leading models on the market and honestly highlight their drawbacks rather than purely focusing on the benefits. That way, you can easily choose the most suitable fence for your needs by comparing these barriers like-for-like.
The 13 Best Indoor Dog Gates
1. Our #1 Pick: Carlson Extra-Wide Pet Gate
- 8 x 8 small pet door
- 9 pounds
- 5 x 1 x 32 inches
Our overall favorite indoor dog gate comes from Carlson, a highly reputable brand in this space. What do you get for your money, then?
Firstly, you get a great deal of versatility with configuration. There’s a wall-mount kit and a pressure-mount kit thrown in. This is quick and easy to set up, and you won’t need any tool either. Unlike some poorly designed dog gates.
Made from steel throughout, the gate will stand up to plenty of punishment even if your larger dog chews aggressively.
If you have multiple pets in the house, you’ll appreciate the 8 x 8 opening that allows your teacup breed to slip in and out but stops your bigger dog from playing havoc.
Several safety locking features ensure that this gate bars entry and keeps your furball where you want him. Ideal for blocking off halls and stairways or perfect for most doorways, you get a flexible indoor dog gate from a brand you can trust.
2. Pawland Freestanding Pet Gate
- 5 pounds
- 80 x 2.3 x 24 inches
Pawland specializes in selling great accessories for pet owners just like you. This freestanding pet gate is the ideal solution if you have feisty dogs at home and you need to keep them out of the living room when you’re away from home.
Unlike many cheap indoor dog gates, this feels sturdy and you can expect years of faithful service.
The gate can be set up in multiple configurations including a room divider or a play pen for your pet. Installation couldn’t be quicker or easier as the gate comes already assembled. Tweaking the layout is a breeze, too.
You get non-slip feet underneath so you won’t end up with scratches all over your laminate flooring.
The opening on this gate is large enough for medium-sized and larger breeds.
If you need to take the gate down, it folds like an accordion in seconds flat giving you a highly adaptable solution and one of the best indoor dog gates on the market.
3. Evenflo Wood Gate
- Expandable from 31 to 50 inches
- 2 pounds
- 5 x 50 x 32 inches
Evenflo has a deep bench of fences and gates designed for pet owners looking to create no-go zones in their homes. How does this gate stack up, then?
The elegant wood finish gives you a softer appearance than a utilitarian metal gate while delivering the robustness you need if you have energetic dogs in the house. The finish is safe for dogs with no toxins or contaminants present. Let’s face it, most dogs are likely to nibble away at a new gate, so you owe it to Fido to keep him protected.
Installation is a snap. The pressure-mounted nature of the system means all you need to do is slip the gate into position giving you the flexibility to move this thing around as required.
The non-marking rubber bumpers make this a safe bet if you have hard flooring. You won’t get any scratches and marks even if your dog tries moving this gate around.
The expandable opening allows you even more freedom with this gate good for openings from 31 to 50 inches.
4. Large Pick: Regalo Super-Wide Pet Gate
- Expandable to 192 inches
- 8 pounds
- 192 x 0.4 x 27.95 inches
If you have a larger space to block off at home, you’ll need a gate that’s wide enough to cope. Many regular indoor dog gates are not substantial enough if you have a large open-block space you need to keep your dog away from. So, if you have a living room covered with plush white carpet that’s off-limits to Fido, check out this super-wide solution from Regalo.
The gate extends to cover openings to 192 inches. Standing 28 inches tall, you’ll find your dog is stymied by this barrier even if he’s prone to jumping and leaping over smaller gates.
Made from steel throughout, you get a solid build that should endure for years. You won’t have any problems with your pooch chewing up the gate either.
Installation is easy enough and you get all the hardware you need to mount this gate effectively on the wall. The flimsy nature of the plastic fastenings is the only weak point on an otherwise first-class dog gate perfect for sprawling houses with wide open spaces.
5. Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate
- Adjustable width
- 16 pounds
- 8 x 17.7 x 20.1 inches
Richell Wood makes some powerful barriers in a range of shapes and sizes. This freestanding pet gate comes in small or large sizes to suit, but what do you get for your money?
The elegant hardwood finish should set off your living room rather than acting as an eyesore like so many unattractive dog gates. Don’t worry, though, the wood is hard enough to dissuade your dog from chewing on it. If he tries, he’s unlikely to have much luck.
This model is designed for small and medium-sized breeds. If you have larger hounds in the house, upsize to the larger model.
The gate works with an assortment of openings from doorways and stairways through to any other area you need fencing off from Fido.
The only real drawback of this smaller gate is the fact energetic dog are quite likely to leap over this barrier if they get the urge to explore.
6. Regalo Extra-Tall Gate
- 30 to 42-inch openings
- 2 pounds
- 42 x 1 x 37 inches
Do you have a jumbo pup at home? If so, chances are he makes light work of most regular dog fences. Luckily, Regalo fills that void with this extra-tall gate perfect for bigger breeds.
At 37 inches high, you should find even large and mobile dogs are stymied when they come up against this gate.
The hardwood finish should eliminate any chewing, too. In addition to the high performance of this material, it looks great into the bargain.
If you’re not too practically-inclined, you’ll be thrilled with the ease of set-up. The gate is pressure-mounted, so you need to do nothing other than insert it between the doorframe or across the stairway and you’re good to go.
For anyone needing a more ambitious containment system, you can pick up extra extension kits to widen the coverage.
The safety lock makes this gate a great choice if you have children at home. The multipurpose nature of this barrier and the keen price point makes this one of the best overall bargains on our list. What are you waiting for?
7. Richell Wood Pet Sitter Gate
- Dogs from 6.5 to 17.5 pounds
- 16 pounds
- 3 x 2 x 20.9 inches
Next up we have another high-quality dog gate from the Richell Wood stable. How does this barrier differentiate itself, then?
The matte finish and eye-catching hardwood gives you a gate you won’t want to hide away. The design should mesh with most existing décor without looking out of place. Is it a case of form over function, though?
Absolutely not! Things get off to a strong start with installation taking minutes. You get all the hardware you need included, and the tension mount system ensures the gate stays firmly between the doorway or stairway. You can quickly and easily remove the gate if required.
The door opening measures up at 9.75 x 13.75 inches. This model is recommended for pets from 6.5 through 17.5 pound.
Coming equipped with a lock, the door should keep Fido where you want him even if you’re away from home.
While the majority of user opinion concerning this gate is positive, a few users have complained about a general flimsiness.
8. Evenflo Soft and Wide Gate
- Expandable from 38 to 60 inches
- 6 pounds
- 60 x 38 x 27 inches
Evenflo hits another home run with this efficient indoor dog gate.
For anyone who hates DIY, this gate is the obvious solution. You’ll have it set up in minutes and you don’t need any tools or hardware to get the job done. Unbox your gate and it’s fully assembled and ready to roll.
While marketed as a baby gate, the design of this barrier makes it a smart choice if you have dogs you want to keep off the carpets and couches.
The soft construction of this gate means it won’t make a good fit for larger dogs, or any dogs that tend to chew or try their best to escape. For smaller and more docile dogs, though, the physical barrier, although soft and not invulnerable, might prove deterrent enough for Fido.
We would like to see a bit more smoothness in the locking mechanism. This feels fiddly and also seems rather fragile.
Standing 27 inches high and with an expandable opening for spaces from 38 through 60 inches wide, you get a great deal of versatility even if the strength and robustness of this indoor dog gate is lacking.
9. Richell 3-in-1 Convertible Pet Gate
- Door opening 25.6 inches
- 2 pounds
- 7 x 29.1 x 35.2 inches
Richell delivers another stellar and versatile indoor dog gate with this 3-in-1 barrier.
Choose from this 4-panel gate or a larger 6-panel variant depending on the size of the space you want to block off and the size of your canine.
You can set up this barrier as a regular gate, or you could make it into a pet play pen or a room divider. The multipurpose nature of the barrier means it would also serve a turn if you need to keep your toddlers out of the kitchen or prevent them from tumbling down the stairs.
The manufacturer recommends this gate for smaller dogs from 9 pounds up to much larger pooches of 44 pounds. The width of the door opening is 25.6 inches. This should give your pup more than enough latitude to get through without feeling restricted.
Aside from a few complaints about dogs using the bars to climb on, this indoor pet gate attracts almot universally positive feedback.
10. Toddleroo Wire Mesh Gate
- 24 to 42 inch door openings
- 4 pounds
- 5 x 50 x 32 inches
As the name suggests, this gate is designed primarily to keep kids contained, but it also works wonderfully as a pet barrier.
The freestanding set-up gives you the benefits of a pressure-mounted system that simply needs positioning between the door or stairway, or anywhere else you need to create a kid-free or pet-free zone.
This gate fits doors from 24 to 42 inches wide giving you a great deal of freedom when it comes to placement.
An integrated child gate is lockable to keep even the most inquisitive toddlers at bay.
Rubberized dampers ensure that this gate won’t mark your walls or your flooring.
The hardwood frame is complemented by the wire mesh giving you the ideal combination of aesthetics and durability. When you consider the almost budget pricing of this gate, we feel it’s one of the better options on our shortlist in terms of price/performance. See what you feel.
11. Richell Deluxe Freestanding Gate
- Door openings from 61.8 to 90.2 inches
- 4 pounds
- 2 x 26.4 x 36.2 inches
Richell enters the fray once more with the deluxe version of their classic freestanding gate.
Now, if you’re looking for a cheap indoor dog gate, this is absolutely not the model for you. We have plenty of inexpensive barriers with similar functionality, so if you’re shopping on a tighter budget, you still have ample choice.
This gate locks automatically giving you a streamlined experience. The locking mechanisms are a common weak spot on low-quality dog gates, so this extra goes some way toward justifying the stiff price tag.
The generous walk-through area is welcome if you have bigger dogs at home.
As with most of the best indoor pet gates, this barrier is designed to neatly plug a wide variety of openings giving you enormous flexibility in a single piece of kit no dog owner should go without.
12. MidWest Homes Safety Gate
- 19-inch door
- 3 pounds
- 30 x 38 x 40 inches
This safety gate from MidWest Homes gives you an attractive and highly effective barrier that works well even if you have an aggressive chewer in the house.
The tubular steel should defeat even pit bulls or other breeds prone to biting down on anything that comes their way.
The door is 19 inches wide so should accommodate bulkier dogs without any discomfort.
The gate comes spring-loaded and you’ll easily open and close it one-handed, perfect if you have your hands full of pet food.
The pressure-mounted set-up is quick and easy, and it’s also remarkably secure. All the hardware you need comes included so you’re good to go right out the box. You can bundle a pair of 3-inch extensions if you want even greater coverage.
While most users seem satisfied with this pet barrier, a few complained about disappointing lifespan. Given the price of this gate, we feel you need to be reasonable about expectations when it comes to longevity. Overall, this is a solid choice from a brand you can rely on.
13. Carlson Extra-Tall Pet Gate
- Expandable to 76 inches
- 17 pounds
- 30 x 2 x 38 inches
Last but certainly not least in our roundup of the best indoor dog gates comes from the inimitable Carlson.
Now, this gate is designed to stop your larger breed dog from climbing over the smaller gates he would easily defeat. This model stands fully 38 inches tall so should stop even big pooches from making their way where they shouldn’t.
Perhaps you have smaller dogs or cats at home as well as a Great Dane or pit bull. If so, this gate comes equipped with a door for little pets to get through without allowing your large dog entry.
The adjustable nature of this gate is perfect if you zone your home differently depending on whether you’re in or out. Move the gate from hallway to doorway to stairway with absolute ease.
You can also invest in extra extension panels if you want an even more sprawling solution.
Aside from a flimsy latch – this is a flashpoint with many dog gates – this is a superb and highly effective barrier for larger dogs.
Well, you may have arrived here today without the first idea about what to look for in the best indoor dog gates. That should have changed by now.
As you should now be aware, aside from the difference in types of fence and the size of the opening, there isn’t too much to choose between these things.
To maximize your chances of getting a suitable barrier, don’t overlook the importance of planning. Take the time to think closely about what spaces you want to block off. Ask yourself if you need the flexibility of a moveable fence or whether you’re looking for a fixed solution. Considering all of these factors should guide you toward the most appropriate barrier.
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