I am having a very difficult time finding a proper gate that will fit securely at the top of my stairs.
I may have a unique situation with the wooden banister where the base of the post has trim work that resembles the following... (ASCII art not to scale)
_()_ | | | | <- about 5" || || <- about 24" || | | | | <- about 10" | | | | <- about 2" |______| <- about 3"
I tried to mount a top of stair gate, but the 5" or so worth of trim forces me to attach the mounting brace to the 10" section of the post, leaving a 6"+ gap under the gate. This gap concerns me because I can easily see my 1yr old son scooting or rolling under the bar and possibly getting stuck (or worse).
No gate manufacturer recommends a pressure mounted gate at the top of stairs, but even they did recommend one, I would be unable to due to the trim work on the banister.
I'm definitely worried now because my son is mobile and I can't find a way to secure the stairs. I don't have any other anchor points for a gate (i.e., hallway, doorway, etc.)
Has somebody successfully secured their stairs with this type of post and if so can you post pictures?