DOREL JUVENILE GROUP
The stairs can be one of the biggest safety hazards for toddlers in the average home. Experts recommend placing a gate at both the top and bottom of stairs: at the top to prevent falls down the stairs, but at the bottom to prevent little ones from climbing up. But this presents a hazard to parents as they stand on the stairs to unlatch the gate, often with an infant or items in their arms. As one parent stated in an online review, “My problem is that I am over 6 feet so as you could imagine it was hard to lean over from the 2nd step, while holding a child, to unlock a typical gate.”
The solution to this problem was creating a curved shape so that the parent had a place to stand, both at the top of the stairs and on the landing at the bottom. The small space created by the curve allowed parents to more easily open the gate without balancing in a precarious spot. When used between rooms, the curved shape provided an enhanced view allowing children and pets to “step into” the next room and be a part of the family even while being limited to a safe area. The locking mechanism was designed so that the gate could be opened with one hand, leaving the other hand free to hold a baby or bags.
Another design challenge was making the Curve Gate an attractive addition to the décor as opposed to a traditional safety gate with vertical bars. To accomplish this, a clear plastic was chosen for the center portion; this created a see-through surface that allowed for an unobstructed view and easy cleaning.
The Curve Gate won a Bronze IDEA Award for its innovative design.