1. What type of gate will work here (wall to banister is 52 inches)? Will I need a carpenter to build one? 2. What can I do to make the beam/platform at the top of the stairs less appealing to my kids? Potted plants? Something besides the lights that the current owners have? Any ideas are welcome! Sent by Claire Editor: Leave your suggestions for Claire in the comments — thanks! • Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here (those with pics get answered first).