We've had banisters in several of the homes we've lived in over the years. Long twisty Victorian ones, short and square Craftsman ones and "If this wasn't a rental I would so rip it out" ones! So when we came across this tip on attaching a baby gate to one without drilling into the woodwork... we were all ears!
"My husband and I have been wanting to install a baby gate at the bottom of our steps, but I didn't want to drill into our banister. There are banister kits available, but they seemed pretty pricey for what they were. We went to our home improvement store and had them cut a 2x2 to the height of our banister. I stained it to match and then we attached it to the banister using zip-ties. Now we are able to contain our little climber with out having to damage our woodwork."
We think this is a great solution for anyone not wanting to mar the woodwork on their staircase and best of all it's inexpensive and safe!