In a nutshell

This good-looking safety gate uses non-drilled wall plugs and features a very handy auto locking system to keep your toddler even safer

What we tested

  • Ease of fitting
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.


  • Adjustable temporary fixtures, automatic close feature, fairly straightforward to set up


  • Can be stiff to open when affixed to wall too tightly

If you want to curtail your toddler’s roaming but keep your walls hole-free, then the Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate should make the top of your shopping list. With a patented auto-close locking system, this safety gate actually closes itself, even if left a open just a fraction.


The Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate can be customised to suit almost any size stair or doorway, and even works in Nana’s 100-year-old house. As a barrier - for preventing my toddler Arielle from getting to the death-trap spiral staircase and the world’s most evil-tempered cat - this safety gate is sturdy and can take quite a lot of pushing and shoving.

The patented automatic shut and lock function is also great for forgetful people, ahem! And the other big selling point of the Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate is that a reversible cam enables it to open either way, which is especially useful when it’s used in doorways.

The Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate comes in three widths (standard, narrow, extra narrow), plus there are extensions supplied for larger openings. If you’ve got a staircase with newel posts, ‘Y’ spindles are available to help you fit the gate around them.

What we love

The Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate doesn’t involve any drilling into Nana’s wall, which is a relief, as it’s already falling down. It also means it’s ideal for families that are renting. Each hand wheel turns a spindle with a wall cup on the end until the correct tension is achieved. Once fitted it does seem sturdy, even on a slightly uneven staircase.

The auto-close system is really quite clever, and is useful for a busy household where there are people passing through all the time.

What to watch out for

I would probably find any safety gate slightly problematic to assemble and this is certainly no exception. Handing over the job to a mechanically-minded individual is what I’d recommend.

The other thing to watch out for is not to be over-zealous when you screw in the wall cups, as this tends to make the gate difficult to open and close.

Who is the Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate best for?

Couples who are renting and or grandma’s house


MadeForMums verdict

The Clippasafe Advanced Auto-Close Gate is an attractive safety gate with non-drilled wall plugs and a fab automatic locking system. Go easy when you’re screwing in those wall cups and you shouldn’t have any problem opening and closing it.

Product Specifications

ModelAdvanced Auto-Close Gate
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:104cm W:75cm–82cm
Size of gap it fits75-82
Fixing mechanismPressure pads
Made fromPainted metal
  • Available in standard (75-82cm), narrow (68.5-75.5cm) and extra narrow (61-67.5cm) sizes
  • Patented automatic locking system, where gate opens either way and if fitted correctly simply clicks back into place
Optional extras7.2cm, 14.4cm, 36cm and 79.3cm gate extensions