Childproofing Horizontal Railings – A Quick Guide

  • January 6, 2021

Raising your own family means ensuring your home is as safe as possible for your little ones. For instance, if you have a glass stair balustrade, you may consider making the necessary changes to babyproof your home.

Children have a natural desire to learn and get curious about their surroundings. They can teeter towards your staircase and fall, making this part of your home particularly dangerous for your children. That’s why you have to find ways to childproof it to be assured of their safety. 

Utilising horizontal railing and other childproofing mechanisms to create a safe living space for your family. Here are some ways to effectively do this:


1. Install baby gates


Baby gates are effective in preventing your child from heading near your staircase. However, looking for one that actually works on your stairs can be challenging. This is because most safety gates cannot attach properly at an angle. You also have to make sure that they are sturdy and secure enough to ensure that your kid will never be able to pass through them.


2. Use a banister shield


A railnet is a popular product that can stretch around the inside of your railing. This is ideal for vertical railings because they hinder your kid from putting their head between rails. However, this may not be ideal if you have horizontal railings because they are ineffective in stopping your child if they are determined to climb.

If you are looking for the perfect childproofing solution for your horizontal railing, consider using a banister shield. It is a roll of thin and durable plastic that acts as a guard around your railing. Opt for a clear one to maintain an unobstructed view.

How Do I Install the Banister Shield?

Prepare the necessary items for installation. These are the banister shield, zip ties, measuring tape, marker, scissors, yardstick, hole punch, and pliers. To install the banister shield, start by unrolling the banister guard and measuring the length of one side of your railing. Mark the length using a marker and use a yardstick to draw a straight line on the side of the plastic-covered in a removable, protective film. 

Afterwards, use a hole punch to create holes in the plastic. Place the side of the plastic with the protective film on the outside and secure the plastic to the railing using zip ties and tighten them as much as possible with pliers. 

Use your scissors to trim off the excess film. To get rid of potentially sharp corners that can hurt your little one, position the trimmed end on the outside of your horizontal railing. Finally, remove the film by starting in one corner and slowly peeling the rest of it away.


Limiting your child’s access to your stairs is an effective way to keep them safe. Knowing the right methods for babyproofing your stairs can be challenging, especially if you are unfamiliar with the proper ways to do it. 

By installing a baby gate or a banister shield or reaching out to a reliable glass balustrade manufacturer for assistance, you can have peace of mind knowing your kid can run and play around your house without the temptation of climbing your horizontal railing. 

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for custom staircase manufacturers, you can count on us at Aussie Balustrading & Stairs. We sell steel and stainless steel stairs, wireless balustrading for clients like you in Western Australia and Perth. Claim your quote from us today to help you childproof your home effectively!