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We've all got an old metal bedframe hanging around, maybe stuck in the weeds behind the garage, or in the rafters of a shed.
You know the kind - totally out of step with the way we decorate a bedroom now, but like lots of trash, too good to throw away.
Well, here's the perfect use for that rusty vintage piece of junk; make it into a gate.
So here's how I do it; first, measure the width of your headboard. This will be the finished width of your gate, and it's pretty hard to change. You can, however, change the width of the opening, within reason.
Then I pound a length of pipe into the ground, which will be the pivot point of the gate.
Stick the leg of the bed frame over the pipe.
Leave a few inches on either side to give the gate room to move, especially if it's a bedframe with square or other shaped legs, because this is where the gate is placed over the pivot.
Generally, the gate swings freely, but depending on your soil type, you may need to lift it a bit.
Either way, you now have a gate that works to keep the critters out of your garden, and best of all, you've recycled something that otherwise would go to the landfill.
I've got lots of these around the place now; some just to stop the accidental stepping off the edge of the ha-ha (a sudden drop off - not so funny when you fall over it) but still allow us to open it up for snow removal, and some actually performing a full on gate function.
The two parts of this bed frame - the foot and the head - make two gates. The foot has a space at the bottom, so I filled it with hardware cloth to stop rabbits from getting into the straw bale garden.
The head board of the same bed makes a swinging gate to form a barrier stopping people from falling down the haha.
In the winter, it can be left open and the snow can be pushed over the bank. Some years, it makes quite an accumulation.
This Futon frame is decorated with some willow twigs to stop deer - and the dog - from jumping over it. This gate is at the top of the garden.
Salvaged from the 1980's, this blue head board is another barrier for the 'haha'.