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Pj, Janelle, Thor, Peyton & Press Fitzpatrick AND our Headquarters in Canton, Georgia

In 2008, I needed a way to keep my dogs and baby off my curved banisters and extra-wide stairs. The options on the market were neither attractive, nor 100 percent safe given the jerry-rigging required to attach the gate between banisters. As is the case with many products on the market today, necessity was the mother of invention. I designed a solution that could be safely secured to our banisters and looked good when I walked through the door. After years of friends and family telling me I should start a business selling the fabric stair gates I'd invented, I took the leap of faith and left my executive recruiting practice to launch Better Options Company and our first brand, The Stair Barrier, in 2015.

Committed to American Made

When I first set out to manufacturer my stair gates I was told repeatedly that I would need to produce overseas. Having grown up in Michigan in a proud "Ford" family, I had no interest in building a business like this. My family instilled in me a deep understanding of what American-Made means for American families. I knew that I wanted to produce my baby and pet gates in the United States using materials sourced from American Manufacturers. After months of hard work and persistence, I found a way to do just that. I hope you will learn more about our American-Made story here.







Committed to Safety 

Although creating an attractive stair gate was important, my first priority was to create a safe solution. Stair Barriers are rigorously safety tested to ensure that they meet the voluntary requirements of ASTM F1004, Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures.  I am also actively working on a Joint Task Force that include gate manufacturers, the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association and the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) to ensure we are producing and selling the safest possible products to American families.

Committed to Customers 

We are proudly family owned and operated and focused on providing the best possible experience for our customers. The Stair Barrier team is happy to answer questions via our website, social media channels, phone 1 (888) 752-8262 and email




The Stair Barrier is proud to be accredited and rated an A+ by the Better Business Bureau.