I bought this gate because I was desperate and it was the first one I found that could keep my crawling baby out of the kitchen in our apartment. It is definitely a softer wood than I expected it to be but I did like how easy it was to install and since it was a doorway I went in and out of a lot I liked how easy it was to open and close. Now that we are in our dream home I found that it was perfect to keep my daughter in the playroom or out of the kitchen when I need to. Our home is very open and we didn't want to see baby gear when it isn't in use so I really like how easy the gate is to take down completely, all that is left are the small hooks. I will say that I am lucky that my daughter doesn't seem interested in getting through the gate because now that she is a bit bigger and stronger I'm not convinced that it would hold up very well if she really tried. And I definitely wouldn't feel safe using it on stairs.