The entry to our kitchen is on an angle, so were not able to set up a normal gate either and had the added problem of the house being a rental. We really had to keep our son out of the kitchen though as there were far too many dangers. In the end, we went to Bunnings Hardware and bought a piece of outdoor latice (Made from that strong outdoor plastic) and got them to cut it to size for us. It is just the right height for us to step over easily, but high enough to keep our son out. We then went to the hook section and picked up a few of those strong stick on hooks that have a loop instead of a hook. (Hard to explain, but they are removable and the hook clips back onto itself) We have had no problems with this set up at all and has been so much less stressful not having to watch the oven and drawers all the time.
Just wondering if something like this will help with your setup?? smile
Linda - mum to Riley 13.04.04 (#2 Due 29.12.05)