I have an epileptic son that I have to keep off of our stairs. We have some great childproof stair gates installed currently. I have redone all of the drywall in the house except the stairwell because I cannot think of a way to keep him off of the stairs for a few days while I mud, sand, mud, sand, texture, and paint the stairwell. I don't mind reinstalling the gates after that.
As you can see, I cant even screw a piece of plywood over the whole thing because I need to do the drywall all the way around the corner. I am using a hopper so doing it in two stages will not blend well.