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Buyers Guide:

Queue Barriers

Deciding you need a queue barrier might be a simple conclusion to draw, but which queue barrier is going to be the best fit for your business: taking into account design, cost, functionality and durability?

We’ve put together this helpful queue barrier buyers’ guide to answer all your questions about crowd control systems and help you decide which is the right one for you.

What is a Queue Barrier?

Queue barriers are, essentially, crowd control systems. From retractable belt barriers to pole & rope systems, cafe barriers to crowd barriers; there’s a style to suit every need. They are ideal for use at busy exhibitions, museums, tourist attractions, airports and entertainment venues; or even for directing people away from dangerous areas on construction sites or in factories.

The most popular kind of queue barrier is the retractable barrier system. These come in a range of styles, colours and finishes to suit different occasions. Each one consists of a pole and base (or wall-mounted bracket) and retractable belt tape which can be connected to other retractable barriers to create a bespoke queueing system that suits your needs.

Rope & pole barriers are a more luxurious, less durable alternative to retractable barriers, making them ideal for use in restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. They direct customer footfall while providing an executive and professional look.

Cafe barriers are formed of two stanchion posts supporting a printed graphic banner between them. They are most commonly found outside cafes, restaurants and other hospitality venues, denoting seating or smoking areas.

Queue barriers are also known as:

  • Queue Management Systems
  • Crowd Control Barriers
  • Extendable Barriers
  • Retracting Barriers
  • Crowd Barriers
  • Tensator Barriers
  • Tensa Barriers
  • Belt Barriers
  • Rope & Pole Barrier
  • Stanchions

Queue Barrier

What Businesses Can Benefit From Crowd Control Barriers?

Thanks to the different styles available and the versatility of the products, there really is no limit to where you can use a queue barrier. Anywhere you need to direct the flow of footfall, designate different areas or prevent people from passing can benefit from a queue barrier. With more durable, weatherproof versions also available, you can use them outdoors or indoors, as you like.

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Why Use Retractable Barriers?

Aside from being the most popular queue barrier choice, retractable barriers are also the most flexible choice available. They are suitable for all types of venues or events, and work by connecting a retractable belt from one stanchion post to another (or to and from a wall-mounted retractable barrier). In addition, they can be used in conjunction with wall-mounted barrier devices, barricades, and printed signage.

You can also use your retractable belt crowd barrier system as a helpful POS advertising tool by adding printed banners or sign holders that fix directly onto the barrier posts, or by ordering custom weave webbing belts. By adding a promotional element to your queueing system, you are able to actively target consumers in a location when they are already in a buying mode and open to suggestions and offers.

Why Choose Tensabarriers®?

Tensabarriers® are a kind of retractable queue barrier with a wide range of styles and functions, from wall-mounted tapes to post-top sign holders; standard retractable barriers to sturdy and durable outdoor products.

Tensabarriers® are also the leaders among queue barrier systems as they have a number of unique safety features. These include:

  • A patented braking system that means the webbing belt falls to the floor upon release before slowly retracting back into the stanchion.
  • Low-profile stanchion bases which are much easier for wheelchairs and prams to roll over without issues.
  • Retractable belts are made from 0.89mm military-grade fabric, significantly thicker than other retractable stanchion systems, for durability.
  • Anti-tamper tape ends which prevent the webbing belt from detaching accidentally from the post when pulled out and connected.

How to Organise a Queue

Managing a queue system doesn’t have to be complicated; the basic principle is to show people where they need to wait in an orderly, organised fashion. As long as your queue lanes are wide enough to accommodate everyone (don’t forget about wheelchair users or parents with prams) and your directional system is easy to follow, you can’t go wrong.

Tips for maintaining an orderly queue:

  • Use neatly structured queue systems to show people clearly where they need to wait.
  • Retractable barriers are the best choice for covering large areas or where switchbacks are required, such as airports.
  • Post & Rope barriers are a great option for more exclusive venues for a luxury feel.
  • You can use displays and signs to make queueing more entertaining for your customers, while increasing your profits
  • Floor vinyl stickers reinforce directional movement and can help inform customers about regulations such as social distancing.
  • Queues can be made safer with clear signage.

What Types of Queue Barriers Are There?

1. Retractable Barriers

These consist of a pole and base (or wall-mounted bracket) and retractable belt tape which can be connected to other retractable barriers to create a functional queueing system that suits your needs.

  • Easy to use crowd control systems
  • Quick to deploy and build modular queue systems
  • Wall-mounted or stanchion posts available
  • Cost-effective way of controlling footfall
  • Can be personalised with company branding
  • Accessories can be added for POS advertising
  • Retracting webbing tape in various lengths
  • Reconfigurable barriers for large scale queues

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Retractable Barriers

2. Tensabarriers® Queue Barriers

These are a kind of retractable queue barrier with a wide range of styles and functions, from wall-mounted tapes to stanchion posts; standard retractable barriers to sturdy and durable outdoor products. They have unique safety features which makes them a popular choice.

  • The safest & most trusted barriers available
  • Patented and unique safety designs
  • Durable, anti-tip stanchions
  • Wall-mounted or free-standing posts
  • Quick and easy deploy/set up
  • Extra-long webbing options available
  • Military grade webbing tape with anti-tamper ends
  • Range of designs available including outdoor posts
  • Choice of colours and finishes

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Tensabarriers® Queue Barriers

3. Post & Rope Barriers

These are made up of two stanchion posts with fixed hooks at the top, and a single woven, braided or twisted rope made from velvet or other fabric with clips at either end. This rope clips onto the top of each stanchion post to form a hanging rope barrier which can be easily opened or shut as required.

  • Elegant & stylish designed that give a VIP feel
  • Ideal for museums, exhibitions & hospitality
  • Different rope colours available
  • Black, brass or silver stanchions
  • Modular queue barriers can be reconfigured
  • Quick and easy to deploy and pack away
  • Temporary or permanent queue systems
  • Accessories available for rope and post barriers

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Post and Rope Barriers

4. Wall-Mounted Retractable Barriers

These work by connecting a retractable belt from a wall bracket to a stanchion post, or another wall bracket. This type of retractable barrier is most commonly used for crowd control, engineering people flow and construction site safety.

  • Space-saving queue barriers
  • No stanchion posts required
  • Includes wall receiver brackets
  • Tough & durable design with steel cassettes
  • Easy to install and use
  • Fast acting queue barriers
  • Multiple tape lengths available
  • Military grade webbing in variety of colours
  • Internal belt braking system for safe use
  • Doesn’t take up valuable floor space

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Wall Mounted Retractable Barriers

5. Retractable Safety Barriers

These retractable barriers have been designed specifically for health and safety use. They support construction and manufacturing, health and safety, facilities management, airports and transport by offering stable, durable and eye-catching products with which to restrict access or warn of dangerous sites.

  • Durable and tough designs
  • Anti-tip stable stanchions for safe use
  • Bold warning colours and chevron webbings
  • Personalised tapes available for warning
  • Suitable for indoor & outdoor use
  • Unique safety features & internal belt braking
  • Free standing or wall mounted barriers
  • Tensabarriers® safety barriers available
  • Designed for long-term heavy use

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Retractable Safety Barriers

6. Café Barriers

These are formed of two stanchion posts supporting a printed cafe banner between them. They can be used to create a designated outdoor eating area or smoking area for cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs. Their design puts your branding directly into the path of potential clients.

  • Creates a branded space for customers
  • Extends your business out into the street
  • Various kits available for different businesses
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Heavy duty Adfresco range for heavy outdoor use
  • Eye-catching advertising display for attracting footfall
  • Segment off seating areas inside or outside
  • Easy to self-assemble and disassemble
  • Pre-defined kits available or create bespoke kits

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Café Barriers

7. Skipper Barrier Systems

Skipper Barrier Systems products are some of the most robust, durable and practical safety barrier solutions available. The collection includes traditional wall-mounting products as well as magnetic products which temporarily adhere to metallic surfaces. Crafted from high-quality materials that are waterproof and weatherproof, they are a great solution for use outdoors or in exposed locations.

  • Retractable safety barriers
  • Practical crowd barriers with high visibility tape
  • Quick and easy to deploy
  • Designed to cordon off safe work zones
  • Modular barrier system
  • Freestanding & wall-mounted options
  • Magnetic brackets available
  • Multiple coordinating accessories
  • Durable & weatherproof for outdoor use
  • Multiple colours available

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Skipper™ Barrier Systems

8. Safety Barriers

Our range of safety barriers has been designed specifically for use in construction and manufacturing, health and safety, facilities management, airports and transport. The range includes stable, durable, flexible and high-visibility barriers which can be used to prevent access to dangerous sites or restricted areas.

  • For implementing Health & Safety standards
  • Instant barriers for employee protection
  • Designed for long-term use
  • High-visibility colours and chevron webbings
  • Printed belts available for highlighting hazards
  • Suitable for indoor & outdoor use
  • Free standing or wall mounted barriers
  • Flexible and expanding barriers

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Safety Barriers

9. Queue Solutions Barriers

Our range of Queue Solutions barriers includes retractable queue barriers, post and rope barriers and safety barriers, as well as safety barricades. Available as freestanding and wall-mounted barriers with a range of accessories in a variety of colours. The Queue Solutions range is one of our most popular queue management range offering competitive prices and high quality barriers.

  • Safest & trusted queue and security barriers
  • Suitable for crowd control and site management
  • Quality designs that have been built to last
  • Unique safety features & internal belt braking
  • Wall-mounted or free-standing stanchions
  • Range includes expanding barriers
  • Quick and easy deploy and set up
  • Range of accessories available
  • For outdoor or indoor use
  • Choice of colours and finishes

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Queue Solutions Barriers

Why Choose XL Displays For Queue Barriers?

As a company with more than 20 years’ experience in the events and exhibition industry, we understand all there is to know about queueing! We have a wide range of queue barrier products to choose from, all British-sourced and manufactured, plus we are an approved distributor of the Tensabarrier system.

Our outstanding customer reviews on Trustpilot demonstrate the quality of our products and the 5* customer service from our knowledgeable team that comes with them. With such insight and competitive prices, we’re absolutely the best place to buy your queue barriers.

XL Displays Team