Plymouth Museum
Plymouth Museum

Q Barrier Surface mounted


This is the surface mounted version of our 'full height' stanchion system for more permanent installations, and is relatively straight forward to install. It is ideally suited to directing the flow of visitors at entrances to exhibits, for ticketing or where there is a requirement for people to wait. It is both a physical and visual message dictating accessibility and ensuring that queuing is an orderly and defined process.

The stanchion post has a small base plate that is attached to the floor with four fixings (screws or expansion bolts) providing a rigid installation to support our discreet elastic cord that replaces those dreadful droopy ropes. A thin stainless steel cover then hides the fixings providing a clean uncluttered finish. Simple, effective, and suited to more static layouts.

The proportions and detailing have been designed to complement museum and gallery environments with clean lines and neutral finishes.

There is a range of signage options that will attach easily and securely to the stanchion to assist with informing and directing visitors.


Q Barrier Surface-mounted - SS

Please contact Eloise Wierzbicki for the best price.


You will of course require elasticated cord to go with your stanchion layout.

A range of signage options are available to work with your Q Barrier.

Our stanchions are supplied complete with an Allen key.


We recommend to 8'-10' as the ideal spacing between stanchions, but this can be adjusted slightly to suit individual layouts.

For the best finish it is important to ensure that the cord maintains a level and straight line between stanchions.


  1. Mark out the positions of the stanchions. Normal spacing is 8'-10' between posts. It is important to ensure that the tension on the cord is sufficient to maintain a straight and level line. 
  2. Screw the floor plate firmly to the base of the upright using the countersunk bolt provided.
  3. It is essential to mark out the fixing holes for the floor plate with the uprights in place to ensure the cord slots at the top of the post are correctly aligned. If you are planning to use signage, then have this in place to check alignment.
  4. Mark and drill the holes for fixings.. four per stanchion.. and screw into place.
  5. Once the base plate is secure, and before putting the cord between the stanchions.. place the cover plate over the top of the post and slide down until it covers the base plate fixings.
  6. When you have the desired layout, unscrew the top cap until there is a gap large enough to insert the cord. Use a small Allen key or screwdriver in the hole on the side of the cap if additional grip is needed.
  7. Insert the end of the cord into the space under the cap and wrap the cord around the stem once or twice and out through one of the slots. Hold the cord in place and screw the cap down.
  8. For intermediate stanchions, pull the cord tight to the next stanchion with enough tension to make a straight line and feed the cord in through one slot, around the cap stem and out through the appropriate slot. Straight through for a line of stanchions and ninety degrees at a corner.
  9. Repeat step 6 for the last stanchion.
  10. When the layout is complete, tighten all caps to prevent them from being unscrewed.