Cafe Barrier Systems
What is a Cafe Barrier System?
A Cafe Barrier system is an outdoor display which usually comprises of stainless steel posts with heavyweight bases, metal cross rails which fit between the posts, and high-quality fabric printed banners.
Outdoor Cafe Barriers are used to mark out outside dining and drinking areas, outdoor cafe tables, smoking areas, provide queue management solutions and more.
Sometimes referred to as cafe windbreaks, Printed Cafe Barriers and Cafe Banners enhance a restaurant or cafe exterior, especially when designed to match existing branding and graphics.
Budget to Premium Systems
Choose from our Budget (10kg base) range right up to our Ultimate (21kg) Cafe Barrier range. Read our Guide to Buying Cafe Barriers here.
Fit For Purpose
Our Branded Cafe Barriers are designed for outdoor use in British weather conditions and are built to last. Our materials specification on posts and bases ensures that they will be a sound investment for your business.
Beware! Other suppliers often advertise their Outdoor Cafe Barriers as ‘heavyweight‘, when in reality they are only 8-9kg or less. These flimsy and lightweight systems are completely unsuitable for outdoor cafe use in all but the most sheltered locations. Talk to us about your venue and location and we will advise on a range of cost-effective solutions.
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Posts, Crossbars, Banners, Ropes, Fixings, Accessories and Spares always in stock.
Call us for advice and a bespoke Cafe Barriers quotation.
Any Artwork You Like
Your Cafe Barrier printing artwork can be printed onto our PVC, PVC Blockout, Mesh, Fabric or Heavy Duty Canvas Cafe Banners. Single or double sided cafe or restaurant banners can be made.
Cafe Banner designs can be simple such as your establishment name or logo, or more complex. Consider using different designs on your cafe banners, or even ordering extra banners to change your message whenever you like.
Simply supply us your logo if you like, and we will design your cafe banners for you.
Choice of Posts & Fixings
Stainless Steel mirror finish, Brushed Steel finish, or Powder Coated posts and weighted bases or fixings can accommodate our banners and crossbars or simple rope systems.
10kg Standard bases are suited to indoor or sheltered outdoor areas – ask for our 16kg + Heavyweight bases for locations where wind gusts may be an issue.
Our Ultimate Cafe Barrier System offers 316 marine-grade stainless steel, plus options for Ground Sockets, Floor Mounts and Magnetic Fixings as well as 21kg heavyweight bases.
Replacement Cafe Banners
We also supply Replacement Cafe Banners for any existing system – ask for details! We produce these in PVC Banner, Mesh, Fabrics and Heavy Duty Canvas. Single or double sided café banners are available.
Our Cafe Banner System can be printed in full colour, matching your brand guidelines and colour scheme.
Choosing Cafe Barriers
Cafe Barriers are designed to define, divide or enclose outdoor or indoor areas. Printed banners are supported by crossrails and heavy duty posts. In most areas the systems are portable, allowing them to be moved into place as required, then stored when not required.
What Can A Cafe Barrier System Offer?
With the increased popularity of alfresco dining and drinking, making use of your outdoor space has never been as important. Cafe Barrier systems help to create comfortable and attractive areas for your customers whilst offering a stunning branding opportunity. Creatively designed banners can be eye-catching and ensure that your premises stand out from the competition.
What Is Important When Choosing A Cafe Barrier System?
Firstly, you need to consider where the system is being used. is it for indoors, outdoors, sheltered area, exposed area or high traffic area? Certain systems are more suited to specific areas; for example, exposed or high traffic areas would require at least our heavier 18kg post and base, whereas sheltered or indoor areas will suit our lighter 10kg posts and bases. Any outdoor system can be affected by wind gusts, it may be worth considering wind permeable banners, such as our Mesh Banner range.
Cafe Banner Types
Fabric Double Sided Cafe Banner
240gsm blockout fabric sewn back-to-back, full colour print both sides. Flame retardant, machine washable, colour-coordinated stitching.
Fabric Single Sided Cafe Banner
240gsm Decor fabric, printed full colour one side, white reverse. Flame retardant, machine washable, colour-coordinated stitching.
Mesh Single Sided Cafe Banner
330gsm Premium Mesh PVC Banner printed in full colour one side, white reverse. Flame retardant.
PVC Single Sided Cafe Banner
500gsm Premium PVC Banner printed in full colour using UV print technology. Our material is tearproof unlike alternative PVC Banner products. Flame retardant.
PVC Double Sided Cafe Banner
650gsm Premium PVC Blockout Banner suitable for double-sided printing. A black blockout liner within the material prevents show-through. Flame retardant.
Canvas Single Sided Cafe Banner
Heavyweight marine grade cotton canvas, specially treated. The canvas material comes in over 40 base colours and printing is performed one one side using screenprint or heat-press technologies. Flame retardant.
Canvas Double Sided Cafe Banner
Heavyweight marine grade cotton canvas, specially treated. The canvas material comes in over 40 base colours and printing is performed on both sides using screenprint or heat-press technologies. Flame retardant.
Cafe Barrier Layouts
The configurations for Cafe Barrier Systems are endless and can be designed to suit your exact requirements. here are a few possibilities…
Equality Act Compliance
Is an Equality Act (formerly DDA) compliant system required? If so, then our systems with wheelchair friendly bases and lower cross arm are required. Shallow post bases allow the wheels of a wheelchair to easily roll over them. Lower cross arm acts as a tapping rail for the visually impaired. Most County and Local Councils insist on compliance to these regulations, as do individidual shopping centres and malls. Take care to check your local regulations before specifying your system.
All local Councils have to ensure that the publics’ right to use a highway are not detrimentally affected. Public highways include footpaths, pavements, market places, parking spaces and verges. Councils usually class an area of the public highway where tables and chairs may be used or food and drink is consumed as Pavement Cafés. Councils are generally supportive of Pavement Cafes because they facilitate enjoyment in the local area. Generally, all parts of the public highway may be used for Pavement Cafés as long as all safety and non-obstruction requirements are met. Each local Council will however have their own guidelines. Some require you to fill out Pavement Café application forms for a ‘Pavement Café Licence’, whilst others require you to obtain planning permission and/or listed building Consent (This will usually be from your Local Planning Authority). With any of these scenarios there will usually be fees. Remember each County Council will have their own rules and guidelines. If you wish to serve alcohol at the Pavement Café you will undoubtedly need a liquor licence from your Council’s Licensing Authority. A local Council will sometimes undertake an assessment of suitability. This is based upon the size and location of the area in which you plan to have a Pavement Café. It will also take into consideration the width of the footway and other surrounding businesses input. If planning permission is required you may be asked to submit a site plan, here is a list of points to consider when producing this:
- Proposed boundaries
- Building line
- Kerb line
- Café Banner Kit layout and dimensions
- Points of access and dimensions
- Trading days and times
- A copy of your Public Liability Insurance
Section 115.E of the Highways Act 1980 gives Local Authorities the powers to licence and regulate items such as Café Banner Kits displayed on public highways. The role of the public highway is to allow the public to pass and re-pass. So, when using Café Banner Kits they must be managed and maintained in a way that protects the rights and safety of all users with special attention to wheelchair users and those with impaired vision.
Cafe Banner Design
The best cafe banners are simple designs, created to clearly identify your brand or service.
Colours should complement your shop front or branding.
You can create a different artwork for each cafe banner, or alternate simple brand logo banners with more detailed specific service banners.
Identify the optimal viewing distance of your cafe banners and design accordingly. Text that is too small can be hard to read from across the street.