Cafe Barriers


We are Cafe Barriers specialists with FIVE different systems to choose from. Café barriers are an ideal way to create an indoor or outdoor drinking or eating area for bars and restaurants. They are also used to section off areas of a showroom or display area, or for use in queue management.

We have FIVE different quality Cafe Barriers Systems to suit all requirements and budgets, along with Pedestrian Guidance and Rope Barrier Systems.

We offer FIVE different Cafe Banner materials to choose from. Send us your print ready artwork or a design brief.

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Cafe Barrier Systems


What is a Cafe Barrier System?

A Café Barriers system is an outdoor display that usually comprises of stainless steel posts with heavyweight bases. Metal cross rails fit between the posts, and high-quality fabric printed banners are attached to them.

Different grades of products making up modular cafe barrier systems can be specified by our team to make the perfect system for you and your business. Our experience with these systems is second-to-none in the UK.

Outdoor Cafe Barriers are used to mark out outside alfresco 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.

  • Facts On Cafe Barriers
  • Cafe barriers are used to create an outdoor seating area at cafes and restaurants.
  • They are typically made from metal or wood and have a weighted base to keep them in place.
  • Cafe barriers can be found in a variety of colors and designs to match the style of the cafe or restaurant.
  • They are typically placed around the perimeter of the outdoor seating area to create a defined space.
  • Cafe barriers can be used to create a temporary outdoor seating area for special events.
  • They can also be used to create a queue or line for customers waiting to order food or drink.
  • Cafe barriers are often used in conjunction with outdoor furniture such as tables and chairs.
  • They can also be used to create a barrier between the sidewalk and the street.
  • Cafe barriers are typically easy to set up and take down, making them ideal for use in busy areas.

Benefits of Cafe Barriers

Cafe barriers are an excellent way to create a boundary between your outdoor seating area and the rest of the world. They are also a great way to promote your business and attract new customers. Here are some of the many benefits of cafe barriers:

  • They are a great way to advertise your business. Banners with your logo and business name on can help to attract foot traffic through brand exposure.
  • They are a great way to attract new customers.
  • Correctly arranged cafe barriers create a comfortable and relaxed outdoor dining and drinking environment and atmosphere for guests. This works really well for an outdoor music event, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, tea shops and cafes.
  • Café Barrier Posts can be fitted with A4 Sign Holders to provide information about your menu or to promote special offers.
  • Cafe Barrier Posts and Ropes make excellent money-saving queueing systems for outside bars and nightclub venues.
  • A Cafe barrier system offers some privacy and social distancing for guests dining or drinking outside your venue. It can make it more warm and inviting.

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.

Turnaround is from 3 days, depending on which cafe barrier system and banner material you choose.

Budget – from £144 (2 posts, 1 banner)
Select – from £188
Style – from £144
Premium – from £234
Ultimate – from £295

Fit For Purpose

Our Branded Cafe Barriers are designed for outdoor use in UK 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.

We know just how much of an effect the visual appeal of a cafe can have on footfall. We help you improve your appearance with high-quality and well-designed cafe barriers to attract new custom.

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 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.

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Any Artwork You Like

Your 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.

Your Cafe Banner System can be printed in full colour, matching your brand guidelines and colour scheme.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are cafe barriers?

Cafe barriers are a type of temporary fencing that is often used to create an outdoor seating area for cafes and restaurants. They are typically made from metal or plastic and can be either free-standing or attached to a wall or other structure. Cafe barriers can be used to create a variety of different shapes and sizes of outdoor seating areas, and can be decorated with lights, plants, and other items to create a more inviting space.

What are they made of?

Posts are usually made from outdoor grade stainless steel. banners can be made from printed PVC, fabric or canvas.

5. Are there any drawbacks to using cafe barriers?

There are a few potential drawbacks to using cafe barriers. First, they can be expensive to purchase and maintain. Second, they can be difficult to clean and keep looking presentable. Third, they can be a trip hazard if not installed properly.

Are there any special care or maintenance requirements for cafe barriers?

Cafe barriers are a great way to add some style and personality to your cafe or restaurant. They are also a great way to keep your customers safe and your establishment looking its best. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to care and maintenance for your cafe barriers.

Make sure to clean your cafe barriers on a regular basis. This will help to prevent dirt and grime from building up and making them difficult to clean.

How are cafe barriers used?

Cafe barriers are typically used to delineate an outdoor seating area at a tea shop, coffee shop, cafe or restaurant. They are also sometimes used at events or in other public spaces to create a temporary barrier or partition. Cafe barriers typically consist of a metal or plastic base that is weighted down with water or sand, and one or more vertical posts that are connected to the base. The posts are usually topped with a horizontal bar, and may also have a rope or chain attached to them.

How do cafe barriers work?

Cafe barriers are a type of physical barrier that is typically used to delineate a specific area within a larger space. For example, cafe barriers can be used to create a queue line or to section off a specific area within a restaurant. Cafe barriers are also often used outdoors, to create a temporary outdoor seating area or to section off a specific area within a park or public space.

Cafe barriers typically consist of a base and a horizontal bar that is attached to the base.

How are cafe barriers installed?

Cafe barriers are installed by first drilling holes into the ground or pavement at the desired location. Then, metal posts are inserted into the holes and cement is used to fill the holes and secure the posts in place. Once the posts are in place, the barriers can be attached to the posts using brackets or clamps.

How much do cafe barriers cost?

Cafe barriers, also called crowd control barriers, are typically made of metal or plastic and are used to delineate a space or area. They are often seen in outdoor cafes, nightclubs, and other public spaces. Prices for cafe barriers can vary depending on the material, size, and style of the barrier.

Metal cafe barriers are usually the most expensive option, as they are the most durable and offer the best security.

How long do cafe barriers last?

Cafe barriers are made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. They can last for many years if properly cared for. However, if they are left outdoors in the elements, they will not last as long. Cafe barriers should be stored in a cool, dry place when not in use.

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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…


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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.

Planning Permission »

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions »

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 fit between the posts, and high-quality fabric printed banners are attached to them. Posts and banners connect together to create an infinite variety of configurations. A cafe barrier set-up helps to designate outdoor and indoor spaces for activities such as eating or drinking. It can also serve as a queue management system and as a branding or advertising medium.

How Much are Cafe Barrier Systems?

We have a range of 5 systems to suit every budget.

What’s the difference between cafe barrier systems?

Cheaper systems comprise of lightweight components which are not really suitable for use outdoors in the wind and the rain. These low-cost setups can blow over and quickly become corroded.

Can I Attach My Café Banner To The Wall?

Yes you can, and this is more cost-effective than buying a post. Simple brackets are available for fixing to a wall.

Can I Extend My Existing Café Barrier System?

Yes you can by simply purchasing additional posts, rails and banners to suit.

Can You Help With The Design Of My Café Barrier?

We are here to help! You can also use our free online design tool to create your banner designs.

If you’re looking to get creative, why not display different messages along the length of multiple cafe barrier banners?