Cafe Barriers


We are Cafe Barriers specialists with FOUR 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 FOUR 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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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.

Further Reading »

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?