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Q-Barriers - B50000
Q-Barrier cuff
Q-Barrier cuff
Q-Barriers - B50000
Q-Barriers - B50000


* Neutral, clean lines that blend with the environment

* Stable base with non-skid/scratch pads

* Flexible, easy to reconfigure design

* Elasticated cord that gently tugs and effectively guides

* Click here for elastic cord

* Optional components to accommodate informative signage

* Click here for wall terminators

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    36"H x 13"W x 13"D
    Stainless Steel 1 - 3
    Q-Barrier Stainless Steel Cuff - to add a second cord to your barriers
    1 - 5
    Barrier Key - to tighten cap
    1 $16.50

    Absolute designed this barrier for MoMA in New York to provide a 'full height' system to assist visitor direction and control. It has proved such a success that we have now included it in our standard range.

    The barrier features a wide stable base plate, tamper proof cap and choice of signage plates that can be fitted in place of the top cap.

    The 'Q' Barrier performs a similar role to the common 'webbing' barrier found in so many public buildings but with proportions and detailing that is designed to complement a museum and gallery environment.

    The base is steel and comes with stainless steel cover.

    **elastic cord not included**

    Additional Information


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

    Q-Barrier Cuffs can be added to add a second cord for ADA compliancy.

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

    Our stanchions are supplied complete with an Allen key for assembly.


    We recommend up to 8' 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 straight line between stanchions.

    For more permanent installations, please see our floor mounted or screw fixed versions.


    1. Assemble the stanchion by placing the stainless steel cover over the heavy black baseplate.
    2. Remove the bolt from the end of the upright, fit the washer onto the bolt and place it through the central hole of the base plate and cover and into the end of the upright. Tighten securely with the Allen Key provided.
    3. Place the stanchions in position to guide visitors, allowing up to 8' between each. Larger distances may be possible but be sure to avoid the cord drooping.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Repeat step 5 for the last stanchion or use a wall terminator.
    8. When the layout is complete, gently tighten all caps to prevent them from being unscrewed.

    Museum Display and Queue Barriers

    Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in a particular path or direction. Shorter barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed. The largest supplier of this type of barrier is Absolute Museum and Gallery Products. In North and South America, Absolute’s quality products are sold by Art Display Essentials.

    Museum barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground. Absolute Museum and Gallery Products now offers a Q-Barrier Cuff (B5200) to add to an existing barrier that adds a second cord down at the correct height to be compliant with the ADA standards.

    Below is the info from the ADA website:

    From 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design2

    307 Protruding Objects

    307.1 General. Protruding objects shall comply with 307.

    307.2 Protrusion Limits. Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches (685 mm) and not more than 80 inches (2030 mm) above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches (100 mm) maximum horizontally into the circulation path.

    EXCEPTION: Handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches (115 mm) maximum.

    Advisory 307.2 Protrusion Limits. When a cane is used and the element is in the detectable range, it gives a person sufficient time to detect the element with the cane before there is body contact. Elements located on circulation paths, including operable elements, must comply with requirements for protruding objects. For example, awnings and their supporting structures cannot reduce the minimum required vertical clearance. Similarly, casement windows, when open, cannot encroach more than 4 inches (100 mm) into circulation paths above 27 inches (685 mm).

    Other ResourcesWhat's in the Box

    1 Upright with stainless steel top cap

    1 Cast Iron Base
    1 Stainless Steel Cover Plate
    1 Allen key

    What’s not included: Elasticated Cord, Barrier Signage

    elastic cord at ADE
    starting at:
    Price: $45.00-$142.00
    Signage Plate
    starting at:
    Price: $68.00-$112.00
    freestanding barriers at ADE
    starting at:
    Price: $27.00-$321.00