The "Ins" and "Outs" of Stanchions

The "Ins" and "Outs" of Stanchions

The Rise of Stanchions

Elegant brass and velvet rope stanchions are on display in luxury hotels and at high class events around the world. Their primary purpose is crowd control, but the combination of brass (or other metals) and plush fabrics or roping adds an element of prestige to any setting. As Janet Jackson once said, “There are two sides of the velvet rope. Those who want to be on the other side and those who are on the other side.”

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The history of velvet rope stanchions dates back to 1894, when George and Louise Boldt first used them in their original Waldorf hotel in New York City (right).

The renowned Studio 54 later used the velvet rope to discern who would enter the exclusive Broadway theater turned nightclub in the late 1970’s. Whoever controlled the velvet rope, created the division between those belonging to the exclusive club and those who longed to be a part of it.

What are Stanchions?

Stanchions are also known as barrier posts, rope barriers, rope posts, crowd control barriers, or crowd control posts. They are simply standalone upright posts that can be made of various metals, plastic or other composite materials.

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Stanchions are slim, cylindrical in shape and typically have variable tops that range from the classic ball top to an urn shape top, or sometimes a flat top. The flat top is designed for any line configuration you need, with hollow grooves on the side so that you can arrange the rope in various formations.

Roping to connect the stanchions is often a reflection of style preference. Popular ropes include plush velvet, velour, or braided roping. Retractable rope options are also popular for queue configurations that need to be changed quickly and frequently. You've probably noticed them standing in lines at the airport or department stores. 

Why do I need Stanchions?

Stanchions are used by a vast array of businesses and organizations for various purposes including crowd control and customer flow for waiting lines and other queues. 

Stanchions can be found on display in banks, department stores, hotels, museums, restaurants, concert venues, trade shows, and other events. In museums, stanchions are often used to protect items, and remind visitors that the items are not to be touched. Stanchions can communicate to visitors off limits areas or those reserved for special guests and VIPs. 

One form of stanchions available are sign holders with a space to display a message or give directions to guests and visitors. Heavy duty bases allow stanchions to stand firmly in place without easilty being moved or tipped over. 

During the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in the use of stanchions to more clearly lay out queue locations to avoid confusion (and sometimes relieve anxiety) for visitors and customers.

Impact Brass offers Customizable Stanchions

Impact Brass stanchion posts and ropes can be customized to your specific needs. While the business began by making brass products, they’ve expanded to offer stainless steel, chrome, and powdered coated steel in an extensive array of colors. Ropes come in various materials and lengths of up to 8 feet.
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These internationally recognized superior public area products can be customized in several ways; metal finish, type of top, type of base, weight of base, and height. These custom stanchions are all manufactured from 2" OD solid brass tubing. Powder coated colors and finishes provide many appearance options for these posts and ropes.