The placement of velvet rope stanchions is one of the most effective ways to both control crowds, and add an element of class to your establishment. They’re so indicative of elegance, the mere presence of a velvet rope denotes an air of quality. However, if you’re in the market for a velvet rope stanchion, it’s important you know the different styles that are available to you so you can make the best choice.
1. Stanchion Tops
The three different types of velvet rope stanchions are defined by the top (or finial) used on the posts: ball, crown, and flat. Each one sends a different stylistic message. The ball type has a sophisticated look that implies a formal event is taking place. The crown finial is the most famous “red carpet” style, making it perfect for special celebratory events, while the flat style is the most modern and relatively subdued style of stanchion. For further variety, each type of stanchion can be matched with one of two types of bases: profile, and dome. Generally, the profile is gently sloped and is most common for stanchions that form waiting lines, while the narrower but taller dome base can be used either for lines, or to indicate an area of restricted access.
The finest velvet ropes are composed of a cotton core wrapped in velvet, also commonly known as velour. Other coverings include Naugahyde and Braid. Velour – available in several colors – is the most common choice, as it is luxurious and is the “velvet” of “velvet rope”. If you prefer a “leather” look, you may want to choose Naugahyde. Braid, on the other hand, is made of twisted Rayon fibers, and is commonly seen at “official” establishments such as banks.
3. Rope Ends
There are two principal types of rope ends: the snap end, and the hook end. The snap end – composed of a spring-loaded lever that “snaps” – is the most common. Either style is available in all finishes necessary to match the stanchion.
With so many options, it’s easy to find just the right color and style of stanchion to meet you needs.