The History behind Retractable Belt Stanchions

There is nothing more maddening than thinking you’re almost to the front of the line, and realizing the line snaked around in a different direction. Back to the end, and the wait has become much longer. That is when a retractable belt stanchion really comes in handy.

Origin of the Belt Stanchion

People have been waiting in lines since the dawn of time. In olden days, sawhorses were used for barricades or to keep people in line. There is confusion in busy shops, ticket lines, and anywhere there is a much-needed service. The study of queues began at the turn of the twentieth century. The use of modern-day retractable belt stanchions is a more recent development. The first retractable belt was the seatbelt in an automobile. This seatbelt invention put the idea in someone’s head to revamp the crowd control stanchion.

Retractable Belt Stanchion

If you’re old enough, maybe the first stanchion you encountered had a velvet rope hanging between the poles. Velvet ropes are still used in some places, but the most common stanchions have retractable belts. There are four key considerations when buying belt stanchions. First, the base needs to be heavy so the pole doesn’t tip over easily. There are also bases that have a roller on one side to make moving them around easier. Second, how many belts should the stanchion have? Stanchions can have up to three belts. This would make it harder for someone to cheat and duck under a single belt to move up in the line. Belts also come in two- and three-inch widths. Third, what distance do you want to have between stanchions? Belts come in seven- and eleven-foot lengths. The longer the belt, the fewer stanchions you will need. This might be a consideration for cutting costs. Fourth, do you want to advertise your business, or have another message printed on the belt? You can also choose from many colors for the belt.

Crowd Flow

Retractable belt stanchions and ropes improve customer wait time and can provide safety as barricades. You’ll find them in banks, museums, airports, theaters, construction sites, and many more places. Customers like knowing where they are in line and can approximate how long their wait will be.

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