Surface Mounted Barrier

Used to protect both temporary and permanent installations, the Surface Mounted Barrier is quick to install and more discreet than the Freestanding Barrier.

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from $110.25 (ex VAT)
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Product Description

As with the other barriers, the neutral finish and simple clean lines of the Surface Mounted Barrier sit comfortably within the museum, gallery and display environment, gently reminding the public of its presence without clashing with the display or decor.

The clever bit is a stretchy cord, that fits snugly into the top of each post, drawing a neat line in the air, avoiding the distraction of that dreadful droopy rope, and because the elasticated cord makes a straight line, it blends with the architecture of the building helping the barriers to become less obvious and ensuring the artwork is the object of attention. Our Surface Mounted Barriers are used to protect Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' at The Tate Modern. When sold in 2011, it was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

Installation of the Surface Mounted version of our barrier system is very straight forward. Just screw the base plate to the floor. These fixings are then hidden by a simple cover plate that fits over the post that supports the elasticated cord. This defines restricted access, but gives to the touch thus avoiding tripping or injury.

Key Features of the Surface Mounted Barrier:

  • Suits both temporary and permanent displays
  • Suitable for timber floors
  • Neutral, clean lines that blend with the environment
  • Very easy to install
  • Elasticated cord that gently tugs without tripping
  • Modular components to accommodate informative signage and tie-back to wall

Product Specification

Diagram explaining the Surface Mounted Barrier's dimensions and components.

Type: Stanchion Barrier (Surface Mounted)

Material & Finish:  Powder coated mild steel or brushed stainless steel

Dimensions:  385mm high x 100mm diameter base (5mm deep), 20mm diameter upright

UK Installation Instructions PDF:  Click here to download

USA Installation Instructions PDF:  Click here to download


Expert Advice


> Read our expert guide: Choosing Art Barriers for Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary Spaces - Click here to read


It is important to select a barrier finish that blends well with the environment and minimises visual impact and to assist this process, our standard cord colour is a neutral grey. However, in areas where it is important to draw attention to the line we can supply cord in a range of colours that will enhance the contrast. These are white, red, black or yellow.

Because these barriers have a rigid fixing the tension on the Elasticated Cord can be greater and it is possible to increase the distance between barriers up to a maximum of approximately 2.5 metres.

Whenever possible, barriers should be placed in a symmetrical fashion in front of an artwork, as this maintains good overall visual harmony.

What's Included


  •  1 x Upright with Top Cap
  •  1 x Cover Plate
  •  1 x Base Plate
  •  1 x Secure Threaded Bolt
  •  1 x Allen Key

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Museum Grade

Museum grade products, designed for all settings. We design and manufacture high quality products in the UK to display, protect and explain artworks as well as to guide and inform visitors. Absolute has built a reputation for innovative, high-specification solutions for museums and galleries around the world, which are available for use in all types of environments, from attractions and hospitality venues to airports, restaurants and everything in between. For more information about how our product solutions could support or enhance your space, please contact us.

Delivery Information

Every effort is made to despatch the same day for orders placed before 13:00, this is subject to warehouse capacity and stock availability. We use UPS courier service; all prices are calculated on weight at the checkout and are delivered by the courier between 8am – 6pm. Please contact us if your delivery country is unavailable for website ordering, this will be shown during checkout. Also note that international orders delivery time does not include customs clearance. Further information about delivery please contact us.

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