Stanchions and velvet rope

A stanchion (/ˈstænən/) is a sturdy upright fixture that provides support for some other object.[1] It can be a permanent fixture.


In architecture, stanchions are the upright iron bars in windows that pass through the eyes of the saddle bars or horizontal irons to steady the leadlight. The French call the latter traverses, the stanchions montants, and the whole arrangement armature. Stanchions frequently finish with ornamental heads forged out of the iron.[2]

Stanchions are also the metal supporting members of lighting mounted from a lower elevation. This includes the metal inclined member for mounting a streetlight to a telephone or power pole, and the dedicated metal vertical support of a self-supporting or bottom-fed streetlight. In this case, the stanchion pole may double as the raceway for the electrical feed to the lighting.

In industrial installations, walkway lighting may be mounted with a stanchion that is secured to a hand-rail. Stanchion lights are typically spaced 50' along walkways, such as conveyor platforms.

Stanchions (balusters or bollards) are also the upright posts inserted into the ground or floor to protect the corner of a wall.

In event management a stanchion is an upright bar or post that includes retractable belts, velvet ropes, or plastic chains, sometimes in conjunction with wall-mounted barrier devices, barricades, and printed signage[3] and often used for crowd control and engineering people flow and construction site safety.


Stanchions are used for many different purposes, including crowd control and queues and waiting lines and management of large groups of people. Many different places use stanchions, including banks, building societies, and credit unions; stores, from larger department stores to trendy boutiques; hotels and conference centers; museums; restaurants and cafés; nightclubs and beach clubs; concert venues, sports arenas and stadiums; airports (including at check-in, security screening, gates, and immigration), train stations, ports, and other mass transport venues; trade shows, art shows and comic conventions; art and opera festivals; and fairgrounds, circuses and other events. Notably stanchions are rarely used in domestic settings or in small businesses where such a marker is not warranted, such as rural cafes or microbreweries.[citation needed]

Stanchion (transportation)

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  1. ^ "Stanchion - Definition and More". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Stanchion". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 25 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 772.
  3. ^ Marinho, Giuliano. "What Is a Stanchion: A Stanchion Definition Complete Guide!". Safety Sticklers. Retrieved 20 November 2023.
  4. ^ "What are Stanchions? Stanchion Definitions & Types of Stanchions". Crowd Control Warehouse. Retrieved 2018-06-09.