Product Details

The Q-cord retractable stanchion system is the new definition of convenient architectural crowd control. Join the hundreds of distinguished locations around the world that are using the Q-cord to elegantly guide and distance their patrons.

The Q-cord is a retractable crowd control barrier that comes with 7 feet of cord. The Q-cord is the smallest diameter retractable barrier in the world. It has a beautiful brushed stainless-steel exterior and is made in the USA with marine grade components. It is easy to set up and rearrange and is available freestanding, Screw fixed, Socket mounted, or with a Magnetic base.

We have optional signage products available that are extremely useful for informing your guests. Use our signs to direct, socially distance, inform, and engage. Signage is available in a variety of sizes and must be used with a signage cap which comes in 60 degree or vertical configurations.

Add our QC-WTSS, Q-cord Wall Terminator, to your order to allow the barrier to end at a wall. This is particularly useful for closing off a hallway or creating an airgap from a wall to keep hands from touching things they should not be touching.

In response to our clients asking for an attractive solution for selective access control we have added the Quick release connector (QC-QRC). Use the Quick release connector anywhere a security guard or similar personnel will be frequently allowing selective access. The Quick release connector is only to be used in attended situations.

Q-Cord Retractable 20″ Art Barriers Bundle

From: $355.00

  • Retractable - Standard with 7 feet of extension
  • Architectural - Beautiful brushed stainless steel exterior
  • ADA 2010 compliant - Designed to exceed requirements
  • Convenient - Easy to set up and rearrange
  • Durable - Marine grade components
  • High Quality - Made in USA
  • Signage Options

Q-Cord Retractable 20" Barriers

Q-Cord Quick Release Connector

Q-cord Quick Release Connector Add-on For Access Controlled Areas


Q-Cord Wall Terminator

Q-cord Wall Terminator allows the barrier to end at a wall.


Q-cord Precut Cords

Custom made Q-cord cord terminated with connectors on both ends - lengths up to 8'.  Select closest Length required.

Final Cord will be cut 10% shorter than the length provided so that is it tight when in use.


Additional Information

Museum Display

Museum barriers are typically used to control visitors throughout a museum or institution.  These shorter barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed.

Museum stanchions should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground.

The new Q-Cord Retractable Art Barrier is made by 10-31 Inc., which is 20″ high and has one retractable cord. The cord is half a meter (19.75”) off of the ground to be ADA compliant.


Stanchions are sold individually.

  1. Remove the protective film from the stainless steel cover.
  2. Assemble the barrier by placing the cover over the heavy black baseplate.
  3. Remove the bolt from the packaging, fit the washer onto the bolt and place it through the central hole of the base plate and cover and into the end of the upright. Tighten securely with the Allen Key provided.
  4. Place the barriers in position allowing up to 7 feet between each barrier.
  5. When you have the desired layout, thread the terminal on the retractable cord into the adjacent barrier.

Surface Mounted

This barrier features a base plate that can be screw fixed to the floor. The screws are then concealed beneath the cover plate.

5″ diam. x .25″ base plate with .0625″ cover plate.

The upright supports an elasticated cord that defines restricted access but gives to the touch without tripping or injury.

We recommend a maximum of 7 feet or 3 meters between these barriers.


Stanchions are sold individually.

Stanchions are supplied with an Allen key for assembly.

  1. Slide the cover plate on the bottom of the stanchion with the peel layer facing the cords/engraved cap.
  2. Screw the base plate to the end of the upright with the countersunk bolt placed through the central hole and tighten securely with the Allen key. The countersink for the six perimeter screw holes will be on the top surface of the base plate.
  3. Mark out the position of the barriers being careful to ensure that the cords on top are aligned, and screw into place using a #8 size screws or similar. Normal spacing between barriers is 7’.

ADA Specs

From 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design2.

307 Protruding Objects.

307.1 General. Protruding objects shall comply with 307.

307.2 Protrusion Limits. Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches (685 mm) and not more than 80 inches (2030 mm) above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches (100 mm) maximum horizontally into the circulation path.

EXCEPTION: Handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches (115 mm) maximum.

Advisory 307.2 Protrusion Limits. When a cane is used and the element is in the detectable range, it gives a person sufficient time to detect the element with the cane before there is body contact. Elements located on circulation paths, including operable elements, must comply with requirements for protruding objects. For example, awnings and their supporting structures cannot reduce the minimum required vertical clearance. Similarly, casement windows, when open, cannot encroach more than 4 inches (100 mm) into circulation paths above 27 inches (685 mm).

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