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Barrier ropes

Used to create a temporary or decorative rope barrier, these ropes can be ordered in any length and are assembled with open or trigger hooks fitted on each end. The end hooks may be attached to eye plates for fixing on to a wall, or directly hooked on to free standing posts. For special or unusual installations we can supply barrier ropes with custom fittings and spliced knotwork.

barrier rope in hemp with chrome fittings make barrier ropes and handrails to measure. Suitable ropes for decorative barrier applications are the natural ropes such as hemp or cotton - or the synthetic ropes, available in high grade p.o.s.h as natural buff pale or dark, black or green, navy nylon fibre rope or red polyester rope. See examples of all our ropes on the ROPES page.

Our hand-made SPECIALITY ROPES make beautiful decorative barrier ropes and room dividers. These ropes are wound using a traditional technique known as "worming" and incorporate different diameter strands and colours to produce a multi layer twisted rope.

We can supply custom wrought iron fittings for barrier ropes as special orders; please contact us for details.

Barrier ropes look good with a slight droop or curve. If you give us the distance to be spanned, we can set the rope accordingly; a piece of string set across the gap will give a good idea of how a barrier rope will hang, and can be used as a measure to specify a drop that would suit.

Rope end whippings supply barrier ropes with hook ends fitted - we use a traditional sailmakers palm and needle whipping to secure the end of the rope, before attaching the fittings.

barrier rope in dark P.O.S.H. with brass fitiings

Barrier Ropes should not be used for support, as the end fitting is only held on to the rope by a screw. For a rope to bear weight, e.g. for a stair case, a knot or splice needs to be tied in at each end, using the strands of the same rope. Our KNOTS page shows examples of secure rope endings for stair and bannister ropes.

The strongest method possible for making a fitting on a barrier rope secure, and one which will ensure a long life, is illustrated in the images below. We have replaced many fittings on barrier ropes where the screw has worn through taped or heat treated (melted) ends and inferior whippings.

Shown below is the process we use to attach a hook end fitting to the end of a barrier rope. The same method is used to fix end caps to barrier ropes. The retaining screw that secures the fitting to the end of the barrier rope bears up against a strong sailmaker's palm and needle whipping on the end of the rope. The whipping will be hidden from view by the collar of the fitting.

whipping the end of a barrier rope 1
whipping the end of a barrier rope 2
whipped end of barrier rope

using the sailmaker's palm

pulling through

finished whipping

barrier rope whipping ready for fitting
barrier rope fitting showing pin
barrier rope ready to fit

finished whipping, trimmed

fitting showing pin

whipped rope ready for fitting

Barrier rope fittings

Choose between solid brass fittings in polished brass or mirror chrome finish, for 24mm natural or synthetic ropes.

barrier rope hook end fitting in chrome finish

High quality solid cast brass barrier rope fittings are available in a polished brass finish or with a mirror chrome plating, and are suitable for 24mm ropes,. These are available in a traditional design, as shown in the image on the left, in mirror chrome.

Four screws and wall plugs are provided for each eye plate.

End caps (without hooks) may be used for decorative rope installations. A brass end cap is shown in the image below.

barrier rope brass cap

End caps for barrier ropes are available for all our 24mm diameter ropes and come fitted as above, using the secure sailmakers palm and needle whipping. End caps for ropes may be ordered in polished or matt brass, mirror chrome and satin nickel finishes.
Other finishes available - please enquire for more details.

Barrier ropes - Fittings prices for 24mm diameter ropes

  • Open hook fitted - £33.00
  • End cap (brass/chrome/nickel) fitted - £18.00
  • Eye plate (inc. plugs and screws) - £6.00
  • End cap (stainless steel) fitted - £26.00

Complete Stair ropes price list (and printable p.d.f.) on our ORDER page

Custom made barrier ropes
red barrier rope

Custom made wrought iron fittings, individually sourced materials and our specialised ropes and knots know-how can provide solutions for special installations and decorative barrier rope projects.

On the right is a custom made barrier rope which was supplied to rope off the top of a stairway; it was designed to be strong enough to bear weight and still be removable. The open hook wall fittings for this project were constructed in mild steel (wrought iron) and have a gun-metal finish. The 24mm POSH (dark) rope has an eyesplice decorated with a traditional sailor's Turks head whipping at each end.

Shown below is a barrier rope in cotton fibre rope, commissioned with specially sourced steel hardware and a magnet on one end - and designed to attach to a sheet steel partition wall.

Contact Stair

For more advice or information about our barrier ropes and decorative hand rails, or to order a barrier rope, you can contact James Watson directly at Stair


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custom made cotton barrier rope with stainless steel fittings and magnetic attachment

Custom barrier rope with magnetic attachment.

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