Custom Café Barriers

Sudden Exposure have been manufacturing, branding and delivering the highest quality cafe barriers to clients for nearly 30 years.


Available in stock sizes – 1 & 2 mt wide x 94 cm high (Standard) and 1 & 2 mt. wide x 150cm high (High).

*Custom sizes (available upon request)


  • Black powder coated Round or Square steel Tube 48mm
  • 1mt standard height café barrier frames weigh – 6kg
  • 2mt standard height café barrier frames weigh – 12kg
  • 1mt high height café barrier frames weigh – 12kg
  • 2mt high height café barrier frames weigh – 16kg


  • Plain or printed PVC and acrylic fabric
  • Double sided (maximum exposure) or single sided 
  • Screen printed, digital printed, direct to film (DTF) or sign written with self-adhesive vinyl (SAV)
  • Attached to the steel tube with sail track on all 4 sides

For that something different we can create and work with you.

Here are a few different substrates we have used to showcase that “point of difference”

Wooden, bamboo screen, aluminium composite panel, corrugated iron, acrylic sheet, reo, laser cut metal panel, pvc pickets, dock rope … the list is endless.


Single or Double feet

The configuration of the cafe barriers allows for use of double feet to create the seamless gap between cafe barriers, using a “L”” U “or straight along payment setups which also brings with that extra stability for the cafe barriers.

Inground barrier socket and sleeves are a great permanent solution to your outdoor livery.

Using a core driller, we drill into the pavement to install the sockets which sit level with the ground when not in use and are now preferred in many municipalities.  Built strong for everyday use, socket and sleeve systems are suitable for all market style umbrellas (up to 3×3 metres) and most cafe barriers.  Cafe Barrier sleeves come in single or double feet. A locking pin option is available for added security.

We can supply and install several socket systems to suit your needs.


Weight bags come in two different sizes – 10kg and 15kg

Our recommendation is for a minimum 10kg Heavyweight to be placed on each foot of each café barrier for stability and safety to you clientele.

Flexible weights are usually used by staff and highly effective at stabilising café barriers.

Weight bags for stability bag itself is reinforced PVC with seat belt grade handles and they are filled with galvanized zinc.

See out Accessories page


Adobe Illustrator EPS or AI (all fonts to be outlined)

High-Resolution PDF Files required (150–300 DPI)

Artwork must be created in CMYK colour mode. (Colours may not be accurate when converted from other colour modes.)

Colour Critical samples of two physical proofs should be put in post to match critical colours noted.

Multiple files of a different nature will incur setup charge for each artwork change

A digital artwork approval will be sent for signed off prior to commencement of works – client to check all details carefully, (Sudden Exposure cannot be held responsible for errors once approval has been sent)


Allow up to 10 business days for artwork, approval & manufacture for despatch.




Capital City Metro

Other areas


1-3 days

4 days

Canberra (ACT)

1-3 days

2-5 days


1-2 days

1-2 days


2-4 days

3-7 days

Northern Territory

4-8 days

5-12 days

South Australia

1-3 days

2-5 days


4-6 days

5-10 days


2-4 days

2-4 days




Stock Size Barriers – 1 Mt. & 2 Mt. in LENGTH x 900 Mm. in HEIGHT

Custom Size Barriers – from 500 mm. up to 3 Mt. in LENGTH & from 1 Mt. up to 1.8 Mt.  in HEIGHT

We can supply & manufacture Custom size barriers.

Square or Round Powder Coated 50 mm. Steel Tube

* Special Powder Coat Colours available upon request – see Dulux Powder Coat Chart on Catalogues page

Single or Double Feet

Fixed (Welded) or Adjustable (Screw On)

In Ground Barrier Socket & Sleeve – Double or Single

* see our ACCESSORIES page


Full Colour Digital PVC Inserts – Double or Single Sided

Coloured PVC

½ Branded PVC (bottom half) / ½ Clear PVC (top half) – (FOR HIGH BARRIERS)

* Custom – Wooden, Bamboo Screen, Aluminium Composite Panel, Corrugated Iron, Acrylic Sheet, Reo, Laser Cut Metal, PVC Pickets & Dock Rope & on & on.

* see our Catalogues page for the Colour PVC Chart