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August 18, 2020 @ 12:00am

Desktop Barriers

Reopening safely means redesigning your workplace for social distancing, and that often includes the addition of barriers. They add a layer of protection, creating a physical barrier between people to help reduce exposure to airborne droplets.

There are many different factors for workplaces to consider when selecting the right barrier. We at Rhyme are here to help you find the best barrier solution for your business — just follow these five key steps to pick the right one for you.

1. Identify the Type

The first thing to don when picking the right barrier is assessing the space it will go in and figuring out what kind of barrier design you need for that space. Barrier types include:

  • Desk or Counter Barriers — ideal for retrofitting workspaces, especially open office/hoteling situations or areas where employees and customers interact
    • Available in attached and freestanding designs so consider how portable you need the barrier to be
    • Options with a pass-thru window allow for the exchange of documents
  • Panel Systems — a more permanent solution to divide spaces or create cubicles
  • Mobile Dividers — a retrofit option that can protect workstations and divide hallways and common areas, all with the flexibility to move freely as needs change
    • Cut-out option allows for temperature checks

Desktop Barrier

2. Find the Right Size

Many of our barriers come in a range of sizes, allowing you to find the right fit for your workspace.

Clear Barrier on reception desk

3. Compare Materials

Barriers are made from all different kinds of base materials, so it's important to consider what kind works best for your environment. Material types include:

  • Acrylic — clearer but softer, so less scratch-resistant
  • Polycarbonate — less clear, more scratch resistant
  • Tempered Glass — clear, durable, scratch-resistant and writeable with dry-erase markers
  • Polyester — sound-absorbing and pinnable
  • Contourett Vinyl — sound-absorbing and pinnable

Mobile Divider

4. Keep Cleanability in Mind

Keeping all your barriers clean in very important. Cleaning methods for our assortment range from simple soap and water to disinfection. 


5. Consider Color

Barrier colors can be just as important as other barrier aspects. Factors like color shades and opacity can affect visibility, privacy and aesthetics. Color types include:

  • Clear — allows for visual interactions
  • Frosted/Opaque White — offers more visual privacy; frosted allows more light to pass through
  • Colors — provide privacy and the opportunity to enhance interior design

Download Rhyme's Guide to Barriers

View Manufacturer Recommended Barrier Cleaning Methods

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