The Beginner’s Guide to Plastic Event Fence Panels
Picture this: your company is holding a black-tie event.
You’ve rented a big white tent, a dance floor, a band, valets, and caterers.
Your event planner recommends that you purchase some a barrier that will keep the guests out of the kitchen (and away from from the salmon puffs). So you buy...steel barricades?
Not a such a great look for a fancy event.
Some events - weddings, corporate fundraisers, golf tournaments - require upscale crowd control solutions that direct the flow of foot traffic and look the part.
Enter: event fence panels.
Event fence panels are easy to set up, match the aesthetics of fancier events, and are sturdy enough to withhold pedestrians leaning on them and harsh weather conditions.
Still not sure if event fence panels are right for your next big function? Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most effective, elegant crowd control solutions available.
Vinyl Event Fences: The Basics
Usually, we don’t put the terms “plastic” and “classy” in the same sentence, but event fence panels are just that: plastic and classy.
Classic white, easy to assemble, and sophisticated, vinyl event fences are found at charity events, country clubs, and festivals all over.
The panels lock together with discrete connecting pieces that are hidden in the caps of the panel’s posts or the side posts themselves, creating contiguous barriers. These connecting devices can be rotated, turned, or set at an angle to add stability to your barrier, or create corners.
The plastic used to make event fence panels won’t splinter and has no rough edges or nails that stick out, reducing the liability of your event. Vinyl event fences are environmentally safe, non-toxic and recyclable. The panels will not warp, corrode, or rust, and can be cleaned with standard household cleaners.
The Four Styles of Event Fence Panels
There are four styles of event fence panels.
Each style provides a slightly different look and feel, and works for best for different types of events.
Traditional - Traditional event fence panels look like a traditional fence with posts on either side and rails on the top and bottom with pickets between the rails. These panels work best for events where you expect a high turnout, like golf tournaments, concerts, or festivals.
Picket - Picket event fence panels are similar to traditional ones, except that the pickets stick out a few inches above the top rail of the fence, rather than locking into it. These look best at dog shows, outdoor car shows, and horse races.
Lattice - Lattice event fence panels have a lattice panel inside of the posts and rails, rather than pickets. Garden shows, charity events, weddings, and country club events are all great opportunities to employ lattice style event fence panels.
Display - Display event fence panels are almost identical to the traditional style, save for a 30” x 20” display panel in the middle of the panel. When you want to display your organization’s logo, or want to sell advertising space at your event, display event fence panels are a great choice.
Dimensions and Specifications of Event Fence Panels
Standard event fence panels have the following specifications:
- 42” H x 72” L (6 ft. long)
- 27 lbs
- Locking pins and hardware made of aluminum and stainless steel
- Connecting hardware that can be installed in three directions and at angles to create different configurations and system stability
- Rotating foot system that allows for easy storage and set up
- PVC frame made of a UV inhibited, titanium dioxide additive, high impact plastic
How to Assemble Event Fence Panels
All event fence panels are assembled in the same way, with slight variations for picket style panels (more on that below).
6 (or 7) Steps to Assemble Event Fence Panels
Step 1: Lay the left side foot of the panel on the ground, with the hole in the center of the foot facing skyward.
Step 2: Insert the left side post into the foot and press it all the way down.
Step 3: Tilt the panel onto its side with the side of the post that has holes facing skyward.
Step 4 (Traditional, Lattice, & Display Styles): Insert the rails of the center panel into the side post and press down.
Step 4 (Picket Style): Insert the bottom rail into the side post and press it down, followed by the top rail.
Step 5 (Traditional, Lattice, & Display Styles): Secure the panel into the left side post, then press the right side post onto the other side of the panel and secure it.
Step 5 (Picket Style): Secure the panel into the left side post, then press the right side post onto the other side of the panel and secure it.
Step 6 (Traditional, Lattice, & Display Styles): Flip the panel onto its feet, and secure it to other panels with the interlocking hardware.
Step 6 (Picket Style): Flip the panel onto its feet and insert the pickets into the holes in the top rail, down through to the bottom rail.
Step 7 (Picket Style): Secure the panel to other panels with the interlocking hardware.
How to Store Event Fence Panels
After your event, it’s time to figure out where to store your vinyl event fences.
Because the panels are stark white, it’s best to store them indoors to prevent staining and yellowing from corrosive weather conditions.
To get your to and from your storage locations, you will need event fence panel storage carts.
Event fence panel storage carts allow you to stack up your event fence panels and take them to their storage. The carts can also act as storage devices, eliminating the need for extra racks or storage setups.
Need to create rope barriers along with your event fence panels for your next big event? Check out Crowd Control Ropes: The Best Type for Your Business.