7 sneeze guard designs to protect workers and customers

Sneeze guards go by many names like cough guards, hygiene screens, perspex screens, and more. But they all represent the same idea - creating a physical barrier between two people to limit the exposure to germs and viruses.

sneeze guard designs

Given the current COVID health crisis, more and more public spaces like bars, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, cafes will be either be required or recommended to use a physical barrier like this to protect employees and patrons from unnecessary exposure to germs and the virus.

So in the DIY spirit and to help inspire companies and individuals to continue to flatten the curve we've created these sneeze guard designs and encourage you to use them, remix them, and build them. We're all in this together and in the spirit of staying safe let's create safer spaces.

The basics of a sneeze guard

What is a sneeze guard?

Sneeze guards are simple partition systems designed to act as a divider between various areas. Especially useful for counters and areas where food is displayed, these protective measures ensure that viruses and germs are not spread between cashiers and customers, and also prevent display food from getting contaminated.

The height of your sneeze guard

The minimum height of your sneeze guard should extend 100mm past average head height. So we estimate that the minimum overall height of your sneeze guard should be 1900mm. Our designs below show the posts being 1000mm tall, so if your counter or surface is below 900mm you may want to adjust the height of your posts accordingly.

The plexiglass screen

You can purchase a variety of pre-cut clear screens online or have some built to your specific requirements. For example, we found these clear polystyrene sheets at B&Q:

clear plastic sheets for cough guards

Using tube and fittings for support posts

Choosing tube and fittings to construct a sneeze guard will give you the flexibility to build structures that suit any layout, no matter how tight or awkward these are. Using standard cuts of clear screens that you can find in most DIY stores, you can equip your store with sturdy protection in no time.

What is more, you can easily install the system and, later on, disassemble it and reuse the components for other projects or in a different configuration.

Easy to install, the system only requires an allen key to put together.

1. Linear sneeze guard

This design uses 2 pieces of tube as guard posts, both attached to the top of the counter using flanges. The plastic sheet attaches to the structure using M50 single swivel sockets.

Small linear sneeze guard materials

Specs:

  • Height: 1000mm

Assembly:

  • Allen key

What's included:

  • Galvanised steel tube for 2 posts
  • Fittings for 2 posts

What's not:

  • Plexiglass
  • Carriage Bolts
  • Hex Screws

    2. Enclosed sneeze guard design

    This design offers protection from both the front and one side and is fixed to the counter surface using round flanges. Similar to our prior design, the plastic screen attaches to the uprights using M50 fittings.

    Enclosed sneeze guard materials

    Specs:

    • Height: 1000mm

    Assembly:

    • Allen key

    What's included:

    • Galvanised steel tube for 1 L-shaped unit with 4 posts
    • Fittings for 1 L-shaped unit with 4 posts

    What's not:

    • Plexiglass
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Hex Screws

    3. Freestanding sneeze guard

    This design uses 2 pieces of tube as guard posts, both freestanding. This means that you can move the structure from one counter to the other or reposition it where you need it to be.

    Freestanding sneeze guard materials

    Specs:

    • Height: 1000mm

    Assembly:

    • Allen key

    What's included:

    • Galvanised steel tube for 2 freestanding posts
    • Fittings for 2 freestanding posts

    What's not:

    • Plexiglass
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Hex Screws

    4. Side mount sneeze guard

    This design uses 2 uprights: one that mounts on the counter and one that mounts to the side of it.

    Side mount sneeze guard materials

    Specs:

    • Height: 1000mm
    • (Side post is 1300mm tall)

    Assembly:

    • Allen key

    What's included:

    • Galvanised steel tube for 2 posts
    • Fittings for 2 posts

    What's not:

    • Plexiglass
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Hex Screws

    5. Freestanding sneeze guard - Full height

    This freestanding sneeze guard can be used to separate various sections of your shop. Perfect for barbers, hairdressers and salons.

    Full height freestanding sneeze guard materials

    Specs:

    • Height: 2m
    • Length: 2m
    • Depth: 0.6m

    Assembly:

    • Allen key

    What's included:

    • Galvanised steel tube for 1 freestanding unit
    • Fittings for 1 freestanding unit

    What's not:

    • Plexiglass
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Hex Screws

    6. Freestanding sneeze guard - Half height

    This half height freestanding sneeze guard is designed to go over the counter for the protection of your staff and customers. The mid bar can be placed anywhere up and down the frame so that it matches the height of your counter.

    Half height freestanding sneeze guard materials

    Specs:

    • Height: 2m
    • Length: 3m
    • Depth: 1m

    Assembly:

    • Allen key

    What's included:

    • Galvanised steel tube for 1 freestanding unit
    • Fittings for 1 freestanding unit

    What's not:

    • Plexiglass
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Hex Screws

    7. Make it wider with extension posts

    All of these designs can be extended infinitely using a double sided tab fitting on a post.

    Specs:

    • Height: 1000mm

    Assembly:

    • Allen key

    What's included:

    • Galvanised steel tube for 1 extension post
    • Fittings for 1 extension post

    What's not:

    • Plexiglass
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Hex Screws

    Looking for help?

    If you are looking to build sneeze guards using our tube and fittings system (or any other structure!) get in touch with our friendly team: we would love to help!

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