How to measure for Bollard Covers?

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How to measure for Bollard Covers?

All you will need: a ruler or tape measure, a camera or note pad and pen.

Bollard covers or sleeves are a very simple and low cost way of creating eye catching temporary signs, that use existing street bollards as their support, and to keep them in place.

They’ve become a staple advertising opportunity for use on forecourts, footpaths, car parks and High Streets. They’re always placed in areas of high foot traffic, and to be found the length and breadth of the country.

The size and shape of the bollards that you wish to cover will vary from place to place, but most are of a similar height.

Now that you know that you’d like some covers producing, you need to work out what size you need.

The first consideration is whether you want triangular (Toblerone) 3 sided, or square 4 sided covers.

If you choose 3 sided, each panel will be wider than if you choose 4 sided, which gives you a wider area for your print artwork, due to the simple maths. Have a look at the diagrams below; these are viewed from the top…birds eye view, and show why 3 is greater than 4!

As you’ll see, the diameter, or width of a circular bollards has quite an effect on how wide the panels of a 3 sided cover need to be. With 4 sided covers, the width each of the 4 sides is very simple, if you want the cover to fit snugly.

Once you have measured and recorded the width of the bollard, then note down its height…this is often around a metre (100cm)

It doesn’t matter whether the bollards are steel, concrete or timber; they all provide a fantastic opportunity for you to use with your well printed, colourful bollard covers.

How to prepare the print artwork for Bollard Covers?

Preparing print artwork for Bollard covers is quite simple if you follow a few basic rules:

Firstly, you need to decide whether you would like covers, with 3 sides (Toblerone) or 4 sided, like a simple box cover.

You will need to measure the size of bollard (see above), let us know the dimensions and our studio can send over an artwork template (this will show where the crease lines will be), click here for an example artwork template.

Although you will have either 3 or 4 panels to work within, they don’t all have to have the same design, and you can use the template as a blank canvas.

How to install Bollard Covers?

Here is a short video clip of a bollard cover being assembled, ready to place over the top of the bollard.