COVID-19: Easily Hang Sneeze Guards from Ceilings

COVID-19: Easily Hang Sneeze Guards from Ceilings

The global COVID-19 outbreak is affecting how essential businesses conduct productive and safe operations. During these unprecedented times, businesses are challenged to implement solutions that ensure the health of their customers and employees. Many local businesses, in conjunction with their facility maintenance partners, are installing sneeze guards (also called sneeze shields, cough guards, or sneeze screens) in strategic areas to help protect employees and customers from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Plastic Sneeze Guard Hanging from Ceiling

If you have a metal ceiling, magnets are one of the easiest ways to hang sneeze guards without drilling holes in your ceiling.

The sneeze guard material being installed may be as simple as hanging clear shower curtains to more complex installations of heavy, durable plexiglass shields (also known as an acrylic or plastic sheet).

Sneeze guards are being installed in various places around the store, including check-out counters, customer service desks, drive-through windows, warehouses/distribution centers, restaurants, and even in office spaces.

Why hanging sneeze guards? Once you have your plastic, glass, or other material to be the shield, do you really want to drill permanent holes into expensive store counters? Do you really want to take up counter space with the base of the sneeze shield? An alternative is to hang sneeze guards from the ceiling.

But how do you hang them so they don’t look tacky? If you’re looking for hanging sneeze shields, here’s what to do once you have the plexiglass. So if you’re looking for information on how to make a sneeze guard, simply find plexiglass or acrylic sheet (the sneeze shield itself) and then follow these instructions on how to easily make and install hanging plexiglass shields:

How To Install Sneeze Guards from Ceilings

  1. Step One: Attach string, wire, cord, or rope to the sneeze shield.
  2. Step Two: Attach other end of the cord to the ceiling using a magnet, clip, or hook.
  3. Step Three: Make adjustments so that the sneeze guard is hanging level and at the proper height.

1. Attach Wire to Sneeze Guard

LoopLine Light 328 feet

You can use fishing line with small loops to make it easy to hang level without tying knots.

You’ll need to first figure out how heavy the sneeze guard is and find a material to act as a cord that can handle the weight of the hanging shield.

First, figure out how much the sneeze guard weighs.

  • If made from .06 acrylic, the weight is .375 lbs/square foot. For example, a 4 ft. x 3 ft. sneeze guard weighs about 5 lbs.
  • If made from .04 PETG, the weight is .235 lbs/square foot. For example, a 4 ft. x 3 ft. sneeze guard weighs about 3 lbs.

Next, choose a wire, string, cord, or rope:

Then, attach the string to the sneeze shield

You’ll connect the wire (cord, string, or rope) to the plexiglass shield in one of two ways, depending on the weight of the sneeze guard. Either:

  • Quick, Not as Attractive: Connect it directly to the plexiglass sneeze guard. Drill (at least) two holes in the top of it. That’s how you’ll connect the wire to the sneeze shield. You could also attach a hook through the hole. We don’t recommend using tape to attach the cord to the sneeze guard.
  • Professional-Looking: Use a banner hanger. Connect the string to the banner hanger, which is attached to the sneeze guard. Note that depending on the weight of the shield, you may want to drill holes into the plexiglass itself and use a banner hanger to make it look more professional.

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2. Attach Wire to the Ceiling

Magnet for Hanging Sneeze Guards from Ceilings

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Attach the other end of the wire (etc) to the ceiling. You can also do this in several different ways, depending on the type of ceiling you have. Ways to attach a sneeze guard to the ceiling itself include:

Metal Ceilings (ex. Open Beam)

To easily install the ceiling magnets, you could use a telescoping extension pole to attach the magnet clip to the ceiling. Alternatively, use a lift or ladder. Here’s an all-in-one kit (or try this kit instead) that will help you hang multiple sneeze guards (note that these kits do not include the plexiglass itself – you can find that at a local hardware store or order it online).

If you have ceilings over 27 feet tall, try this option instead.

Drop-Ceilings w/ Sneeze Guards Under 10 Pounds

For drop-ceilings in general, you can simply use a ceiling magnet or attach a special clip to the metal frame surrounding the ceiling tile, and then loop the cord through it. Note that if you’re not using LoopLine (such as a wire cord), you may want to use this device or a metal crimp. More details here. Note that if the t-bar metal is recessed from the title itself, a ceiling magnet is probably your best option.

Drop-Ceilings w/ Sneeze Guards Over 10 Pounds

For sneeze guards heavier than 10 lbs, using steel cable, anchor the sneeze guard using a metal ceiling clip to a “T” bar of your standard drop ceiling. More details here.

Other Types of Ceilings (ex. Finished Ceilings, Drywall, Wood)

Hang Sneeze Shield from High Ceiling

If you have ceilings over 27 feet tall, try this option instead.

You’ll probably need to use a ladder or lift for this part. Unless you’re adding a small metal plate to use with a ceiling magnet, you’ll likely need to drill a hole into the ceiling and use a hook or other fastener (such as a screw eye).

Once the hooks are installed, you could use an telescoping extension pole to attach the string/wire to the ceiling hook.

For lighter-weight sneeze guards, use this cord. For heavier sneeze guards, use crimped steel cable and an UrbanTrapeze cable clamp to connect the barrier to the eye-screw.

Note that if you’re not using LoopLine (such as a wire cord), you may want to use this device or a metal crimp.

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3. Adjust for Height and Make it Level

Make adjustments to be sure the sneeze guard is hanging level and at the right height. Here’s how:

  • If you’re using LoopLine, you won’t need to retie any knots! Simply adjust the number of loops to match.
  • If you’re using a wire gripper/cable adjuster (UrbanTrapeze), you’ll simply need to use that to change the length of the wire cord/cable.
  • If you’re not using fishing line with loops (LoopLine) or a wire gripper/cable adjuster (UrbanTrapeze), you’ll need to:
    1. Take down the sneeze guard
    2. Undo the knots
    3. Adjust the rope to be the correct length
    4. Retie the knots
    5. Cut off the excess rope
    6. Reattach the sneeze guard to the ceiling

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Diagram of How to Hang Sneeze Guards from Drop Ceilings (Under 10 Pounds)

See below for an image of how to install hanging plexiglass shields from drop ceilings.

Diagram: Hang Sneeze Guards from Ceilings

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Ceiling Outfitters offers many products available for immediate shipment to enable rapid completion of COVID-19 related projects.

Whether you want to install hanging plexiglass from a ceiling (including a drop-ceiling), acrylic sneeze guards, signs, or banners, our products make it easy to suspend them from the ceiling.

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The UrbanTrapeze™ is a unique product that allows for fast, adjustable, and secure installation of heavier items that require steel cable. UrbanTrapeze speeds up the installation process by reducing or eliminating crimps and ferrules. This is the ideal hardware for hanging heavy plastic shields.

E-Z Twist Drop Ceiling Clips

If you’re looking for how to hang plexiglass from drop ceilings, our E-Z Twist Drop Ceiling Clips are perfect for hanging makeshift shower curtain sneeze guards in locations with Drop Ceilings. For example, C-Stores or Fast Food Restaurants.

Hanging Hardware for Ceilings

A wide selection of hanging hardware including steel cable, swager, and cable cutting tools, aluminum crimps and sign hanging systems are available through Ceiling Outfitters. Check out this Diagram: Hang Sneeze Guards from Ceilings



LoopLine makes it easy to connect a ceiling magnet to a sign.

An alternative solution uses our LoopLine™ cord in place of the steel cable and the UrbanTrapeze. LoopLine is a connecting cord made from 2” continuous loops. It is easily measured simply by counting the number of loops. When each line has the same number of loops, the sneeze guard hangs level. Self-connect to the ceiling clip of your choice and the sneeze guard by looping the line back through itself. Click here for our LoopLine instruction sheet. LoopLine has a 25 lb. tensile strength, and is available in clear, white or black in 82 ft. and 328 ft. spools and is easily cut with scissors; no special tools needed. Most of the sneeze guards being deployed weight from 6-9 pounds making LoopLine a less expensive solution for your project.

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