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Locker Buying Guide

Purchasing lockers for a school, office or industrial setting may seem like a daunting task; however, with our expertise in locker supplies, we can help you to make an easy, well-informed purchase. In our Locker Buying Guide you will learn which locker specifications are the most important determinants of what type of lockers you need, and which accessory pieces go with them.

The most important specification to consider is the amount of tiers you want. This is the variable that will lead you to a quick determination of all the characteristics of the locker for your situation. Once you have browsed all of the options you will have pinpointed the perfect locker product. Select that product to order it and double check its description and dimensions to verify that it is, indeed, ideal for what you are looking for.

Choosing the Number of Compartments

There are generally six different compartment choices (1 compartment, 2 compartment, 3 compartment, 4 compartment, 5 compartment, 6 compartment), each varying with the number of locker doors in a vertical configuration. An important factor, locker space needed verses the number of individual storage spaces needed, should be determined in order to make your decision.

Full length

2 compartments

3compartments

4compartments

5 compartments

What you will be storing in your lockers is also a determining factor in the amount of compartments you choose. Single compartment and double compartment lockers are suitable for almost any storage need. They have the capacity for hanging items such as shirts and jackets. Lockers with three compartments or more are suited for securing smaller items such as athletic gear, handbags, lunches, books, etc. They also are the most space saving units and because of their smaller size you have the advantage of more storage units per locker.

Your next decision should be the number of lockers you need. The lockers come in either one wide or three wide configurations. Keep in mind, as long as you order matching lockers, they can be put next to each other to create a nice line of lockers.
 
 

Lockers are sold according to compartments and arrangement, which means buyers choose how many compartments by how many lockers nests they need. Remember, the greater the number of compartments you choose, the more lockers you have, but the smaller the locker becomes. Another locker option is called group configuration. This is a unique style that could be the answer to a design dilemma you may have that cannot be solved using the standard locker types. Also, another type of locker is the 2-person lockers. These lockers can accommodate two people’s belongings while still only taking up the space of a single compartment locker.

Selecting a Lock Type

Lockers are available with a variety of different types of lock. All three types offer their own benefits, and we allow you to choose the one that best fits your situation.

Cam Lock
Hasp Lock
Combination Lock
Coin Return Lock
Coin Retain Lock
  • Cam Lock: Provide the user access with a small key, simple economic. The keys are easily replaced.
  • Hasp Lock: The user is required to lock the locker with a padlock, the padlock is either provided to the user or by the user, this is convenient when keys are frequently lost or were not assigned to a locker. This system provides flexibility at the loss of some control over allocation of lockers.
  • Combination Locks: Provides a keyless system with or without master key override. Combination locks are available in both mechanical and electronic forms, the electronic combination locks offering greater functionality though the cost is significantly more.
  • Coin return lock: Allows the user to use any locker once they have placed a deposit inside the locking mechanism this is retained until the key is returned to the lock. This is designed to give greater flexibility and minimise key loss.
  • Coin retain lock: Provides the same features as the coin return lock though some or all of the coins placed in the lock are retained as an income to the locker provider.
  • Networked locks: These are specialised systems where integration into time and attendance or security systems is required.

Selecting the Proper Door Type

  • Standard: Suitable for a medium duty environment where security is not the primary consideration.
  • Toughened Doors: Provide additional strength and durability, the unobtrusive double-skinned “Toughened“ provides a far stronger door with a near identical external appearance to the standard option.
  • Vision Door: Where it is helpful to be able to monitor the contents of a group of lockers without having to open each of them in turn. The vision door with its acrylic insert is your choice.
  • Heavy duty laminate doors: Where a robust vandal proof solution is required, the doors are manufactured from a tough water proof laminate material providing increased security and durability.
  • Extra heavy duty doors: The ultimate in lockers designed for both security and durability, tough laminate door, patented locking mechanism, heavy duty hinges and door frame.
  • Wall Mounted Lockers: Wall mounted lockers are great for classrooms and locker rooms where space is at a premium.

Accessory Options

Once you have decided on the crucial specifications for your lockers, there are several other choices you can add to the mix. Most accessories are not required for completion of you locker, however they can add a finished more professional look to the locker or create easier cleaning for janitorial staff. Some accessories you may want to consider:

Locker sloping top
Sloped Top
Converts the standard flat-top of a locker into a sloped top. Flat-top lockers are much more likely to collect dust, and due to the height of lockers are rather hard to clean well.
Locker Stands
Designed to lift the locker from the floor prolonging life span and easing floor cleaning.
Locker seat stands
Allows for the provision of a bench seat in front of the locker, this is ideal were space is at premium.

Glossary of Key Terms

  • Colour: Every locker has its own variety of colours, each differing in price. You can select a finish that best suits your style and budget.
  • Dimensions: Here you are able to choose the best set of measurements that will fit within your environment. The values are for width (W), depth (D) and height (H).
  • Exposed End Panel: If you are not recessing the lockers (using them as built-ins), you are going to want to add panels to any exposed ends. Notice that the quantity provided per locker is shown to the right of the option selector. Just remember to choose the correct dimensions to match the original dimensions of the locker unit you picked.
  • Stands: Legs add extra height to lockers and also allow you to get closer to the locker. By being able to put your feet underneath your locker, you will be able to reach further back into the unit.
  • Slope Top Kit: You may want to choose the slope top kit to eliminate the build up of clutter and dust that is more commonly associated with flat top lockers. Notice that the quantity provided per locker is shown to the right of the option selector. Just remember to choose the correct dimensions to match the original dimensions of the locker unit you picked.

 
 

 

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