Lockers are common features in many places, mainly in schools, gyms and sports complexes. Since time immemorial, they have housed many an item and helped people store their belongings safely. And of course, they have also churned out those ‘locker-room’ moments we all know too well, something that is consistently pointed out in movies as well. No matter what you want to buy a locker for though, there are a few key things you should pay attention to, as it is unlikely you want to buy another locker anytime soon. So without further ado, let’s look at what you need to know before shopping for one.
Lockers primarily come in 3 main materials, namely plastic, laminate and metal. Each of these comes with their own pros and cons, so your final decision depends on what you are after. For instance, though plastic lockers are water-resistant and therefore ideal for outdoor use, they are more expensive and tend to come in fewer size variations, so you may be limited in terms of options. Metal, on the other hand, is more economical, but only suited for indoor use. Make sure you study them all very carefully first.
Just like the various materials you have to browse through, there also different-sized lockers to worry about. Now if you are on the lookout for sports lockers for sale, you might want something that is of a good size, something that can store a bunch of different items with ease. Choose from the different shapes or low and high sizes, depending on what you need. A good way to assess is to identify how much things your students have to store, to begin with. You should probably look at the various options before making your final decision, preferably seeing a few in person so you know what you can expect.
Number of Compartments
This will again help determine how many lockers you need. You have two options to choose from; one compartment or multiple compartments. In other words one door, or many doors. Multiple compartments are typically used for communal areas, as this is more economical and more practical in every sense as well. The multiple door lockers offer more benefits, the most obvious of which is that many people are able to use them at one time. Depending on where you want to set them up this need can change, but schools mainly tend to opt for multiple compartment lockers, as this is more cost-efficient as well, even when you think about having to replace them after some time.
Design and Finish
There are specific technicalities you should research into before shopping for lockers, including things like inset or overlay doors for instance. Some come with laptop charging capabilities, which obviously would be more expensive. Today, lockers also come in a variety of colours, not just black or steel. The coloured ones are particularly useful for lower grades, as it keeps them interested and they would be willing to put their things in and be neater by default. It is not easy to get a classroom full of kids to pay attention to an otherwise drab and bland piece of equipment that is not the least bit entertaining to them. Shop around a bit, you will definitely come across some unique specimens.