For some, a locker is merely a utility. But lockers can be so much more than that just storage – they can say a lot about your school.
Taking the time to think it through, will reward you with the right product that will serve your specific needs for many years to come.
Premier Lockers offers this advice on selecting the right type of lockers for your school.
How will your new lockers be used?
The most important step in choosing the best locker for your needs is to think about how they will be used. How will the users treat your new lockers? What do your users want from a locker? Thinking about how your lockers will be used and the job you need your new lockers to do is the most important decision.
What is your budget?
For different locker applications there are many different colours, materials, accessories, styles and durability options available. What’s important is using the budget you have available most effectively to get the locker solution that most closely matches your needs. Lockers are an investment that can last many years, so find a supplier with a wide range of lockers at various price points.
Consider your environment
Will your new lockers sit in a busy area where they may be bumped around and where durability is required? Do you need an elegant, seamless design to match the sophisticated learning environment you wish to create? Answering these questions will go a long way to determining what material will work best for your environment.
It’s all about size
A common issue when choosing the best new lockers for your needs is understanding how large or small they need to be. You don’t want to be caught out not having enough internal locker space to meet the anticipated storage requirements of your users. Visualise your user needs; and remember that a little bigger is always better than a little smaller.
Consider custom designs
While Premier Lockers has a vast range of lockers to suit the needs of most clients, the best way to truly guarantee that you’ll choose the best locker for your needs is through custom made lockers. Many Premier Lockers’ clients choose custom designed lockers when they have something very specific in mind.
Your choice of lockers says something about the image you are trying to convey of your school. Whether tucked away in a staff room, or placed near the entrance to your facility, think about what impression you want your lockers to make about the environment. Colours and look play a significant role, so consider the paint finish and your choice of material.
While considering presentation and functionality, don’t forget the primary purpose of your new lockers – securing valuables under lock and key, and providing storage for your students. At Premier Lockers, our clients can use our lockers to store everything from assignments, computers, textbooks, mobile phones, to and dirty gym gear.
What will be stored in your lockers will determine what level of locking system is required, including padlocks, simple key locks, card access lock, digital locks, and other types of locking mechanisms (available via custom design). Talk to an expert to determine what is right for you.
External design features
Think about how your users will want to use your new lockers – but also think about how you want them to use your new lockers. Does the locker top need to be flat for added storage of large items? Or would you prefer a sloping top to avoid clutter piling up? Do you want your lockers raised off the floor, or sitting flush? Keep in mind special considerations your users may have, along with any location considerations you may have.
Internal design features
Internal design features may include shelving, hooks for hanging items, and assorted compartments for organising valuables and small items. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of proper ventilation, especially for those dirty gym clothes.
Locker life cycle and maintenance
Choosing the best lockers for your needs is an investment. Discuss the life cycle of your new lockers and the periodical maintenance that may be required with your supplier before making a purchase. This could impact the material you choose (plastic versus metal).