Storage & Specialty Lockers Buying Guide

Storage and specialty lockers include lockers with additional shelving for storing tools and supplies, bulk storage lockers for securing large equipment and lockers with clear, polycarbonate doors that let users view contents. Here are some important points to consider when purchasing a storage or specialty locker:

A large majority of storage and specialty lockers are constructed from steel, as it is durable and less expensive than other locker materials. Not all steel has the same strength however—the lower the gauge, the stronger the steel. You'll find that the door material is usually stronger than the body, as doors tend to take more abuse. You should also consider whether or not the steel has been processed differently or treated with a particular finish. For instance, there are a line of specialty lockers that have an anti-microbial finish to stand up to bacteria, mold and mildew.

Occasionally a locker will be made from a high-density polyethylene, or plastic. This material tends to cost more than steel, but it is rust proof—so it is easy to hose down when cleaning and is ideal for swimming pool locker rooms and other high-humidity areas.

You can order most lockers assembled or unassembled, but certain models only come assembled. Ordering assembled lockers saves you time, while ordering unassembled lockers is less expensive. Remember, if you order a locker that is already assembled, you will still need to install it in your school.

Locker units can have a one-column, three-column or specialty configuration. Since three-column lockers have one frame and share interior walls, they cannot be split apart. Specialty configurations include wall-mount lockers and other space saving designs.

In addition, bulk storage units are configured using starter and adder units. Starter units consist of two side walls and a front wall with a door. Adder units have only one side wall and won't stand alone. These units are intended to be constructed against a wall, and do not include a top or back, which can be purchased for an additional charge.

Hallowell High-Visibility One-Wide Single-Tier Locker

Number of Openings
Depending on locker configuration and the number of tiers, or levels, locker units can house as few as one or as many as 18 openings. For example, a three-column, six-tiered locker unit will have 18 openings. The number of total openings is listed in the specifications for each locker unit.

Door Features
Is the handle recessed or not? Recessed handles won't snag clothing, and they help protect the finish from being marred by padlocks. If your lockers have non-recessed handles and you're concerned about protecting the finish, you'll want to make sure they have padlock strike plates.

Another feature to consider is the locking method. Single-point locking is a method in which locking takes place only where the door latches. Multi-point locking, or three-point locking, typically uses movable rods to secure the top and bottom of the door as well.

Finally, you'll want to consider what kind of locks your lockers will accept. Most lockers include a way to accept combination or padlocks, often with the addition of a simple padlocking hole.

United Visual Products Secure View One-Wide Triple-Tier Clear Door Lockers

Interior Features
Many lockers include coat rods, coat hooks and hat shelves. Deeper lockers with fewer tiers tend to have more of these features than those that aren't as deep or have a lot of tiers.

Most storage and specialty lockers come standard with six-inch legs, but there are also models with four-inch legs and others with no legs at all. Keep in mind that there are often two height dimensions listed in the product specifications—one with legs and one without legs. Be sure to plan accordingly when measuring your space.

Some lockers also include an option to purchase touch-up paint or add built-in combination locks or key locks. All of the accessories listed in this guide can be purchased here, in our Locker Room Benches & Accessories subcategory.

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