school lockers

A Guide to Buying High School Lockers

It is every school’s responsibility to keep their student’s belongings safe and secure. It can also be exhausting for students to carry their bags and books throughout the school day which creates the need for a space that can store these items. In high schools all over the UK, such needs are met by installing lockers.

Are you wondering which lockers best suit your school?

Finding the right high school locker that fit your institute’s requirements is not an easy process. There is a certain criteria that directs the selection process. Some of these are explored below.

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  •     Choice of Material

High school lockers are available in a range of materials in the market. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Which is the best material for lockers?

While traditional options are economical, our HDPE plastic options are extremely durable, weather resistant, and low maintenance making them a more practical option.

  •     Size and Height

Another important consideration is the size of the locker and its height. Lockers in gyms and health clubs may need to be spacious enough to hang garments. Meanwhile, the size of personal student lockers can be determined on the basis of their overall requirements. Smaller cube lockers can be used to store things such as small electronic devices with optional charging capabilities, books and stationery. Items like school bags and books may need more space.

How to determine the right size of lockers?

The easiest way to determine the right sized locker is to establish what needs to be stored and work backwards. Locker compartments can either be stand alone or stacked on top of one another, so the overall height needs to be considered as well the space available.

  •     External and Internal Considerations

You may want to decide on compartmentalisation inside a locker based on your range of use. If only small belongings need to be stored, one can opt for a smaller or sharable locker space with many small compartments. If a bigger space is required a shelf can be supplied to divide a compartment into two or three useable spaces.  However, when determining internal storage space, it is important to remember that more space allows for more flexibility and freedom to choose what to store.

How to keep the locker area clean?

Additional options to consider are features such as the top-protection (hoods) and base-protection (kicker bases). If you want to eliminate clutter and prevent items accumulating on top of lockers, sloping tops are a good choice. Meanwhile, for added space, the standard flat locker top is functional if there is no possibility of rubbish being accumulated. Bases improve the accessibility to the bottom of the locker as well as making cleaning around the locker easier.

  •     Aesthetics

The role of high school lockers also extends beyond storage. The way your lockers are designed helps set an image for your school. Additionally, the right lockers will also enhance and complement your school design, improving overall morale.

What are the options when it comes to looks?

It is important to choose a locker that matches the colour theme and the design style of your school interiors. We provide several unique combinations including 25 different colours and 5 body and door types which makes it easier to find the correct locker to suit your building layout, overall theme and utility.

  •     Lock Types

High school lockers need to be secured in order to prevent vandalism and theft. This is where the importance of the lock used needs to be determined. Our locker system uses a locker loop as standard which can be secured with a padlock. Students could be required to bring their own padlocks, or they can be provided one by the school. We also have other types of locks in our arsenal such as a sophisticated digital combination lock, RFID locks, key locks and a coin lock.

  •     Specific Requirements

Not every locker application is the same. With all the different requirement and uses needed there are many optional extras to help provide a locker solution that ticks all the boxes. This includes lockers with a charging port for laptops and phones or ventilated PPE lockers with hanging rails for science labs in schools and universities.

If you are looking for heavy-duty plastic high school lockers in the UK, Cool Lockers provides a diverse collection, and we can work with you to find the correct locker to suit your needs.

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