When it comes to choosing the right gym lockers, it’s important to understand what your options are and what’s best for your school.
How many students are there?
One of the first questions you may ask when looking to purchase high school or middle school lockers is how many students and how many athletes will be using these lockers. Then you must match that to the space you have available to install these lockers.
What do we need to store in the locker?
Each school is different so the locker space needed may vary depending on what the students must carry, or not carry. Most commonly, for gym lockers, you should choose one that is able to accommodate the following items:
- 35 lbs of books or a tablet
- School clothes.
Which size locker is the best for your school?
When researching high school lockers, most of the time the best size will be a 15″ x 15″ x 24″ triple tier locker. This heavy duty gym locker must accommodate all that you require your student’s to carry between classes. Otherwise it will be on locker room floor available to anyone.
Features of the triple tier locker include:
- Recessed zinc alloy handles
- Heavy Duty 14 gauge steel doors
- Heavy Duty 20 gauge steel bottoms (remember we have 35 lbs. of books
- Single point locking in boys locker room (no moving parts!)
- Recessed Handle lift type with steel fingers in the girl’s locker room less expensive and more than adequate. Girls tend to be less destructive.
Many schools are providing 2 sets of books or tablets in which case a 12”x15”x36” triple tier locker.
If you do not have a separate team room we need to install Team lockers.
The AD needs to be brought into the conversation and we need to know for spring and fall what teams we have and how many players on a team. Now that we know how many players we have to think of what they need to fit in lockers.
Other options and accessories:
Slope hood if lockers should be 16 gauge. Exposed ends should be 14 gauge steel. The base should be 12 gauge “Z” base.
What warranty is offered?
The lockers you choose will more than likely be used on a daily basis. When making a decision on what locker purchase, it’s important to know if there is a warranty available to protect your investment. If there is a warranty, you should be clear on what exactly it covers and for what length of time. Try to get a lifetime warranty get a locker built to last.
In summary, when looking to purchase high school lockers, you know that there is a list of questions that you have to ask in order to determine which is the best choice for you.
- How many students are there?
- How much space is needed?
- Which is the best locker for your school based on the lock you are using?
- What warranty is offered?
Understand that high school lockers are unique, but once you know what you want, you are able to make the best decision.