Lockers for Education

May 8th, 2014 by admin No comments »

Lockers form an integral part of the educational environment, they are in every building and used in every way possible. If they are not in each classroom, they are certainly either right outside the classroom door or in an accessible annex to be used by the nearest pupils. Lockers are used by the staff themselves for their own personal items, usually away from the general public areas. Lockers are near classrooms for everyday books and supplies, they are in sports changing rooms, they are also in areas such as cleaners cupboards, keeping harmful cleansing supplies away from harms reach.

Lockers in schools take various forms depending on the individual school but generally follow a certain set of criteria. The lockers have enough space to store all the books and stationery as well as space for a kitbag. Most lockers are now manufactured from steel components and are either riveted or welded together. Most lockers supplied to schools and universities have key locks. Hasp & Staple locks are also used, allowing the pupil to bring their own padlock for locking the locker. For younger and nursery aged pupils, security tends to be more of a hindrance than security. In this instance the lockers are not fitted with a lock and can be supplied without a locking mechanism or can be supplied with a hasp lock for use without a padlock. Lockers supplied to reception areas and for the use of visitors, particularly at Universities and Colleges, are supplied with coin operated locking mechanisms, allowing short term visitors to secure their belongings during their visit. See School Lockers for more information and pricing.

Lockers for younger pupils tend to be smaller too. The majority of lockers are 1800mm high overall and can contain up to six individually lockable compartments. In this instance the smallest locker in a column of compartments would be approximately 300mm high. For smaller pupils, a smaller locker is available which is approximately 1300-1400mm in height overall and can have up to three compartments within, each compartment no more than 450mm in height. This tends to be the most used option when installed in primary and nursery schools.

Most lockers used in schools are for internal environments, however, with school pupils being encouraged to cycle to school, lockers for outdoor environments are required. Locker Selector offers are concise range of plastic constructed lockers specifically for use outdoors. See Plastic lockers for further information and pricing. Along with lockers for personal items, we are also offering cycle lockers suitable for the storage of individual cycles. See Cycle Lockers.

Our range available for use within the Education Sector is vast. We can also supply wet area lockers for use within humid and damp environments; cloakroom bench seating for locker changing rooms; perforated door lockers for sports changing rooms to allow airflow through each locker, in addition to providing a layout design and site assessment service to ensure each application is provided with the best layout design.

Industrial Locker room for your staff

May 6th, 2014 by admin No comments »

At the heart of most industrial and manufacturing operations are the workforce required to complete the many labour intensive tasks. One of the facilities required to accommodate staff and included in the welfare and restroom facilities are the staff lockers used for storage of personal items for security purposes. MOst Locker rooms are equipped with the latest storage lockers to accommodate the individual requirements of the workforce that will use them. Locker Selector, based in the UK, provides employers with the storage lockers and changing room equipment normally found in such environments.

Industrial locker rooms are usually laid out to make the best out of the given space available, but do not always have enough space. At Locker Selector, we are faced with this situation 99 times out of 100. Space is always a factor, we have a wide range of options for just those purposes, Storage Lockers which been developed and redeveloped over the past 25 years to produce a storage based product which meets the needs of the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

The Options:

The standard requirement is for a locker user to have space to hang their clothes and store personal items and footwear. For most cases, a single door locker is required, which has storage space at the top of the locker and a long storage space for hanging garments and a space which will also allow for the users own footwear to be stored in the base of the locker. A single compartment locker!

A second requirement would be that the user is required to store their industrial workwear in the same locker as their own clothes. So, in simple terms, they need to store their clean clothes and their dirty clothes. They will also be required to store clean and dirty footwear and certainly some personal items, such as a bunch of keys, a wallet, a phone etc as well. The Clean & Dirty Locker.

An optional requirement to the standard would be a space related issue, whereby the locker areas are not large enough. The lockers would need to be smaller to accommodate the number of workers. For a situation where full length hanging is required and a single compartment locker is not feasible, we have two options. Two slimline single compartment lockers are provided as a single unit: The Twin Locker! As an extension to this, we have developed a locker which allows for a three quarter length hanging compartment as well as a full width personal effects compartment. The 2-Person Locker!

Sometimes, it is just as effective to increase the number of compartments in the height and for sure, provides for a more cost effective option, but there is a compromise.The Two Compartment Locker!

Lockers with more compartments in the height have less space per compartment and have less features. For example, the ability to hang items such as jackets or other garments within a locker is restricted to single and two compartment lockers. With three or more compartments in the height, the amount of space is restricted further. Hanging rails can only be fitted to single and two compartment lockers.

Keeping the locking system as simple as possible is usually (or can be) the most critical part of an industrial locker room installation. Key locks or Hasp and Staple locks for padlocks are the better ways to keep things simple. Combination locks are available and a certain situations can work. Unfortunately, there is only really one combination lock which works best for situations where agency staff are used on a frequent shift by shift basis, with lockers being emptied at the end of each shift.

Additional items such as locker room bench seating can also be supplied, depending on space, with the range of product options available to view here.


Must Have Locker Essentials For Surviving High School

September 27th, 2013 by admin No comments »

Lockers are one thing that the majority of high school students have but almost always take for granted. It’s generally not until after your school days when you realise just how useful the locker that you used as a rubbish bin could have been. If you were unfortunate enough not to have the luxury – yes, it is a luxury – of a locker in high school will know the awful existence that you suffer without one; carrying all of your textbooks around for an entire year is a pain that you don’t want to endure so if you can get a locker, be sure to take one.

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Locker lock types

November 12th, 2012 by admin No comments »

On Storage Lockers and Probe Compartment lockers are fitted with either of two types of lock as standard. Key operated cam locks are the most standard and most popular type of lock. We can supply a master key so that a super user can gain access to the lockers when required. Each locker locking mechanism is supplied with two keys so that in the event of one key being lost or misplaced, a spare can be used without the need to purchase new keys. We can also supply new keys where required. It is most common when purchasing storage lockers or probe compartment lockers to specify the type of lock when ordering your lockers. The second most common type of lock to be supplied with our storage lockers is a hasp and staple lock. These locks are also known as butterfly locks or pistol grip locks. Each manufacturer of lock has their own terminology relating to their style of hasp and staple lock. This lock is used for the fitting of a padlock (not supplied).

In Brief: Key Locks or Hasp and Staple locks as standard are fitted to Storage Lockers and Probe Compartment Lockers

Next: Coin locks

Locker Terminology

October 26th, 2009 by admin No comments »

Locker – A locker is a unit containing a number of grouped or individual compartments used for the storage of personal and / or valuable items.

Nest – A nest of lockers is where singular lockers are joined together during manufacture to provide cost savings on the amount of raw materials used in the build process. Lockers may be supplied in nests of up to four single lockers. The terminology calls the units supplied as a ‘Nest of 2’ or ‘Nest of 3’ or ‘Nest of 4’. There are limitations on the quanitity of single lockers that can be nested. This is normally either size and weight.

Compartment – A compartment is normally referred to as the accessible space behind a single door. This space can have a multitude of different sized storage spaces. The total number of compartments may be quoted as a measure of the maximum number of people who can store the personal items in the area or room being quoted for.

Door – Each door on a single locker which provides storage for a single person.

Tier – A tier is generally referred to as a compartment or the number of individual compartments in a single locker. For example: A six tier locker is a single locker with six compartments.

NOTE: The terms door, compartment and tier are generally used to express the number of compartments in a single locker. The term nest is often confused with these three terms.

Carcass – The frame around the doors including the sides, back, top and base or each locker is referred to as the ‘Carcass’. This term is used when referring to colour choices.

Lock – A lock is used for the security of each locker compartment. Locks are available in a variety of options. See the Locking Mechanisms blog post for further information on locks, types and uses.

Key Fob – A small plastic disc used for the identification of an individual locker. Key Fobs are attached to an ‘O-ring’ which is attached to the relevant key. Key Fobs are used with Number Plates to identify keys to locker compartments.

Number Plate – A Number Plate is a square or rectangular plastic plates with an engraved number which is affixed to the card holder on each locker compartment to identify each individual locker compartment.

Card Holder – A card holder is the immediate area (generally moulded plastic) around the lock barrel.

In Brief: Know your locker terminology

Next:- Locks, types and uses

Anti Bacterial Paint Finish

October 20th, 2009 by admin No comments »

An anti bacterial paint finish normally requires an additive to be used with the standard paint formula. Anti bacterial paint finishes are now widely used throughout the locker industry to prevent the growth and spread of potentially harmful bacteria. The anti bacterial paint finishes are generally harmful against many bacterial illnesses including MRSA and E-coli. Anti bacterial paint finishes for lockers are generally known otherwise and include Activecoat, Germguard, Eliteguard and Biocote. These are but a few of the anti bacterial paint finishes used on lockers.

In Brief: Anti Bacterial Paint finish – MRSA and E-coli – Prevent growth and spread

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Bench Seating

October 13th, 2009 by admin No comments »

Bench Seating can be used to compliment a locker room or can be used on its own to provide effective changing room layouts where lockers are not required. For example, a gym locker room generally would require compartment lockers with bench seating included in the layout. A school changing room however would generally require the bench seating only as the changing room would normally be locked by a teacher after and before use.

Bench seating generally has two forms; wall bench seating and island bench seating. As the names suggest, wall bench seating is for use against a wall or perimeter, and island bench seating is for use in the middle of a room. Wall bench seating may be supplied as a bench alone or with a coat rail. The coat rail may be supplied separately and can be mounted at any level suitable for the age group being catered for. Where a suitable wall is not available for fixing to, the coat rail can be supplied adjoined to the frame of the bench seating. There are many variations for wall bench seating and include wall-to-floor, floor fixed and cantilever. These three styles form the basis for most bench seating applications and cater for the majority of all installations. Island bench seat is in contrast less complicated. Island Bench Seating can be supplied as single sided or double sided and can be supplied with overhead coathooks, hanging rails and storage shelves. Both wall bench seating and island bench seating can be supplied additional baskets or shelves which are located beneath the bench seat for the storage of shoes.

Bench Seating can be supplied from a wide range of materials, but in the main the frames are generally steel and the seats are slatted from hardwood, softwood, plastic or metal. Bench Seating frames and coathooks can be supplied colour coded to suit the environment application. We will discuss the task of specifying and planning a bench seating installation in future blog posts.

In Brief: Bench Seating – Island or Wall Bench Seating – Locker rooms

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Bench Seating

Bench Seating

Laminate Lockers

October 12th, 2009 by admin No comments »

Laminate lockers are available as steel lockers with laminate doors or can be supplied completely manufactured from laminate panels. The use of laminate panels to manufacture lockers with allows the lockers to be used in constant wet environments. Where standard mild steel lockers, and even zinc plated or galvanised lockers will over time normally degrade and rust, the laminate locker will withstand the wet conditions with ease. Laminate, or solid grade laminate as it is also known is impervious to water. In wet changing room environments such as leisure centres, swimming pools or changing facilities located adjacent to shower rooms, the laminate locker ranges available can be easily complimented with matching toilet and shower cubicles in addition to bench seating and changing cubicles.

Laminate Lockers and Laminate Door only Lockers are available in a range of standard sizes and are available with compartment quantities covering the range of compartment lockers. Solid Grade Laminate Lockers are available in a massive range of finishes which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Locking mechanisms include all the standards for dry changing rooms, but also include stainless steel locking mechanisms for wet area changing facilities. For further information, see the Wet Leisure Locker Installations guide later in this blog.

In Brief: Laminate Lockers – Wet Area Changing – Leisure Centre, Swimming Pools

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Laminate Door Lockers

Laminate Door Lockers

Wooden Door Lockers

October 8th, 2009 by admin No comments »

Wooden Door Lockers are designed to provide the end user with a more up market aesthetic feel to the standard compartment lockers. Wooden door lockers generally are available with one, two, three or four compartments. They are available in a limited range of sizes although 300mm wide x 450mm deep and 380mm wide x 380mm deep seem to be the most generally available. Locking mechanisms available for the wooden door lockers generally includes key locks, hasp and staple locks as well as coin operated locks. The doors themselves tend to be a veneered covered composite with options on the finish. These options generally include Oak, Ash, Beech and Cherry. In some cases, patterned door finishes are also available. The Wooden Door Locker range is more suitable to the office environment where aesthetics are top priority. Due to the limited demand for wooden door lockers, lead times are generally longer than for standard compartment lockers.

In Brief: Wooden Door Lockers – Aesthetics – Offices

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Timber Effect Lockers

Timber Effect Lockers

Wooden Door Lockers

Wooden Door Lockers

Wire Mesh Lockers

October 5th, 2009 by admin No comments »

Wire Mesh Lockers are designed to provide a secure environment for clothes, boots and tools in industrial circumstances where regular steel lockers will not suffice. The wire mesh lockers are manufactured from a mild steel wire mesh sheet welded to a rod framework and finished with either a bright zinc plating or a hot dip galvanised finish. These coatings allow the lockers to be washed down. Wire Mesh Lockers are available with compartment quantities ranging from one through to six and are available in a range of size options, although all wire mesh lockers are generally 1950mm high. This height includes for a 150mm foot which keeps the base of locker above the floor level and prevents items being stored in the lower compartments coming into contact with the floor, particularly useful if the floor is wet. Wire Mesh Lockers are useful on building sites and can be used to fit out a container to provide site operatives with a secure location for tools or protective equipment required for site access. Wire Mesh Lockers are fitted with a hasp and staple door locking arrangement allowing for a padlock to be fitted at the users discretion. Wire Mesh lockers may be finished as bright zinc or, subject to quantity, be finished with an epoxy powder paint finish.

In Brief: Wire Mesh Lockers – Secure washable lockers – Construction Sites

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Wire Mesh Lockers

Wire Mesh Lockers