How to Buy School Lockers

How To Choose School Lockers

Buying school lockers might not sound very complicated. Decide how many lockers you need, get the best price, and order – right?  I mean, how difficult can it be?

Well, the truth is that while selecting school lockers is really not that hard, there is more to the process than just calculating an order amount and looking for the best price.  There are a lot of options out there when it comes to lockers for schools, whether in terms of tiers, width, handle type and more.  This user-friendly guide will take you through the various specifications so you’ll be able to decide which school lockers will serve your students best.

What’s Your Type?

The first thing you have to decide is what type of school locker you want.  This decision will have an impact on the rest of the process, because not all lockers are available in all configurations, or with the same features.   Here’s a quick overview of the most popular used types of lockers:

Standard School/Commercial Lockers – These are the basic school lockers that we all grew up with.  They are available with the widest number of features and configurations.

Athletic School Lockers – The difference between standard and athletic school lockers is mostly in the ventilation.  Standard school lockers have minimum ventilation, while athletic lockers range from having extra vents in the front and sides to being completely open for maximum air circulation so that sweaty clothing and equipment don’t mold or become odorous.

Plexi-Glass Front Lockers – These are standard steel lockers that have plexi-glass panels on the front for visibility.  This feature makes it easy for administrators to check on cleanliness and order, as well as provide an extra measure of security.  Especially helpful for schools that have legal issues with searching school lockers.

Quiet School Lockers – Quiet lockers are just what their name implies: They close quietly, eliminating the clanging of opening and closing lockers.  If your school has different classes running on differing schedules, these are great for preventing distracting noises during recess.

Graffiti Proof – Some school lockers come with an option of a graffiti-proof finish on the doors.  This option is obviously a great boon for sch 

Tiering Up

The next step is deciding how many tiers you want your school lockers to have.  In order to do that, you have to have a clear picture of exactly what it is you want your students to be storing in their lockers, as the more tiers you have, the smaller the actual locker is going to be.  So if you want your students to have space to hang their coats, you’re going to need one-tier lockers.  For storing jackets and backpacks in addition to books, you’ll need two-tier lockers.  Three-tier lockers and up are good for storing books and notebooks, lunch bags, purses, athletic gear and other personal items that don’t take up too much space. 

Another factor to consider when deciding how many tiers you want is the height of the students who will be using the school lockers.  That’s because the handle on the locker gets higher with the amount of tiers.  So if you’re ordering lockers for an elementary or junior high school, 4-6 tier lockers might not be practical.  After all, you want all your students to be able to open their lockers without standing on a chair.

The third factor in choosing tiers is, of course, floor space.  The more tiers your school lockers have, the less space you need for them.  So even after you’ve decided how many tiers you want, make sure that your choice is appropriate for your school’s floor plan.  If floor space is really at a premium, then you might want to consider a made-to-order locker configuration.  These group lockers in specially designed formations to solve the problem of needing too many lockers for the space you have.  Another space-solving solution is two-person school lockers.  These are two lockers in one, meaning that they take up the same amount of space as a one-tier locker, but are really two separate, narrower lockers, often with two book compartments that have separate releases in each locker.  

Wide by Side

Now that you know how many tiers you want your school lockers to have, you need to calculate the amount of lockers you need.  You’re probably thinking, no kidding.  But the thing is, once you know how many lockers you need you can decide how many three-wide lockers you want as opposed to one-wide.  (For some reason, school lockers come in one or three wide configurations.)  The big advantage to three-wide lockers is that they tend to be more economical.  However, depending on your floor plan, you may need a certain number of one-wide lockers for corners or walls with windows where there is not enough room for three-wide lockers.

Get A Handle On Things

Okay.  You’ve got the number of school lockers you need with the tier amount you want.  Now it’s time to look at locker handles.  Yes, here too you need to make a choice.  

There are three different types of handles for school lockers: recessed, door pull and lift handles.  Here’s the lowdown:

Recessed Handles, otherwise known as deep-drawn handles, are a must if you’re concerned about break-ins and vandalism.  That’s because other kinds of school locker handles can be kicked off or otherwise removed – along with their padlocks – giving vandals free access to the contents of the locker. Recessed handles, however, leave no chance for break-ins (unless you think someone might saw off the padlock).  Certain school locker manufacturers even offer an option for a combination lock to be added to recessed handles, and all recessed handles can be padlocked.

Door Pulls are a friction catch door-pull handle.  These usually have hasps that make it easy to attach a padlock.  You’ll find door pulls on most box lockers.

Life Handles are also known as vanguard handles.  These are the quickest and easiest to open, which is one reason why they’re so popular.  They can also be very easily padlocked. 

School Locker Accessories

Thought you were finished?  There’s one more step left to go, and that is to decide if you’re interested in any of the extra features or accessories that are available for school lockers.  These extras are designed to cut down on the maintenance involved in caring for your lockers.

The slope-top option means that, rather than the top of the locker being flat, it is sloped to minimize dust collection.  Since school locker tops tend to be high, this can be a real load-lightener for your maintenance crew.

School lockers do not automatically come with legs; rather, they rest straight on the floor.  If you want to order legs, keep in mind that they will raise the height of the lockers by something like six inches.  The down side of legs is that all kinds of interesting things can accumulate under the locker.  That’s where closed front bases come in.  These keep the same height dimension, but simply close the front of the locker to eliminate clutter.  Closed front bases also add a neater appearance to the hallways.

In addition to closed front bases, closed side bases area also available.  These are really the same idea as closed front bases, but they close off the side on a row of school lockers.  These really do give a nice, sealed appearance, and they are especially useful for lockers that are placed near a stairwell, where students might tend to throw all kinds of junk on the floor.

So, there you have it – all you need to know in order to go choose school lockers for your school.  It might take some time and patience, but your students – and you yourself – will be happy you invested both.

Comments 2 comments

Emmy 7 years ago

Very informative article

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Ashley Morrison  5 years ago

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