Choose the Right School Lockers
If you’ve been tasked with sourcing lockers for your school, we have put together this simple guide to help you narrow down your selection.
Standard steel lockers come with optional anti-bacterial coating. This powder coated finish helps to prevent viruses and bacteria from infecting and spreading. It reduces the risk of diseases such as MRSA and E.Coli from spreading across surfaces. These lockers are ideal for schools and higher education environments where germs are prone to spreading.
Plastic lockers are also ideal for school environments as they can be stored indoors or outdoors. This can be a space-saving technique if there is limited space indoors, space outside can be utilised. This material is easy to maintain, hardwearing and water resistant. The polyethylene plastic material can withstand general wear & tear providing strength and durability for everyday use.
Ventilation is an important factor when choosing lockers for educational environments, and are used daily to store many different items ranging from books, sports clothing, sports equipment and/or food.
As there has been an increase in potentially dangerous items entering schools, lockers could possibly be the main place to hide them. Vision panel lockers are a great way to prevent these issues as these lockers will offer visual security.
There are many different lock options to consider depending on the use of the lockers. If lockers are shared, we suggest a 4-digit combination lock for easy access between pupils or a hasp lock so pupils can simply bring their own padlock. With digital combination locks, there is a master key option available if teachers need to gain access.
If each pupil has their own locker you can opt for combination locks, or traditional key locks (cylinder locks). Each pupil will get his or her own key or combination for easy access. With each of these options spare keys, master keys or codes can be made or reset to allow staff access to the lockers if they need to be emptied or checked. Always consider the size of the locker door when purchasing different lock options.
Different lock options available;
- Hasp & Staple (padlock)
- Cylinder (accessed with a key)
- Coin Return
- 4 Digit Combination Lock*
- Electronic Combination Lock*
Changing Room Lockers
Before purchasing lockers for changing rooms there are a few things to consider – the space provided and the budget. Multi-compartment and nested lockers are the best choice when purchasing for limited space. These lockers are great value for money and ideal for changing rooms as pupils can store away valuables, clothes, shoes and bags.
We offer a range of single and double-sided bench seats with coat hooks or hangers that are ideal for changing rooms. Students can use the benches when changing or as a place to rest bags and/or shoes. We will also be introducing our new range of bench seats soon that will be available offline and online.
Laptop Storage & Charging Lockers
Laptop or charging laptop lockers are ideal for schools or higher education especially as there has been an increase in the use of laptops and iPads over desktop computers. We have a wide range of both charging & non-charging laptop lockers in a variety of colours and door options.
The mains reasons to purchase laptop/charging lockers in schools;
- Device storage
- Battery re-charging
- Charge mobile phones and other devices
Both charging and non-charging are frequently used in educational sectors however there is a significant difference in price between the two. Depending on the needs of the school, you can look to purchase the non-charging option while also saving the pennies.
We know schools are often faced with limited space and a strict budget when purchasing lockers. Therefore, to avoid regular costly renovations or replacements, we advise it is best to cover all areas before purchasing.
- Choose good quality lockers that can withstand daily wear and tear
- Plan how many lockers are needed based on the number of students and the space available for use
- Choose locker size/spec based on what is being stored in them
At Manutan, we offer a wide range of lockers, bench seats and accessories that can be used in educational sectors with more products coming your way!
If you need help selecting the right product we have a friendly team of product experts to help you – call us on 0800 652 6000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org