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Lockers Buying Guide

At some point in your life you are guaranteed to have used a locker. Whether you have used one at the gym, at a theme park, at college, or even at a previous job, you will have appreciated the extra security the locker gave you while you were busy working out, having fun, sitting in your lessons or working your way up the career ladder. Sometimes it is just not practical to keep our personal belongings and valuables on us, and in these cases, lockers are invaluable for peace of mind.

One thing you have probably noticed about lockers is that there are a huge range of different varieties. Despite popping up in a number of different places, it is unlikely you will ever have used the same type of locker in more than one place. Each locker comes with its own pros and cons, making it difficult to know which is the best for you and your business. Luckily, we have put together this convenient buying guide to ensure you pick the most efficient and fit-for-purpose locker possible.

Do I really need lockers?

This is the very first question you have probably asked yourself, and if you are here reading this buying guide, then you have likely already answered your own question. But, just in case you still need convincing, here are some reason why lockers are an essential purchase for your office.

  1. Space-saving

If you are working with limited space, you may have thought of lockers as an unnecessary item that will only decrease the floor space available. However, if you think outside of the box a little, they can actually help you to save space. If you decrease the size of the desks at which the employees are working at (making sure they are still adequate for their purpose), you will lose some of the storage space that is used for personal belongings. These days, all most office employees need is a phone and a computer and they are good to go. Maybe a notepad or diary and a pen to jot down important notes or reminders, but even these can be computerised these days. If this applies to your office, the desks really don’t nee­­d to be huge. If you have mobile or shift workers, you could even look at having two or more employees sharing them. Personal belongings can then go in the lockers, taking up more wall space than floor space and allowing you to fit in more desks.

  1. For temporary staff

Whether those staff are temporary because you have gone through an agency to find someone to help for a short period of time, or because they come down from head office from time-to-time, lockers would be a useful asset to them. You are unlikely to want to save a desk for them, particularly if you have a lot of staff that only work on some occasions, but you will still need somewhere for them to securely store their belongings. If under a desk or in a drawer isn’t an option, lockers are the perfect solution.

  1. Hot desking

This reason won’t resonate with everyone, but some of the more modern and forward-thinking offices have started to implement something call ‘hot desking’. This concept means that no employee is allocated a single desk. They simply come in to the office in the morning (or afternoon – flexible working works well alongside hot-desking), choose where they would like to set-up for the day, and get on with their work. This does not work well for offices that rely on a huge paper trail, since things would inevitably get misplaced, but it is great for employees who work on a temporary basis, or who only need a laptop to get on with their work. The idea is that employees feel more motivated and inspired when their surroundings change on a daily basis, leading to a higher output and better quality of work. What it does mean, however, is that personal belongings need a centralised home, since they cannot live on a desk. A set of lockers in the centre of the room, or by the door, ensures that they can be stored safely and out of the way.

  1. To create a minimalistic atmosphere

There is a lot to be said for minimalistic interior design. If there is absolutely no clutter in view (coats, bags, keys, etc) then it cannot become a distraction. Mobile phones are surely the worst for distraction, but even a coat hanging on the back of the chair can become an unnecessary distraction for employees. With everything tucked neatly away in a locker, the atmosphere in the room allows for complete concentration, which is sure to increase the quality of output.

Whatever your reason for wanting to implement lockers in your office, you will need to ensure you buy the right ones for your situation. With this in mind, this guide will ask you a number of other questions to help you pick the perfect lockers.

Who will use the lockers?

For most offices, the lockers will be there for staff use only. In this case, standard lockers like the Quiksilver Lockers are ideal, since they are inexpensive and secure. You can give a key to each employee and trust them to take responsibility for their own locker.

If, however, the lockers are to be used for visitors, which may well be the case if you work somewhere where security is important, since you won’t want them carrying anything suspicious in their bags or pockets, you will need to pay a little bit more to ensure their personal items are kept safe without having to trust strangers with locker keys.

You could chose a system where the visitor deposits a coin into the locker, which is usually refunded once they open the door again, like the Premium Coin Return Lockers, or you might prefer to try and make a little extra revenue from the lockers, particularly if they will be in high demand, in which case you would need the Premium Coin Retain Lockers.

All the above options are great choices if all of your intended users are adults. If, for whatever reason, you will be expecting younger visitors to your business on a regular basis, you might decide to invest in some smaller lockers that are more ergonomically convenient for smaller hands. Our Junior Lockers are ideal for these instances. Equally, disabled users will have a similar set of needs when it comes to lockers, although many may need to reach over a wheelchair or have difficulties with fine motor skills. Ease of access is key in these circumstances, and so our Disability Lockers are an obvious choice.

What type of locker is most appealing to you?

There are three mainstream types of locker styles. Of course, there are probably a huge variety of other choices, but a variation of the following is what you are most likely to come across:

  1. A steel frame with steel doors (these doors are often bright and colourful).

The standard solution for indoor lockers, steel frames like the Fully Welded Titan Heavy Duty Lockers are sturdy, durable and stylish. They are designed to last a very long time and tend to be extremely secure. The only drawbacks are that they can be dented fairly easily (although this would not impair their use) and they can be noisy when opening and closing. If they are exposed to water or damp they can become rusty so this is something to keep an eye out for.

  1. A steel frame with a laminated door (these doors are often decorative).

These can be a little more expensive than ordinary steel lockers, although they are usually slightly more heavy duty and more resistant to knocks and dents. The Trespa Shockproof Lockers are one of the best options.

  1. A plastic frame with plastic doors.

Plastic framed lockers work best in an outdoor environment, since they are manufactured to withstand the elements. They are usually water-resistant and won’t rust like the steel lockers. If you are looking to place a locker outside, or in a wet area, look for one with sloping shelves like the Plastic Lockers With Sloping Top, as this will help any water drain away, preventing puddles in the back of the lockers. These lockers tend to be more lightweight than steel ones, making them easier to relocate if needed and they are very easy to keep clean, since they only require a quick wipe down every now and then. Plastic lockers shouldn’t be used for items of very high value since they are not as secure as other options.

  1. A wire mesh frame with wire mesh doors

These are typically used for items of clothing, since the mesh design allows for the effective airing of damp or dusty items. They are completely transparent, so it is easy to see what is inside for security reasons, but they still offer a strong and durable structure. The Coloured Wire Mesh Lockers are ideal for offices that require certain uniform to be worn on or off the premises.

Where will you keep your lockers and how much space do you have?

Many offices prefer to line the walls of their staff rooms with lockers, while some will have them tucked away in the reception area. You may even choose to use your lockers as a sort of room divider, enabling you to keep teams separate in a functional way, rather than using an actual room divider which will serve no other purpose.

In all of these cases, you will need to take into account the aesthetics of the room when making your locker purchase decision in order to ensure they complement the room style, rather than standing out like a sore thumb. We will discuss aesthetics later in this guide.

Think back to when you first began planning your office design. Did you make a floor plan so that you could see exactly where all your desks and chairs would go? Did you allocate space for shelving, projector screen and filing cabinets? If you are able to drag out your original design, whether that be a pen and pencil drawing, a 3D model or a CAD drawing, you can make any adjustments to represent the office as it currently stands, since some things are sure to have changed, and then look for the best place(s) to put your lockers.

If, however, you will be designating a room to be used solely for lockers, then you will need to organise this space in order to get the most use out of it. You might like to make a new floor plan for your locker room so that you can see how best to utilise the space. You will want to get as many lockers in the room as possible, while maintaining plenty of space for easy access. Because it is completely separate room, the lockers will need to complement each other, but there will be no need to worry about how they look alongside other items of furniture. It would be best to purchase lockers from one range in order to create a unified look.

In a small room with few lockers, it might be easier to simply line the walls of the room, with the centre used for access. If you have a slightly larger room, however, you might choose to place the lockers in rows placed back-to-back to maximise space. If you want to put benches in between the lockers, leave at least 1.5m before making another row. If you don’t think benches are needed, 1.2m should be plenty of room and could make the enough extra space to allow you to get another row in.

Another option is to incorporate pod lockers into your space. These are rotating lockers that spin round to reveal the locker you are looking for. They work really well in smaller spaces, since the access space needed is less. The only disadvantage is that it can be awkward when more than one person wants to get to their locker, but if your lockers are intended for low usage, the Pod Locker Circles might be a great option.

Knowing how much space you have to accommodate your lockers is essential, since you want to make sure you only buy those that will fit. Too small and you might find that you don’t have enough storage to satisfy demand. Too big and you won’t have room for them, and may have to re-think your plans. Positioning the lockers in the correct place is important too, as you need to make sure they are accessible to everyone who might need to use them, but not so accessible that they spend half their day getting up and going through their locker instead of getting on with work.

If your lockers are for your employees to store their personal items, then a staff room is the obvious place to put them. If they are for confidential work items, you might want to keep them in the office, or you might prefer to keep them behind a locked door for extra security. If they are intended for visitor use, you might have a dedicated visitor room or a reception area where you could keep them. Wherever is best for you is fine, but you need to measure the space available accurately.

Then you will need to work out how many lockers you need and determine whether this is a realistic amount to fit into your space. Do you need one for each employee, or only a select few? If your lockers are for visitors, how many visitors can you realistically expect to receive in one day? Try to plan ahead a little too, since in a year or two you might have more staff/visitors. Planning for this now will save you hassles further down the line.

Once you have worked out your available space and the number of lockers you need to fit into that space, a simple maths equation will help you determine how much storage room each individual locker will provide. You can then decide if that is enough to cater for your needs, or if you might need to look at other places in your office where you can situate another group of lockers. The lockers must be fit for purpose or they won’t be used, which will defeat the object of them, so make sure you take plenty of time to work out your exact measurements and requirements.

Finally, your calculations should allow you to judge how many compartments you need your lockers to have. Many lockers, like the Quicksilver Lockers, give you an option to choose between one and six or more compartments. If a large number of people will access the lockers at any one time, you might prefer to stick to a lower number of compartments, so that it is possible for the majority of them to reach their locker without having to queue. If you are expecting them to be used less frequently, then more compartments will probably be fine. Having said that, you need to remember that more compartments means less space per locker, and then go back and consider how much space you really need for each user.

Side note: compartments

Do you need your users to have one empty space in which to place all their belongings, or do they need smaller compartments? Most lockers will offer somewhere between one and six compartments and how many you decide to choose will depend on the usage of the lockers. If they are being used for staff changing rooms for example, then a one compartment locker would work best as it normally has a shelf for shoes, a coat or clothes hook and also space to store bags. If, however, they will be used to store smaller items, a five or six compartment locker will suffice.

If you will be using the lockers for visitors and you are unsure of exactly what they will be used for, a two-compartment locker like the Premium Ultra Slim Twin Lockers is a fairly safe decision, since it will give the user room for a coat or jacket and a bag. If you will require visitors and employees to remove their shoes upon entry (if, for example, they will be coming in off a building site or another equally dirty place), then a third compartment might be useful to store a clean pair of shoes that can quickly be swapped over before they come into the office. Something like the Uniform Locker would be perfect for this.

You might decide that rather than give each employee their own locker, you might want one locker with lots of different compartments so that items like laptops can be easily stored overnight when not in use. In that case, something like the Premium Laptop Charge Lockers would be perfect. The other benefit of a laptop locker is that it is easy to see when a laptop has not been handed back in, reducing the likelihood of theft. A similar type of locker could be used to secure confidential documents, each with their own shelf so as not to lose anything. You could also look at garment lockers if you will be supplying your staff with their own uniform, as these will help you to keep the clothes neat, tidy and organised when not in use and allow you to collect and clean any dirty items. Garment Lockers are excellent for this purpose.

How high do you want your lockers to be?

This will depend on a number of things: how high is the ceiling in the room you intend to place the lockers, how many individual lockers do you need, and how much space does each locker need inside to be useful? Once you have decided these things, you have a number of options:

  • Cube lockers: Small and compact, these lockers are a brilliant, space-saving option and can be connected to other cubes in order to create a bespoke locker layout. Purchasing cube lockers means that you can buy exactly what you need right now, with the intention of purchasing more as and when needed. They do come in a variety of sizes, so you can still provide the exact storage room that is required by the user, and they are also available in a huge range of colours, so you can make your layout as bright and bold as you like. (Insert picture of cube lockers)
  • Low height: These lockers tend to be best for children, since they are not so high that they won’t be able to reach to the top. If you regularly have child visitors, perhaps on school trips, for example, then these lockers represent an excellent solution for them. They can also be great for utilising ‘dead space’. Under a row of windows for example or beneath counter tops.
  • Full height: These lockers are the most spacious and have the most customisable options, allowing you to vary the number of compartments, coat hooks and other bespoke options. They are too tall to be stacked, so if you need to buy a lot of lockers and only have limited space, these might not be a realistic choice.

What type of lock do your lockers need?

Lockers have locks, that is a given, but did you know there are various different types of locks to choose from? Not all lockers give you the choice, but if you know what sort of lock will best suit your circumstances then you can look out for what you need when shopping.

  • Cam lock: This is the standard lock you will find on most lockers. The cylindrical lock features a key hole on one end and a locking arm on the other, so that the user simply needs to insert their key in the hole and twist, in order to rotate the arm to an upright position and open the door. A lot of our lockers utilise this simple, reliable method, including the Black Carcass Premium Lockers.
  • Hasp and staple lock: The combination of this fastening with a padlock is a preference for many people, since it allows the door to be locked if necessary and left unlocked if it is not in use. This allows users to see where the available lockers are if they do not have their own dedicated space. A hasp is a hinged metal fastening with a slot that fits over a staple (a metal loop). Once in place, a padlock also fits through the loop and can then be snapped shut, preventing the door from opening until the padlock is removed. The Contract Metric Lockers With BioCote give you an option between the hasp and staple lock or a traditional cam lock, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
  • Combination lock: Perhaps you would prefer to work with a keyless system, in which case combination lock would be better for you. This means that you don’t have to worry about users losing their keys. Instead, they need to remember a short number code. If they forget this, you can simply override the combination with a master key or code. The Glossbox Lockers give you the option of three different types of locks, including combination.
  • Coin return lock: These types of locks are popular at places like the gym. They require the users to insert a coin, usually a 20p or a pound, in order to shut the door properly, turn the lock and remove the key (often attached to a wristband). Once the key has been removed, the door is locked and cannot be unlocked until the user comes back with that key. The money is returned when they key is securely back in place. This system comes with a few cons, for example, the user does need to have the correct change on them in order to activate the lock, but it is also considered a very secure option. If this is the type of lock you were hoping to buy, then consider the Premium Coin Return Lockers With Activecoat.
  • Coin retain lock: Much like the coin return locks, these require a certain denomination of coin to active the lock and release the key. The difference is that the money is not refunded to the user once they return the key. That means if they need to return to their locker a number of times throughout the day they will have to pay more money to lock it again. This is not a very good option if you intend to use this for your employees, since you will effectively be charging them for working for you (even if it is only 20p a time). However, if the lockers are used to generate revenue, for example, in left luggage departments, exhibition centres, stadiums and arenas then coin retain lockers like the Premium Coin Retain Lockers are perfect.

What type of door would you like on your locker?

Standard locker doors will be suitable for most office environments, but if you are truly concerned about security breaches, there are some other options you can consider.

  • Toughened doors: While these look almost exactly the same as the standard doors, they offer a stronger and more durable option and are much harder to break into. The Stronghold Lockers are exactly what you need if security is a concern for you.
  • Vision doors: These allow you to see exactly what is inside a locker without having to open the door. This prevents the possibility of anything dangerous being stored inside and makes it easier to monitor the contents. The Premium Vision Lockers are perfect for this need. Perforated doors like the Perforated Door Metric Lockers also work in a similar way while still being secure.
  • Heavy duty laminate doors: If you need locker doors that are completely impervious to potential damage, laminate doors will withstand knocks, scratches and any other potential vandalism. Take a look at the Trespa Shockproof Lockers if this sounds like something your office might need.
  • Extra heavy-duty doors: As above, but with that little bit of extra security in the hinges and bolts. The Fully Welded Titan Heavy Duty Lockers might be worth a look if this is your choice of door.
  • Gloss Doors: These look more like office furniture than standard steel lockers. A solution like the GlossBox Office Lockers adds an ultra-modern and stylish look to offices, corridors and open plan spaces while still providing the storage required.

What other features would you like to include?

While lockers are a fairly standard item of furniture with few customisable options, there are still certain features you might like to consider before making your final purchase decision.

  • Sloping tops: This might seem like a simple design feature, but purchasing a set of lockers with sloping tops will prevent anyone from trying to store things on top of them. This will help to keep the tops clean and dust free and limit the maintenance required to keep the lockers looking good. It also prevents accidents occurring from items falling on top of people standing at the lockers. If this sounds like a feature you would like incorporated into your lockers, the Atlas Sloping Top Lockers would be ideal.
  • End panels: Whether or not you choose to include end panels on your locker design will depend on where you intend to put them. If you have a dedicated locker room, chances are that the lockers will stretch along the length of the wall and so the end panels will not be visible. In this case you won’t need to choose a locker with attractive end panels. If however, your lockers will be used to segregate a larger office by placing a number of them in the middle, the aesthetics will be extremely important. A product like the Timber Faced Lockers gives you the choice when making your purchase, allowing you to cater for both instances. When selecting end panels, remember that they will add an extra few centimetres to the width of the locker, which might not sound like too much, but it could make a lot of difference if you have calculated your exact measurements.
  • Locker stands: While most lockers are free-standing units that are intended to be placed directly on the floor, you might prefer to place your lockers on a stand. This allows you to keep the floor underneath the units clean, or potentially offer more storage space if needed. If you are concerned about heavy furniture damaging carpet or tiled floors, a stand helps to alleviate this somewhat. Take a look at the Premium & Imperial Locker Stands for a great example of how your set-up could look.
  • Locker seats: A slight amendment to the above option brings the stand out further than the depth of the locker in order to create a seating area. If you don’t have the space for a separate seating, Premium & Imperial Locker Stands & Seats could be the answer, giving users a place to change their shoes or just take a break before returning to work or going home. (insert picture of lockers on stands with seats)
  • Charging options: If you intend to use your locker to store electrical items that are in regular use and need charging often, then you might want to consider purchasing a charging locker like the In Charge Tool Lockers Single Socket. These are ideal for heavy duty items like power drills, as well as smaller items like mobile phones. They can be left to charge while not in use, kept securely locked away, and then when they are needed again they will be fully powered up and ready to go. While you might not like to encourage your employees to charge their phones at work, since it will increase the cost of your electricity bill, if they are essential for them to do their job, then it is a nice gesture to allow a safe and secure place to keep their phone.
  • Island seating: If your lockers are being kept in a designated locker room, you might want to consider island seating in the centre of the room. This will obviously require a little bit of space, but it is an efficient way to fill the room while also providing users with somewhere to change their shoes and clothes or organise their belongings before placing them in the locker or taking them home. Our Cloakroom Island Seating is the perfect option, which also provides somewhere to hang coats if the lockers do not have enough extra space for this.
  • Protective coating: There are a number of different products used to provide a protective coating to the lockers. They all aim to do the same thing: provide anti-bacterial protection, but with slight differences. Here is a breakdown of the different options so you can make an informed choice.
  1. ActiveCoat: This hard-wearing powder is used to ensure strict hygiene standards are met, protecting the locker against bacteria such as E. Coli, MRSA, Aspergillus Niger, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, and Streptococcus. It has been proven to be 100 percent safe to humans and is usually used on lockers in schools, food preparation areas, gyms and leisure centres and anywhere else where there is the potential to transfer germs. If this sounds like something that would be a concern for your office, the Cube Lockers with ActiveCoat would be a great option.
  2. BioCote: Used to improve hygiene and cleanliness, BioCote powder coating has been proven to kill up to 94 percent of bacteria found on lockers, including MRSA, E-Coli, Streptococcus, Black Mould, Salmonella & Listeria. It lasts for the lifetime of the product, so that you will never have to worry about the possibility of transferred bacteria, helping to keep the locker user healthy and safe. Take a look at the Sixto Lockers with BioCote.
  3. Elite Guard: When used alongside an efficient cleaning schedule, the Elite Guard powder coating has shown to protect against almost all bacteria and prevent the growth of mould or other fungi.
  4. Germ Guard: Similar to Elite Guard, Germ Guard is very effective at fighting bacteria, but comes in a paint form. As well as protecting the lockers against germs, it also kills the bacteria present on anything that comes in contact with it, so users will leave their lockers with cleaner hands than before they touched the Germ Guard coating! This also lasts for as long as the locker, having been applied at the time of manufacture.

How will this fit in to your current interior design?

How the locker looks will make a big different to the atmosphere of the office. They tend to be rather large and imposing and so it is important to consider the aesthetics of the locker. Lots of lockers come with bright coloured doors, which can help to brighten a room, particularly if you have a designated room used just for lockers. In this case, it can be fun to play with the design a little, since it won’t make any different to the look of the main office floor. You can mix and match door colours to make for a brighter, more interesting room. Our Premium Lockers are great for this, since you can buy a number of different lockers in different colours and then line them up next to each other for a vibrant design.

If, however, you intend to keep your lockers in the centre of the office, bright colours might not fit in with your theme. In this case, you might want to go with the more contemporary design Glossbox Office Lockers. These will look great in any style office and are not too garish or distracting in a busy working environment. If, however, you are set on purchasing wooden lockers to match your desks and other storage solutions, the Wooden Cloakroom Lockers might be just what you need.

How soon do you need these lockers?

If, having read all this information, you have realised that you actually need your lockers as soon as possible, you might want to consider our NEXT DAY Silverline Lockers. These lockers are spacious and durable, but may not fulfil all your needs, which is why this buying guide is so important. These lockers are likely to meet most of your requirements, having been made to an average specification, but if you are in a hurry they are the only lockers that can be ordered before 12pm for next day delivery. If you can wait a little longer, you will be treated to a much wider range of items.

The other thing you might want to think about is whether you will need your lockers pre-assembled, or if you would prefer them flat-packed. The Silverline Lockers only come as a flat-pack option, in order to ensure they get to you the next day, as promised. Obviously, this means you will have to set aside time to put these together, although this is not difficult. If you are not in a hurry and have the time to put the lockers together yourself, then this still may be the best option for you. However, you might want to consider waiting another few days for delivery and buying a pre-assembled locker if you are not happy to DIY this project.

What colour would you like your locker doors to be?

We have briefly mentioned the important of aesthetics in this buying guide, but now it is time to consider the impact that colour can have on your locker choice.

If the lockers are intended to be in the main office working area, bright coloured doors may not be a sensible option, but of course it depends on your current office design. If you have a traditional office, with wooden desks, smart chairs and muted colours, then it might be sensible to stick with a more subtle door design like the ShockBox Lockers or a simple stainless steel design like the Contract Metric Lockers With BioCote, both of which will work with a stylish, classy interior.

If, however, you are working to create a bright, fun space in your office, then the addition of a pop of colour on your lockers might be a welcome relief to stressed-out employees. Or, if your lockers are intended to be placed in their own designated locker room, you might decide to have a little fun with different colour combinations in order to brighten up an otherwise boring room.

You could choose to match your locker colour to your logo colours, in order to maximise brand identity throughout the office. Or, you might choose to employ the services of a colour therapist, who will attempt to work out what it is that you want from your office atmosphere and help you decide the best colours to negotiate this. Chromology, or colour therapy, is quite a complicated subject, and we could never go into the same amount of depth as a professional here, but for a basic guide, brighter and bolder shades are supposed to be motivational and inspiring, while muted, pastel shades are more calming and peaceful. The individual colours all have their own effects too, for example:

  • Red: increases productivity but can be distracting.
  • Blue: bold blues are stimulating and can bring clarity, while pale blues are more calming. Both tones are great for increasing concentration.
  • Yellow: associated with positivity, fun and creativity, but the wrong shade has also been known to trigger anxiety, so pick wisely.
  • Green: pale shades of green are associated with positivity and nature, while darker shades are connected to wealth. However, certain shades of green have been known to make people feel nauseous, so another colour to approach with caution.

No matter which colour you settle on, or if you choose to mix and match a few different options, colour therapy on its own is not going to give you a productive and happy workforce. However, if you use it alongside other motivational techniques, it can be very helpful indeed!

How much do you want to spend?

Although we have left this question to last, it is ultimately the most important. No matter which locker style/brand/capability you choose, you need to have the budget to cover it. Before you make your final purchase decision, sit down with the company accountant and agree on a cost that you are both happy with.

It can be so easy to get carried away with searching through all the different locker options that you can suddenly find yourself spending way over what you can afford. Setting a realistic budget can help prevent this. Once you know how much money you have for lockers, don’t spend a single penny more, since this can have a knock-on effect on other areas of your business.

Equally, it can help you to purchase the best quality items that you can afford, since you will know exactly what you have to spend and so can work on using as much of that budget as possible. It is not worth scrimping to purchase the cheapest items, as this will create a false economy where you buy lockers that are not fit for purpose and will need replacing long before products of a better quality.

When looking at prices, don’t forget to factor in delivery if this is not included, as well as other hidden costs. Check that individual prices include VAT and whether you will have to pay extra for installation or any warranties or guarantees that you might want to include.

Have you consulted with your team?

So, you think you have found the perfect set of lockers. They are within budget, fit for purpose and blend in well with the rest of your office design. But what do other people think? There are a number of opinions that you need to take into consideration (but remember that the final decision lies with you).

  1. Locker users: these are the people that will be using the lockers on a regular basis, and so they know exactly what they need from a locker. If you are purchasing the lockers for your employees, it won’t hurt to call a short meeting to discuss their requirements. If the lockers will be for visitors, asking a few questions as they come into the office may make for invaluable advice. It doesn’t have to take the form of a formal questionnaire (unless you want it to) but a casual chat might help you to work out exactly what it is you need from a locker.
  2. Previous locker purchasers: take a look at the reviews section of any furniture website and you will be met with a range of mixed emotions, from those who were overjoyed with their purchase and those that were bitterly disappointed. Read these reviews with an open mind. Make sure you analyse the reviews to weed out the ones that can truly help you.
  3. The furniture dealer: these people are trained to help you find the best product for you. If you let them know your exact requirements for your lockers, they can discuss the ones that are the best fit for you. Of course, they may put pressure on you to spend more than you intended, so stick to your guns (and your budget) and make it clear to them that your maximum spend is not a moveable target.

Choosing the right lockers for you can be a minefield and it can be all too easy to settle for the cheapest lockers you can find. But if you take a little bit of time to select the best-fit products for you, you will have lockers that will serve your office well for years to come, making them a worthwhile and useful investment.