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Back to School: Choosing the Right Employee Lockers


School might be out for the summer, but choosing the right employee lockers is essential year round.

Who remembers their high school locker? Was it empty? Maybe it was organized methodically with just your school essentials? Or maybe it was an over the top decorated shrine to yourself, like a non-digital Facebook, showing any over-the-shoulder onlooker a glimpse into your private life? No matter what you did with your locker, the best thing about it was that it was yours. You could use it for whatever you wanted and nobody else had the key. Now that we are all grown up (in body more so than in mind), lockers can be even more important than back in school. They store the items we need for work, a change of clothes, give us space for personal items, and allow us to feel at home with a personal space of our own. But distribution and manufacturing centers need to be careful to choose the right locker for the job. Just a pair of steel toes and a hard hat could fill an entire space, leaving no space for a child’s latest kindergarten art work. So what options are out there for employee lockers, and does it really matter which ones we choose? There are many options, and yes, it does.

What Size?

Assuming you have the available space in your warehouse, it’s important to get lockers big enough for any work gear along with extra space for personal items. And it’s not just about the total space available, the orientation of the space can make all the difference to the locker’s usability. With a double wide locker, now I have the space for a gym bag or a lunch cooler, items that are difficult to fit in a standard width locker. Personally, I’d rather have a 2 tier locker that is double wide than a 1 tier that is standard width. There is just that much more you can do with the space. Generally, an individual locker can range in size between:
  • Width: 6.5” to 48”
  • Depth: 12” to 24”
  • Height: 12” to 84”


Is your locker room air conditioned? Do your employees work in a hot environment and sweat? Could they ever store any cleaners in the lockers? These are some good reasons to consider a ventilated locker. Vents will help air out your dirty laundry and keep a fresher smell on the inside.

Heavy Duty?

What gauge steel do you want? You get what you pay for. A thicker steel locker will hold up against the test of time and be more secure for the property inside. If the lockers are going to be used regularly or contain valuables, a heavier duty build might be a good choice.


Maybe you need something a little more specialized for the task? Don’t worry because there are several ways to customize and build to suit. You could add:
  • Shelves
  • Coat rack
  • Wood Construction
  • Partitions
  • Drawers
  • Antimicrobial
  • Seating/Bench – I can’t easily put on shoes while standing, can you?
  • Bases – It’s a locker room, its gross enough. Bases will keep dirt from building up underneath
  • Slope Top – No unsightly clutter and much less dust and debris
Employee lockers


Lockers are a great resource to an employee, and having a little piece of home while at work will greatly increase morale. It’s important to choose a locker style that optimizes the space inside and gives individuals room for both work and personal items. When thinking about a locker to choose, just consider which of the below lockers you would rather come face to face with every morning? Which locker would make you excited about the day?  

Learn more and shop our full selection of employee lockers.


Author: Johan Källvik


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