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Problem Solver - August 2007

Upgrading Your Locker Rooms

We'd like to spruce up our locker rooms.

Nothing speaks more about the condition of your locker room than the lockers themselves. The right lockers help keep a locker room looking sanitary and neat. Patrons do not want to place their clothes and valuables in lockers that are rusting or have paint chipping. Nor do they want foul odors to permeate their belongings.

When it comes to picking the right locker size or style, you just need to exercise some good, old-fashioned common sense. Naturally, durable materials are a must for any locker room. For many recreation managers, that means selecting solid plastics and stainless steel. Plastic is durable, wears well, doesn't rust and doesn't have parts that come loose. Like stainless steel, it holds up over the long haul.

Metal lockers remain the most affordable—and therefore timeless—option. Their popularity has not waned as modern-day incarnations have found a way to combat water, their most unforgiving and corrosive enemy. Some metal lockers are now being designed with solid plastic bases or are covered with plastic laminate to prevent rust damage.

It's also critical to select the correct locker size for your facility. The most popular lockers offer maximum space for full-hanging clothing. The 60-inch and 72-inch high single-tier lockers can include a shelf for storing small articles. Lockers 18 inches deep or more can be fitted with a coat rod in addition to coat hooks. Single-tier lockers provide the most storage capacity, but they come at the highest cost per person and with the least efficient use of space. If your storage needs involve long coats or heavy winter wear, you will have to give serious consideration to single-tier lockers.

Double-tier lockers will accommodate twice as many people and still provide enough room for light outerwear. They are ideal for use in areas where winters are fairly mild.

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