Provide Lockers to Meet Patrons' Needs
Before you outfit your locker room, you need to know what your patrons expect and how they plan to use the space. When you make your choice based on your facility's needs as well as your patrons' expectations and desires, you'll be sure of success.
Q: We want to be sure our locker room meets everyone's needs, but also stands up to the heavy use typical at our facility. What kinds of lockers should we install?
A: A wide variety of materials, sizes and styles are available. Steel lockers are hard-wearing and make an excellent choice for a facility that sees a lot of heavy use. You can find these lockers in various configurations from single tier lockers that are best for patrons who like to hang their garments, to double tier lockers that provide enough room to hang shorter garments and will fit into a more limited floor plan.
In some heavy-use locker rooms, vandalism can become an issue. Be sure to ask your manufacturer about the availability of lockers that can take this kind of abuse.
Q: Many of our members come dressed for a workout and don't need a full locker room, but would still like a place to store their personal items. What should we offer them?
A: It is becoming much more common for members to head to the gym dressed for a workout. These members don't need all the services a locker room provides, but still need a place to stow their stuff. Consider adding personal effects lockers outside the locker room. These are perfect for smaller spaces and give members a secure way to store their belongings.
Q: What else should we consider?
A: Be sure to take ADA accessibility into account as your design your locker room. ADA-compliant lockers include a specially designed handle to simplify opening and closing. They also should have a low-profile design for easy access. Handles, hooks and bottoms should be designed to fit ADA reach requirements.
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