Steel was the preferred locker material because lockers are intended to provide security and steel was considered the strongest material suitable for making lockers. Another traditional material, wood, is subject to quicker deterioration and can be damaged more easily. Steel, on the other hand, can be made almost indestructible by using thicker gauge sheets and reinforced construction.
Even steel lockers can be vandalised if they are in easily accessible public places where no security is provided. However compared to wood steel is more secure. These days steel lockers are often made vandal proof using devices such as recessed handles.
Features of Current Day Steel Lockers
One model offers the following features:
- Full height dividers that can accommodate coat hangers, a top shelf for hats or lunches, and additional space for personal effects
- Baked on enamel finish that lasts for years
- Scratch resistant, rust proof recessed handles that cannot be vandalised
- Door stiffeners that not only adds rigidity but also dampens noise while opening and closing the door
- Rubber bumpers that reduces noise further
- Louvered doors that allow air circulation and keep your clothes from getting musty
Another model has:
- Perforated body that allows continuous air circulations and also provides visibility into the contents of the locker.
- Heavy duty 14 gauge frame and 16 gauge sides that can withstand heavy usage for years
Steel lockers can also available with multiple tiers, i.e. instead of full height shelves, there are multiple, smaller shelves in each vertical section. A single tier construction means full height shelf, two tier means two shelves in one vertical section. Tiers can go up to six, leaving each shelf compartment about 30cm in height.
Multi tier lockers are economical and can be used where hanging garments do not need to be stored in the lockers. The advantage is that each locker has its individual door and an original bank of four person, single tier lockers can become a 24 person, six tier locker bank, providing individual compartments for 24 persons for storage of essential personal effects like wallets, car keys, diaries and more.
Some models provide a bridging unit offering a common, external coat hanger that can accommodate multiple coats. Clothes might not need the type of privacy needed by other personal effects.
Colours can vary. Grey, blue are common, while other colours can be specified by the customer.
Some lockers come with sloping tops, or can be converted into sloping top lockers with accessories. A sloping top prevents people from storing things on top of the locker, and also makes it easier to remove accumulated dust. Another accessory is a base that fits between the legs of the locker, preventing accumulation of debris under the locker. Lockers typically have 15cm legs which leave space under the lockers open.
Steel lockers are still a preferred choice, and are improving in looks and functionality with minimal changes, such as aesthetic looks and vandal proof handles.