- a small lockable cupboard or compartment, typically as one of a number placed together for public use, e.g. in schools or railway stations.
As I like to put it, a small compartment to hide and lock your sh*t away. Right, I’ve said it, I know a bit harsh but technically that is what a locker is for, a place to store your items in an organised and secure way. But did you know Lockers can be so much more than just for storing your stuff in? They can be a place to have a casual meeting with colleagues, they can be a place to charge your phone or tablet. They can even be a place where biophilic design can be added to give that real sense of the outdoors in.
With Covid being part of our daily lives personal space and storage has never been more important in the flexible working environment. Providing good personal storage is essential to a productive work environment, but there is some factors you do need to consider; quantity, location, security, access, aesthetic and functionality
Quantity Is it going to be one each? Do you need extra for visitors? As we all know in the UK, especially in the big cities, space is limited so it might be worth providing unallocated lockers with your own choice code so when you leave for the day that locker becomes free for someone else to use it.
Location Out of sight? Used to create and divide a space? Normally you would position lockers away from the desk as it can be a distraction when they are accessed. However, the office setting has changed; we now see an open office environment which aims to promote better communication and collaboration within the team. This is where lockers can be used to break up and divide the space between teams or departments of the business.
Security Key, code, card, fingerprint, hands-free? The traditional key or even padlock are outdated but inexpensive to purchase to start with but can be very expensive when needing to replace. The electronic option does come at a premium but the more cost saving option in the long run.
Access Too high, too low, you need to be able to access your locker. Sometimes a user will have a personal item that is heavy and there is a limit on how high a user should reach. And of course, who wants to get on their knees to access the locker at the bottom? Both items need to be considered when deciding on a locker solution.
Aesthetic What I call the fun bit. Steel is the preferred material for reasons of durability, security, and most important sustainability. To soften the look of the locker you can have different materials for the doors such as MFC, plastic or even fabrics. The modern design of the office now days tend to have that home and domestic environment feel, which tends to encourage wellbeing in the workplace. The tops of the lockers can also be fitted with planters to include foliage which has been proven to improve productivity in the workplace.
Functionality Lockers can do much more than just storing personal items. They can also facilitate items such as charging devices for mobiles, tablets, and laptops. Mail slots can also be added with internal shelves and there is also range of accessories available to keep your items organised while kept in your locker. With all that said, is it still a small compartment to hide and lock you sh*t away?
Maybe, but hopefully I’ve given you some pointers on how you can incorporate lockers into the work space. Why not try and break the perception of the dull corporate office setting and use the lockers as a place to meet and collaborate with your colleagues, add some plants, or make it fun using colour and textures….just think outside the locker box!
Thank you Candace Read, Marketing Manager at Maine Storage Innovations for this great intro into the world of lockers.
Candace comes from the bright lights of Las Vegas. She is a coffee addict and plant hoarder and like Hotbox is a locker fan.