Locker Room Design
Lack of space or limited resources may often make the "ideal" locker room or locker area hard to achieve but wherever possible, the following essential criteria should be met:
- Good all-round pedestrian access to, from and around the lockers is maintained, with aisles between runs of lockers at least 900mm wide and preferably 1000mm
- The area should be well-lit at all times.
- Take into account the position of doors and windows and their effect on the locker layout.
- Note the position of fixtures and fittings which could either obstruct the lockers or be obstructed by them e.g. ceiling pillars, low ceilings, skirting boards, radiators & heating pipes, light switches, sockets etc.
- Check the condition of the floor. Is it level? Lockers should always be located on a level, even floor. If there is significan slope, consider locating the lockers on support frames with adjustable feet.
- Even in a generally "dry" changing area, the floor may be washed or mopped down from time to time. Where floors may be left damp for some time and on a regular basis, consider raising the lockers from the floor on a support frames which has a protective finish against corrosion.
- What kinds of items of clothing, equipment, personal possessions or carrying bags will users bring into the locker room? This will help determine the size of compartment required.
- What kind of access and "ownership" is required for the lockers? This will influence the type of lock used.Where an individual has their own locker, a cam-lock or padlock can be fitted, operated by the owners key; where lockers are for shared use, coin or token-operated locks may be preferred as easier to administer.
When planning a locker room layout, allowance should also be made for the incremental increase in the overall length of locker runs, where nested units are butted together.
3mm is added to the overall length at each point where two nested units join together.
Locker Run Spacing
Lockers standing on the floor should be positioned so that there is clear space or an aisle of at least 900mm wide. Always allow clearance for wide-open doors - this varies according to the locker width.
There space is available the width of the aisle can be increased up to 1500m where facing lockers are likely to be used simultaneously.
Lockers on support frames fitted with a seat should have a minimum aisle width of 900-1000mm but a spacing of 1200mm(seat to seat) is desirable if facing lockers are to be used simultaneously.