by Rory Baker

Choosing the right supplier from the onset can simplify the whole thing, leaving you with little to do but present a list of your exact requirements, and having your lockers custom-made accordingly.

Even so, it can be surprisingly simple to overlook one or more key factors during the purchase process. There’s endless scope for personalization, but knowing exactly what to focus on when shopping for new lockers isn’t always easy.

8 Common Mistakes

To help steer your decision in the right direction, here are 8 examples of common mistakes when buying new lockers, and how to avoid them:

1.     Not Performing a Comprehensive Needs Assessment:

  • Mistake: Without a thorough needs assessment, you risk overlooking critical storage requirements. Consider not only the nature of the items you plan to store but also their dimensions, quantities and potential changes over time.
  • Solution: Conduct a detailed inventory, involve relevant stakeholders and factor in future growth. Evaluate if the lockers need to accommodate specific equipment laptops, sports equipment, paper files, or anything fragile.

2.     Overlooking Locker Durability and Longevity:

  • Mistake: Prioritizing aesthetics or cost over durability may lead to premature wear and tear. High-traffic areas demand lockers made from materials like heavy-gauge steel to withstand constant use.
  • Solution: Assess the construction materials, paying attention to gauge thickness and reinforcements. Consider powder-coated finishes for resistance against scratches and corrosion. Investing in durable lockers ensures a longer lifespan and better cost-effectiveness over time.

3.     Ignoring Security Features:

  • Mistake: Neglecting security features compromises the safety of stored items. Standard external locks may not be sufficient for valuable equipment or confidential documents.
  • Solution: Opt for advanced security features such as electronic access controls or keyless entry systems. Biometric options add an extra layer of security. Evaluate the specific needs of your workplace to determine the most appropriate locking mechanism.

4.     Not Covering Ventilation Requirements:

  • Mistake: Lack of proper ventilation can lead to unpleasant odours and mould growth, particularly in gym rooms or sports lockers.
  • Solution: Choose lockers with well-designed ventilation systems, including slots, perforations, or mesh panels. Adequate ventilation not only prevents odours but also protects stored items from moisture-related damage.

5.     Forgetting Future Growth:

  • Mistake: Failing to consider future growth or changes in storage needs may lead to inadequate locker space.
  • Solution: Opt for modular locker systems that allow easy expansion or reconfiguration. Plan for changes in staff or students, as well as alterations in equipment or storage requirements. Scalability ensures that lockers remain effective in accommodating evolving needs.

6.     Choosing Style Over Functionality:

  • Mistake: Focusing too much on visual appeal without considering functionality can result in lockers that are visually appealing but impractical for users.
  • Solution: Strike the right balance between style and functionality – demand the best of both where possible. Explore locker options that offer appealing designs while ensuring they cater to the specific needs of users. Customizable lockers provide the flexibility to achieve both aesthetic and functional goals.

7.     Neglecting Ease of Maintenance:

  • Mistake: Overlooking maintenance considerations may result in increased upkeep costs and disruptions.
  • Solution: Choose lockers with finishes that are easy to clean and maintain. Inquire about recommended cleaning procedures and maintenance requirements. Low-maintenance lockers are the better choice for a more efficient and cost-effective storage solution.

8.     Ignoring User Feedback:

  • Mistake: Disregarding input from end-users can lead to dissatisfaction and resistance to locker usage and a wasted investment.
  • Solution: Engage those who use the lockers in the decision-making process. Collect feedback on locker preferences, concerns and specific features that would enhance their satisfaction.

9.     Forgetting Regulatory Compliance:

  • Mistake: Overlooking industry or workplace regulations can result in non-compliance and legal consequences.
  • Solution: Verify that the selected lockers meet or exceed relevant standards and regulations. Ensuring compliance is crucial to create a safe and secure storage environment, in accordance with industry norms and legal standards.

10.                        Prioritizing Initial Costs Over Value for Money

  • Mistake: Understandably, it can be tempting to opt for a more affordable batch of lockers to save on initial purchase and installation costs. Unfortunately, compromising on quality to cut costs will always prove false economy, leaving you worse off financially and practically long-term.
  • Solution: Always ensure that overall value for money is prioritised over initial costs. While it may cost more to invest in a high-quality locker system with an extensive warranty outright, you have a much better chance of retaining and leveraging the full value of your investment for many years or decades to come.

For more information on any of the above or to learn more about our innovative storage solutions, contact a member of the team at Premier Lockers today.

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