Notwithstanding their generic name, school lockers are omnipresent across the entire domain of academic institutions. Today, students' belongings and essentials have become valuable, and that's why these lockers are a must in schools, colleges, and affiliated facilities. Apart from study materials, they safely store laptops, gadgets, and even expensive sports merchandise.

Are you thinking of buying lockers for your educational instituion? This guide will help you get to know the types of lockers and choose the right one, with the right features.

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What Types of School Lockers Are There to Consider?

There are four main types of school lockers:

Junior/mini lockers

Today, kindergarten and primary education sections of schools have extended timings. This has created a need for junior/mini lockers. Trendy and bright, these lockers create a playful bond with children who love to use them.Since personal storage and not security is the primary objective of these lockers, they are made from molded or extruded plastic or light metal such as aluminum. They often don't have locks, just latches, magnetic door-closer, or similar easy-to-operate device.

One Black School Junior Locker
Blue Mini Lockers in Cabinet
School Mini Lockers in Grey
Multiple Mini School Lockers in Blue
Multiple Mini School Lockers in Brown
Small Junior School Lockers

Single units

These individual lockers are meant for students' exclusive use. The design may have a single door, but the interior can have different vertical and horizontal compartments. Often, they are adjustable so that the student can customize them according to their needs. There are two types:

Single units offer the benefit of centralized storage and are good for facilities that mandate a safe storage space for students:

Single Unit School Locker in Beige
One Unit School Locker in Grey with Glass
Single Long School Locker
Wood and Metal One Unit School Locker
Red Metal One Unit School Locker
Long Classic One Unit School Locker


Typically, these are 'locker-room' lockersdesigned for community use and are banked together in rows. As such, they are ideal forthe storage of study materials and personal belongings, sports merchandise, and other essentials.

These lockers are sturdy steel-bodied units standing on stout legs. You will encounter dual, triple, or multiple lockers in a single unit. Individually, they have deep spaces with or without compartments.

If you are in charge of a school or college, or facilities such as sports, swimming, and outdoor activity centers, go for these towers. They are available in various designs and colors. If you are planning to place a large order, customization is also possible.

Metal School Locker Tower in Grey
Metal School Locker Tower in Beige
Dark Grey Multiple School Locker Tower
Classic Metal School Locker Tower
Brown Wood School Locker Tower
Metal School Open View Locker Tower

Activity lockers

Over 60 million Americans possess a health and fitness center's membership, and a significant number of them belong to the young demographic segment. Further, activities such as sports, gym, swimming etc. are common across educational institutes. An activity locker safely stores students' valuables and essentials while they are busy 'sweating out'.

Activity lockers have these features:

What are the Features to Look for While Selecting a School Locker?

We advise that you pay attention to these features:

Locking systems. These are the reliable ones:


This is an important feature to stop bacteria formation inside the locker. Check if the locker has either of these:

Locker door hinges

A reliable locker will have one of these two types:

Locker door reinforcement

Check if the locker has reinforcement bars on its interior body. These are meant to provide extra strength and prevent the door plate from sagging or deforming.

Banking or ganging facility

This is the process through which multiple locker units are joined together. It is an important feature if you are ordering lockers in bulk.

Open View School Locker in Black
Three Blue School Lockers with Plates and Ventilation
Medium Sport School Locker
School Locker with Ventilation
Blue School Locker with Name Plates
Three School Lockers with Name Plates

What Are the Standard Sizes of School Lockers?

These are the two universal sizes:

What's the Best Material for School Lockers?

Cold-rolled steel

It is the most standard material for school lockers. Lockers made from tough, 16-gauge steel, offer durability and reliability. Their other benefits:

However, metal lockers can dent and scratch.

HDPE plastic lockers

Many modern sizes use this material because it is lighter than metal yet highly durable. Plus, it is:

School lockers are one of the bare essentials for educational institutions. Keep in mind the information provided in this article to make the correct choice.