Every user of a locker will at one time have stored something out of the ordinary inside it - and if they haven't, why not? At Direct Lockers, lockers are our business and we are experts in their uses.
Lockers have a multitude of uses; in fact, we have listed 101 things for inspiration below! The most obvious being to store personal belongings whilst at work or play, but as we discover later the increase in online shopping has created a need to store all sorts of items from A-Z.
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1. Laptop Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/laptop-charging-lockers-product.html) - the laptop storage/charging locker is ideal for storage of laptops. Laptop lockers are available as charging or non-charging. All charging units are tested to BS 6396:2008. Lock covers allow for numbering on every door for ease of identification. The rear panel is perforated for heat dissipation.
3. First Aid Kits
5. Balls of string
10. Dry Pet Food
11. Wine Bottles
14. Children's Toys
17. Telescopic umbrella
20. PPE (personal protective equipment) (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/workshop/probe-ppe-lockers.html) "Protective clothing should be kept in the accommodation provided when not in use, it should not be left in the workroom. Personal clothing, which is not being worn, such as an overcoat, should be kept in separate accommodation to P.P.E clothing to prevent it from being contaminated". HSC Guidelines on the storage of PPE. These lockers have a PPE label enabling protective clothing to be stored and to clearly be identified as such.
22. Lacrosse Stick
23. Cleaning materials
24. Pens and pencils
26.Tins of paint
28. Baby Clothes
29. Shopping Bags
30. Sewing Kits
31. Lunch Box
32. Golf Bag
33. Fishing Rod
34. Sports equipment
37. Play station
39. Water bottles
ULTRABOX Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/ultrabox-2-compartment-plastic-locker.html)
40. Wetsuits - Plastic lockers will not rust, rot or corrode so are ideal for external storage. They can also be used in wet changing areas, are able to be washed down with a pressure washer and are suitable for storing damp items; such as towels and wetsuits.
42. Book bags
44. Rugby ball
46. Hair brushes and combs
47. Gym kit
49. Plant Pots
53. IT media
Compartment Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/stainless-steel-four-door-compartment-lockers.html)
60. Folders - Compartment Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/stainless-steel-four-door-compartment-lockers.html) make efficient use of space as they allow multiple users in the same footprint of space. In particular, four compartment lockers are ideal in educational environments often being used for storing books and folders.
65. Christmas Decorations
67. Tennis Racket
68. Food Tins
69. Tennis nets
Quarto Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/probe-quarto-lockers-product.html)
70. Tools - Quarto Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/probe-quarto-lockers-product.html) are ideal for storage of tools and PPE for visitors. They can be bolted together, side to side or on top of each other to make the best use of limited space. They are modular and can be used in areas where space is limited - under stairs, windows, desks and work surfaces, to make the most efficient use of the available space.
71. Mobile phones
72. Fishing Nets
73. Wrapping paper
74. Laptop bag/case
77. Loose change
78. Pen holder
79. More - pundit to commentator "he/she has more in his/her locker" so they must be storing it!
Personal Effect Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/lockers/probe-personal-effect-lockers.html)
80. Pencil case - Personal Effect Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/lockers/probe-personal-effect-lockers.html) are ideal for use in gyms, hotels, call centres and doctors/dentists surgeries. Typical items stored in these lockers are keys, wallets, purses and mobile phones.
81. PE Kits
83. Phone Chargers
84. Nuts and Bolts
85. Light bulbs
86. Cricket Bat
90. Bird Seed
91. Reams of paper
92. Art materials
94. Hockey stick
95. Toilet Rolls
97. Ink Cartridges
Laminate Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/lockers/probe-laminate-lockers.html)
100. Bathrobe - Laminate Lockers (https://www.directlockers.co.uk/lockers/probe-laminate-lockers.html), with solid grade laminate doors, is the perfect choice for demanding wet or humid environments, such as spas, health centres, schools, leisure centres, swimming pools and the NHS.
101. Amazon parcels
Even online shopping needs lockers
The increase in online orders and therefore deliveries has had two notable adverse effects.
There has been a rise in reports of parcels being stolen from porches and outside people's homes.
This has also led to an increase in social media posts regarding the weird and wonderful places couriers have left parcels, when the recipient has been unavailable.
"A delivery man leaves a parcel in bizarre place - but he is not the first to do so By Nicola Bartlett, Political Correspondent. (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/delivery-man-leaves-parcel-bizarre-8749872" (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/delivery-man-leaves-parcel-bizarre-8749872)
The delivery companies have tested hi-tech solutions using drones, but they do not solve the issue of an absent recipient (they also cannot open porch or garage doors - yet).
They have therefore turned to a low-tech solution of installing lockers in high footfall, centralised locations such as tube stations. Here, for a small additional charge, the courier will deliver your parcel to collect at a time convenient to you.
It is also a greener solution as multiple parcels are delivered to a single location.
"Crowded street: Cities face a surge in online deliveries By Natalie Sherman, Business report, New York. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-42245" (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42245367)
Too weird to make the above list
We did come across a number of items that were "stored" in lockers, which were unusual, to say the least:-
A wasp nest was found in a disused locker;
A python was found in a locker of the principal's office in a Singapore college;
In the USA guns and ammunition are often discovered in school lockers with pupils citing the fact they need them for protection on the way to and from school;
The world's smelliest fruit - the Durian fruit was stored in a locker in South East Asia - the school had to be evacuated for 2 days.
Lockers have also been upcycled - into a pantry to store non-perishable goods, and we often see compartment lockers turned on their backs and used as planters - storing the next harvest effectively.
Now that you can see just how many different items you can store in a locker, is it time to get new lockers for your workplace, fitness centre or college? Take a look at our website for ideas at www.directlockers.co.uk (https://www.directlockers.co.uk)