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So you're looking to buy some lockers for your staff. Well you are in luck there is plenty of choice out there. You can buy lockers from catalogues, direct from some manufacturers or from a storage equipment distributor. If you are buying one or two lockers any of the above is OK. If however you have a need for a larger amount then it pays to talk to a professional locker company. Catalogues carry hundreds of products and their staff normally have only a basic knowledge of each individual item. This can make it very easy to buy the wrong product for your staff's needs.

It's important to make sure the supplier you are considering using doesn't charge for things like a site survey (measuring up). Most specialist locker companies offer this service free of charge and they will be happy to provide you with drawings and a written quotation.

There are more and more lockers being imported into the UK from the Far East and Eastern Europe. My advice would be to avoid these, like that annoying guy in the office. These lockers use a much lower grade of steel and parts such as locks and keys can be expensive and difficult to get hold of.

So buy British; you'll be surprised to hear that lockers made in this country can be cheaper than those that come in from elsewhere. Plus you'll be helping re-invigorate our fragile manufacturing industry.

Standard staff lockers come in different door configurations from single door (full height) through to six doors per unit. Obviously the more doors you have the less compartment space your staff will have for their belongings.

The most popular width of lockers here in the UK is 300mm the normal height of the total unit is around 1800mm. The depth can vary from 300mm to 450mm. If space allows then I would recommend 450mm deep as 300mm is quite shallow and the difference in price is normally only a couple of pounds.

Most lockers are also available nested. Nesting is where more than one locker unit is built together at the factory. As these are built together there is less steel used and this can mean cost savings. Buying your lockers nested also means you don't have to bolt the nested lockers together.

Staff lockers are normally provided with cam locks and keys or a hasp lock (for padlocks) but you can also choose digital locks and coin locks as an extra cost option.

Other options include sloping tops for avoiding waste being dumped on top of the lockers and locker stands are great for lifting the lockers off of the floor in areas where the floor will be mopped.

It's also worth asking the locker company for a master key. This will help when the staff member has lost their keys.

I hope you have found this article useful if you have any more questions you can contact me at sales@lockertek.co.uk.www.lockertek.co.uk

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