How To Choose The Right Locker Material

When choosing the right lockers for a specific purpose, the design and functionality are important factors to consider. However, many people overlook another critical factor, material. Let’s go over some of the most common materials and the purposes for which they’re best suited.

ValueMax Double-Tier Metal Lockers by Hallowell


Stainless Steel

Stainless steel lockers are a common fixture in schools, locker rooms, and public spaces. They’re often cheaper than other options, making them ideal for any situation in which a large amount is needed.

They are also pretty durable, making them the optimal choice for places like schools or bus stations, where they’ll be used over and over by different people. Stainless steel is often chosen for spaces like locker rooms and spas where they’ll be exposed to moisture because they won’t rust.


Plastic lockers are also an excellent choice for some of the same reasons. They’re very durable, unaffected by water, and cost-effective. While they’re not as common, they may be a better choice.

Plastic doesn’t scratch nearly as easily, doesn’t dent, and they last longer so even if the plastic option costs more upon purchase, they don’t need to be replaced as often making them more cost-effective in the long run. All the benefits with none of the issues!

AquaMax Plastic Double-Tier 1-Wide by Hallowell

Phenolic Plastic

This may be the least well-known option. Basically, phenolic plastic is just a fancy term for plastic made from many laminated layers combined. That’s what makes these lockers the most durable of them all.

They are also water, scratch, and graffiti resistant making them a great choice for schools, community centers, and other public areas. They can be more expensive depending on style and size, however, once again it comes down to an investment in longevity.



Wood lockers are a great choice for very specific uses. Obviously they won’t be as immune to moisture or last as long as the others, however, if moisture and overuse aren’t big factors—like for classroom storage, business purposes, or even to use in your home—they definitely have their strengths!

Wood has a very homey and inviting feel. It’s warm and comfortable, making it perfect for places where those feelings are encouraged. Also, they can be made in a variety of different finishes and styles which makes them quite versatile!

Three-Wide Triple-Tier Wood Club Locker by Hallowell

When choosing an item with so many options and functions, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each. With this information, it’s much easier to figure out what best suits your needs.

Please, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We are here to help you find the exact right option for you and your needs.

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