Swimming is a great leisure and health activity. It is well-loved across the world and is great for leisure, fitness, or just a one-off activity, alone or with friends. Growing numbers of people have begun swimming to combat health issues, especially older adults.
Your sports locker room or swimming changing room is a public area, frequented by lots of people daily. For this reason, lots of factors will need to be considered to make your changing room as effective and functional as possible. Below are 9 swimming pool changing room design ideas for a functional sports locker room.
The layout is incredibly important for all sports locker rooms and changing spaces. The layout of your locker room should function so that staff can easily monitor the space, users can find the exit/entrances easily and without walking too far. If you have a high amount of foot traffic, you will want all entrances/exits close together to ensure guests do not get lost or end up wandering around.
To ensure an effective layout, you will also want to maximise the space for both storage and other things. Understanding your space to maximise storage capacity is key when designing your changing room. A great way to maximise storage space is bespoke lockers and benches. These not only provide effective storage but also have built-in seating, maximising the space, and giving your guests much-needed amenities.
Changing room types
When choosing your locker room design you will need to choose whether to have unisex or gendered changing facilities. Additionally, you can have a selection of changing facilities, including baby and family. These kinds of facilities are important for guests and as such, there should be a selection of changing facilities to suit individual needs. Changing rooms should be private and have amenities such as bins, storage and changing tables for babies and small children.
Usually, there should be at least one shower for every three or four changing rooms. Having adequate shower facilities is important and contributes to the user experience of your guests, as well as hygiene and general customer satisfaction in regard to the facilities you have available. If you do choose to have shower facilities, these should be located close to changing rooms and should consider family/baby changing, as well as male/female shower spaces.
Lighting in changing facilities is very important. You’ll want bright lights that are not too harsh or unflattering. Changing facilities will have to be bright enough for people to see what they’re doing, but not too bright that things look too harsh or sterile. Additionally, sensor lighting is often preferred in changing rooms as it saves on energy and is more hygienic.
Circulation in changing facilities and sports locker rooms is vital. Poor airflow results in humidity, leaving the room smelling stale and, in some cases, affecting the facility’s longevity. In a swimming pool changing room, the humidity will already be high and therefore circulation and airflow should be considered to ensure the facility is hygienic and pleasant for guests.
Accessories and amenities
Accessories and facilities should be considered when planning the locker room design. For example, adding a towel hook near the shower may seem like a good idea, but in practicality, it means the towel may be splashed with water. Little accessories and amenities work toward user satisfaction and can contribute to your establishment’s overall brand.
When fitting and creating bespoke lockers and benches, the type of materials should be considered. For example, you’ll need a material that can withstand humidity. Additionally, lots of storage facilities are fitted with anti-bacterial sprays and coatings to ensure the facilities are combatted against viruses and other germs spread through humidity and footfall.