When it comes to locker room design, it's important to consider both function and aesthetics. Arkinstall offers a range of bespoke products that can help you achieve the perfect balance of both.
As it takes more than just rearranging furniture or adding a new bench to maximise the available space in a locker room, we’ve broken down the key elements of how to make the most of locker room space.
Designing the layout
Designing the layout of your changing room is key to maximising space. To achieve the perfect layout for your locker room, it's important to blend together both practicality and comfort.
The best way to achieve this is by considering the following factors:
- The number of users
- The type of user
- Any specific requirements (e.g. wet areas)
- The size and shape of the room
- The amount of storage required
- The type of storage required
For health and safety purposes, it is also important to ensure that there is always sufficient room for clear access, so make sure to carefully consider your placement of any changing room lockers or bespoke benches you may want to include so that they do not obstruct the walkways.
Once you have considered these factors, you will be able to create a locker room that is both functional and comfortable.
At Arkinstall, we offer a variety of different types of lockers, from traditional to contemporary, that can be customised to suit your space. Our bespoke benches are also available in a range of sizes and styles, so you can create the perfect changing room for your facility.
Maximising the space
Once you’ve worked out what it is you need and have looked at designing the layout, the next step is to look at how you can maximise the space available.
Most common changing room designs use bespoke gym lockers fixed flush against the wall, with bespoke benches situated in the middle of the room. This layout maximises the space available while still providing your guests with the necessary space and facilities.
More contemporary athletic locker room designs utilise a combination of more compact changing room lockers in a nested double-sided island, situated in the centre of the room, with seating or changing cubicles along the perimeter. This is commonly found in wet area changing rooms, like swimming pools.
Utilising the aesthetics
When considering the more intricate details, there are a few other simple aesthetics that can help maximise your changing room design.
The use of lighting and incorporating light colours into your designs can help make the space feel bigger and brighter. At Arkinstall, our bespoke lockers, suitable for leisure centre, school, gym or other purposed changing rooms, come in a variety of colours to suit your needs.
Adding mirrors in strategic locations throughout the changing room design can also help to reflect the light and make the space feel more open while maintaining a neat and tidy locker room will further help it feel more spacious than one that is cluttered.
If your locker room includes a wet area, it's important to consider the following factors:
- The type of material used for both lockers and benches
- Changing cubicles, like those found in an athletic locker room design
- Extraction and air circulation to reduce humidity level and overall freshness
- Showers and bathroom facilities
- The drainage to help keep the area clean and dry
Looking deeper into the minutia of what is necessary to create not only a functional but practical changing room design that considers the above details is important.
Small changes, such as sloped flooring to help with drainage or strategically placed hooks throughout for towels and even sensor-activated taps and flushes can help maximise all available space right down to the smallest detail.
Arkinstall offers a range of bespoke shower benches that are specifically designed for wet areas too. These benches are made from durable materials that are resistant to mould and mildew and can be customised to suit your space.
The type of lockers as well as the overall size you choose for your changing room is also essential. One way to maximise space in a locker room is to use lockers with internal shelving. This provides ample storage space while keeping the area tidy and organised.
Make sure to also consider the space needed in between the locker rows, as this will vary depending on the type of user. For example, if you are catering for disabled users, you will need to make sure that there is enough space to allow them to manoeuvre in.
Another way to use lockers is to install them in a row, with the benches running along the length of the room. This creates a linear design that maximises space and makes it easy for users to move throughout the room too.
Arkinstall's range of lockers are available in a variety of sizes to suit any space, and can even be customised to your specific needs.
Benches are a great way to add extra seating and storage space to a locker room. They can be placed against walls, against lockers or situated like an island in the middle of the room, depending on your needs.
Making sure to have the correct type of bench for your locker room can make a world of difference too. Not only do they provide extra seating and changing space, but they can also be used to store items such as spare towels and toiletries.
Another way to make the most of your locker room space is to use benches with built-in storage. This is an ideal solution for smaller spaces, as it doesn't take up any extra floor space.
Capitalising on bespoke benches that come complete with hooks or other accessories, like those offered at Arkinstall, can also help create a neater and more streamlined locker room, while also utilising all necessary space.
Locker rooms by Arkinstall
By considering both function and aesthetics, you can create a locker room that is both practical and stylish. No matter what your requirements are, Arkinstall can help you create a practical and stylish locker room that makes the most of your space.
With knowledge across a range of sectors, our expertise expands from bespoke school locker rooms to state-of-the-art athletic locker room designs. Whether you’re looking to create a storage space for your staff or to completely renovate and create a new changing room design, Arkinstall has over 60 years of industry experience to assist you in making the most of your space.
We offer a variety of lockers, from traditional metal to contemporary laminate, as well as bespoke benches that can be designed to your exact specifications. For more information on our changing room locker solutions, contact us today.