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Guide to: Education and School Lockers

School Low Height Lockers
School Lockers


When working with small children, organisation is key. It’s often difficult to keep rooms tidy and many schools lack storage. We have the perfect solution on how to teach children responsibility for their belongings and how to be tidy!

Unsure on how to make your budget work for you? We will help identify the best lockers and storage solutions for your requirements. All large orders are subject to discounts, including upgrades. Order any of our lockers now for guaranteed winter break install. Most schools will return to school 7th January 2019. So, make sure you start the year off right with some new storage.

Primary School Lockers

Primary School Lockers – 900mm High

  • 2.95 feet highPrimary School Locker - 900mm
  • Made to order – 20 days
  • Choice of 1, 2 or 3 compartments
  • Cam lock locking
  • 7 door colour options
  • Made in the UK
  • Anti-bacterial coating
  • Fire Guard Tested & Certified
  • Optional upgrades including sloping tops, stands and more

Atlas School Lockers – 943mm High

  • 3.1 feet highAtlas Locker - 943mm
  • Fastest delivery – 7 days
  • 2 compartments on all units
  • 5 vibrant colour options
  • 2 lock options – key or padlock
  • 2 depth options – 380 or 450mm
  • Screw together construction
  • Fixing holes for nesting together or wall attachment
  • Doors can be easily replaced
  • Anti-bacterial coating

Middle School LockersPrimary School Lockers - 1100mm

Primary School Lockers – 1100mm High

  • 3.6 feet tall
  • 20 day delivery – made to order
  • Choice of 1, 2, 3 or 4 compartments per unit
  • Key lock as standard
  • UK made
  • Germ Guard anti-bacterial paint
  • Upgrades available

Probe Low Lockers - 1210mm

Probe Low Lockers – 1210mm High

  • Choice of 1, 2 or 3 compartments
  • 7 door colour options
  • 2 depths available: 305 or 460mm
  • Conforms to BS 4680:1996
  • Anti-bacterial paint coating

Probe Low Lockers – 1350mm High

  • 4.4 feet tall per unitProbe Low Height - 1350mm
  • 3 doors on each unit
  • 7 door colour options
  • 5 knuckle hinges
  • Cam lock as standard
  • Anti-bacterial paint finish

Primary School Lockers – 1356mm High

  • 4.4 feet high
  • Made to order units – 20 days deliveryPrimary School Lockers - 1356mm
  • 3 depth options: 300, 380 and 450mm
  • Option of 1, 2, 3 or 4 doors
  • High quality, UK manufacturing
  • Hook combinations in 1 and 2 door options
  • Cam lock locking
  • Fire Guard tested and certified
  • Germ Guard technology fights MRSA & E.Coli
  • Sloping tops and lock upgrades

Spectrum Primary School Lockers – 1356mm High

  • 4.4 feet tall per unitSpectrum School Lockers - 1356mm
  • 8 vibrant and unusual colour options
  • 3 size options
  • Choice of 1 – 4 doors
  • Minimum order quantity of 20 units
  • Made to high standard in the UK
  • Made to order – 20 day delivery
  • Body is powder coated white
  • Fire Guard tested & certified
  • Anti-bacterial technology paint work

Atlas School Lockers – 1372mm High

  • 4.5 feet highAtlas Lockers - 1372mm
  • Fast 7 day delivery
  • 5 door colours
  • 2 depth options: 380 or 450mm
  • 3 compartments per unit
  • Key lock or swivel latch
  • Nest together or attach to walls
  • Reinforced 4 way frame
  • Anti-bacterial paint finish

If any of our low height lockers look suitable for your needs, let us know and we can send you a quote with our best price. Please note: Order now if you would like install over the Winter break. 

A Colourful Display of Lockers

A Colour Display of Lockers

When asked to think of lockers, what do you see? Most often the image that will spring to mind is the boring run of tatty grey lockers from your secondary school days, most probably with the addition of some graffiti or stickers.

This doesn’t need to be the image that future generations remember.

Lockers don’t need to be dull and boring. Instead, they can be a great way to integrate colour into the workplace or school corridor for no extra cost. At Direct2U we never charge extra for the same locker in different colours.

Let’s explore some of the colourful locker ranges available…

1. TUFF Lockers

TUFF Locker - Colour Options

The latest addition to the standard range, the TUFF locker has increasingly become a popular favourite. Not only do the lockers have an affordable price tag but they come in an attractive range of colour finishes. The colour offering will suit most corporate schemes and is set off with the modern and unique dark grey TUFF escutcheon plate. These lockers will look great in colourful combinations or as single runs of colours.

Door colours available: Dark Blue, Red, Light Blue, Yellow, Green, Dark Grey or Light Grey.

Key Features

  • Complete with security shelves and door stiffeners to prevent access and vandalism
  • Fitted with rust-inhibiting galvanised shelves which suits any type of contents
  • Powder coated finish with anti-bacterial paint that lasts life time of the locker
  • Cost effective storage option manufactured from high quality steel
  • Fire tested and certified to EN13501-1
  • UK Manufactured
  • FREE DELIVERY: 10 working days!

2. Probe ACTIVECOAT Lockers

Probe ACTIVECOAT Lockers - Colour Options

The Probe brand is known for its quality. Not only are their lockers attractive but they are also very affordable. For schools, offices, gyms and staff rooms you won’t go wrong with these lockers. What’s more within the last 12 months Probe have extended their colour offering to 6 door colours and 3 body (carcass colours), tripling the amount of combinations you can have.

The locker doors are available in 6 colour options including: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Light Grey. For the body colour you can choose from: Light Grey, White or Black. These options immediately change the look of the locker, therefore enhancing the number of colour options available.

The Probe ACTIVECOAT lockers are also one of the few ranges of lockers that are available in an all white finish. The white finish is ideal for first aid rooms and / or clean rooms.

Key Features

  • Probe lockers are known for their quality and affordable prices
  • Channel formed base prevents damage to floor covering
  • Fully welded doors with door stiffeners for greater strength
  • Probe Fire Zero Tested & Certified to EN 13501-1
  • Certified to BS 4680:1996 ‘Standard Duty’
  • UK Manufactured

3.Armour Standard Lockers

Armour Standard Lockers - Colour Options

The Armour range of lockers offer quality and flexibility. They are approximate for a multitude of storage applications and will look the part in all environments. They not only offer flexibility in terms of the available sizes, number of doors, lock options and accessories. But also offer 7 door colour options to choose from.

Door Colour Options Include: Dark Blue, Red, Light Blue, Yellow, Green, Dark Grey and Light Grey.

Key Features

  • Galvanised security shelf and door stiffener deter theft and vandalism
  • Door have attractive ventilation grooves for superior airflow through the locker
  • Complete with rubber buffers on the doors to reduce daily wear and tear
  • Germ Guard anti-bacterial powder coating helps improve hygiene
  • Fire Guard Tested & Certified to EN13501-1
  • UK Manufactured

4. Probe Autumn Lockers

Probe Autumn Lockers - Colour Options

The Probe Autumn Lockers are available in a range of pastel hues including Lilac, Orange, Lemon, Jade and Ocean Blue. Like the Probe Activecoat Lockers they also come in 3 body colours (Silver, White and Black). The subtle use of colour offers an elegant finish which will suit most environments.

Key Features

  • 5 Knuckle hinges and security bar are added to help prevent vandalism
  • Anti-bacterial powder coated finish for improved hygiene
  • Probe Fire Zero tested & certified to EN 13501-1
  • Certified to BS 4680:1996 ‘Standard Duty’
  • UK Manufactured

5. Spectrum Heavy Duty Lockers

Spectrum Heavy Duty Lockers - Colour Options

Our Spectrum Heavy Duty Lockers offer an exciting colourful twist on the standard locker. The vibrant colour pop creates a fun and cheerful environment. For a twist on a classic run of lockers choose complementary colours or a single colour. To be more playful choose from all the colours and position them in a pattern.

Key Features

  • Heavier duty construction from 0.7mm thick mild steel
  • Lateral security beam prevents access to compartment below
  • Hinges are 38mm deep for added security and durability
  • Fire Guard Tested & Certified to EN13501-1
  • Powder coated with Germ Guard Active Technology paint
  • 5 Year Manufacturer’s Guarantee
  • UK Manufactured

Due to the special range of colours there is a minimum order quantity of 20 lockers. If you would like more information about the minimum quantity, please call on 01922 715 130.

Can’t find a locker in the colour you’re looking for? That’s no problem. For a large quantity of lockers we are able to offer bespoke colours and can match any RAL provided. If you are interested in this service, please get in touch with our Sales Team by calling 01922 715 130 or via email sales@direct2u.co.uk.

Can wood create a healthier workplace?

Can wood create a healthier workplace?

A key design trend in 2018 is wood. It’s also been claimed that wood or wood effect can have a positive influence on health and well being in the home and workplace. The trend has arisen because of our day to day lives becoming overcrowded with technology. People have expressed a need to get closer to nature. Consequently, we are introducing more wood and greenery in our homes and work places to fulfil this desire.

First, let’s take a look at this year’s design trends and what’s on the way in.

TREND 1: Rich, earthy tones

Think dark, natural colours. Browns, sage greens, rustic oranges and blues. These colours add depth to a room and are calming colours. As a side trend jewel colours are also in. So, you can brighten a room by adding emeralds, purples and brighter oranges as accents.

TREND 2: Dark woods

2018 is set to be the year where we see a turn away from pale wooden tones as the luxurious tones of dark wood become the new ‘modern luxe’. Look out for Walnut, Rosewood and dark stains.

TREND 3: Texture

This is going to be huge this season. Why not achieve this trend in the office will wood effect laminate, which will add warmth without the cost. Create contrasting textures with exposed steel and wood. We recently experimented with this trend in our new boardroom. Paring solid oak tops for our boardroom tables with steel leg frames that have a clear lacquered finish exposing the weld. This has been a great success and show the steel work at it’s best in it’s natural form.

Featured Executive Cupboards

The real reason we all need to reconnect with nature

A study by FPInnovations in collaboration with the University of British Columbia made a connection between wood and human health. The study focused on the relationship between visual wood and the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which is “responsible for the physiological stress responses in humans”. They created four office environments: a non-wood control room, a non-wood room with greenery, a natural wood room and a natural wood room with greenery. They then measured stress of students inside each room via the activation of their SNS.

When the SNS is activated this can increase blood pressure and heart rate. It can also “inhibit digestion, recovery and repair functions in the body”. Importantly, if long periods of time are spent in SNS this can have not only physical effects on the human body but also psychological effects.

The results showed that “SNS activation was lower in the wood room” at all time during the study. Therefore, the study came to the conclusion that the presence of visual wood in a indoor environment reduces SNS activation. Thus, reducing stress and creating a healthier environment, especially to work within.

The direct health benefits to nature they list in the study are:

  • Lower pain perception
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer reported illnesses
  • Fewer sick days
  • Greater attention
  • Greater creativity
  • Lower aggression
  • Better interpersonal relations

Furthermore, in a similar way to indoor plants, wood helps to alleviate stress. Combine the two in the office and you are on your way to achieving a better well-being in the work place. This particularly resonates as 1st February 2018 is Time to Talk Day, on which date employees are encourages to talk openly about mental health and tackle the stigma unfortunately attached to it. Latest stats show that actually 1 in 4 UK workers are affected by Mental Health Conditions. Yet, when take a day off work due to stress or mental well-being give another reason to their employer.

The benefit of wood in the workplace extends beyond the individual. A happy worker is a productive worker. And this is good for business. Investing in the work environment will see returns on the bottom line. A study undertaken by architectural firm HOK found, amongst many other things, that sensory stimulation was key to productivity in the office. They suggest introducing texture in to the office in the form of natural materials to achieve this.

Easy ways to introduce wood into your office

Featured Executive Lockers to complement the Executive Cupboards
  1. Storage – every office needs storage, right? Instead of opting for metal storage options or ones with a white finish browse the timber options. Items like Timber Lockers and cupboards are an easy way to add wood to the décor. If you’re afraid too much wood may make your office look dark, go for a lighter finish for the doors and then teem with darker panels for the sides and worktops. Need some inspiration? Take a look at our Executive Lockers and Cupboards.
  2. Artwork – here you can either go for natural artwork or simply invest in wooden frames. This is a quick option to quickly add natural elements to your office without breaking the bank. This is also a good option for the home. Ditch the minimalist white frames and go for darker wooden effect.
  3. Partitioning – it’s often popular to board up partitioning, however if you are segregating offices with a permanent structure think about leaving the wooden structure visible (a clear lacquer will help for the finish) and add glass partitioning. The glass will help keep spaces light and an open plan feel but maintain privacy.

Why do we use a wood ‘effect’ laminate? The answer is simple: cost and durability.

Natural wood can be very expensive and stretch your budget beyond realistic means. However, a laminate effect wood is a cost effective option that will help you to still achieve your desired result. Don’t shy away from the word ‘effect’ remember most kitchens are made this way nowadays. The difference is minimal; and the foil wraps are such a good quality and finish in 2018 that you cannot tell the difference in most circumstances.

Natural wood also needs to be kept. Veneers will need to be maintained and this is not a practical option for cupboards or lockers that will be used day in day out.

Want your business to be on trend but not become outdated too soon? Then wood is the answer. It is Timeless.


Sources

http://nordic.ca/data/files/publication/Wood_Human_Health_final-single.pdf
http://www.hok.com/thought-leadership/workplace-strategies-that-enhance-human-performance-health-and-wellness/

TUFF by name – TUFF by nature!

Tuff Lockers

eet the latest edition to our TUFF family – our TUFF Lockers. These new lockers embrace the TUFF brand offering quality, strength and longevity for a competitive price.

We believe our exclusive range of TUFF lockers will add a breath of fresh air to your storage. The graphite excursion plate and various colourful door options are a classic combination, yet offer a more modern look for the standard locker.

Since we launched these lockers onto the market in early this year they have proven extremely popular and are fast becoming one of our best sellers. Hence, we have an exciting promotion for the TUFF Lockers this summer. They started from £63.00 but are now on offer starting from just £55 a locker!! Saving you over 10% – however please remember that this is for a limited time only.

TUFF Lockers: Key Features

  • Unique graphite excursion plate won’t mark show marks or wear and tear easily. It is designed to prolong the look of the lock and protect the metal from scratches from keys.
  • High gloss powder coated finish for a faultless appearance. The powder coated finish will help maintain the lockers appearance and has anti-bacterial technology for improved hygiene. This is essential for schools, hospitals, public areas such as libraries and sports centres and for any workplaces where the locker will have multiple users.
  • Security shelves are used to create individual compartments. They ensure that each compartment is secure and access to the locker below is prevented. We also only use galvanised shelves in our TUFF lockers, so whatever is stored inside the locker these shelves will withstand day to day wear and tear.
  • Reinforced rubber buffers and door stiffeners provide strength and durability. An ideal feature for schools and public spaces.
  • Single compartment lockers (one door) have a top shelf and a coat hook inside. Two compartment lockers have a coat hook inside each compartment.
  • Fire Tested & Certified to EN 13501-1, Reaction to Fire Classification AS-s2. This means that the locker in the event of a fire will not contribute to the spread of flames. It is the powder coating paint that is non-combustible rather than the carcass of the locker. However, it is very important to ensure the locker you purchase have this certification, especially if they are to be located in corridors or near to emergency exits.
  • Fast 10 Day Delivery – Free to UK Mainland*

TUFF Lockers: Available Options

  • Four Sizes: W300 x D300mm / W380 x D380mm / W300 x D450mm / W450 x D450mm
  • Seven colours options: Red, Dark Blue, Light Blue, yellow, Green, Dark Grey and Light Grey
  • Available as Single (1), 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 compartment lockers
  • Fitted with standard mastered cam locks with 2,000 differs (supplied with 2 keys per lock)
  • Please Note: Standard Height of lockers is 1800mm

Coming Soon to Lockers Direct2U

You can easily upgrade your lockers to have stands to raise them off the floor, sloping tops to prevent items being placed on top of the locker and different locking options.

Soon you will be able to purchase TUFF Lockers with coin return and coin retain locks easily through our website. For all other upgrades please speak to one of our friendly Sales Team via Live Chat or phone to get a free no obligation quotation.

Got a project? Let’s work together…

If you have a space that needs some lockers then please give us a call or live chat so that we can discuss your requirements. We will help you choose the best size and locker based on your available space and the purpose of the lockers. We will also help create room layouts and work to your specified colour pallet. Want some more information before you get in touch? Take a look at our new Ultimate Guide to Lockers

Parcel Lockers: Peace of Mind Delivered

If you do quite a bit of shopping online, you must be well-acquainted with the agony of waiting for a parcel delivery. Either you are at work all day and hope you make it home in time to accept the delivery, or you’re traveling and cannot afford to get a ‘sorry we missed you’ slip when you’re back. Sometimes parcels are left out in the rain, and sometimes a well-meaning dog can shred them to pieces. The point is, leaving deliveries to fate isn’t an option! A few tweets to sum up the exasperating experience with deliveries:

What’s the worst / oddest place you’ve ever had a parcel left? pic.twitter.com/LPaYRbox7S

— Money Saving Expert (@MoneySavingExp) July 2, 2017

On my front doorstep with the this way up sign the wrong way. It was only a £800 computer… pic.twitter.com/epoho6rTyg

— Marco Trinci (@MarcoTrinci) July 2, 2017

This little gem from @AmazonUK was a push for me – a squeeze for the box too! pic.twitter.com/C7XaaL4963

— Steve Gunnell (@steve_gunnell) July 2, 2017

Had a parcel left in the recycling bin just before it was emptied by the binmen

— Pete Greatorex (@murphygsd) July 3, 2017

That’s why we’ve introduced a new range of parcel lockers on our website. Having quite a few fans of online shopping here in our team, we think these are a great addition and would put many of your delivery-related fears at rest.

How do parcel lockers work?

A cross between mailboxes and standard lockers, parcel lockers incorporate the best of both worlds. They are anti-theft devices that prevent unauthorized access, protect your fragile deliveries, and provide a lockable storage area that is only accessible to you! There are several types of mechanisms, depending on how smooth & secure you’d like the process to be between you and the mailman!

For example, some parcel lockers are simply an empty box that can be left unlocked while you are away. The delivery person would then open the locker, place your parcels in, then secure the locker. You can then unlock the box with your own key when you come back! We recommend this if you know that your neighbourhood is free of pranksters who will be tampering with your locker before the mailman makes his rounds!

For more security, lockers with anti-theft mechanism only provide an opening to insert packages on a anti-theft plate. When the courier closes the lid, parcels are tipped into a secure safe. The anti-theft plate prevents fishing and small hands from entering the safe through the lid. Simply unlock the safe door when you come back, and retrieve your mail!

Where can I install my parcel locker?

These secure parcel lockers are available with a top lid or a front lid, and can be wall mounted, bolted to the floor or free standing. This depends on the easiest way to receive incoming mail. For example, if your front porch offers limited space, a wall mounted front lidded parcel locker would do the trick.

Small Parcel Lockers

If you have a front gate that is locked but still wish to receive mail in your absence, a wall mountable parcel locker can be secured to the front gate bars. We highly recommend larger (therefore heavier) parcel lockers to be wall-fixed on the ground, as this would give the impression that they are bolted to the ground (more secure) without damaging sidewalks.

Tall Parcel Locker

Large buildings and smaller offices can keep on receiving mail when no one is available to personally accept parcels. This can help your staff use their time for more productive tasks and distribute mail when it is more convenient for them. Alternatively, installing a parcel locker indoors as a drop box is a good idea for outgoing mail!

Internal Parcel Drop Locker

What if my deliveries require a signature?

These parcel lockers can be customised with a barcode to include your name or address. This digital signature lets your mailman flag your delivery as ‘received’, so you don’t have to be physically present at the time of delivery! The digital signature is usually located on the inside of your parcel locker and can be customised by suppliers. Simply specify at the time of the order what 15 characters you’d like to include. This service is usually subject to an additional charge.

We hope you found this post helpful! Remember, our sales team is available on live chat for any additional information about our products, we strive to answer your questions as accurately as possible

Construction Lockers: The Buying Guide

Do you need new storage solutions for a construction site? Making a choice between the thousands of products on offer can be difficult to know what you truly need.  Direct2U has created this handy 7 step guide to make the process and the choice a little easier!

1. Cloakroom Benches

2. Wire Mesh Lockers

3. Standard Steel Lockers

4. Personal Effects Lockers

5. Charging Tool Lockers

6. Probe Ultrabox Lockers

7. Let’s Work Together

Changing rooms must provide seating, these benches are essential for employees who have to change into their uniform at work; an example of this it kitchen work. 

Wire Mesh lockers provide excellent security whilst keep visibility into each locker compartment, this allows sufficient air flow.

This traditional locker design ensures a safe location for staff  or visitors to store their personal items as well as being customisable to the organisation or are they are going to be located.

These small compartments are ideal for workers to store phones, wallets and keys without the thought of theft looming over them. 

Have you ever gone to use a power tool and it has run out of juice, annoying right? Never again with charging tool lockers, ensure that your tools are adequately charged every time for every job.

Plastic lockers are tough and durable, very suitable for outside storage with a colourful twist. Also featuring an antibacterial surface keeping users safe at all times.

The Direct2U team can assist with planning, designing, product and purchasing. Call our friendly team today on 01922 715 130 alternatively you can live chat with us through our website. 

Lockers; The Ultimate Buying Guide

Are you thinking about or buying new locker for your organisation? A simple yet effective storage solution for single person use up to multi and public use.


Making the choice between our huge range of lockers can be difficult if you are unsure of what you need or want. This carefully complied ultimate guide to buying lockers will surely point you in the right direction.

There are 9 simple steps to read through before choosing your perfect storage solution:

  1. Material?
  2. Wet or Dry Area?
  3. Cube, Low or High?
  4. How Many Compartments?
  5. Need to Charge Laptops?
  6. What is Your Colour?
  7. Security Type?
  8. Do You Need Accessories?
  9. Let’s Work Together!

Where will your locker be situated? Plastic lockers are best suited to damp conditions out of the three choices and they are water-resistant. Whereas steel is best suited to the locker rooms in schools.


Metal lockers are a popular choice for many as they allow a great deal of flexibility for the customer in terms of: size, shape, colour and configuration. Direct2U’s TUFF lockers also have Germ Guard Technology, which is an anti-bacterial quality in the powder coating of the lockers. This provides protection against many harmful bacteria’s.

Steel lockers are best suited to dry environments and are the most common type of locker the reason being, the versatility and customisation of these lockers is vast. Alternatively, if your locker location gets wet; Plastic lockers are fully water proof and can even be used outside. Laminate lockers are ideal for those areas which are both wet and dry making them popular choice in high usage areas such as gym changing rooms.

The first thing to consider is how much room is needed for each user. If this is a small bag then cube lockers are perfect, you can stack or arrange them however you would like.


High lockers are perfect for hanging coats and larger bags without taking up too much space. ¬-Providing you’re not ordering a nest of lockers they will use vertical space rather than floor space.

Low lockers are ideal for school lockers and can be stacked to create additional storage space. These offer more space than a cube locker but are not ideal for hanging coats in (more then 2 compartments).

Usually there are 6 different compartment choices to choose from, the locker you choose will depend on how many users you have, how much space there is and the contents that will be stored in each compartment. 


You may decide on two compartments so users can hang their coats and place their bags into a locker; alternatively you may decide on 6 compartments so that users can store their personal effects.

Investing in laptop charging unit will always guarantee devices are fully charged and ready for use. Providing equally the same amount of security for your devices with separate compartments so that devices do not get damaged by stacking. For use in schools; it is clear to see if there is a device missing and hasn’t been handed back in.

Available with up to 15 tiers and in various colour options, they can be supplied with one main door or individual doors to ensure extra security.

Body colours are available in white, silver and black however door colour is where personalisation shines through. You can purchase lockers to match your corporate colours, have a wall of colour or just to fit in with your office décor; the possibilities are endless.

Tuff range can be customised; by providing the RAL colour, Direct2U even assist with bespoke orders. Similarly, the Spectrum locker ranges showcases a huge variety of colours.

  1. Cam Lock – Provides the user access via a small key
  2. Hasp Lock – The user is required to use their own padlock to secure the locker, providing flexibility over allocation of lockers & lost keys
  3. Combination Lock – Keyless entry available wiht or without a master override. This lock is available in manual or electronic form where the user has a key code to access the locker
  4. Coin Return Lock – Allows the user to deposit a coin inside the lock to use the locker and when they return the key, their coin is also returned to them. This is proven to minimise key loss.
  5. Coin Retain Lock – All the same features as the coin return lock however the locker provided keeps the coins, as payment for service.

The type of lock chosen is often controlled by it the locker’s location; in offices combination locks are common where there is only one user to each locker. However; in sports centres and gyms coin return or retain is common as a result of multiple users per locker.

You have one more decision to make about your lockers; do you need any accessories? Accessories are not required for the completion of your locker BUT they may make life a little easier and create a more finished and professional look.

Here are some of your options:

  1. Sloped Top – Converting the standard, flat top of a locker to a sloped, sleek top is less likely to collect as much dust. Due to the height of most lockers they can be difficult to clean so installing a sloping top can make cleaning much easier, quicker and safer.
  2. Locker Stands – Designed to lift the locker away from the floor not only to create more space but also prolonging the life of the lockers and making floor cleaning easy.
  3. Locker Benches – Placing a bench in front of your locker nest is very common in public changing rooms. This gives your user stability and a place to rest as they change.

If you have a large project or need bespoke products don’t forget to make the most of our FREE site survey service. A member of the team will visit you to be able to recommend the best products to suit your requirements and space. The team can assist with planning, designing, options and purchasing; taking you from step one to completion without worry or stress! Contact a member of the team today to get started on your next project.

New Arrival: Probe Minibox Lockers

Introducing Probe Minibox Lockers

Meet the latest lockers on the scene: The Probe Minibox Lockers. True to their name, the lockers have small, neat compartments but are stacked full of potential.

They are Probe’s latest take on the popular personal effect locker. These lockers are ideal for offering secure storage for smaller items such as phones, wallets, tablets, keys etc.

Where will you need personal effect lockers?

Personal effect lockers are a great option if you have a ‘No Phone’ policy on site. Places like schools, factories and hospitals where a phone can be a distraction and dangerous should invest in personal effect lockers.

Choosing high quality, secure and attractive lockers like the Minibox will help encourage kids, teachers and employees use them. The key is to provide somewhere secure which employees will access easily and quickly during their breaks.

Workplaces which commonly use personal effects lockers:

  • Schools
  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Clubs

Probe Minibox lockers encourage you to be unique. They encourage you to be creative.

You don’t have to just stick to the standard colours that we offer on the website. For your convenience, we have given you the choice of Red, Green, Blue or Yellow to buy on site (which suits most corporate colours). But you can be as creative as you like.

Therefore, you can use alternative colours to create a checker board effect or alternative rows of colours to create a stripe effect. If you are looking for purchase a high quantity of personal effects lockers, then you can also request bespoke colours. Finally, why not try matching the locker to your corporate colour scheme or your office décor?

Why Choose the Probe Minibox?

Well, while their contemporary design and ability to allow you to unleash your creative side with colour choices and patterns are up there with the top reasons to choose Probe. There are a few more especially relevant reasons to choose Probe.

Firstly, the Probe Minibox are available in two versions:

  1. 20 compartment locker (in order to stack requires Stacking Straps).
  2. 8 compartment locker with a slim 230mm depth that makes them ideal for wall mounting.
20 Compartment Probe Minibox Lockers

Secondly, both versions can be stacked to create larger banks of lockers and longer runs.

Key Features of the Probe Minibox

  • Body of lockers is manufactured from 0.7mm gauge high quality steel
  • Doors and frames are manufactured from 0.9mm gauge steel
  • Fitted with standard cam locks that pass through the door and frame
  • Activecoat Technology powder coated finish
  • Concealed door hinges
  • Integral air vent system
8 Compartment Probe Minibox Lockers

The Power of Activecoat Technology

You’ll often see across our locker products that we mention anti-bacterial technology. The Probe Minibox are no different. They too have an Activecoat finish with will help combat germs and bacteria, preventing the spread and contamination of people / other items. The Activecoat finish is applied at the point of manufacture and will last the life time of the locker. It has three key elements:

  1. Prevents growth of bacteria
  2. Activecoat ions interrupt the Enzyme production – stopping the cell producing energy
  3. Interrupts the cells DNA – preventing replication

Important Information

Probe Lockers are Fire Tested & Certified

Probe Minibox lockers are Fire Zero Tested & Certified to EN 13501-1:2007 + A1:2009.

This certification ensures that the lockers will not contribute to the spread of a fire. It is essential that you purchase lockers with this certification if you are going to positioning them in corridors, offices or near to escape routes.

To find out more information read our latest blog on Fire Safety and Lockers here.

They also conform to BS 4680; 1996 excluding size specification (which is the required specification for clothes lockers).

In conclusion, Probe lockers are manufactured in the UK to the highest quality. You can be rest assured that the highest quality components are used during the manufacturing process. This will result in a strong construction and quality finish. The Minibox lockers will withstand the test of time. Therefore, this makes them an obvious choice for high traffic areas and environments where they will be exposed to lots of use (but might not be treated with the best care). As they will retain their finish and will keep your workplace looking smart.

Fire Safety and Lockers: The Importance of Fire Certification

We pride ourselves in providing a wide range of lockers for all your needs, all made from quality materials and fitting a long list of applications. Our steel lockers are amongst the most popular choices when it comes to quality lockers with great durability. And now, our steel lockers have been Fire-tested and certified, adding to their performance and meeting all safety requirements in schools, hospitals, and public premises. The European Standard EN 13501-1 is the currently the highest standard in fire performance, and our ranges are now certified under it!

Why is important to have fire-tested and certified lockers?

Lockers are usually lined against the wall and during the event of a fire, lockers that do not have this certification would catch fire and spread throughout corridors and walkways. Having Fire-Tested and Certified Lockers means that the lockers will not pose a danger to escape routes and should not add to the spread of a fire. If lockers do not have this certification, they could be a risk and a hazard.

Steel has a high melting point, which is 1370°C, which is 300 degrees above the maximum temperature of a room fire that has been burning for 4 hours. Since the fire brigade will be likely to arrive much sooner than that, it’s safe to say that Steel Lockers can withstand fires that reach maximum fire temperatures! What makes our lockers fire-retardant is not just the steel component of the lockers, but the epoxy paint that coats them! This qualifies them as non-combustible, meaning they will not combust, increase, or sustain any fire!

At the end of the day, our fire-tested lockers could protect the contents of lockers but are primarily meant to permit the safe escape of all. They can help by halting the spread of fire long enough for the fire brigade to put the fire out.

According to the classification, products tested to EN 13501-1 are valid for use against walls and ceilings or free-standing. This means that you can use our lockers anywhere in the premises, along corridors and against room walls, at entrances or exits. However, be sure that your lockers don’t block any doorways or narrow passageways!

Products we highly recommend

Probe ActiveCoat Lockers

Our best-seller due to its anti-bacterial technology and low cost, we recommend using these lockers in schools, hospitals, and gyms. Fire Zero Tested and certified to EN 13501-1: 2007 + A1:2009


Probe Autumn Lockers

Our colourful range with exciting colour combinations that are ideal for schools, colleges, and universities. Fire Zero Tested and certified to EN 13501-1: 2007 + A1:2009


Armour Standard Lockers

You can adapt the height, width, and depth of our Armour Standard Lockers to suit individual needs. Fire Guard Tested and Certified to EN 13501-1. Reaction to Fire Classification A2-s2, d0 EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009


Premium Heavy Duty Lockers

Manufactured using a heavy gauge frame and reinforced doors, our Heavy Duty Lockers are ideal for added security and durability. Fire Guard Tested and Certified to EN 13501-1. Reaction to Fire Classification A2-s2, d0 EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009

What to look out for while shopping for lockers

If you are buying for public premises, Fire Safety is necessary and everyone’s responsibility. Make sure you are buying Fire-Tested and Certified Lockers and look out for these numbers:

  • Fire Guard Tested and Certified to EN 13501-1
  • Reaction to Fire Classification A2-s2, d0 EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009

Identifying hazards and preventing fires

To reduce the risk of fires, the HSE recommends the following:

  • Carry out a fire safety risk assessment
  • Ensure good housekeeping, eg avoid build-up of rubbish that could burn
  • Consider how to detect fires and how to warn people quickly if they start, eg installing smoke alarms and fire alarms or bells 
  • Have the correct fire-fighting equipment for putting a fire out quickly
  • Keep fire exits and escape routes clearly marked and unobstructed at all times
  • Ensure your employees receive appropriate training on procedures they need to follow, including fire drills 
  • Review and update your risk assessment regularly

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Last Post for Lockers

If you require delivery before Christmas, don’t forget that the last day post for Free 5 Day Delivery is December 15 at midday! So be sure to check the Availability for your lockers before you order, so you can get them before Christmas! Any orders posted after December 15 will be delivered from the week commencing on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Happy shopping!

Are your lockers ready for the new £1 coin?

Did you know that as of March 2017 there will be a new £1 coin in circulation?

You may be thinking how will this affect our lockers? Well, if you have lockers with standard key or hasp and staple locks it won’t affect you. However, if you purchased lockers before 1 st July 2016 with coin return or coin retain locks, they will soon become out of date and as of September 2017 unusable.

If you have purchased lockers after this date, then don’t worry we have made sure our lockers are ‘future proof’ from now on. The new coin locks accept both the current £1 coin and the new £1 coin. So, if you do need to replace your coin locks they will only need to be changed once, and whilst the coin is in transition your lockers will still be in perfect use. We’ve made it really easy to replace your coin locks and have some cost effective options available to you.

Why has the government decided to change the £1 coin?

The £1 coin is one of the oldest British coins still in circulation. It was first issued in 1983 and since then it has changed very little, making it one of the easiest coins to counterfeit. Did you know that one in 30 pound coins are actually fakes?

This causes a significant cost to taxpayers, industries and to the general public. Therefore, the government announced back in 2014 that a new £1 coin would be released. The last £1 coin as we currently know it was issued in December 2015.

The new coin will be in use from Mach 2017, not too long away, and the government are acting quickly to get the current pound coin out of circulation. By September 2017 it will not be accepted.

What will the new pound coin look like?

It has a new design similar to that of the £2 coin. It will be 12 sided with rounded edged and corners and have a nickel brass outer circle with a nickel plated solid alloy inner circle. The new design is meant to be very difficult to replicate and will have numerous counterfeit preventions.

What lock options are available?

We currently have two new coin lock options available from two different manufacturers: Lowe & Fletcher and Assa Abloy. If you need to replace your coin locks the first thing to do is check the manufacturer’s name on the back of your current locks. You will need to replace your locks with like for like (e.g. the same lock manufacturer).

If you’re a little unsure or have a different manufacturer’s name on the back of your lock please take a photo and email it to us at sales@direct2u.co.uk. We’ll be more than happy to help you and find the right locks for your lockers!

Take a look at the simple guide we’ve created below. It should help you find the right lock for your lockers! It couldn’t be easier.

Lowe & Fletcher £1 Coin Lock

KEY FEATURES

  • Will accept the current and new £1 coins
  • Replace your locks now and no further modification will be needed
  • Standard latch fitting for lock to be positioned on right hand side of door
  • Available in Wet Area version for changing rooms, gyms, swimming pools etc.
  • Wet Area version locks have been tested and are suitable for chlorinated atmospheres
  • Available in Coin Return and Coin Retain versions (see section above for details)
  • Strong and reliable locks which are simple to install and replace
  • Manufactured in the UK to exacting standards

*** Shop Lowe & Fletcher Locks here ***

Assa Abloy £1 Coin Lock

KEY FEATURES

  • Lock will accept both the current and new £1 coins
  • No further alterations will be required once lock has been replaced
  • Standard latch fitting for lock to be positioned on right hand side of door
  • Available in Wet Area version ideal for changing rooms, gyms and swimming pools
  • Quality lock which is simple to fit and replace

*** Shop Assa Abloy Locks here ***

If you are looking to order a large quantity of these locks please Live Chat or Call our Sales Team on 01922 715 130 for a quotation as quantity discounts will apply. Also, for large quantities we can offer an installation team to come to your premises and replace the locks for you. If you are interested in this service please get in touch for a quote today.

Didn’t buy your lockers from us?

No problem. As long as you have followed the steps in our guide above and are sure you have chosen the right lock for your lockers you can buy online. And if you’re unsure what lock to buy just email us at sales@direct2u.co.uk or call us on 01922 715 130.