5 Different Locker Materials.

Lockers are a firm fixture of all changing rooms, and offer users a safe and secure place to store their goods. But gone are the days when the only available lockers were grey and metallic. Nowadays the range of materials and finishes is much wider and boasts more opportunities to be tailored to the use and clientele of a particular facility. Customers are also expecting more from locker rooms, including enhanced style, comfort and various useful features. To help you decide which of the 5 main types of locker material would suit your facility best, our team have put together this essential guide to the pros and cons of each.

Metal (cold-rolled steel)

The most common locker material is metal and is renowned for its sturdy nature, durability and security. This strength, combined with its low initial cost, has made this material popular in facilities across the world. However, despite its supposed economic benefits, metal does require more maintenance than other materials, as it is liable to denting, scratching, rusting, and corrosion, ultimately making a more costly option in the long run. Also, metal lockers can be noisy during opening and shutting, and the cold appearance of metal makes it less desirable for more high end applications, such as for golf clubs, spas and hotels.


Whilst having a higher initial cost than metal, plastic requires significantly less maintenance, potentially making it a cheaper option in the long run. Its low upkeep is due to its resilience to scratches and dents along with its low porosity, preventing the occurrence of rust and corrosion. It also boasts a range of colour options, perfect to complement the decor of any changing room.


Phenolic is a hard, dense material that is created by the application of heat and pressure to layers of resin-impregnated paper. Due to it containing harsh chemicals, it is not recyclable and generally not an environmentally friendly option. However, it is impact resistant, waterproof, and available in many colours and finishes, making it adaptable for use in different industries.

Laminate (sometimes called MDF or P-Lam)

This highly durable material is available in a few different types (most notable being MDF and P-Lam) which possess their own properties. Generally laminate lockers are ideal for wet, dry or heavy duty usage, making them a versatile option that is useful for many applications. Unlike metal, their impact resistance makes them resistant to scratching or denting. Their non-porous nature also makes them immune to rusting and ideal for more humid environments. They also come in many looks, colours and finishes, including a natural wooden look. However, some types may delaminate under certain conditions so do your research and consult with a trusted locker professional.


No other material can offer elegance and sophistication quite like wood can. This natural substance offers a traditional, calming aesthetic that makes it perfect for spas, hotels and golf clubs, in addition to any other locker rooms that are looking for some luxury. In addition to its warm appearance, wood is a naturally strong material, boasting high durability and damage-resistance. Wooden lockers are also very easily custom-made, offering a bespoke design and fit. Despite the numerous benefits, certain types of wood can become warped in more humid settings, in which case a laminate material with a wooden appearance may be more suitable.

The team at Craftsman Quality Lockers have been designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke wooden and laminate lockers for a range of clients, including hotel chains and golf clubs. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, we pride ourself on our professionalism, innovation and dedication to security. To find out more about our excellent services, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we are always happy to help.

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