The locker room is a designated place where people can change clothes. Strictly speaking, locker rooms, dressing rooms and changing rooms are the same thing. However, the term locker room is usually employed for changing room areas in sports venues.
Locker room dimensions differ depending on how many people it is designed for and the equipment included. But some features remain basically the same. Locker rooms do not possess any stalls (unlike dressing rooms). There are also separate locker rooms for men and women.
The name is taken from the fact that the clothes are stored in the lockers. In men’s locker rooms, they put on their clothes in open space with the others. The same is true for women’s locker rooms.
Locker Room Design Considerations
Even though there are no standard sizes used for locker rooms, some basic issues have to be considered. One has to make sure that the locker room dimensions provide enough room for the benches and the lockers.
The size of the average single locker is 12" wide, 18" deep, and 72" tall. There are lockers much bigger than this, so it must be taken into account.
There are other things that need to be assessed. The clothes and material that will be hanged need to be evaluated before the locker room is built.
While clothes are the most common stuff put there, there are many more. These include footwear, bags, gloves and jackets. In some sporting activities, helmets and special accessories are put in locker rooms too. All these things, plus the number of users, have to be considered for the locker room dimensions.
Other Issues to Address
When designing the locker room, assess if there is a need to put work wear distinct from the personal clothing. Many locker rooms also have a clean/dirty option available.
A factory fitted sloping option may be installed on lockers to keep dirt to a minimum. This will also entice people to store their stuff inside their locker.
Aside from adequate spacing, the floors must be even. There are lockers with adjustable feet for uneven surfaces. But a uniform surface is more suitable as a rule. If people will be changing footwear, a bench will be most helpful.
If there is a need to air damp clothing, the lockers should allow clothing to be hanged. Alternatively, you can design lockers with holes. This will promote better air circulation.
Coin and key lockers are used to secure the items in the locker room. There are also padlocks available. If for some reason the locker’s contents need to be visible, you can have perforated lockers installed.
Designers should also realize that positioning lockers will require manual labor. Single lockers are the easiest to move around. Aside from sufficient space for the equipment, sufficient room for people to move around is necessary.
Finally, you must think about the other accessories you want to add. These include a hanging rail, number plates, shower curtains, mirrors etc. Before adding these, ensure the locker room dimensions are sufficient.