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Locker, as everyone knows, is a metallic safe to keep valuables. These valuables could be jewellery, important documents, precious stones, and artefacts. Though lockers are more easily identified with storage of expensive items, they are also used in storing normal commodities like books, bags, and clothes. Libraries have lockers for storing your belongings like bags and books; stadiums have locker rooms to be used by athletes and players to store their sports kit; factories have lockers for storing belongings of its workers; and banks have lockers for storing cash and other valuables.

The basic purpose of lockers is storage, and the items could vary depending upon its location. They could be metallic, wooden, or fabricated. Lockers might be stand-alone units as in hotel rooms, or arranged in columns and rows as in a bank’s vault or a cloakroom. The dimensions of these storage spaces vary depending upon the items that are kept.

Standalone lockers or safes:

These are generally metallic and used for storing cash and valuables like jewellery. These are found in guest rooms and cash counters of shops. Usually they are of the cabinet variety, though drawer and chest types are also available. These are metallic and provided with digital locking system operated with numeric keypad. These cabinet safes are big enough to accommodate a 15” laptop and ideal for guest rooms. Locking system of these safes is battery operated. These lockers do not have shelves.

Another popular variety of standalone safe is the chest type. This is normally seen in cash counters of shops and establishments. This top open chest type locker is usually provided with shelves. Battery operated digital lock and numeric keypad are normal.

Cube and Quarto lockers:

These locker types are found in libraries, institutes, factories, swimming pools and stadiums. These lockers are big enough to accommodate books, clothes, and bags. These are cabinet shaped and quite voluminous. These multi-purpose storage units made of metal could be bolted to one another to form locker stacks.

Office lockers:

The demand for this category of lockers has increased significantly after the emergence of call centres, shopping malls, and BPO units. These lockers are arranged in proper columns and rows to five a neat appearance overall. Normally the lockers are of the same size and spacious. They are capable of storing personal belongings, such as storing laptops, and handbags.

Office lockers could be metallic or fabricated from veneer boards. The latest generation lockers are provided with numeric keypad digital locks. Lockers made from ply boards mostly have mechanical locking system.

Special lockers:

In addition to conventional lockers, there is a genuine requirement for special lockers. These special purpose lockers are industry specific or purpose specific. A fine example of special locker is post office lockers. Here lockers of identical dimensions are arranged in array and used for sorting of mail.

High capacity locker is another example of specialized lockers. These have adjustable shelves and could be put to several uses. Firemen use these lockers as they are large and could accommodate their fire fighting gear in entirety.

Lockers are indispensable storage items and used extensively in homes, institutes, offices and commercial units. There are models for each and every storage purpose.


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