Selecting Partitions for Your Locker Room
Locker rooms are usually an after-thought for most gym-goers and athletes. These fitness buffs want to focus on their workouts, not concern themselves with the comfort or functionality of the locker rooms. Unfortunately, poorly designed locker rooms can make or break a workout experience for many people who want to quickly and efficiently shower, change and get out the door.
If poor locker room design ruins a customer’s experience or makes them feel unsafe, they might feel like they’re not getting their money’s worth from their membership, which means they might eventually stop coming.
As a gym or recreational facility owner, it’s your responsibility to alleviate these simple concerns, so your customers keep coming back. When remodeling or designing your facility’s locker rooms, it’s important not to overlook the essential role partitions play in the safety, privacy and functionality of your locker rooms.
At One Point Partitions, we’re experts on knowing what it takes to design private and comfortable locker rooms your members will appreciate. When building the best locker room possible, you need to know how to choose locker room partitions that will work within your space.
When selecting partitions for your locker room, you need to decide what materials you want to use, how you want the layout to flow and what the installation process will consist of. To get your locker room design just right, follow these tips for choosing locker room partitions.
Choosing the Right Partition Material
Don’t overlook the importance of selecting the right material type for your locker room partitions. You want the partitions to match or complement the overall facility design and brand, and you want the materials to be functional as well.
The right locker room partition material needs to work in this particular type of environment. Locker rooms tend to be hot, humid spaces. They’re also busy and undergo a lot of use, meaning you can expect a fair amount of wear and tear.
Additionally, depending on the size of your facility, you’ll likely need several partitions installed, for male, female and family change rooms. Therefore, in addition to humidity-resistance and durability, you also need to factor the cost of locker room partition material into your decision.
One Point Partitions offers five different materials to choose from when selecting locker room partitions. Here’s a breakdown of each material choice:
- Powder-coated steel: If durability is your biggest concern, then virtually no material can offer the strength of steel. Our powder-coated steel partitions will withstand the abuse of heavy locker room use, and they’re also rust-resistant, which is essential in moist environments. The powder coating finish also comes in 15 different colors, giving you ample selection to match your locker room partition material to your facility’s design. Where your budget is concerned, powder-coated steel is the most affordable material option we offer.
- Laminate: When remodeling your gym’s locker rooms, you might be concerned with ensuring consistent design throughout your space, including in the locker room. Laminate material for your locker room partitions offers you a wide variety of 48 colors, so you can get the best match for a cohesive design. Laminate is also a cost-effective option, and its multi-layered construction makes it a durable material for locker room partitions.
- Solid plastic: Since locker rooms can have high humidity levels, it’s vital to have non-porous materials that won’t attract and retain moisture, risking bacterial or mold growth. Solid plastic locker room partitions will help wick away moisture, keeping the space hygienic and clean. Solid plastic partitions are sturdy and come in 16 color options for your locker room design.
- Phenolic: A versatile and stress-resistant material, phenolic partitions are made with multi-layered construction. Our phenolic partitions have a melamine topcoat, which delivers moisture-resistant properties to maintain the partition’s durability against corrosion or warping due to exposure to dampness. One Point Partitions offers 13 different phenolic material color options.
- Stainless steel: A modern-classic material, stainless steel is one of the most popular partition options. Not only is stainless steel a trusted material for its strength and durability, but it’s also sleek and elegant, instantly elevating the aesthetic appeal of any space. Stainless steel is a long-lasting, environmentally friendly and low-maintenance locker room partition material.
Design Your Locker Room Partitions
There are several factors to consider when you begin designing your locker room partitions. Using your locker room layout, you’ll be able to determine the size and positioning of each partition. Your locker room layout should indicate the room’s dimensions and note any physical structures, such as the positioning of the doors, locker walls, benches or sinks. If there are any doors in the room, consider which way the doors swing, so you don’t impede their movement with the positioning of the new partitions.
Once you’ve determined the total amount of usable space, you’ll now have a better idea of where to install your partitions. Determine how many stalls you want to create with your new locker room partitions and how big each stall will be. You’ll need to determine your stall size by width, length and height in order to design the right partitions.
When determining stall size, consider wheelchair accessibility and any other functional features the partitioned areas require to improve your members’ experience.
If it seems like a lot of work to design your locker room partitions, you can make the process easier by using our online design tool. This three-part partition design process allows you to visualize potential layouts for your locker room partitions.
Using the information you input as the basis for design, our design team can help you map out the perfect layout that will maximize the functionality of your locker room. By working with us to design your room, you’ll be sure to get the most detailed layout possible that will make for a smooth installation process.
Locker Room Partition Installation Process
Whether you’re hiring a professional to install your partitions or taking the DIY approach, the installation process should always follow a thoughtful and methodical process. First, you should prepare your work area by removing old partitions and filling in holes in the drywall. Next, gather all the necessary tools and hardware, including:
- Tape measure and level
- Drill and drill bits
- Allen wrenches
You can now begin the installation process. Follow our simple, step-by-step instructions for your powder-coated steel, laminate, solid plastic, phenolic or stainless steel locker room partitions. We also offer video tutorials for each type to support you as you install your new locker room partitions.
Choose One Point Partitions for Your Locker Room
Designing and installing your new locker room partitions is easy when you choose trusted experts like One Point Partitions. Every day we work with business owners across the country to design and make custom partitions to improve the safety, privacy and functionality of locker rooms and restrooms.
If you’re beginning your locker room design or remodel, contact One Point Partitions. We supply high-quality partitions customized to meet the needs of your locker room layout. To get started designing your locker room partitions, contact us today for a quote on a custom design.
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