Tips for a Winning Changing Room

Whether the changing room is in a workplace, gym or sports arena, it should provide plenty of storage as well as space for socialising. It should also be easy for staff to keep clean and tidy. We look at how to get the most out of your space and achieve the perfect changing room.

1. Start with the floor 

Mats can make a big difference to the comfort of a changing room and the wellbeing of people using it. Different types of mats are needed for different areas. An entrance mat with a scrape function should be placed outside the doorway to keep the dirt out. Inside the changing room, mats are needed to prevent moisture from being spread around. In front of lockers, changing benches and shower areas, the primary function of a mat is to provide good slip protection to prevent falls. Ideally a wet room mat should be comfortable to stand on, help reduce noise levels, allow for good drainage and be made of a material that is hygienic and easy to clean.

2. Customise your storage solution to your needs

When it comes to lockers, you have several different options to choose from. Which is best for your needs? This will depend on the size of the room, the number of people who normally use it at any one time and the type of equipment that is being stored. Do you need room for large bags, hockey sticks or heavy outerwear? If so, we would recommend full-height lockers. If you just need space for a small bag and a jacket, a two-compartment locker is a good alternative. A great idea for when space is limited is Z-lockers, which offer two full-height lockers in the space of one. 

When choosing a locker, you should also look at the details, such as whether it features perforations to provide good ventilation,  hooks or a rail to hang clothes on and rubber dampeners on the doors for quiet closing. Finish with the locks: padlock fittings or coin return if there are many users and cylinder or combination locks if the lockers have a single user.

3. Add small lockers for safe storage

It is also a good idea to have a variety of locker sizes available. Having small personal effects lockers available means that people who only need a small amount of storage for their phone, keys or wallet don't have to take up an entire locker. Position them near the entrance to the room for quick and easy access. This will help to avoid unnecessary congestion inside the locker room. 

4. Don’t overcrowd your changing room

There will be times when many people will be using the changing room at the same time. At such times, it is important that there is still ample room for people to move around and access the changing area. Make sure the space is fitted with stand-alone benches and hook rails as well as lockers with bench seats to make the most of the available space. If possible, you should leave plenty of space between rows of lockers and between changing benches

5. Make room for team talks

Despite the name, a changing room is not just for changing clothes. It is also a place where teams get together before and after a match to talk tactics, celebrate wins and commiserate losses. If you have the space, it’s a great idea to furnish part of the room with comfortable breakout furniture for socialising and add green plants to help create a relaxing space.

A wall-mounted whiteboard is very useful when it is time to discuss tactics. If the wall space is limited, we recommend a mobile whiteboard, which can be easily rolled out when it’s needed.

6. Facilitate cleaning and washing

Collecting dirty laundry is part of the daily routine in many workplaces and sports clubs. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make that easier, from simple laundry baskets to garment disposal lockers with a hole in the door to throw dirty laundry through and locks to prevent people from taking anything. Laundry trolleys make the transport of dirty kit and wet towels as easy as possible.

Cleaning a locker room is not an easy task but it's essential that the room is cleaned frequently to maintain good hygiene. Choosing lockers with a leg frame makes it easy to clean underneath them. Equipping the room with waste and recycling bins also facilitates cleaning.

7. Plan for the unexpected

Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned. But with a first aid kit in the locker room, it is quick for someone to come to the rescue if an accident occurs. A first aid panel has everything you need including compression bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes and much more; it can be mounted on the wall and so is highly visible whilst taking up little space. Phew!