How to add extra storage to lockers by adding your own shelves for max storage!
My youngest child is so cute. I know I’m biased, but you would probably agree if you had a chance to meet him. He adores any sport with a ball. Since he was very young you could find him swinging, hitting or kicking at some type of ball, dressed out in cleats and shin guards. He lives in athletic wear, I think he is allergic to non spandex material. His bedroom is adorable, all dressed up in vintage style athletic gear. He also happens to be a typical little boy in the sense that he is not exactly the neatest child. In his defense the room lacks storage and therefore piles of junk accumulate on the floor. Real life right here:
For the longest time I have wanted to snag some school lockers to put in his room for added storage. When I would travel to Round Top Antiques Week years ago you could find a bank of gym lockers for $100, now you can’t find them for under $300 hardly! Lucky for me I hit the locker lotto.
My girlfriend got a call about some free lockers that were removed from a local school and she grabbed two sets for her boys. The lucky part comes when one kiddo didn’t like those junky lockers and I got the call to come and pick them up…FREE! Good things come to those who wait right!?
I’m pretty sure they might be that last set of lockers I own because after my husband hauled them to the back of the house he said, “please never ask me to move those again.” lol. They are slightly heavy :/
To wrangle all the
junk toys my youngest has I needed to get some extra shelves into these glorious lockers pronto. I started by purchasing an 8ft piece of utility shelving (it cost about $15), which was the perfect width for the lockers. With a table saw I cut the plank into pieces that would snuggly fit into the locker. Then I stained them with my favorite Espresso color stain.
The shelves were a tight fit and I wedged them into place, then drilled a hole into two spots on each side to make adding a screw and washer easier. Then I screwed a screw and washer into all four holes.
Since the lockers we got have mesh siding these shelves are easily adjustable or removable without damaging the locker. If you have a solid side locker, you could still use this concept, but you would want to pre-drill holes through the locker metal in the spots you would like to add shelves. It would take a few extra steps, but you could easily do it!
The shelves are placed at varying heights to accommodate a variety of items, and I plan on possibly adding crates or baskets to hold all his stuff. Containers will help the overall appearance look less messy. It’s important to note that we secured the bank of lockers to the wall with sheetrock anchors as soon as we added them to his room. We all know boys can be little monkeys and without securing you have an accident waiting to happen!
I happened to scoop up an antique tennis racquet and baseball bat from Goodwill for a few dollars each to round out this new little organizing area. Now Sadler has a spot to store stuff and display his trophies. Lockers are such fun storage and can be used all over the house, even if you don’t have a little athlete in your home, try them in a laundry or mud room, bathroom storage or outside for gardening tools!
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