One of the questions we are frequently asked is if it’s better to purchase lockers assembled or unassembled. And truthfully, there is no right or wrong answer. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both, it really depends on your manpower, resources and capabilities. To make the decision a little bit easier for you, here are some reasons you might choose to order your lockers assembled or unassembled.
Reasons to Order Assembled Lockers
- Obviously because the assembly work has been done for you, ordering assembled lockers will save you time, labor costs and effort.
- Putting the lockers together yourself requires quite a bit of time and effort—you will need to connect and tighten between 45-60 nuts and bolts per vertical column for each locker you purchase. Our assembly process is quite a bit faster and more efficient. We use a riveting production process with pneumatic riveters.
- Assembling a locker requires getting lots of parts and pieces to line up and connect together correctly. It can be understandably frustrating at times.
- Assembled lockers arrive together in groups and are ready to be connected and set in place the moment you get them. (Side note: We highly recommend anchoring your lockers to the wall or floor as a safety precaution.)
- We have many customers that have ordered unassembled lockers tell us that while they are happy with the overall quality of the lockers, they wish they would have ordered them assembled instead. Common feedback is that it took longer than expected to put them together, required more manpower and was a bit of a frustrating experience.
Reasons to Order Unassembled Lockers
- If you’re buying a small quantity of lockers, doing the assembly yourself will be much cheaper. Unassembled lockers also cost less to ship.
- You don’t need any special tools or skills to put lockers together yourself—hardware is included with your purchase. All you need is a 3/8” nut driver or wrench and some patience. 😉
- If you’ve built any kind of pre-fabricated wood furniture before (computer desk, entertainment center, shelf unit, etc.), you’ll be able to assemble a locker.
- Putting a locker together can be a fun project to complete with your kids! You’ll have a great sense of accomplishment once you see that beautiful locker all put together. We actually recommend that residential customers purchase unassembled lockers (especially for our popular kids locker products) because many can be shipped via UPS, which costs A LOT less than shipping via standard freight carriers.
- We include assembly instructions with each locker. You can also find downloadable instructions on our site—go HERE, click on “Assembly Instructions,” then select the type of locker you need to put together. (Go HERE for general assembly instructions.) We also have some blog posts that contain instructions and “how to” videos: How to Assemble a Kids Locker; How to Assemble a Kids Stadium Locker
If you need more help deciding whether to purchase your lockers assembled or unassembled, feel free to contact us—our friendly sales staff can talk you through the pros and cons of each choice. We’re ready to help you find the lockers you’re looking for, whether you’re putting them together yourself or we’re doing it for you!