By Patricia Holland

There is a great deal more to dressing room design than aesthetics. Space management has become a very high priority because facilities now provide more amenities than they once did. The needs for security and privacy have increased accordingly. Efficient use of resources and the longevity of equipment should also be considered when purchasing commercial dressing room supplies.

As a matter of course, changing rooms provide guests with shower facilities. Ideally, shower units should accommodate as many users as possible and provide each individual user with privacy. Column showers are becoming increasingly popular in dressing room design. They draw from a single water supply and distribute it through multiple faucets to several users. Column showers are most often installed along the wall, where faucets separate the water flow between individual privacy stalls.

In larger changing rooms, however, some column showers are also installed in the center of the room. Here, a piper beneath the floor feeds water upward into the shower assembly. Faucets then distribute water between privacy partitions just as they do with wall mounted fixtures.

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Choosing the right designer lockers is another important decision to make in dressing room design. Locker storage must offer guests dry, wrinkle free storage, and security. There are several designer locker styles that provide all three of these benefits. The choice of locker model typically depends on the type of clothing the guest wears into the changing room.

Persons just arriving from work are often wearing suits, dresses, and nice skirts. These individuals require designer lockers with hooks they can use to hang their dress clothes. They will also need shelving and extra space for shoes and personal items.

Individuals who arrive in more casual clothes require less storage space. Many casual clothes can be folded neatly without being wrinkled, so not as much space is needed.

All lockers keep their contents dry thanks to laminate coating that keeps moisture out. Also, all lockers can be fitted with padlocks or combination locks to secure belongings. Efficient designs like these give the locker plenty of interior space, but they also keep the locker

Dressing room designs with built-in restrooms can maximize the utilization of existing space by choosing toilet partitions that are specifically designed to accommodate different types of restroom environments. Some dressing rooms simply have less floor space than others. Other changing areas may have limited wall space. Still others may be constrained by very low ceilings.

Each scenario can present the architect with a potential challenge when it comes time to choose partitions. With options that include, but are not limited to, ceiling hung, floor mounted, wall mounted, and floor to ceiling mounted, architects are sure to find the best possible option for their project on XPB Locker Supply’s website.

In terms of material construction, we recommend either solid plastic or phenolic core toilet partitions for dressing room design. These are both extremely durable surface materials highly suitable for the heavy traffic witnessed in most changing rooms. They are also moisture resistant thanks to 100 percent non-absorbency. This makes them ideal for the humid conditions that exist in changing where bacteria, mold, and mildew would build up on porous surfaces.

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