5 Reasons You Should Be Using This High School Staple at Home

updated Oct 14, 2020
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I haven’t set foot in a high school in years, but I still sometimes have nightmares about forgetting my locker combination. Those metal lockers are one of the most iconic (and anxiety-inducing) features of the American high school, but they can also be a great option for storage in your adult home—and you won’t even need a lock.

In a house with no coat closet or entryway, for example, brightly colored lockers from an old industrial plant, outfitted with some hanging organizers, can be a genius solution to the chaos of coats and shoes that collect by the door.

Above: An old bank of lockers, with a clothing rod added, makes for a perfect closet solution in this St. Louis home.

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Smaller lockers (remember trying to shove your books into one of those small cubbies?) make perfect storage for office supplies in this photo from Ali Edwards.

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Jaime from Caught in Grace turned a set of lockers into a cabinet/bookshelf by taking the doors off of the top three rows.

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These particularly narrow lockers are perfect for wine storage. Haeley from Design Improvised has step-by-step directions for the wine bottle shelves she built to fit inside them.

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Kids have a lot of stuff. One way to keep it under control? Vintage lockers, as seen in this kids’ room from Ses + Jen.