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.
Above: Laura from A Beautiful Mess has a set of lockers (painted a cheerful pink!) that she uses to store craft supplies in her office.
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.
Jaime from Caught in Grace turned a set of lockers into a cabinet/bookshelf by taking the doors off of the top three rows.
In a house with no coat closet or entryway, three roommates found a genius solution to the chaos of coats and shoes that collected by the door: brightly colored lockers from an old industrial plant, outfitted with some hanging organizers.
An old bank of lockers, with a clothing rod added, makes for a perfect closet solution in this St. Louis home.
No pantry? Try a set of vintage lockers instead, as seen on Better Homes & Gardens. The metal doors are an easy, no-fuss way to hang spices (just add a small magnet to refillable jars).
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.
Vintage lockers are great for storing smaller items in the bathroom. These lockers, spotted in a kids’ bathroom from HGTV, are recessed six inches into the wall to be less obtrusive in the space.
Kids have a lot of stuff. One way to keep it under control? Vintage lockers, as seen in this kids’ room from Ses + Jen.
If you love the look and are wondering where to score some lockers of your own, check local flea markets, on Craigslist, or on online stores like Etsy, eBay, Wayfair, RH and even straight from the source at Global Industrial.