FOREMAN makes phenolic the new standard.

FOREMAN® Phenolic Lockers

There are only 5 locker materials available on the market: Metal (cold-rolled steel), Laminate (sometimes called MDF or P-Lam), Wood lockers, Plastic lockers and Phenolic lockers(sometimes called HPL- High-pressure laminate or Structural Laminate). Each new material solution sought to correct deficiencies inherent in those prior.

Metal is an economical and secure standard but is noisy, utilitarian, dents, and rusts. Laminate is a quieter, better-looking option but is compromised in security  and delaminates  in humid locker room conditions. Wood is attractive but expensive and shows wear quickly under hard use. Plastic lockers are waterproof and tough but lack a pleasing aesthetic. Only phenolic lockers offer the highest level of perfomance across the board:

  • Extreme impact resistance delivers security and a longer service-life.
  • Waterproof & chemical resistance make cleaning & disinfecting easy.
  • Eco-friendly materials & Class A or B Fire ratings ensure safety
  • Inherent structural integrity avoids deformity and delamination
  • Available in a wide-range of colors, patterns and wood-grains to match any decor

Phenolic has been around for over 50 years. The material’s structural integrity is very high and this inherent strength & density allows it to be used for construction and even fine-furnishings. Despite it’s track record, it remains little known or understood

Phenolic resin panels…

are neither a plastic nor a wood product, though they are related to and combine some of the best characteristics of both. The primary component is paper. Sheets of industrial kraft paper, similar to construction paper, are treated with phenolic resins. These are layered together and subjected to high heat and pressure causing the phenolic compounds to chemically “cross-bond”, irreversably  fusing the papers into homogeneous panels. Melamine-impregnated decorative surface papers give the face of the panel its  color or pattern and creates the scratch resistant surface.

The result is an extremely appealing and versatile material…

that has a feel and appearance similar to dense tropical hardwood, but waterproof and requiring no finish. Very hard, It can only be fabricated and shaped  with special tooling. This contributes to it’s cost, and FOREMAN Locker Systems are not an inexpensive option. But it is widely acknowledged as the best material overall for the widest range of locker applications and installations. For this reason it is the only material that FOREMAN sells. Our innovative  construction design is what  is changing phenolic into the new locker room standard.


“ Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context—a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. ”

Eliel Saarinen, Architect