Title:
Storage locker
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A storage locker in a building space, the building space having a floor, a ceiling and walls bounding the space between the ceiling and floor. The storage locker has at least four walls defining a storage space in the building space, first and second walls forming a first corner. At least the first and second walls each have spaced-apart posts extending between, and mounted to, the floor and ceiling, one of the posts at the first corner and common to the first and second walls. One of the first and second walls has a closure therein mounted between two of the posts forming the wall. At least the other wall has self-supporting wire mesh panelling extending over the length of the wall and mounted on the posts including the corner post to close the wall.



Inventors:
Goddard, Derek (Beaconsfield, CA)
Application Number:
11/826083
Publication Date:
09/25/2008
Filing Date:
07/12/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04B1/00
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Primary Examiner:
STEPHAN, BETH A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SHLESINGER, ARKWRIGHT & GARVEY LLP (ALEXANDRIA, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A storage locker in a building space, the building space having a floor, a ceiling and walls bounding the space between the ceiling and floor, the storage locker having at least four walls defining a storage space in the building space, the first and second walls forming a first corner, the first and second walls each having spaced-apart posts extending between, and directly mounted to, the floor and ceiling, one of the posts at the first corner common to first and second walls, the first wall having a closure therein mounted between two of the posts forming the wall, at least the second wall having self-supporting wire mesh panelling extending over the length of the wall and mounted on the posts including the corner post.

2. A storage locker as claimed in claim 1 wherein each post is adjustable in length and has plate members at each end for abutting against, and attachment to, the floor and ceiling.

3. A storage locker as claimed in claim 2 wherein each post has a main tubular body member of square cross-section, at least one of the plate members attached to a mounting post that is telescopically mounted in one end of the tubular body member.

4. A storage locker as claimed in claim 1 wherein the wire mesh panelling comprises individual wire mesh panels that are self-supporting, each panel extending between, and fastened to, adjacent posts, the panel farthest from the corner post fastened between the post farthest from the corner post and the third wall forming part of the locker.

5. A storage locker as claimed in claim 4 wherein each wire panel is made up of vertical and horizontal wires, the wires joined where they cross, the wires spaced apart a distance between one and a half inches and two and a half inches, the wires between four and ten gauge in diameter.

6. A storage locker as claimed in claim 2 wherein the wire panelling comprises individual wire panels that are self supporting, each panel extending between, and fastened to, adjacent posts, the panel farthest from the corner post fastened between the post farthest from the corner post and the third wall forming part of the locker.

7. A storage locker as claimed in claim 6 wherein each wire panel is made up of vertical and horizontal wires, the wires joined where they cross, the wires spaced apart a distance between one and a half inches and two and a half inches, the wires between four and ten gauge in diameter.

8. A storage locker as claimed in claim 3 wherein the wire panelling comprises individual wire panels that are self supporting, each panel extending between, and fastened to, adjacent posts, the panel farthest from the corner post fastened between the post farthest from the corner post and the third wall forming part of the locker.

9. A storage locker as claimed in claim 8 wherein each wire panel is made up of vertical and horizontal wires, the wires joined where they cross, the wires spaced apart a distance between one and a half inches and two and a half inches, the wires between four and ten gauge in diameter.

10. A storage locker as claimed in claim 5 wherein each side of a panel between two posts is attached to a post by vertically spaced apart clips each looped about a vertical wire on the side of the panel.

11. A storage locker as claimed in claim 9 wherein each side of a mesh panel between two posts is attached to a flat side of a post by vertically spaced apart clips each looped about a vertical wire on the side of the panel.

12. A storage locker as claimed in claim 5 wherein the panel farthest from the corner post is attached on one side to the post farthest from the corner post by vertically spaced apart clips each looped about a vertical wire on the side of the one panel, the panel on its other side attached to vertically spaced apart brackets on the third wall by vertically spaced apart clips each looped about a vertical wire on the other side of the panel.

13. A storage locker as claimed in claim 1 wherein the third and fourth walls of the locker are formed by wall portions of first and second building walls respectively, the third wall parallel to the first wall, the fourth wall parallel to the second wall, the third and fourth walls forming a second corner diagonally opposite the first corner, the first wall connected to the fourth wall, the wire mesh panelling of the second wall ending adjacent the third wall and connected thereto through brackets on the third wall.

14. A storage locker as claimed in claim 1 wherein the third wall of the locker is formed by a wall portion of a first building wall, the wire panelling of the second wall ending adjacent the third wall and attached thereto by brackets on the third wall; the fourth wall parallel to the second wall and joined to the third wall to form a second corner and to the first wall to form a third corner, the fourth wall having spaced apart posts extending between, and mounted to, the floor and ceiling, one of the posts at the third corner common to fourth and first walls, the fourth wall having wire mesh panelling extending over the length of the wall and mounted on the posts including the third corner post, the wire mesh panelling of the fourth wall ending adjacent the third wall and connected thereto through brackets on the third wall.

15. A storage locker as claimed in claim 13 including a second locker adjacent the first locker, the second locker having a first wall aligned with the first wall of the first locker and a second wall spaced from the second wall of the first locker and parallel to it, the second wall of the second locker joining the free end of the first wall of the second locker to form a first corner in the second locker, the third wall of the second locker comprising a portion of the first building wall, the fourth wall of the second locker being the second wall of the first locker.

16. A storage locker as claimed in claim 14 including a second locker adjacent the first locker, the second locker having a first wall aligned with the first wall of the first locker and a second wall spaced from the second wall of the first locker and parallel to it, the second wall of the second locker joining the free end of the first wall of the second locker to form a first corner in the second locker, the third wall of the second locker comprising a portion of the first building wall, the fourth wall of the second locker being the second wall of the first locker.

17. A storage locker as claimed in claim 15 wherein the first and second walls of the second locker each have spaced-apart posts extending between, and mounted to, the floor and ceiling, one of the posts at the corner common to first and second walls, the first wall having a closure therein mounted between two of the posts forming the wall, at least the second wall having wire mesh panelling extending over the length of the wall and mounted on the posts including the corner post.

18. A storage locker as claimed in claim 9 including a second locker adjacent the first locker, the second locker having a first wall aligned with the first wall of the first locker and a second wall spaced from the second wall of the first locker and parallel to it, the second wall of the second locker joining the free end of the first wall of the second locker to form a first corner in the second locker, the third wall of the second locker comprising a portion of a building wall, the fourth wall of the second locker being the second wall of the first locker.

19. A storage locker as claimed in claim 16 wherein the first and second walls of the second locker each have spaced-apart posts extending between, and mounted to, the floor and ceiling, one of the posts at the corner common to first and second walls, the first wall having a closure therein mounted between two of the posts forming the wall, at least the second wall having wire mesh panelling extending over the length of the wall and mounted on the posts including the corner post.

20. A storage locker as claimed in claim 1 wherein the third and fourth walls form a second corner diagonally opposite the first corner, the third and fourth walls each having spaced-apart posts extending between, and mounted to, the floor and ceiling, one of the posts at the second corner common to third and fourth walls, the third and second walls forming a third corner, one of the posts of the second and third walls common to both walls, the first and fourth wall forming a fourth corner, one of the posts of the first and fourth walls common to both walls; the third and fourth walls having self supporting wire mesh panelling extending over the length of the wall and mounted on the posts including the corner posts.

21. A storage locker as claimed in claim 20 including a second locker adjacent the first locker, the second locker having a first wall aligned with the first wall of the first locker and a second wall spaced from the second wall of the first locker and parallel to it, the second wall of the second locker joining the free end of the first wall of the second locker to form a first corner in the second locker, the third wall of the second locker aligned with the third wall of the first locker, the fourth wall of the second locker being the second wall of the first locker.

22. A storage locker in a building space, the building space having a floor, a ceiling and walls bounding the space between the ceiling and floor, the storage locker having at least two side walls joined by two end walls defining a storage space in the building space; the side walls each have spaced-apart posts attached to the floor and ceiling of the building space, with a corner post at each end of each side wall and one or more intermediate posts between the corner posts depending on the length of the side walls, the corner posts of each side wall common with the end walls; each end wall having one or more intermediate posts, if needed, between the corner posts of the side walls; one of the walls having a closure therein extending between two adjacent posts in the wall; and self-supporting wire mesh panelling extending between all the posts in all the walls including above the closure.

23. A storage locker as claimed in claim 13 wherein the locker has a roof divided longitudinally into two half sections, the half sections made of wire mesh; one half section connected along one side, with hinge means, to the wire mesh panelling of the second wall; the other half section connected along one side, with hinge means, to the fourth wall, both hinge means at the same height, the half sections pivotable about the hinge means to a horizontal position where they overlap, and fastening means detachably connecting the sections together in their horizontal positions to form the roof.

24. A storage locker as claimed in claim 14 wherein the locker has a roof divided longitudinally into two half sections, the half sections made of wire mesh; one half section connected along one side, with hinge means, to the wire mesh panelling of the second wall; the other half section connected along one side, with hinge means, to the fourth wall, both hinge means at the same height, the half sections pivotable about the hinge means to a horizontal position where they overlap, and fastening means detachably connecting the sections together in their horizontal positions to form the roof.

25. A storage locker as claimed in claim 22 wherein the locker has a roof divided longitudinally into two half sections, the half sections made of wire mesh; one half section connected along one side, with hinge means, to one of the side walls; the other half section connected along one side, with hinge means, to the other side wall, both hinge means at the same height, the half sections pivotable about the hinge means to a horizontal position where they overlap, and fastening means detachably connecting the sections together in their horizontal positions to form the roof.

26. A storage locker as claimed in claim 23 wherein the one half section is connected to the top of the wire mesh panelling of the second wall.

27. A storage locker as claimed in claim 24 wherein the one half section is connected to the top of the wire mesh panelling of the second wall.

28. A storage locker as claimed in claim 25 wherein the one half section is connected to the top of the one side wall and the other half section is connected to the top of the other side wall.

29. A storage locker as claimed in claim 23 wherein each half section is made up of at least two separate panels of wire mesh material, each panel in one section opposite a corresponding panel in the other half section, each panel in one half section connected along one side by hinge means to the second wall and each panel in the other half section connected by the hinge means to the fourth wall, the panels in both sections pivotable about the hinge means to a horizontal position where they overlap, and fastening means detachably connecting opposite panels together in their horizontal positions to form the roof.

30. A storage locker as claimed in claim 24 wherein each half section is made up of at least two separate panels of wire mesh material, each panel in one section opposite a corresponding panel in the other half section, each panel in one half section connected along one side by hinge means to the second wall and each panel in the other half section connected by the hinge means to the fourth wall, the panels in both sections pivotable about the hinge means to a horizontal position where they overlap, and fastening means detachably connecting opposite panels together in their horizontal positions to form the roof.

31. A storage locker as claimed in claim 25 wherein each half section is made up of at least two separate panels of wire mesh material, each panel in one section opposite a corresponding panel in the other half section, each panel in one half section connected along one side by hinge means to one of the side walls and each panel in the other half section connected by the hinge means to the other of the side walls, the panels in both sections pivotable about the hinge means to a horizontal position where they overlap, and fastening means detachably connecting opposite panels together in their horizontal positions to form the roof.

32. A storage locker as claimed in claim 29 wherein the panels in the one half section are connected to the top of the wire mesh panelling of the second wall.

33. A storage locker as claimed in claim 30 wherein the panels in the one half section are connected to the top of the wire mesh panelling of the second wall.

34. A storage locker as claimed in claim 31 wherein the panels in the one half section are connected to the top of the one side wall and the panels in the other half section are connected to the top of the other side wall.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the priority of Canadian application no. 2,582,839, filed Mar. 22, 2007, and which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

This invention is directed toward a storage locker.

2. Background Art

Storage lockers are presently constructed with walls composed of wood or metal framing covered with panels of material to close in the locker storage space. The lockers are usually built against a wall of a building containing the lockers to have the building wall form the back wall of the locker. Adjacent lockers have a common side wall. The framing is rigid enough to define the shape of the locker. Locker construction using framing is however relatively expensive. Locker construction using framing is also difficult to modify to adapt the locker walls to uneven floors and walls and to pipes and ductwork close to the ceiling of the room containing the lockers.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is the purpose of the present invention to provide storage lockers which are easier to construct and less expensive to manufacture. It is another purpose of the present invention to provide storage lockers which can be easily and inexpensively modified during construction to accommodate building construction anomalies where the lockers are to be located.

In accordance with the present invention, the lockers are constructed without the need to provide a rigid frame to define the shape of the locker. Instead, the locker walls comprise self-supporting wire mesh panelling mounted on spaced-apart posts and, when needed, mounted directly to one or more walls of the building. The panelling comprises wire mesh panels which are defined by vertical and horizontal wires, the wires joined where they cross. The vertical and horizontal wires are spaced apart to form open squares which are generally small enough to prevent an adult's hand from passing through a square. The wires are also large enough to have the panel self-supporting and to retain its flat shape when stood on an edge.

The locker is constructed by first mounting a number of adjustable length posts between the floor and ceiling of a storage space in the building. The posts are spaced apart and define at least a portion of the perimeter of the storage area of the locker, the remainder of the perimeter defined by any portion of the building walls which may be used as the back, and even as one side, of the locker. The posts are spaced apart along the perimeter of the locker with posts at the corners of the perimeter which corners are located away from the building walls.

Panels of wire mesh are then attached to the posts and to any of the building walls, if used, to enclose the storage area of the locker. The wire mesh panels are rigid enough to be self supporting and are attached to the posts with suitable fastening means and to the building walls defining part of the perimeter of the locker with brackets on the walls and suitable fastening means joining the panels to the brackets.

The storage lockers can also be closed with roofs of the same wire mesh panelling used in the walls if needed. The wire mesh wall panels are normally made for roofs eight feet high, the panels sized to leave some space between the ceiling of the storage area and the top of the panels when installed but not enough to provide entry into the locker over the panels. However, there are storage areas in buildings with ceilings ten feet high or even higher that are used for storage locker locations. In these areas the lockers can be provided with wire mesh roofs to close off the top of the lockers and thus prevent entry into the lockers over the top of the locker walls.

The lockers are usually employed in storage areas where there are water sprinklers for fire protection in the ceiling. To be able to access each water sprinkler, each locker roof is preferably comprised of two half roof sections, one roof section attached hingedly along one edge to one side wall of the locker and the other roof section attached hingedly along one edge to the other side wall. Both roof sections are normally horizontal and sized to slightly overlap. They are detachably secured together in the overlap area to retain them in a horizontal position closing the top of the locker. When servicing of the sprinklers is required, the roof sections can be disconnected from each other allowing them to swing down inside the locker against the side walls. In this position, the top of the locker is open to provide access to the sprinkler.

The invention is particularly directed toward a storage locker for use in a storage space of a building, the storage space having side walls, a floor and a ceiling. The locker comprises a plurality of spaced-apart, vertical posts defining at least two adjacent walls of the storage locker, one of the posts at the corner where the walls defined by the posts join, the one post common to both walls. The posts are fixedly mounted between the floor and ceiling of the storage space.

One wall defined by the posts has a closure mounted therein, the closure mounted between adjacent posts, including the corner post, defining at least part of the one wall. The other wall of the locker includes self-supporting wire mesh panels mounted between the posts, the panels extending substantially between the floor and ceiling. The other wall includes a panel extending from the post in the wall farthest from the corner post to the building wall to be attached to the building wall.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a storage locker;

FIG. 2 is a side view of the locker;

FIG. 3 is a front view of the locker;

FIG. 4 is a top view of the locker;

FIG. 5 is perspective view of an adjustable length post used in the locker;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of clips used to fasten wire panels to the posts;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of brackets used to attach wire panels to a building wall;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing a detail of the transom connection to the corner post;

FIG. 9 is a plan view of another embodiment of the locker;

FIG. 10 is a plan view of a further embodiment of the locker;

FIG. 11 is a plan view of yet another embodiment showing the start of a set of lockers;

FIG. 12 is a plan view of still another embodiment of the locker;

FIG. 13 is a cross-section view of a locker with a roof with the roof partly open;

FIG. 14 is a top view of the locker with the roof;

FIG. 15 is a detail perspective view showing a roof section attached to a wall panel;

FIG. 16 is a detail perspective view showing one roof section attached to another;

FIG. 17 is a top view showing a modification of the roof; and

FIG. 18 is cross-section view similar to FIG. 13 but showing a modification of the roof where it is recessed within the locker walls.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The locker 1 is adapted to be built in a storage area 3 such as in the basement of an apartment and/or condominium building. As shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, the storage area 3 in the building is defined by a floor 5, a ceiling 7, and walls, two walls 9, 11 of which are shown. The locker has at least four straight walls 13, 15, 17, and 19 joined to define a storage space 21. The floor area of the locker 1 defined by the walls 13, 15, 17 and 19 is usually rectangular but it could have a square or irregular shape as well.

At least two adjacent walls 13, 15 of the locker 1 have spaced apart posts 23A, 23B, 23C extending between the floor 5 and ceiling 7 of the storage area 3. The posts are identical. The posts are spaced apart a standard distance, such as four feet for example. The posts are preferably adjustable in length as will be described and are fastened to both the floor 5 and ceiling 7. The walls 13, 15 are normally perpendicular to each other and joined at a first corner 25 where there is a post 23A common to both walls. The first wall 13 is an end wall of the locker and the second wall 15, which is longer than the first wall 13, is a side wall of the locker. The first wall 13 has two spaced apart posts 23A, 23B with a closure 27 mounted to and between the posts, the closure providing access to the locker storage space 21. The second post 23B is adjacent the fourth wall 19 of the locker. The second wall 15 also has two spaced apart posts 23A, 23B with wire mesh panelling 29 extending over its length, the panelling joined to the posts including the corner post 23A and extending to the third wall 17 of the locker. The third wall 17 of the locker, an end wall and opposite the first wall 13, is formed by a portion of the building wall 9. The fourth wall 19 of the locker, a side wall and opposite the second wall 15, is formed by a portion of the other wall 11 of the building. The third and fourth walls 17, 19 of the locker join to form a right angle second corner 31 of the locker diagonally opposite the right angle first corner 25 formed by the first and second walls 13, 15. The side wall 15 of the locker could have more than two posts 23A, 23C if the locker is made larger as could the end wall 13.

The closure 27 has a door 35, the door hinged on one side 37 to the corner post 23A. There are co-operating latch means (not shown) on the other side 39 of the door 35 and on the second post 23B to be used to close and lock the door. The transom space above the closure 27 is closed by a self-supporting wire panel 40 fastened to the posts 23A, 23B in a manner to be described.

The wire mesh panelling 29 preferably comprises wire mesh panels 41 of standard width, the width generally matching the standard spacing employed between the posts 23A, 23C. A first panel 41A extends between the posts 23A, 23C and is fastened to both posts. A second panel 41B extends between the second post 23C and the end wall 17. The second panel 41B can be cut to fit the length between the second post 23C and the end wall 17 if the distance is less than the standard distance. The second panel is fastened to both the second post 23C and the end wall 17.

In more detail, each post 23A, 23B, 23C, as shown in FIG. 5, has a main tubular member 43 with a top leg 45 and a bottom leg 47 extending out from the top and bottom ends 49, 51, respectively of the member 43. The legs 45, 47 are telescopically mounted in the post member 43. The legs 45, 47 are substantially the same except for top leg 45 being longer than bottom leg 47 so only one leg will be described in detail. Bottom leg 47 has a mounting post 53 sized to snugly fit within the post member 43, and a mounting plate 55 extending across one end 57 of the mounting post 53. The mounting plate 55 has fastening openings 59 at its ends, one on either side of the mounting post 53. The tubular post member 43 has a square cross-section, as do the mounting posts 53 of the legs 45, 47.

Each post 23 is long enough to extend between the floor 5 and the ceiling 7 of the storage area 3 with the legs 45, 47 telescopically extended from the ends of the post member 43. Each post 23 can be mounted in position by first fastening the mounting plate 55 of the bottom leg 47 to the floor 5 with suitable fasteners (not shown) passing through the openings 57 and then mounting the post member 43, carrying the top leg 45, on the bottom leg 47. The top leg 45 is then extended from the top of the post member 43 to the ceiling 7 and its mounting plate 55 is attached to the ceiling with suitable fasteners (not shown). Finally, the post member 43 is raised several inches from the floor 5, relative to the top and bottom legs 45, 47 and then fastened in place with a screw 60 inserted through a wall of the post member 43 into the mounting post 53 of leg 45. The posts are mounted to have their inner wall, facing into the storage space, aligned. The post construction permits solid mounting of the posts to the floor and ceiling even if one of the floor or ceiling slopes or is otherwise uneven with respect to the other. While one telescopic post construction has been described, other constructions could be used. For example, the bottom leg 45 could be fixed to the post member43. Then only the top leg 45 is telescopic. In another example, the screw 60 could be fastened to the bottom leg instead of to the top leg.

Each wire mesh panel 41, as shown in FIG. 6, is composed of evenly spaced apart vertical wires 61 transversely crossing evenly spaced apart horizontal wires 63. The wires are normally made from steel and attached where they cross by spot-welding or the like to form squares 65 small enough to prevent a person's hand from passing through. The squares are preferably around two inches to a side although they can range from around one and half to two and half inches to a side. The wires 61, 63 are around six or eight gauge in size but can range between four and ten gauge. The wider the spacing between the posts, the thicker the wire used. The wires are normally galvanized and thus do not require painting when cut. The panels 41 are normally constructed to have a vertical wire 61A adjacent each side edge 67 of the panel and a horizontal wire 63A adjacent each top and bottom edge. The panels are rigid enough to generally keep their shape during handling and installation. While steel wires are preferred the wires can be made from other material such as aluminum, plastic or a composite.

Wire clips 71 are used to attach the panels 41 to the posts 23A, 23B, etc. Each clip 71 is generally ‘P’ shaped, when viewed from the top, with a pair of flat adjacent legs 73, 75 forming the stem of the ‘P’, the legs joined at one end by a loop 77 forming the loop of the ‘P’. The free ends of the legs 73, 75 have aligned holes 79 there through. The wire clips 71 are attached to each vertical wire 61A at the vertical edges 67 of the panels 41 at spaced apart vertical locations, starting at the top edge of the panel, and usually about two to three feet apart. There is usually a clip at or near the bottom edge of the panel as well. The clips are attached by manipulating the clip 71 to place the side edge wire 61A on the panel between the legs 73, 75 of the clip and into the loop 77. Each clip 71 is fastened onto the flat inner wall 81 of the post member 43 of the posts by a screw fastener 83 passed through the aligned holes 79 in the legs 73, 75. The flat wall 81 of the post member 43 faces into the storage space 21 and the clips 71 are within the storage space.

The free end of the last panel 41B in the side wall 15 is attached to the second end wall 17 formed by part of the building wall 9 by brackets 85 and clips 71 as shown in FIG. 7. The brackets 85 are sections of angle members having a first leg 87 for attachment to the end wall 17 and a second leg 89 at right angles to the first leg 87 for attachment to the panel 41B with the clips 71. A vertical line of brackets 85 are attached to the end wall 17 by fasteners 91, such as screw fasteners, passing through fastener openings 93 in the first leg 87, the first leg 87 being flush against the wall 17. The brackets 85 are attached to have the second legs 89 aligned with the inner wall 81 of the posts 23A, 23C in the side wall 15, the brackets 85 being inside the locker when the locker is completed. The last vertical wire 67B in the free end of the panel 41B is held by clips 71 to the brackets 85 and thus to the end wall 17. The clips 71 are attached, via their legs 73, 75, to the second bracket leg 89 by fasteners 95, such as carriage bolts, passed through the aligned holes 79 in the clip legs 73, 75 and fastener openings 97 in the leg 89.

The transom panel 40 is attached to the posts 23A, 23B in the end wall 13 using the clips 71A. As shown in FIG. 8, the clips 71A are the same as clips 71 but can have longer legs 73A, 75A if needed. The clips 71A are attached to sides of the panel 40 by the loops 77, the loops 77 encircling the vertical end wire 95 in the sides of the panel 40. The legs 73A, 75A of the transom clips 71A pass under the side edge wire 61A of the panel 41 attached to post 23A and are attached to the flat inner wall 81 of the post member 43 of post 23A by suitable screw fasteners 83. The clips 71A on the post 23A are vertically spaced from the clips 71 fastening panel 41 to the post 23A. The other side of the transom panel 40 is attached to the flat inner wall of post 23B in a similar manner.

It will be seen that the clips 71, 71A on the corner post 23A are inside the wire panel 41 and the transom 40.

The locker described is relatively small and narrow. The locker can be made larger by widening the end wall and by lengthening the side wall. As shown in the FIG. 9, the locker 101 has an end wall 113 that includes a panel section 141C extending from the second post 123B in the wall to the other sidewall 119 of the locker formed by the other building wall 111. The panel section 141C is cut to the length needed to span the distance between the second post 123B and the sidewall 119 and is fastened to the second post 123B by clips and to the second sidewall 119 by brackets 185 fastened to the sidewall and clips fastening the panel 141C to the brackets 185. The panel section 141C is aligned with the closure 127. The panel section 141C could be a standard width and the end wall 113 could terminate with a third post member (not shown) aligned with the first and second post members 123A, 123B and fastened directly adjacent the second sidewall. The first sidewall 115 could be lengthened by adding one or more additional posts aligned with the posts 123A, 123C.

The locker has been described as being mounted in a corner of a building. The locker could also be constructed to be mounted against one wall only of the building. As shown in FIG. 10 the locker 201 has second and third parallel side walls 215, 219 extending transversely out from the building wall 209, a portion of which forms an end wall 217 of the locker. The side walls 215, 219 are joined by an end wall 213 having a closure 227 therein. The sidewalls 215, 219 are constructed the same as the sidewall 15 in the first embodiment shown in FIG. 1, with the posts 223 in the side walls 215, 219 attached to the floor 205 and ceiling of the building storage space and the wire mesh panels 241 attached to the posts 223 with clips and with the last panel 241B in each side wall 215, 219 attached to the building wall 209 with brackets 285 and clips. The end wall 213 could be as wide as the end wall 13 shown in the first embodiment in FIG. 1 or could be wider as shown by the end wall 113 in the second embodiment shown in FIG. 9.

The construction could be used to provide a set of adjacent lockers. After the first corner locker 1 has been built, as shown in FIG. 1, additional lockers can be added. The first additional locker 301, as shown in FIG. 11, is added by merely building two additional walls 313, 315 onto the first locker 1. The first additional wall 313 is built as an extension of the first wall 13 in the first locker 1 using one additional post 323A and a closure 327 which extends between the one additional post 323A and the first corner post 23A in the first locker 1. The one additional post 323A itself forms a first corner post in the second locker 301. The second wall 315 is built the same as the first wall 15 in the first locker 1 with post 323 including the corner post 323A and wire mesh panels 341 and is parallel to the second wall 15 of the first locker. The second wall 315 abuts the building wall 9 and is attached thereto with brackets 385 and clips. A portion of the building wall 9 forms the third wall 317 of the second locker opposite the first wall 313. The second wall 15 of the first locker 1 forms the fourth wall 319 of the second locker 301, parallel to the second wall 315 of the second locker 301. Additional lockers are added in the same manner one after the other using two additional walls for each additional locker, incorporating one wall of the previous locker as a wall of the new locker and using a new portion of the building wall as the fourth wall of the new locker.

The additional lockers can have a width the same as the width of the locker shown in FIG. 1 or the same as the width of the locker shown in FIG. 9. The additional lockers can be added to the corner locker shown in FIG. 1 or to the building wall backed locker shown in FIG. 10.

The locker could also be built free of the building walls if desired or if needed with all the walls of the locker solely formed of posts and wire mesh panels, there being a post at each corner of the locker common to two adjacent walls. As shown in FIG. 12, the locker 401 has side walls 415, 419 joined by end walls 413, 417. The end wall 413 has a closure 427 therein. The side walls 415, 419 have spaced-apart posts 423 attached to the floor 405 and ceiling of the storage space, with a corner post 423A and 423B at each end of each side wall and one or more intermediate posts 423C between the corner posts depending on the length of the side walls. The corner posts 423A, 423B of each side wall 415, 419 are common with the end walls 413, 417. The side walls 415, 419 each have wire mesh panels 441 extending between the posts 423 in each side wall, the wire panels being the same as the wire panels used in the embodiment shown in FIG. 1. The wire panels 441 extend between adjacent posts 423 and are attached to the inner wall of the posts 423 with clips as in the embodiment shown in FIG. 1. The end walls 413, 417 are also each composed of posts and wire mesh panels. If the locker is narrow, the end walls may each have only two spaced apart posts, the posts in the end wall 417 being the corner posts 423A in both side walls 415, 419 and the posts in the end wall 413 being the corner posts 423B in the side walls 415, 419. The closure 427 in the end wall 413 extends between the two common corner posts 423B. A transom (not shown) is provided above the closure 427, and attached to the corner posts 423B in the same manner the transom 40 is attached to the posts 23A, 23B as shown in FIG. 8, to complete the end wall 413. A wire panel 443 can extend between the common corner posts 423A in the side walls 415, 419 to form the end wall 417. The wire mesh panel 443 is attached to the posts 423A with clips in the same manner that the transom 40 is attached to the corner posts 23A, 23B as shown in FIG. 8. The clips attaching the wire panels and the transom to the posts are all located within the storage space. The locker could be made wider if desired with the end panels having one or more intermediate posts between their corner posts.

The locker 401 can have a width the same as the width of the locker shown in FIG. 1 or the same as the width of the locker shown in FIG. 9. A set of the free standing lockers can be made in generally the same manner as the set of lockers shown in FIG. 11 are made with the exception that an additional end wall 417 is needed for each locker.

Any of the lockers described above can be provided with roofs if needed. As shown in FIGS. 13 to 16, a locker 401 by way of example, as described in FIG. 12, can be provided with a roof 449. The roof 449 is shown closed in FIG. 13. The roof is made of the same wire mesh panelling as the side walls 415, 419 of the locker. The roof 449 is in two half sections 451, 453. One half section 451 is hingedly mounted by hinge means 455 along one long side 457 to the top 459 of the side wall 415 as shown in FIGS. 13 and 15. The other half section 453 is hingedly mounted by hinge means 461 along one long side 463 to the top 465 of the other side wall 419. The hinge means 455 comprises the outer wire 467 defining the one long side 457 of the half roof section 451, the top wire 469 defining the top 459 of the side wall 415, and a plurality of longitudinally spaced apart clips 471 which are the same as the clips 71 previously described. The loop 473 of each clip receives the wires 467, 469 and the legs 475, 477 of the clip are joined by a nut and bolt fastener 479 to retain the wires in the loop. The wires 467, 469 are loosely held in the loops 473 allowing the roof section 451 to pivot about the top wire 469 of the side wall 415. The hinge means 461 is the same as the hinge means 455 using clips 471 to join the outer wire in the other roof section 453 to the top wire in the other side wall 419.

The roof sections 451, 453 can abut when pivoted to a horizontal position but preferably one section is slightly wider than the other so they slightly overlap when pivoted to a horizontal position as shown in FIG. 16. Clips 471 join adjacent wires 481, 483 from the roof sections 451, 453 respectively in the overlapping section to have the roof sections form the roof 449. The clips 471 extend over the length of the roof sections 415, 453 at predetermined intervals in the overlapped section. Normally, the roof 449 of the locker is located some distance below the ceiling 481 of the storage space to provide clearance for any sprinkler head 483 located over the locker as shown in FIG. 13. If there is sprinkler head 483 above the roof 449 of the locker and it needs to be serviced, the clips 471 joining the roof sections 451, 453 together are removed allowing both roof sections to swing down inside the locker, as shown by their dotted line position and arrows ‘A’ in FIG. 13. to rest against the side walls 415, 419 thus opening up the top of the locker.

Where a roof is to be provided for a locker having a side wall provided by a building wall, the roof section is hinged to the building wall with brackets similar to the brackets 85 employed to fasten the wire mesh panels of the side wall to the building wall as shown in FIG. 1. The hinge clips are attached to the outermost wire of the roof section and then bolted to the brackets which extend across the length of the locker on the building wall at spaced apart intervals.

To make it easier to mount and to open and close the roof 449, each roof section 451, 453 can be composed of two or more individual roof panels. Roof sections 451′, 453′ of roof 449′ are each composed of two roof panels 491, 492 and 493, 494 respectively as shown in FIG. 17. Each panel 491, 492 in roof section 451′ is opposite a similar panel 493, 494 in roof section 453′. Panels 491 and 493 overlap as do panels 492 and 494 when the roof 449′ is closed, the overlapping panels joined to each other by clips 471′ the same as clips 471 used to join roof sections 451, 453. Panels 491, 492 are hingedly connected along an outer side to the top of a sidewall 415′ of a locker by hinge means 459′ in the same manner that roof section 451 was connected to sidewall 415. Similarly panels 493, 494 are hingedly connected along an outer side to the top of a sidewall 419′ by hinge means 461′ in the same manner that the roof section 453 was connected to sidewall 419. The hinge means 459′, 461′ are the same as the hinge means 459, 461 used for the roof sections 451, 453 just not as long. The individual panels are easier to move than the half roof sections, and if there is a sprinkler head within the locker perimeter that needs servicing only the panels under the head need be moved to provide access to it and not the entire roof.

In some cases where the lockers are built in storage areas with eight foot ceilings, the locker roof may have to be recessed within the locker to provide clearance for any sprinkler heads. As shown in FIG. 18, in such a low storage area, the roof sections 451″, 453″, or the panels making up the roof sections, of the roof 449″ are hingedly mounted to the side walls 415″, 419″ of the locker 410″ well below, about two feet or so, the top 459″ of the side walls. The recessed roof 449″ would prevent the person using the locker 410″ from piling goods and possessions close to the sprinkler head 483″. Building codes normally require a suitable clearance for the sprinkler head.

The wire mesh panels in the side walls of the lockers make it very easy to accommodate piping or ducts in or near the ceiling of the building storage space. Openings are easily cut in the mesh from the top of the panel down to accommodate any pipes or ducts entering or leaving or traversing the lockers. While this invention has been described as having a preferred design, it is understood that it is capable of further modifications, and uses and/or adaptations of the invention and following in general the principle of the invention and including such departures from the present disclosure as come within the known or customary practice in the art to which the invention pertains, and as may be applied to the central features hereinbefore set forth, and fall within the scope of the invention or limits of the claims appended hereto.