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Top 5 uses for a shipping container that you may have never thought of

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July 5, 2018
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Shipping containers seem to have a use for everything, from storage units to offices and even pop-up shops, bars and events. The possibilities are quite endless.

Traditionally used for storage and cargo transport, recycling these into new and innovative ideas has become popular over recent years. They make great use of space, are versatile, practical and can also help benefit the environment too. Who would have thought?

If you’re thinking about converting a shipping container, what you’ll need to help convert it will depend on what you’re going to be using it for. We’ve seen some wild uses for shipping containers. Let’s take a look at some of the wide range of the uses that you can get out of a one. Here are our top 5, and after you take a look, you might actually think they’re a pretty cool idea…

Cafes and Bars

Pop-up cafes and bars have become popular over recent years and more so with the increased price of rent on commercial spaces. Pop-up cafes and bars are usually found during special events and festivals, in busy cities and in high foot traffic areas. By using shipping containers for these, they can provide a great recreational atmosphere and when executed correctly, can be aesthetically incredible.


With state schools known to be becoming busier and housing more children than ever before, schools, universities and other educational institutes are looking for more ways to utilise their space. Shipping container classrooms offer both temporary and permanent classrooms or storage. Take a look at this amazing idea from a school in the UK to help the cut costs by building new classrooms from shipping containers.


Advancement in innovative design, a need to reduce carbon footprints and also save money, using shipping containers to build large, spacious and economically friendly homes has been a developing idea this century. This can give owners the option of building, designing and fully customising their entire living space for less than the cost of buying a traditional house. It might even make you want to use one as a holiday home. Further to this, in large cities with growing student populations, shipping container housing facilities have become an option to really make use of space to tackle this problem, while really helping to cut down on budget spend.


If you’ve recently visited a construction site, you may have noticed that the office on site is a shipping container. They can be easily transported, are strong, secure and also versatile. So why not consider using it for a regular office space? This low-budget office block was found near Tel Aviv and even makes use of one as a staircase.

Art Galleries and Spaces

Because shipping containers come in different shapes and sizes, their uses are so wide-ranging. They can even be used as studios and be customised for the professional using it. Art galleries are an example of spaces that can really have an impact on what they’re displaying and can highlight the creativity around it. Have a look at this blog we found on 4 amazing art spaces made out of shipping containers.

If a shipping container is something you’re thinking about, we have a whole range of options to really help customise and modify them, while making them safe, secure and easy to use. Take a look at our doors for shipping containers.

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