5 Great Uses for a Shipping Container


As the name suggests, shipping containers are used to safely transport goods all over the world. If it can fit inside, it can be transported, making shipping containers a versatile and vital part of large scale logistics.

Shipping containers also have several more contemporary uses, of which we’re going to provide further detail of in this article. If you’ve ever wondered if you personally could make use of a shipping container, you’ve come to the right place.

  1. Affordable Housing

Before we go any further, we should point out that living in a shipping container is going to require permission, no matter where its located. Speak to your local authority before proceeding further.

For those who know exactly what they’re doing, a series of interconnected shipping containers can make for a unique living space. You only have to watch an episode of Grands Designs to see how well these spaces work when done correctly.

Your container will of course need a variety of services established to it but this shouldn’t provide a barrier to entry if you’re feeling adventurous.

  1. Retail Units

Depending on where you are in the world, shipping containers are increasingly being used as shop fronts and retail stores. The primary driver is to cut down on construction costs but for the quirky out there, a café or clothes shop housed inside a shipping container provides a talking point.

Better yet, a burger stand constructed from a shipping container with cut out sides could work pretty well from our point of view.

  1. A Swimming Pool

Yes, shipping containers can make decent above ground swimming pools. The primary benefit is that your pool will be easily relocatable if you so desire in the future. Other than that, it’s just a question of aesthetics.

You will of course need to locate the container onto an appropriate surface, as when full of water, it will be very heavy.

  1. Site Cabins

Shipping containers make pretty decent construction site cabins. There won’t be any windows, like you would find in a portacabin unless you retrofit fit them, but if this isn’t too much hassle, they make a great alternative.

All you need to do is provide the furniture and hook up some power and lighting.

  1. Storage

The most common use for a large shipping container is onsite storage. If you need to find a temporary or permanent home for your belongings, a container is the perfect tool for the job.

What you will need to do is make sure its watertight and weatherproof so that your personal belongings stay dry and weather protected.

Order Your Shipping Container

Shipping containers are available from several different companies, most offering delivery around the UK. Shipping containers for sale can be found online so we suggest that you get searching for a company willing to deliver in your area. The price you pay will depend upon the overall age and condition of the container but there is sure to be a container for every budget.

What you choose to do with your container is only limited by your imagination so take our tips on board and make the most of your container.