Shipping containers have another purpose other than transporting goods via sea. It is a common construction material now. More and more buildings and homes made from refurbished containers pop up here and there. A lot of people think about using them for their homes and businesses. However, there are various shipping container sizes available in the marketplace. Most people find it hard to buy one because they’re afraid to buy something too big or too small for their project.
In this blog, let’s discuss the different shipping container sizes and what are the ideal projects for each one. This way, you are certain and you feel confident when shopping shipping containers.
Available shipping container sizes
In general, there are three shipping container sizes: the standard, extra tall, and the small container.
The standard ISO shipping containers are 8ft (2.43m) wide, 8.5ft (2.59m) high, and come in two lengths; 20ft (6.06m) and 40ft (12.2m).
The extra tall ones (also known as high-cube containers) offer more headroom because they are 9.5ft (2.89m) high. The width and length are the same as the standard ISO shipping containers.
Finally, the smallest ones are 8ft (2.43m) wide, 8.5ft (2.59m) high, and 10ft (2.99m) long.
You may use these shipping containers to build something useful and profitable.
What Australians want to build
Indoor or outdoor pools
The fall, winter, and spring seasons are the best time to build a pool. Yes, you may use converted shipping containers to build an inground or above ground pool, in your home or in your backyard.
For this project, we highly recommend using the standard shipping container sizes. You may use the 20ft or 40ft long, as long as you have the space for it.
A little tip before you start your project: contact your local council to check the requirements. You don’t want to buy the materials for a project that you can’t build, right?
It is important to engage a designer and a structural engineer in this kind of project as well. They can help you build a pool that’s seamlessly integrated into your outdoor space. Experts can help you build a pool that’s safe and watertight. You don’t want your pool to leak.
Moving hospitals and clinics
Most of the mobile hospitals and clinic we see are customised vehicles. Companies alter the interiors of vans to fit a small clinic inside. Some clinics use this to offer home service to their patients. Others use it to offer free medical services in poor communities.
The only problem with mobile clinics is that it feels confined. There’s a little room for movement in here. Medical practitioners who want a more spacious option must consider converting a shipping container. Convert a standard sized shipping container into the clinic you desire.
The mobile dental complex at the international exhibition of the dental professionals and industry on April 27, 2011 in Moscow | Editorial credit: Nikita Anokhin
Restaurant booths and kiosks
If you’re a restaurant owner, you might have considered using refurbished shipping containers to bring your food to different places at a very low cost. Use it as a food booth or kiosk that serves people in country fairs, marketplaces, food parks, and more. With it, you don’t need to build an entire restaurant branch. These can be stationary or mobile, depending on your business’ needs.
Refurbished shipping containers are perfect for building a restaurant because it is weatherproof and fireproof. You will need the help of an architect or designer to make the space conducive for work and the customers.
For this type of project, we recommend using the standard or high-cube shipping containers, depending on the space available.
Christchurch main shopping mall rebuilt using shipping containers painted in bright colours, getting back to normality after the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. | Editorial credit: Shaun Robinson
If it’s for your backyard, a small cube container can serve as storage for your professional tools and items. Make sure that there is enough storage inside the converted shipping container. Put drywall and pegboard inside to organise your stuff.
If you’re building a shop, convert a standard or high-cube shipping container. These offer enough room for your stocks.
These are only a few uses of converted shipping containers. There are more innovative uses of this construction material. Shipping containers are like LEGO blocks. These challenges you and your designer to create custom designs. The possibilities are endless and these four are just the start.