Creative Options for Repurposing and Upcycling Steel Storage Containers

Climate controlled storage containers

Are you looking for storage containers to modify? Whether you’re planning to employ a firm to create a pop-up store, tiny house, portable or stationary office space, or other live-work space, there are a variety of potential designs and purposes from which to choose.

If you’re currently in the design process, you may be interested to know that there are both used storage containers and new storage containers for sale. When you buy used storage containers, you’re also contributing to the environment by re-using, recycling,, and up-cycling these containers.

What are your plans for repurposing a storage container? In general, these steel shipping containers are available in 20 feet lengths as well as 40 foot long cubes. That said, if you’re currently undecided, you may want to consider one or more of these possibilities:

    Art studio
    Mobile office
    Pop up shop
    Portable concession stand
    Tiny house

Once you decide on the size of container you need, there are also a variety of interior and exterior customization options:

    Doors
    Windows
    Skylights
    Climate control
    Interior modifications
    Locking mechanisms
    Shelving
    Painting

There are other practical and creative modifications that you can have included as well. These might include built-ins such as book shelves and work surfaces as well as multi-level tiny homes complete with interior access to the upper floors.

If you’re planning to create a mobile or even a stationary office space, you might be interested to know that the average workstation has shrunk over the years, according to Jacobs, a major design and workspace construction firm. This firm has worked on several projects that resulted in this finding.

In 1992, for example, Jacobs stated that the average individual workstation was 80 square feet. Currently, it is 39 square feet. As a result, a steel cargo container that that is a 40-foot cube would be the ideal solution for an individual work station or office space.

You might be interested to know some general information about traditional shipping container usage. Most cargo, you may know, is transported by ship rather than a combination of air and ground. In fact, 95% of all cargo shipped across the globe is done by this means.

The largest container ships are approximately 1,300 feet long, with a maximum width of 180 feet. This would be considered a high-volume ship, which can transport a significant amount of cargo. Despite the fact that approximately 675 of the millions of shipping containers are lost every year at sea, this is still considered to be the most efficient and cost-effective choice.

If you’re curious about the volume of products that can be transported within a single container, consider shoe boxes. Approximately 3,500 shoes boxes can be stored and transported in a standard 20-foot container. When a 40-foot-high cube cargo container is used, over 8,000 shoe boxes can be stored and transported.

On a worldwide basis, there are approximately 17 million steel shipping containers in circulation. There are only six million being used, which signifies that there are 11 million currently available due to being out of circulation.

When these shipping containers are recycled, approximately 3,500 kgs of steel is being reused. This reduces the need for and usage of traditional building materials such as wood, bricks and mortar.

When you choose to buy used storage containers, it’s also important to know that they are built to last a long time. According to Container Action, with proper maintenance, a shipping container can last for approximately 20 years.

Remember that when you buy used storage containers, you have a number of usage options available. Furthermore, you are contributing to the environment by reusing and up-cycling these storage containers.

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Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd, an investment banker, is a reporter and researcher for one of London’s leading media outlets. Formerly a trader and market maker at FTSE, she turned to media during the global recession. This website features some of her best and favourite articles, from all parts of the business world. Please let her guide you and your enterprise along the path to prosperity.