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5 Amazing Uses for Shipping Containers

5 Amazing Uses for Shipping Containers

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Using shipping containers for more than shipping?

Shipping containers have turned out to be incredibly versatile structures. No longer are they simply used for transporting cargo across oceans. Nowadays, they are the primary building blocks of many architectural creations. Their unique and durable design makes them the perfect blank slate for building a variety of amazing things.

Not only that, but shipping containers are also cost-effective. Even “retired” containers can be purchased and used for building projects. With many sizes to choose, and at a fraction of the cost, using sea containers makes a lot of sense. And the creativity seems almost endless.

Here’s a look at 5 creative ways in which sea containers are used.

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  1. House

Because they are so easily modified, sea containers are being used to build some beautiful houses. They have all the durability and insulation of a traditionally built house, but at a fraction of the cost. You can finish out the interior and design it however you like. You can also combine shipping containers to expand on square footage and add to your design.

Check out some amazing shipping container homes here.

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  1. Office

Much like using shipping containers to build houses, they are also used to build offices. Not only are they easily modified, but shipping containers are also incredibly portable. While it can be painstaking to try to move a traditionally built office, sea containers offices are already design for transportation. This becomes incredibly useful to certain industries like construction.

Check out some amazing shipping container offices here.

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  1. Restaurant

Yes, believe it or not, sea containers are being used now as restaurants. Even companies like Starbucks and Nike are using them for some of their stores. Shipping containers are easy to modify to fit all the components of a restaurant and, again, at a fraction of the cost. And, since they are so portable, it takes the idea of a food truck to a whole new level.

Check out some amazing shipping container restaurants here.

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  1. Swimming pool

As if building a home, office, or restaurant wasn’t creative enough, shipping containers are now being used as swimming pools. Because their structural strength, size, and simple design, modifying sea containers into swimming pools is not very difficult. Shipping containers are also already well insulated, so regulating water temperature is easy. That being said, some companies even build in a jacuzzi.

Check out some amazing shipping container pools here.

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  1. Barn

What if you could build a barn with less wood, in less time, and make it more durable? Well, if you use sea containers, you can. Shipping containers are built to withstand the harsh environment of ocean freight transportation, so they are resistant to fire and water. And since they are already designed for storage and easily modified, they are the perfect complement to barn building.

Check out this amazing shipping container barn build here.

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These five examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sea container uses. More and more, architects, builders, and even fortune 500 companies are finding creative ways to take advantage of the simply, yet versatile metal box. So, if you’re looking to save money on your next building project, or simply want a durable, easily modified building, consider using shipping containers. Amazing things happen when you think outside of the “box”.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I thought it was cool how you pointed that a shipping container could be used for office space. Is this something that I’d be willing to consider for my own home. Can rental containers be used for a rental too?

  2. Thank you for all the uses for shipping containers. My husband and I have a shipping container, and we were wondering what we could do with it. That is a good idea to build an office. I didn’t know that they could be used to build things like offices or homes.

  3. It totally makes sense when you said that storage containers can be made into a house because it can be easily modified, and is durable and insulated. I am also looking for storage containers but I want to use it to store some of my stuff, very much like an extension of my house. I’ll ask around if there are companies that have shipping containers as a storage solution.

  4. Thanks for the advice on how to use shipping containers and for explaining how they’re cost-effective, making them a good choice for building projects. When choosing one, you’d probably want to make sure you know exactly what you want to do with it so that you can choose the right size so that you get the results you want. Looking online could help you research the different suppliers so that you can learn about the shipping containers they have for sale in order to figure out if it’s a good option for your project and price range.

  5. My husband wants to have a jacuzzi made out of a shipping container, and I never knew that it’s a good idea. It appears that those containers are well insulated that makes the water temperature easily regulated. So I am helping my husband look for a contractor to start working on it next week. Thanks!

  6. I thought it was interesting that you mentioned that they can be used as a restaurant. We have been thinking of buying a container to use as an office, but I had never heard of it being used this way. It makes a lot of sense and it would have a great appeal to this generation.

  7. My husband and I live next to a dockyard they always have a bunch of old shipping containers just lying about, and we w want to re purpose them . Your article had some great tips for using these containers, and I liked how you said to consider making one into a private pool. Thanks for the help; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing what to do with the leftover shipping containers.

  8. I have a cousin that has been looking into getting a shipping container. He wants to know how many different uses there are for the container. It may help him to know that there are uses when making buildings like barns.

    1. Yes Camille! There are many different uses for shipping containers. The most common is extra space, but they can be modified to be almost anything. They are an affordable alternative to most building materials and way more durable!

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