When choosing a shipping container, consider its application. Will you be using it for storage or will it be used as the start of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)? Although the lengths of storage containers can be altered, the exterior of the boxes is around eight-feet wide.
If you are planning to make any customizations to your storage container, take those measurements into account. Although the corrugated steel walls are enough to stand up to any weather conditions, you may want to add insulation. That will take away from the interior space.
Adding shelves, workbenches, or even a restroom will also cut into the usable square footage. That’s why it’s so important to understand what you are looking for from your shipping container before deciding on size. Having too much space is a nice surprise – having too little space can be frustrating.
The standardization of ISO shipping containers leaves almost every container at 10 ft, 20 ft, 40 ft, or 45 ft long. Most of the stock sizes are available in both standard 8′ 6” tall and High Cube 9’6” tall. Some configurations of length and height are more readily available than others due to international standards.
We also offer custom size containers, ranging from 5 ft to 44 feet. Although we can personalize the container length to within an inch of your needs, the height and width of the container must remain the same. Altering either of those dimensions could jeopardize structural integrity.
As we said above, the interior dimensions of the storage container can be affected by any customizations you want. But for us to properly place the container, our trucks need to be able to maneuver in the area. This includes a clear path to the area and room to unload.
For example, if you order a 20-foot container and we’re delivering it on the back of a 25-foot long tilt truck, we will need at least 60 feet of space to put it in place. Depending on your location, we will either make a site visit beforehand or use satellite imagery to plan the delivery.
This includes any obstacles that may prevent us from reaching the final destination. Low-hanging trees, powerlines, signage, and anything else that impedes the truck will need to be mitigated or we can plan how to complete the journey. This could include forklifts, cranes, and other lifting equipment.
Secondly, you’ll want to make sure there’s a solid foundation for your storage container. Containers can be quite heavy, especially once you’ve loaded full of tires, agricultural equipment, or whatever else you have planned. The ground should also be as level as possible to keep the container from moving, especially if the location is prone to heavy rain.
Finally, make sure the container can be placed where you can use it. Can the cargo doors be opened fully? Will there be more than one entrance or should there be Southern exposure if windows have been added? There’s a lot more to think about than just dropping a box in the middle of a field.
Container Stop has delivered shipping containers all over California, throughout the Pacific Northwest, and as far away as Texas. We have customized containers for tiny homes, construction site offices, and even rooftop bars. And we have a wide variety of new, gently used, and heavily used containers that are all wind and weather tight.
If you need a shipping container for storage, we have the sizes, the customizations, and the delivery methods to take care of everything from start to finish. Let us know what your ideas are and we’ll send you a free online quote. We look forward to seeing what you have planned!