The shipping containers can be used as temporary storages at home or office. Although they usually come in two standard sizes – 20 and 40 footers, they can be cut down to specific sizes and wielded to meet diverse requirements. In this article, we will discuss about some creative ideas in which 10’ shipping containers can be useful.
As the shipping containers are made of corrosion-resistant material, you may keep them in the backyard to use them as temporary storage areas. The 10’ shipping containers can be a great alternative to sheds for storing bicycles. They may also be used to store the garden equipment such as pool equipment, gardening tools, lawn mowers and so on. If you need to store several supplies separately, you may use two or more 10-foot containers to make larger storage space.
At a commercial space, the 10-foot containers may be used to store different types of machineries. They may also be kept together and used as a warehouse. When renting or buying a container, you will need to look at some of these standard features:
#1 Premium Locking Mechanism
Most of the containers come with a standard lock mechanism. However, some suppliers may offer an advanced locking mechanism. The internal locking system works like a bank vault and can be used to store valuables. Unlike a standard locking mechanism which is easily accessible by a determined thief, the advanced lock requires a special key to unlock the internal mechanism. If you are looking for a shipping container to store expensive machinery, this is an important feature to consider.
#2 Single or Double Doors
Most of the 10 ft containers come with a single door. Some suppliers may give you the option for double entry doors. If you are looking for a storage container that you can access on a daily basis, you will need a two-way door to load/unload the items with ease. For example, if you run an retail outlet and need to store your merchandise, you may want to access the fall/winter clothes from one side and the spring/summer items from another side. The double-entry door can be a useful option to prevent the trouble of climbing over piles of inventory.
Some container suppliers may also offer you the option of single or double doors, roll-up or open/shut doors. Consider the type of goods that you will be storing in the container and whether you need a specialized door.
#3 Storage/Office Combo
Besides turning a shipping container into a storage shed and warehouse, you may also use it as a ground level office (GLO). Just like any mobile storage space, the ground level office also serves as a temporary work area. The biggest advantage of converting shipping containers into office areas is that these structures are more durable than your mobile office or storage space. Several businesses use the shipping containers for dual purpose – to build ground level office space as well as storage area.