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Amazing Uses for Shipping Containers

Shipping containers offer excellent solutions for transporting goods across the world, but what happens to them when they are no longer needed? Rather than discard them and cause waste, we look at some of the innovative ways shipping containers have been recycled and reused.

Humble Shed

We know that the humble garden shed is commonly built out of wood, but why not upgrade your garden shed to something sturdier than wood? Using an old shipping container means that your shed won’t be susceptible to rot and mould, meaning it will last much longer. It could be an ideal garden room for your family to enjoy relaxing in during the summer months.


Shipping containers make excellent portable office units. As both temporary and permanent buildings, they offer a quick solution that can be dropped on site and used relatively quickly.

Restaurants, Cafes & Bars

Across the world there are many businesses that use shipping containers as a pop up shop or café. The size, shape and durability of shipping containers mean they are ideal candidates for conversion into small business premises. For example in Bristol there are a row of restaurants, cafes and bars made entirely of two levels of shipping containers called ‘wapping wharf’. There is a small amount of seating inside and plenty of outdoor seating, ideal for summer afternoons.

Growing Spaces

With the rise of vertical farming, app farming and more technologically advanced ways to manage indoor farming, innovative ways of growing crops are being developed every day. Many companies are offering ‘growtainers’ or container greenhouses which are shipping containers kitted out with all the necessary lighting, temperature controls and shelving to enable efficient growing operations.

Swimming Pools

With shipping containers available in a range of sizes such as 10ft, 20ft and even 40ft options, the size and dimensions of containers means they also make great back garden swimming pools, perfect for an exercise pool too if you enjoy swimming a few lengths to help you relax.


Many people have even converted old shipping containers into parts of their home or even built their entire house out of a shipping container. It can be a much cheaper alternative than building a house from scratch, which requires excavation work to create foundations, it may even allow you to avoid many of the strict planning permission guidelines too, saving time and money.

We provide secure containerised storage hire for commercial and domestic use across Manchester. Get in touch with us today if you would like to learn more or arrange for delivery of a secure storage option right to your doorstep (not literally).

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