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Five Creative Ways to Use Steel Shipping Containers

Steel shipping containers are used to transport goods and cargo across very long distances, so they’re built to be extremely strong, robust and highly secure. Steel containers are a vital part of the shipping industry, but they can also be used in a variety of creative and innovative ways.

Steel shipping containers are often recycled for other purposes, thanks to their long lifespan, durability and high level of security. Many companies and industries have found creative, exciting ways to reuse old steel shipping containers, so see below for just five of our favourite ideas.

Low cost housing

Steel shipping containers have been used by architects around the world to create affordable housing. One steel container can be turned into a compact, functional home, or they can be stacked on top of one another for additional space. Shipping container homes are also eco-friendly and many use renewable energy sources like solar power.

Pop-up restaurants

Pop-up restaurants are a trend that shows no sign of slowing down and shipping containers offer the perfect venue. Their portable nature means that the restaurant can serve several different sites with ease, or even travel around the country. They can also be used to create a more permanent base, like the shipping container restaurants in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf.


Office space is a real issue in some countries, but shipping containers can be used to create convenient, spacious offices or a temporary workplace solution. You might need a designated office space on a construction site, or a workspace for a start up company that can’t afford a permanent office.

Art galleries

Shipping containers are ideal for a modern, contemporary art gallery and many artists favour their industrial look. Steel containers offer the perfect blank canvas to display art or exhibition pieces, or some artists have stacked them in creative ways to create an art piece in itself.

Secure storage

Lack of storage space is an issue for many individuals and businesses, but repurposed shipping containers offer the perfect solution. They’re strong, secure and extremely durable, making them ideal to store furniture, office equipment, excess stock and personal possessions. Shipping containers are also watertight so there’s no risk of your items becoming damaged by floods or rainwater.

If you’re looking for secure storage container hire in Manchester, get in touch with the team at Manchester Cabins. We convert steel shipping containers into reliable, strong storage containers for both domestic and commercial customers. Our containers are available in two sizes (10ft and 20ft) and available for delivery throughout the North West.

Whether you’re moving house, need additional storage space for stock or a secure place to store unused equipment, we’ve got the storage solutions for you. For more information about our storage container hire, contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.

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