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Jackleg Cabins and their Uses

Jackleg cabins may just be the perfect solution for you and your organisation. Whether you are looking for a temporary classroom to teach in while construction work is being done on your commercial building, or you simply need a ticket booth for your event, jackleg cabins are ideal for a range of different purposes. Jackleg cabins are ideal for those looking for a short-term portable solution, for example, to accommodate members of staff whilst their building is being renovated.

Paying to construct a new building while there is work being done on your current one can be very costly and, often, does not make financial sense - particularly if it’s only for a short period. In addition to this, constructing a new building takes time, something that can be inconvenient and lead to downtime within your business. Instead, jackleg cabins are an ideal temporary solution.

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘jackleg’, jackleg cabins are named after the sturdy metal legs attached to the base of the cabin. These legs mean that the cabin can be placed on uneven surfaces, or even be stacked on top of each other to create multi-storey units, giving jackleg cabins added flexibility. Below, we take a look at the advantages and different uses of jackleg cabins.

What are the advantages of temporary buildings?

Temporary buildings are an ideal solution in many situations and offer a number of advantages, a few of which we discuss below.


Portable buildings, particularly jackleg cabins, offer unrivalled flexibility. From offices and temporary classrooms to pop-up kiosks and first aid facilities (which we will discuss in more detail below), the uses of jackleg cabins are endless.

Many jackleg cabins, including the ones here at Manchester Cabins, can be modified with a range of optional extras such as stainless steel sinks, worktops, kitchens, mounted kettles and more, again giving them added flexibility and making them suitable for an array of different situations.

The legs of a jackleg also allow the stacking of these types of buildings, offering further flexibility. As jackleg cabins can be stacked on top of each other, this means that multi-storey units can be created, offering the client the ability to create a bespoke multi-storey structure for their needs, without wasting the time that would be spent installing the same building using traditional methods.


Of course, it may sound obvious, but the ease of relocating portable buildings truly is one of the biggest advantages. Portable buildings can easily be moved around and set up in different locations, ensuring that they always meet your specific requirements. Whether you need to relocate a jackleg cabin to a new place on an existing site, or you need to move it to a new premises entirely, portable buildings can easily be moved for your needs.

One of the major benefits of jackleg cabins is the fact that they can be installed on sites with uneven surfaces. This means that, no matter where you need to relocate your temporary building to on your site, you don’t have to worry about the surface type - something that makes moving them around far easier.

If you only require a building for a short amount of time, it does not always make financial sense to construct an even surface to place a portable building on. Jackleg cabins are the perfect solution to this.

Fast installation

If you are looking for a quick temporary building solution, jackleg cabins are extremely easy to install and can be set up at your site in no time at all. Portable storage buildings come already constructed; they are self contained and come off the factory line ready for use, saving you time and hassle. The turnaround time for portable buildings is far less than constructed buildings and requires much less work.

As jackleg cabins do not require foundations, and components can be quickly manufactured, they can be constructed quickly and transported to your site in a timely manner. From there, they can be assembled quickly and are ready for use.

Cost effective

Jackleg cabins are extremely cost effective. This is mainly down to the fact that they are constructed in factories and not on site, keeping manufacturing costs low. There is no cost depreciation or appreciation as the portable building is pre-constructed. Constructing a building on your site can be far more costly than hiring a temporary building, particularly if it is only required for a short amount of time.

What can jackleg units be used for?

Jackleg units can be used for a variety of different applications and can be customised to suit your individual needs:


A jackleg cabin can be the perfect temporary office solution. If your office is undergoing a refurbishment or there is work being done on the building, you will likely need somewhere for your employees to work in peace and safety while the office is being renovated. A jackleg cabin is ideal for this; they can be placed on your site away from the building work so that employees are in an insulated, separate area where they can continue to work.

Temporary classrooms

Similarly to a temporary office, jackleg cabins also make great temporary classrooms. If there is work being done on your school and you need a safe and quiet space to teach students, jackleg cabins are ideal. All jackleg cabins are insulated efficiently, so you never have to worry about your students being cold in the winter months.

Ticket booths

If you are planning an event that is ticketed, you will need somewhere to sell tickets and collect payments. From sporting events to music nights, there are many events that require a safe and secure place to sell tickets. Jackleg cabins are the perfect solution for this.

Pop up kiosks

If you are looking to set up a pop-up kiosk, for a market, fete or fair, a jackleg cabin is, again, an ideal and cost-effective solution.

First aid facilities

Again, if you are holding any sort of public event, you may need first aid facilities on site - for example, at a festival or a day party event. Jackleg cabins are ideal in this situation, and can act as a safe haven with all of the first aid equipment that you need.

Temporary kitchen facilities

The jackleg cabins at Manchester Cabins can be modified with a range of optional extras, making them the perfect solution if you require temporary kitchen facilities. Extra features such as stainless steel sinks, mounted kettles, worktops, kitchens and more can be added, ensuring that you have all of the facilities that you require at your fingertips.

Manchester Cabins: versatile and durable portable units

At Manchester Cabins, we have been manufacturing and maintaining purpose-built portable buildings for over 37 years. Our jackleg cabins are all designed with versatility in mind; the wall panels have durable wipe down plastisol coated steel on external and internal surfaces, making them easy to maintain and keep clean. The walls and roof are also constructed with a polyurethane sandwich construction, ensuring that each cabin is insulated well.

As previously mentioned, our jackleg cabins can be modified with a range of optional extras, and are also available as single or double stacked units. To ensure that the cabins are as safe as possible, external doors are solid core with Yale security lock and wire mesh guards are installed on windows.

For more information about our services, including steel storage containers, toilet blocks, portable buildings for sale and anti-vandal units, simply visit our website or get in touch today.

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