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Living in a Steel Box: the Rise and Popularity of Storage Containers

Whatever your circumstances, whether you’re a comfortable homeowner or living with family or parents, the chances are you’ve heard about the growing popularity of shipping containers for a full range of uses, but perhaps most interestingly, homes.

You may be thinking, why would someone actively choose to live in a shipping container when there are so many more obvious choices on the property market? Well, rising rental fees are of course a huge factor, with regular brick and mortar houses having more than tripled in price. The average income hasn’t kept up with the rising cost of living, either.

Taking this into consideration, perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to turn up our noses at cost-effective home ideas, even if they do stray from the norm. In this blog we explore the growing popularity of storage containers. Read on to find out more.

What is it about the storage containers that sets them apart?

In essence, storage containers are large steel boxes, designed with enough strength to be filled with heavy goods and lugged around by huge cranes. But the significance of containers lies in what they facilitate: international trade.


One of the most appealing factors related to shipping containers is the fact that they are incredibly cost-effective. This is why many either live in a shipping container home or many more younger people see the appeal in living in a shipping container home; the cost savings they are expected to make is extremely appealing.


Each time a shipping container is reused we are saving the earth over 7,000 pounds of steel. In addition to this, we are also saving the use of many other materials we would need to use instead of the steel, such as bricks or wood. You can also melt the container back down into steel and use it for something else. The beauty of container homes is that we don’t need to do any of that; we simply up-cycle the container into something beautiful.


Speed means the amount of time it takes to construct a shipping container home compared to a traditionally built house using bricks and mortar. This is another huge perk of the shipping container.

Here at Manchester Cabins we provide versatile, dependable and cost effective storage containers to store your possessions in. While our shipping containers are only suitable for storage, we are excited by the rise and popularity of storage containers as homes. Portable buildings are the perfect solution when you need quality storage or accommodation without the hassle and expense of erecting a permanent structure. Get in touch with our team to find out more about what we do.

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