5 Misconceptions About Shipping Container Conversions

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There are lots of misconceptions about shipping container conversion projects. Naturally, people are reluctant to go blindly into a new project for converting a container into a home, storage unit, or work site office. As more and more containers are released into the retail consumer market, supplies are becoming more and more creative with the design, use, and applications of converted cargo containers.

There are many common questions that people ask before as they begin to research converting a container. Five of the most common are below:

Refrigerated Containers: An Overview

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One of the most popular containers searched for on ContainerAuction.com are refrigerated containers, or 'reefers'. The questions that we receive have all been fairly consistent, so we decided to write an overview of reefer containers and some facts and uses of them.

Just as the name implies, refrigerated containers are capable of keeping goods cool, but they don't stop there. Reefer containers can be set to maintain temperatures between -13F (-25C) to 77F (25C). They are heavily insulated and can keep products frozen, refrigerated, or at a consistent temperature.

Boxpark: Shipping Containers to Urban Shopping Mall


Boxpark, a shopping mall made from used shipping containers, is one of the world's first "popup shopping malls".

Located directly at the Shoreditch High Street Tube station in London, the mall is constructed on a temporary site from 61 recycled shipping containers. The lower floor consists of 41 containers, and the remaining 20 shipping containers are on the upper floor. Almost all of the stores on the first floor open directly onto the sidewalk, with the exception of the retail unit (Nike) closest to the Tube station, which still has street high visibility. The second floor provides a great amount of seating for the multiple restaurants and coffee shops.

Shipping Container Modifications: Types of Doors

It's very common for a person buying a used shipping container to request to have a door installed. The first question volleyed back is, "What type of door do you need?" Invariable, the response is always "What are my choices?" The most common types of doors installed on shipping or storage containers are roll up doors, and standard "man doors". Depending on what you intend to move in and out of the container, you'll need to decide which is the better option for you.

Shipping Container Types and Their Common Uses

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It's common knowledge that shipping containers come in different sizes, the most common being 20' and 40' containers; what many people don't think about is that there are several types of shipping containers, each designed for different uses. The history of intermodal shipping is relatively short, but in that short period of time shipping lines have been very effective at designing the most efficient ways to transport all types of goods around the world.

How to buy used shipping containers

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Shipping containers are sold into the 'retail' market for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons that shipping lines and leasing companies sell containers are that the used container is at an inconvenient location and it would be expensive to 'reposition' the empty containers into a more accessible port or depot, the container may have reached the end of it's useful life and, while it's still in good condition, it's no longer suitable for shipping, or it may be a convenient market to sell the shipping containers into.

What's The Difference Between A Cargo Container And A Portable Storage Container?

Cargo container vs. storage container

Are you confused about the difference between a portable storage container and a shipping or cargo container? There's no need to be embarrassed, many people are. Unless you're working with containers on a daily basis, or have done extensive research it can be confusing at first. The primary source of confusion is the similarity of the names, both shipping container and portable storage container sound like they're the one in the same, and in a general sense, they are very similar. However, the primary difference between the two is in the utility of the container. Once you understand this it's easy to see how different containers can be better suited for different tasks.

40' Standard - 40' High Cube - 40' Super High Cube - What's Really The Difference?

40' super high cube shipping container

40' Shipping containers are one of the most popular shipping containers around the world.  Almost every shipping line, port, depot, and trucking company is geared to move them on boats, trucks, trailers, and container handling equipment.  Over the years, companies have become more effecient and wanted to grow their container size so that they could transport more goods.  Since all the equipment is designed to carry containers that are 40' long and 8' wide, the only variable that they could modify is the height - and this idea gave birth to a new dimension in 40

Countless Uses of Cargo Containers and Conversion Kits

Shipping containers are very versatile and can be used for countless projects. These steel boxes are durable, weather resistant, mold and pest resistant, intact they are theft resistant, and they come in several lengths to accommodate different cargo which lends itself quite nicely when recycling these steel building blocks.