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Reinventing Backyard Storage: Why Shipping Containers Surpass Pre-Assembled Sheds.

What do you do when you run out of storage space for your home or garage? Have you considered a Shipping Container shed? Normally people lean towards building the conventional shed with wood or vinyl, whereas shipping containers are constructed from robust 14-gauge Corten steel. Because of the strength of steel used in repurposed shipping containers they will certainly outlive wood or vinyl sheds. The idea of using shipping containers have grown in popularity as an innovative and practical choice because of the many benefits they provide.

Advantages of Using A Shipping Container

We already discussed the durability of shipping containers, which are designed for moving cargo overseas on ships in the harshest weather conditions. But there are a range of other benefits over conventional pre-assembled or wooden sheds that make them a popular option for most people.

  1. Versatility:

Shipping container sheds go beyond mere storage—they can be tailored for various functions. Whether you need a workspace, office, studio, living area, garage, cabin or hobby room, these containers provide a versatile solution. By adding windows, doors, climate control, etc. you can create a customized space that suits your specific needs.

  1. Cost-Effectiveness:

Shipping container sheds offer a cost-effective storage sustainable storage solution, offering numerous advantages over traditional wooden or metal sheds. Corten steel, used extensively in the construction of shipping containers, indeed offers a significantly lower maintenance requirement compared to wood, making it an attractive option for storage sheds.

  1. Eco-Friendly:

Repurposing a used shipping container into a shed is indeed a sustainable and environmentally friendly decision, reflecting a growing trend towards recycling and reusing materials in innovative ways. This practice not only extends the lifecycle of the shipping containers but also reduces the demand for raw materials needed to build new storage structures.

  1. Security:

The robust steel walls of shipping containers indeed create a formidable barrier, making them highly resistant to unauthorized access. This characteristic has contributed significantly to their popularity not just for storage purposed but also in building offices, homes, and other structures.  Check out our shipping container security accessories.

  1. Portability:

Shipping container sheds are completely portable.  You can relocate them easily to a new location.  No need to dismantle, break down or empty them since these containers are designed for mobility.

  1. Ease of Installation:

A shipping container shed saves valuable time as it can be used immediately upon delivery.  Unlike a wood or vinyl shed, there is no pre-assembly or extensive planning.

  1. Low Maintenance:

Shipping containers can be purchased in New or Used condition and are known for their versatility and durability, requiring very minimal upkeep.  They may require regular maintenance over time like a fresh coat of paint every once the exterior is worn or periodic lubrication of the joints, hinges and doors but for the most part, they are very low maintenance.    Find out how to maintain your shipping container doors.

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Cost of a Shipping Container Shed vs Wooden/Vinyl Shed

National average cost of a Shipping Container Sheds:

20ft long x 8ft wide x 8ft 6in high shipping container ranges from$1,950 to $4,500.

40ft long x 8ft wide x 8ft 6in high container- ranges from $2,500 and $5,500. 

National average cost of Wooden or Vinyl Sheds:

Homeowners typically spend between $1,875 and $8,250. 

Cost can vary based on the materials used, size, design and location.

Call Container Sales Group for the current rate in your area 708-639-4783

*** Remember that these cost estimates are approximate, and actual prices may vary based on your specific requirements, location, and any additional features you choose. 

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What industries use Shipping Container Sheds?

Shipping container sheds have gained popularity across various industries due to their versatility, portability, and unique advantages. Here are some sectors that commonly utilize these innovative structures:

  • Agriculture: Farmers and agricultural businesses store their equipment, machinery, tools, feed fertilizers, supplies and other essentials. 
  • Construction: Construction companies use as storage for their tools, on-site offices or break rooms.  Easy to secure & relocate is an added benefit.   
  • Education: Schools, colleges, and vocational training centers use sheds as additional classroom space, workshops, or storage.  Best part they can be customized.   
  • Retail: Retail businesses customize sheds as storage for extra inventory,  pop-up shops, kiosks, or display areas. Great for permanent or temporary locations at events or high-traffic areas.   
  • Warehouse:   Warehouse companies like how shipping container sheds are flexible, cost-efficient, and adaptable solution for extra warehouse storage needs.
  • Hospitality: Hotels, resorts, golf courses and event venues use shipping container sheds for outdoor bars, poolside lounges, or guest amenities.  Easy to customize and also use for storage.   
  • Emergency Services:  Fire, police departments, healthcare, medical care & emergency medical find that shipping container sheds and structures enhance emergency preparedness, training, and response capabilities.


New and Used Shipping Containers offer a cost saving of $ 8.15 per square foot when shopping shed prices at a local big box store. The greatest advantage of using shipping containers as a storage shed is that they are better constructed, portable and will last longer. Shipping Containers offer significant cost advantages, making them an appealing option for practical and budget-conscious users!  Not to mention that recycling existing resources reduces waste and minimizes the need for new materials, benefiting both your wallet and environment.

Don’t wait until your current shed “rusts into dust”  purchase a shipping container now. 

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Work with the best in the shipping container business.

Container Sales Group buys containers directly from the steamship lines to offer our customers the highest quality containers at the most competitive prices. We’re a women-owned business, established in 1998, and have locations throughout the US.

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