Unique Uses for Storage Containers

Who said storage containers could only be used to ship large cargo or store your belongings? Around the world, people are taking those containers and creating spaces that some may have thought impossible or ridiculous. Here are just a few examples of the unique ways in which storage containers are being utilized across the globe.

Learning Centres

In poorer areas of the world, or even in your own backyard, larger shipping containers are used as classrooms and tutoring spaces. Through the use of renewable energy, these containers can provide more than adequate classroom conditions that will help stimulate high-quality learning.

Restaurants

Many shipping containers have been renovated into restaurants, providing the same experience as one would get from a food truck. The container is the base structure for the kitchen and food prep, while the area surrounding it is furnished with tables and chairs for a delicious outdoor meal.

Tiny Living Quarters

For those who want to live in smaller spaces and reduce their belongings, transforming a shipping container into a house is a creative alternative that’s been developing over the last decade or so. With the right contractors, you could combine two or three containers to create a tiny, custom home wherever you want. This concept has also been adapted into a hotel of sorts, where shipping containers are furnished and scattered about a plot of land.

Office or Workshop

Whether you’re at home or on a job site that’s lacking office space, using a storage container as a separate work area adds a non-permanent facility for whatever work you need to do. You can have one large container at your disposal or a group of them for multiple people to work in at a time.

Stores

Due to the customization that comes with owning one or more shipping containers, transforming it into a functioning commercial space should be no problem. As a rising trend, having small shops in these containers can save owners money on rising rental fees.

Art Gallery

What better way to display art than in an art piece itself? While using just one container would suffice for a small art showing, constructing an entire exhibit using multiple shipping containers is sure to wow guests. It could be built as one long connecting tube of containers or build up to create a multi-levelled gallery.

A Swimming Pool

The depth of these containers makes for the perfect above ground pool. The rectangular length that can be stretched to 20, 40 or 50 feet will guarantee a unique and premium swimming experience for all.

Indoor Garden

With the large amount of space available in empty storage containers, you can convert the cold, steel room into a thriving garden oasis. It’s up to you as to what you want to grow: flowers to sell or herbs and vegetables for your own needs. Just install watering systems and possibly a way to get natural sunlight streaming through and you’re good to go.

At Storstac, our team is committed to providing customers with high-quality shipping containers for whatever they may need. Our containers are available for purchase or through renting. We also offer the option to modify any container of your choosing. At an affordable price, Storstac values customer satisfaction above all else. Servicing the GTA and surrounding area, call us or visit our website for a free quote.

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Choosing the Right Shipping Container

The most efficient way to ship cargo is by way of water, but maybe that’s not your intent when looking into purchasing a shipping container. You can use a shipping container for many things: as a mobile office, for storage, to shipping large items, you name it. Choosing the right container for your needs can be difficult, so here’s a guide to help you pick the perfect container.

Different Types of Containers

The type of shipping container you buy or rent will depend on your needs, as different containers have different functions. First, we have the standard dry shipping container, which is probably the one that comes to mind when you begin your search. This standard container is used for shipping pretty much anything. In whatever size you choose, it’ll be a basic metal box to fit most cargo.

Next is a container that’s necessary if you’re going to be shipping any perishable food items. Refrigerated shipping containers have an external structure that’s similar to the standard dry container. The inside is what makes this container special. The internal structure is insulated and has a cooling system integrated to keep perishables from rotting during the trip.

Lastly, we have a roofless/open-tank container. This option is useful for taller cargo that can’t fit under the roof of a standard shipping container. The height is the only dimension that changes with roofless containers. This is the perfect alternative for shipping custom architectural pieces, structural components and more.

Opening Mechanism

Depending on what you’re shipping, you might want a container that opens on more than one side. Or maybe your product can’t fit through the standard doorway. This is where containers that open on the 10, 20 or 40-foot side panels come in. Whatever the case may be, make sure you can get your belongings into the container before purchasing or renting it. Storstac offers shipping containers with double doors, open side units and open top units.

Container Sizing Options

Most shipping containers are available in 20ft and 40ft length options, with varying costs to go along with them. However, if you decide to buy or rent a shipping container from Storstac, you’ll have plenty of sizing choices. Our containers are available in 10ft, 20ft, 40ft, 45ft, 48ft and 53ft.

Buying New or Used?

There are several factors to consider when deciding between buying a new or used shipping container. Used containers offer a better price for what is usually seen as just scratched up or dented. The lower the price, the more damaged it may potentially be. Buying a new shipping container may be worth it if you intend on using it frequently. However, if you don’t want to make the investment for only a handful of uses, shipping companies like Storstac offer the option of renting containers for your temporary needs. With 10ft, 20ft and 40ft rental options available, Storstac will deliver your container to your door and store your valuables at a location of your choice.

Since 2005, Storstac has been dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality shipping container rentals and purchases, as well as modification services, at an affordable price. We service the GTA and surrounding areas, offering new and used containers for your needs. Customer satisfaction is our top priority as we work to meet every one of your expectations. Call us or visit our website to get a free quote.

How Much Does a Shipping Container Cost?

Many factors are considered when determining the value of a shipping container. The wide price range of $2,500 to $6,800 slowly gets whittled down to a more specific number when these factors are determined by a retail company or previous owner. From brand new containers to ones that are a little rusted with fading paint, there’s an important relationship between the price range and the condition of the shipping box. Newer usually means a higher price will come along with it, but not always. Some factors that can affect pricing include the container’s size, overall condition, possible delivery and permitting fees and any customization that’s been requested.

Price Points

Affordable

Usually consists of a container that’s sold as-is, likely used many times before being presented to you. This container likely won’t have any customized features. These as-is containers are probably damaged in some way. The more damaged the container, the cheaper it will be. You can find affordable shipping containers for as low as $2,500, but they will usually have some, if not all, of the following features. Misaligned doors, holes of various sizes, rust, scattered dents, damaged floors from chemical spills or faded paint. While this may seem like a lot, shipping containers are made to last and can be repaired by professionals or as a do-it-yourself project, if you’re up for it.

Middle Ground

Renting

Shipping containers for rent is a popular choice among business owners, as it’s convenient and affordable if you only need the container for a short period of time. For around $75 to $200 per month, depending on the same factors that affect container purchase prices, you can have a shipping container to do with as you please. Then when it’s time to return it, the company will pick it up and you won’t have to do a thing.

Used

Just because you choose to buy a used shipping container, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality. Many used containers are still in good condition as they’re made from dense steel that’s built to withstand almost anything. Depending on the size and condition of the container, as reasonable price ranges lands anywhere between $2,500 to $6,800.

Expensive

For customers looking at shipping containers that are high-quality and have never been used, you’re looking at spending between $3,000 and $5,000. You’re probably looking at adding a few customized features to your container, such as buying a set, having double-door access, openings from the side or top, additional height added for minimal storage or a refrigeration unit installed. These modifications are sure to add to the cost of the container.

Founded in 2005, Storstac is committed to providing customers with high-quality shipping containers, rental and modification services at a competitive price. Servicing the GTA and surrounding areas, we offer new and used containers for sale, rent, storage services, customization and paint facility. As a green company, customer service is our first priority, as our trained team with go as far as they need to in order to meet your expectations. With at-home delivery, call us or visit our website for a free quote.

3 Interesting Pop-Up Shop Ideas

Pop-up shops are an incredible way for small businesses, online companies, and established institutions to test the waters and make extra sales where they do not usually have a presence. No matter your industry a pop-up shop can be a great way to help get your name out there and even see if there is enough of a market for you to establish a more permanent storefront. When you decide to take the plunge and host a pop-up shop, then there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you have a great experience, that your customers leave happy, and that you turn a profit.

Think Outside the Storefront

With a pop-up shop, you have the ability to get creative with your space. There is no reason you need to be confined within a traditional brick and mortar storefront, in fact, going with something different adds uniqueness and interest to your event. A great option is the recycled shipping container. Not only is it eco-friendly, but they come in many standard sizes and models, including ones that are food safe. They are also a breeze to transport and afford you the opportunity to travel with your pop-up shop to any location your heart desires. Fully customizable, unique, and stand-out, a recycled shipping container is an excellent investment for the future of your business.

Make It Exclusive

Everyone wants tickets to the hottest events, and so by making your pop-up shop invite-only, you can create buzz and have people clamouring for an invite. If you are worried about excluding others, or your goal is to attract as many people as possible, then you can always take a two-prong approach and have opening night be invite-only and then the following days open to the public. That way there is a buzz about your private event without you missing out on the foot traffic you would get from those passing by or who could not get a ticket.

Giveaways!

Everyone loves freebies. Whether it is a sample, a buy-one-get-one deal, or a giveaway for the first 20-30 customers of the day, having something to give away to your customers will entice them in the door. Of course, you do not want to give away so much that you have hurt your bottom line, which is why limiting your giveaway to the first so many customers can help boost sales and get people to show up early. You can also do little giveaways that delight customers like mini mocktails and other refreshments, stickers, temporary tattoos, or small samples of your product line. A little goes a long way.

Pop Up Shops with Storstac

At Storstac, we modify and build unique and innovative pop-up shops from modified storage containers. With many different sizes and design options, there is sure to be one that suits your individual needs. If you are interested in getting into the pop-up shop game, then you need to give contact us and request a quote for one of our beautifully designed and well-built pop-up shop storage containers. Expand your business on your own terms.

Tips to follow when starting a Pop-Up Shop

Pop-up shops are becoming increasingly popular as more of our daily shopping needs are done online. Essentially a pop-up shop is a physical store location for a shop that either does not operate normally in the city it is popping up in or that is entirely e-commerce based that has an “expiration date.” Some pop-up shops last a couple of weeks, others over the span of a weekend, and some just for a single day. Often springing up in areas that have high foot traffic, pop-up shops traditionally take over a brick and mortar store. There are alternatives to renting out a store to open up a pop-up shop, though, and that is modified shipping containers. Modified shipping containers can be made into unique and custom-to-you pop-up shops that you can take around the country, a one-time investment in your company rather than continually paying premium rental costs for short-term leases. Here are our top tips for opening up your own pop-up shop!

Use Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing is not just for big brands. It is an incredibly successful way for any size of the company to get their brand out there and to advertise special events, like a pop-up shop. When you have a pop-up, using geo-targeted influencers can help get people to come to your event. Influencer marketing can range from very expensive to quite affordable, and many micro-influencers are willing to trade products in exchange for posts.

“Get It While It Lasts”

When you make a pop-up shop, especially one that has a very short open window, you have created a sense of urgency. Your products are there for a short period, and while you may have an online store, customers will not have the opportunity to go to your pop-up to make their purchases. One way to help spur on this urgency and get customers to make more purchases is not to flood the store with your merchandise. Put out smaller amounts of merchandise and restock as needed throughout the day to create a sense of scarcity and boost your sales.

Make It an Event

Shoppers are purchasing more and more at home. A brick and mortar store still offers a lot of benefits, including a higher rate of impulse purchasing, and so pop-up shops can be an excellent opportunity to push your product. The thing you need to do though is bringing people in the door. Making your pop-up shop into an event and not just an opportunity to shop can help bring patrons in the door and get them spending.

Design Around Your Brand

Your brand is part of your business. Having a strong brand identity helps you to move your business forward. A pop-up shop is the perfect opportunity to push your brand and create a physical identity. Think of the colour scheme, the way items are stocked, the ambience, the music, everything that goes into your pop-up shop should be a reflection of your brand.

One of the best ways to build a pop-up shop that is a reflection of you, and have something that is trendy and eye-catching, is to invest in a portable shipping container modified just for you. At Storstac, we have over 450 years of combined experience in modifying shipping containers as well as offering portable storage and portable storage containers. Contact us today!

Storstac Installs Hamilton Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that we have successfully fabricated and installed the Downtown Hamilton Shipping Container House. This precedent-setting build nicknamed the Hamilton Shipping Container House was installed in just EIGHT HOURS and consists of eight 40′ high cube shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete foundation. Designed by Toronto Architect Jason Halter, the house has been custom designed to suit his clients’ specific tastes which Jason describes as being “iconoclastic”. Although the unmodified shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (China manufactures the large majority of new shipping containers) all of the modification work (Cut and framing of all window and door openings, interior openings, structural reinforcements, window installation and exterior paint) were undertaken at our Toronto, Canada modification facility. Unlike a number of shipping container homes built around the world, this one will not be clad with any additional materials. Instead, the containers Corten Steel corrugated walls will remain naked, and they were painted (In Storstac’s dedicated paint shop) brick brown; allowing the house to better blend in with the surrounding Victorian era homes. The rugged industrial look of this shipping container home pays homage to the fact that the home is located in “Steel Town”, but a number of subtle architectural design elements (like the seven walkout balconies that will utilize the shipping container doors as the balconies side walls) will make this shipping container home stand out from most others. Until now there has only been a hand full of container homes built in Canada, almost all of which have been erected outside of cities urban centres, mostly in rural areas as cottages. As stated earlier in this article, the Hamilton shipping container home was modified and fabricated at Storstac‘s modification facility located at 90 North Queen Street in Toronto, Canada and will rely strictly on 100% Canadian steel (for framing and modified structural work), paint, windows doors and most importantly local labor. Follow us on Instagram (@storstac_containers) to follow some of our favorite modification projects.

 

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Front view of the Hamilton Shipping Container House

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A look at the Hamilton Shipping Container House from the rear

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Installing the Hamilton Shipping Container House