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.