Fantastic things you can do with old shipping containers
Shipping containers are pretty useful, that much is obvious; helping to transport goods all over the world safely, they ensure that we all get what we need in a safe yet timely manner. However, they can’t last forever. At some point, they’re not going to be suitable for transporting goods anymore. The reason doesn’t matter: they’re useless now, right? Whilst we don’t blame anyone for thinking that – we did too! – there are numerous ways a shipping container can be given a second chance to impress and continue to useful for years to come. Here’s 3 excellent, fantastic and slightly strange ways in which shipping containers have been used when they’re no longer useful at sea.
Shipping containers are great at storing things securely, so why not allow them to do the same but on stable ground this time? Converting a shipping container into a shed is one of the slightly more normal uses of containers that we’ve included on this list, but with the majority of households owning a shed, you may as well get rid of your rickety wood construction and adopt this sturdy solution.
Whether you use your shed for storing the mower or something other, considering upgrading to something such as a container does hold its benefits. One benefit is that there’s no rotting and no maintenance required to keep up the appearance. On top of that, it’s also more secure than its wooden counterpart.
If you have work to do out the office, you’re self-employed or you just want to have some quiet time outside of the house, an office externally is a great idea – and a shipping container can be that office! This is not only cheaper than an extension, but also much more customisable. You really can do anything that you want to with a shipping container. Do you want a space where you can view the stars? Have a big window installed. Want to be able to use a computer? You can have electricity available.
The possibilities for your shipping container office are endless.
You can’t really go to public swimming pools to relax. Whether it’s a child ‘cannonballing’, a group taking up all the space or a questionable smell, there’s plenty of things that can spoil your time. Oh, and you have to pay! Well, if you’ve always dreamt of having your own swimming pool in your back garden, a shipping container is the perfect option.
With no digging and no major changes – other than the big box – shipping container swimming pools can be installed in no time at all; they’re basically just dropped right into place. It can live up your local pool too: filters, heat pumps, underwater lights and ladders.
Shop, bar or café
The size and shape of shipping containers mean they’re the perfect option for a shop, bar or café. Not only that, but as with the shipping container currently, you can transport it anywhere – the perfect pop-up shop! Dull containers can be transformed and rejuvenated; it doesn’t take much to turn the humble shipping container into a place of eye-catching vibrancy.
Growing space (indoor farm or greenhouse)
One of the fastest growing uses for old shipping containers is transforming them into indoor farms or greenhouses. Most gardens have a greenhouse, and many a greenhouse is ravaged due to the harsh weather conditions it faces all year round. As with the shed example, you can create a much studier, easier maintainable and more usable space than your current greenhouse. In fact, instead of having two spaces, you could use your converting shipping container as both a greenhouse and a shed!