Using Shipping Containers As An Alternative Space Solution | Universal Container Services LTD

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Date: April 27th 2018

Using Shipping Containers As An Alternative Space Solution

As you’ve probably gathered by now, shipping containers aren’t just shipping containers. They have quickly become incredibly versatile and more commonly these days, are considered to be an alternative space solution for domestic purposes. Of course, there are a whole bunch of alternative space solutions for commercial purposes but right now, we’re homing in on just a few of the many, many uses of shipping containers at home.

You’d probably be surprised at just how many people have bought shipping containers for around the home, mainly because they’re so cleverly and beautifully converted that you wouldn’t even recognise them for what they originally were. Space at home – for whatever purpose – can often be an issue for people but the humble shipping container has – once again – provided a solution, without the expense, time and probable stress of having to convert your home.

Shipping containers can be converted as an alternative space solution and there are loads of ways to do it, so without further a do, here are a few to get your imagination going…

Garden Shed

Sure, the wooden sheds of yesteryear kind of do what they say on the tin but unless they’re kept in tip-top condition, chances are they’ll be rotting away after a few short years of our beautiful British weather, risking damage to all that’s inside. However, a lot of people are opting to use shipping containers as an alternative these days. Our 10ft shipping containers, or even 20ft for larger containers, are secure, weather-proof, portable and super long-lasting.


A second-hand 40ft shipping container makes a brilliant, cost-effective (not to mention portable) garage. Rather than having to shell out for a brickie, a plasterer, a joiner, and everyone in between to build you a strong, secure and durable garage to store your car, a shipping container ticks all those boxes and still has room for other bits as well as your car too.


Finding the perfect office isn’t always plain, it can be a pain. Oh, and perhaps even sourcing facilities within proximity of your home is just unachievable. Why not consider a shipping container conversion as an alternative working space – somewhere you can totally personalise and receive visitors.


We have absolutely no doubt in our minds that your home is overflowing with, well, stuff. You’ve got cupboards and loft spaces fit to bursting and you’re not entirely sure you want to palm off your goods to the storage facility 30 miles away and we get that. This is why a lot of people buy shipping containers as a storage option, especially because their size means that you could fill them up with all sorts of furniture and still have room for more should it be needed. The best thing is, if you’re ever at a point where you think “we don’t need this anymore”, containers are super easy to sell too. Win, win!

Play Area

Of course, it’s lovely to let the kids out to play in the street or where ever, but ideally, you’d prefer the nippers to have their own secure space where they can play and have fun whilst you’ve got peace of mind of where they are and what they’re doing. Totally secure and weatherproof, a shipping container can quickly make a fab den for children to enjoy having their own special space and where parents can feel comforted that their little ones are safe.

Man Cave

Need we say more?

Some pretty neat ideas, right? Well, we certainly think so. If you’d like to find out more about our shipping containers for hire or sale, give us a call, drop us a line or check out of website if you’d prefer to do your own homework. Oh and don’t worry, if you’ve got an out-of-this-world conversion idea, we’ll keep schtum.