Steel shipping containers are a surprisingly versatile product. They’re also astoundingly widespread — right now, there are about 20 million containers crossing the world. To carry those, the engine of a container ship has to be about 1,000 times more powerful than the engine of a family car. The market for containers is expected to grow by over 5% by 2017.
So what makes steel cargo containers so useful? Why are they so popular? What kind of storage container modifications exist that would make these so sought after?
- Mobile Office Container. If you’re in a profession where you need to move around a lot, or you just want an area dedicated solely to work, portable office containers are the greatest thing since sliced bread. They provide solitary areas to focus on the job, away from the hustle and bustle of home but with all the convenience of being able to be placed right in your backyard.
- Shipping Container Home. We’ve all heard of the tiny house movement that’s begun to take hold, but few have thought to build homes from shipping containers. There are a countless amount of storage container modifications available to customize the home however you want, including doors, windows, and climate control. Several containers can be placed together. Compared to normal homes, they’re far more affordable and easy to come across. You can spend years searching for the right home for the right price, but you can buy used storage containers for a fraction of the price, put them where you want (within reason, of course), and customize it to look however you want. You can stack several for a multi-layered home, or go with only one if you’re someone that doesn’t need ample space.
- Portable Concession Stands. Concession stands are typically made from wood, which requires a lot more maintenance than steel. Not only that, but the steel containers are more resistant to natural dangers like the weather and insects (such as termites). As with the office and home containers, there are a huge number of custom storage container modifications to fit any needs. The most popular use for concession stand containers is for local sporting areas, so they can be painted to show team logos and colors.
There are an incredible amount of uses for storage containers both new and used. They can be private work areas, beautifully customized homes, concession stands, and so much more.