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Can I Use a Container as a Shed?

  • Conversion
16th December 2020

You have most likely seen cargo boxes being used to transport goods on lorries, ships or trains. Although commonly used for shipping, they can be used for much more than just transporting cargo. Nowadays, they are utilised in a huge range of applications and bespoke conversions are becoming increasingly popular. These structures benefit from being unique, affordable and environmentally friendly. They are also extremely durable and secure, which makes them ideal for structures such as offices, bars and storage sheds.

What are the benefits of using a shipping container as a shed?

Wooden garden sheds are still extremely popular, but steel sheds are becoming a sought-after alternative. Using a cargo unit as a shed can bring about various benefits. Here are some of the biggest advantages of choosing to convert a unit into garden shed:


These converted sheds are extremely cost-effective, as they are durable and long-lasting, meaning they need replacing less often. You also have the option to make your shed even more affordable by choosing a used unit. All of our second-hand containers are sold in line with high safety standards and are inspected for their quality before leaving our shipping container depot.


Wooden garden sheds are effective, but they do tend to rot over time and may become damaged in severe weather. In contrast, freight units are built from corrugated steel, which is extremely strong and durable. Steel is also weatherproof and should remain in good condition for many years. Most units have a lifespan of 25 years or more when they are well-maintained. All of our new units come with a generous 10-year warranty to give you complete peace of mind.


Traditional wooden sheds are typically easy to break into and can make your home a target for criminals. Having your garden shed broken into can lead to huge financial losses, especially if you use your shed to store expensive tools and equipment. These sheds are far more secure and you can also boost your security with accessories, like padlock protectors. This will maximise your security and ensure that your valuables are protected.

Environmentally friendly

Another fantastic benefit of converting a standard into a shed is that it is environmentally friendly. A converted shed allows you to reuse an old container, thus helping to reduce waste, lower carbon emissions and protect the environment from pollution.


One of the major advantages of using steel boxes over a traditional wooden shed is that you will have extra space. Even our smallest 10ft units offer around 72 square feet of storage and can fit the average contents of a small flat. This means that you’ll have no problem fitting your collection of garden implements and other equipment in your shed. Plus, they also have sturdy floors that are built to withstand heavy loads, making them ideal when you are storing large tools and equipment.

How do I convert a shipping container into a shed?

Creating a shed out of a storage unit is quick and easy when you use our bespoke conversion services. Our specialist team will work with you to help turn your idea into a reality, all while ensuring that the highest safety standards are met. The major advantage of a bespoke shed is that you will have full flexibility over the design and layout. Our expert conversions team will optimise the space available and ensure that your conversion includes all of the features you need or want. This can include lighting solutions, power points, insulation, windows and racking for storage.

Call our expert team to learn more about container conversions

We are experts in bespoke conversions and have been helping individuals and businesses across the UK plan successful conversions for many years. Check out our case studies to see what can be achieved with our conversion services. You can also give us a call to find out more about conversions and the process involved. Our team of specialists are available to offer you our advice and bespoke services.

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