How To Convert A Shipping Container Into A Tiny Home

With the issues that we have surrounding housing in the UK at the moment, people are getting increasingly creative about where they are living. One trend that we are noticing is the rise in the number of people who are converting a shipping container into a home.

There are many reasons why this is a great idea, but one is that you have a great deal of flexibility over its size. This means that you have the ability to create your perfect house for the size of the plot that you have.

Container Home Sizes

There are several different sizes of shipping containers available, so you can choose the version that suits your house size requirements. You should remember, however, that you have the option of joining or stacking the shipping containers next to each other, or on top of each other, to make the home bigger.

The most common shipping container sizes are:

  • 10ft (standard height – 8ft 6in and high cube – 9ft 6in) Total floor area – 72ft²
  • 20ft (Standard heigh – 8ft 6in and high cube – 9ft 6in) Total floor area – 150ft²
  • 40ft (standard height -8ft 6in and high cube – 9ft 6in) Total floor area -305ft²

If you are planning on joining a number of shipping containers together, you will need to consider its shape and form. You then need to decide on the layout of the home.

If space is of the essence, you may want to speak to our design team to help you to design the most effective small home possible. They will use their design experience, skills and computer-aided design technology to help you to turn your dreams into a reality.

Tiny Shipping Container Home Design Features

When you are designing a tiny shipping container home or accommodation unit, there are two challenges that you need to resolve – converting the shipping container into a space that can be lived in, and finding ways to deal with the small amount of space.

Making a Shipping Container Easy to Live In

There are several aspects to a home that you will need to add to your shipping container to make it easy to live in, including:

  • Easy to use doors to replace the larger, heavy-duty existing door, and cutting in windows to allow natural light to get in
  • The installation of lighting and electricity, including plug sockets
  • Insulating lining on the walls, roof and floor to keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer
  • The connection to running water to allow for toilets, sinks and bathrooms
  • The addition of internet
  • Secure locking systems on the doors for protection
  • Container ramps for easier wheelchair access

Space Saving in a Small Home

The key to having an effective space in a small home is to have flexibility, and this is something that a shipping container has in buckets.

The most important thing is that a shipping container provides you with an area of open space. There are no nooks and crannies that take up a lot of space, what with it being an empty rectangular building block, meaning that you can fit more in there and play around with the design a bit more.

You can get smaller versions of furniture, fold-away tables and chairs, and add in as much storage space as possible to keep things out of the way. You can also make use of the high cube versions of the shipping containers for extra height and more vertical space.

If you are needing a small house, then converting a shipping container is the perfect solution. They give you the flexibility that you need for a small home, are the ideal shape, and can be easily adapted to give you everything you need to make it habitable.