You may have noticed a boom in the number of cafés that you see made out of converted shipping containers. There are several benefits for café owners – especially fledgeling ones – to use a shipping container that has been customised to suit their needs.
There are several features that you can add to your shipping container to make it suitable for use as a café, as well as ensure that it fits your brand and is attractive and memorable for your customers.
Why Customise a Shipping Container for a Café?
There are good reasons why more and more people are choosing to convert a shipping container into a café. These can include:
- They are portable and can therefore be moved to different sites – festivals or events, for example
- They are relatively inexpensive to create. Compared to renting a space, where you will not only need to pay the rent but also a deposit, a shipping container is better value for money. Paying rent is ‘dead’ money – your shipping container café is yours, and therefore an asset to your business
- You have flexibility over its design and branding
- Your shipping container can be fitted with the equipment necessary to meet hygiene standards
- Shipping containers have been designed for security and to protect its contents from extreme weather conditions
- The structure can be added to if you need to grow
Turning your Shipping Container into a Café
If you are thinking of turning a shipping container into a café, there are a number of aspects that you need to consider. The first is to decide on the size of the shipping container you want. This will depend on the size of the area that you want to put it, as well as what size you believe you need, and your budget.
There are several different shipping container sizes that are available, including:
- 10ft standard height and high cube
- 20ft standard height and high cube
- 40ft standard height and high cube
As mentioned above, you can also join several shipping containers together to create a larger space. There are also other features that will be necessary to add during the manufacturing process, including:
- Windows or serving hatches depending on the set-up of your restaurant
- Personnel doors to facilitate access, with secure locking systems
- Container ramps for easy wheelchair access
- Electricity and lighting
- Toilets, sinks and running water to meet hygiene standards
- Flooring, worktops and kitchen equipment that meet health and safety and hygiene requirements
- Shelving for storage
- Insulating wall lining to keep the temperature better regulated
With all of these features, the operation of a shipping container café should be almost the same as it would be if you were in a brick and mortar café.
To create the best shipping container café design for you, you can also consult with our design team who will use their wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as computer-aided design technology to bring your café dreams to life.
There are many reasons why a converted shipping container is the perfect solution for a semi-permanent or a more mobile café – especially for those who are just starting in the catering industry. It can be completely fitted with everything you need, is cost-effective and moveable, as well as being kind to the environment due to the fact that the old shipping container would have otherwise gone to waste.