What Can You Fit in a 20ft Shipping Container?

If you are looking to hire a shipping container to store your belongings, it can be a challenge to know what size you want to hire. Shipping containers are usually available in six sizes – 10ft, 20ft, 40ft, and the high cube versions of them.

When you are choosing a shipping container to hire, the size that you pick should depend on how much space you feel you need, and so it is important that you know the volume of each container.

  • A 10ft container gives you 560ft³
  • A 10ft high cube container gives you 630ft³
  • A 20ft container gives you 1160ft³
  • A 20ft high cube container gives you 1310ft³
  • A 40ft container gives you 2360ft³
  • A 40ft high cube container gives you 2660ft³

Storage Potential of a 20ft Container

An ordinary 20ft shipping container is the middle size that is ordinarily available to you and is a common size for people who are using a shipping container for storage.

The information regarding the dimensions and size of the shipping container is as follows:

  • 150ft² in floor area
  • 1160ft³ in volume
  • Around 2.4 tonnes in weight
  • 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6 in dimensions

A 20ft high cube shipping container would be as follows:

  • 150ft² in floor area
  • 1310ft³ in volume
  • Around 2.4 tonnes in weight
  • 20ft x 8ft x 9ft 6 in dimensions

All of this information is very useful, but it can be difficult to visualise and really understand how much your shipping container can hold. You should remember that there will always be a certain amount of space that hasn’t been used up within it, but here are some ideas of what can be fitted into your average 20ft shipping container:

  • 25 3-seater sofas
  • 23 wardrobes
  • 46 armchairs
  • 58 washing machines or dishwashers
  • 19 dining room tables and chairs
  • 21 fridge freezers
  • 116 microwaves
  • 46 bookcases
  • 193 bikes
  • 12 double beds, including mattress
  • 19 single beds, including mattress

For an even better idea of what can be fitted into an average 20ft shipping container, you could have:

  • 2 cars
  • 7,816 reams of paper
  • 4,000 shoeboxes
  • 486.799 eggs
  • 7,344 gallons of water
  • 9,600 bottles of wine
  • 48,000 bananas

Storing Home Contents

Some people like to use a shipping container to store the contents of their home, and it can be useful to know what mixture of belongings can fit into your average 20ft shipping container.

If it is packed properly, you can fit all of this into one 20ft shipping container…

  • 3-seater sofa
  • Armchair
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Bookcase
  • Coffee table
  • Baby’s crib
  • Single bed (with mattress)
  • Office desk and chair
  • Dressing table
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge freezer
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • 2 rugs
  • 2 televisions
  • 2 stereo systems
  • 2 double beds (with mattresses)
  • 2 wardrobes
  • 4 bikes

And you will still have some room left over for a couple of storage boxes and some miscellaneous items!

20ft shipping containers are amongst the most popular for use as storage, as they can hold a substantial number of belongings. You can either hire a self-storage shipping container or, if you are looking for longer-term storage, you could consider buying one.