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What Fits In A 20ft Container?

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14th March 2023

What can you fit in a 20ft Container?

When it comes to different shipping container sizes, one of the most common questions we get asked is “what fits in a 20ft container?”

Our mid-range container size, the 20ft shipping container capacity is a lot larger than you may think at first glance. But have you ever taken a step back and noted down the specifics?

We’ve come up with nine items you can fit perfectly inside the volume of a 20ft container… some may surprise you!

100 Washing Machines

That’s a lot of washing machines.

Just to give you an idea of the internal measurements of a 20ft container, 100 standard-size washing machines would put your container at full capacity.

Electrical appliance stores may require a 20ft container to house any overstock during peak shopping periods. And washing machines may not be the only large household appliance in there either – dishwashers and tumble dryers will also fit.

Everything you need for a 2 bed flat

That’s right – one of our 20ft containers can hold all the household goods you’d need for a 2-bed flat. From lamps, tables and chairs to smaller items such as newspaper racks, notepads, paintings, ornaments and pretty much everything down to a toilet brush, you could fit it all in one of our 20ft containers.

So, if you’re considering moving to a 2-bed flat, why not do it in one fell swoop?

Get a quote for a 20ft shipping container today.

200 Double Mattresses

If you do the maths, a 20ft container could store enough mattress space to sleep 400 adults.

And if you’re wondering “how wide are shipping containers?” then take the width of a standard double mattress into account. Our 20ft containers house 32 cubic meters.

48,000 Bananas

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself lumbered with almost 50,000 bananas, our 20ft storage containers could help you store them. This also gives you an idea of 20ft shipping container capacity with regards to smaller objects. 48,000 bananas as opposed to 100 washing machines is a large volume.

60 Fridges

On the subject of household appliances, you could store everything in one of our 20ft containers – even the fridge.

Retailers who stock appliances may require one of these containers for goods such as fridges. Another example would be university halls of residence. If the halls are brand new and being fitted with kitchens, the accommodation company may require a container to store appliances while the work is carried out.

Need a 20ft container to store your appliances? Get a quote today.

400 Flat Screen TVs

Hotels with a large number of rooms requiring TVs may use containers for this purpose during refurbishment.

In terms of the internal measurements of a 20ft container, you’d get approximately 2.33m in width with a length of 5.87m (just over 19ft) and a height of 7ft 9inches.


If you’re wondering “how much weight can a 20ft container hold?” this statistic should give you an insight.

Our 20ft containers can hold 2.4 tonnes, which approximately equates to this vast amount of water.

7,816 Reams of paper

This number isn’t far off the gallons of water. In terms of paper, you’d have enough room in a 20ft container to store almost 8,000 reams of paper. That’s approximately 3,908,000 sheets.

1,512 Cans of 12oz drink

If you were to fill a 20ft container with cans of pop, you’d be able to store over 1,000. For large supermarkets with overstock, a 20ft container would be perfect for this purpose, or even items of a similar size.

Hopefully those nine examples have given you some insight into what fits in a 20ft container. Lots of businesses who require storage and shipping containers ask us about what they can fit in each size, as it could vary depending on the type of items they want to store or ship.

Interested in our containers for hire or purchase?  Get a quote today.

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