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Navigating Shipping Container Sizes with Ease

Shipping Container Sizes: One you decide you can use a shipping container, the next question will likey be: “What Size?”

Over the past several years, shipping containers have come to be known for being far more versatile than their name would suggest. They may have originated as a means of transporting goods easily and securely but today, shipping containers have found new purpose as convenient and portable storage units, swimming pools, homes, and pop-up shops. Whatever role a shipping container will play for you, it’s important to know the right size for your needs.

Why Size Matters in Shipping Containers

It’s difficult to say which is worse when selecting a shipping container: not having enough space or paying for more than you need. Ideally, you will avoid both because no one wants to spend more than they must, but underestimating your needs will leave you with a container that doesn’t meet your requirements.

Here are some common shipping container sizes and their typical uses:

20-Foot Containers

The smallest standard containers measure 20 feet in length and are 8 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall. These containers are often used for personal storage, though they may also prove suitable for small businesses. Multiple containers may also be used to create homes or office spaces. They are excellent choices for transportation and temporary storage.

40-Foot Containers

Like the smaller 20-foot containers, these are 8 feet wide and 8.5 feet in height. The additional space makes them a common choice for commercial storage, as they can accommodate larger items and equipment. They also sometimes find use as on-site offices.

High Cube Containers

As one might guess from the name, high cube containers are taller than the standard 20- and 40-foot containers, measuring 9.5 feet tall. This makes them a great choice for oversized items, as well as those that can be stacked. They are an appropriate choice when height clearance or ventilation is a consideration.

Factors to Consider When Selecting Container Size

When selecting the best shipping container size for your needs, there are several factors that will play a role in the decision. The following should be taken into account:

Inventory List

Start by listing all the items you intend to store. This will help you to determine the amount of space you will require.

Nature of Goods

Consider the nature of the items to be stored. If several items are large or especially bulky, you may need to choose a larger container. You may also need a specialized container, as with perishable goods that require temperature control.

Future Storage Needs

If future storage needs are likely to require more storage space, it is probably best to choose a larger container from the beginning, to avoid potential difficulties with transferring items at a later date.

 Space for Access and Movement

It’s important to include room to move if items will need to be accessed regularly or even semi-regularly, to avoid having to constantly unpack and repack everything.

Custom Solutions with Axcess Box

Depending on the intended use of your container, you may require a custom solution that includes shelves, partitions, or other modifications. Please contact us for a quote.

The Right Shipping Container Sizes for Your Needs

Avoid the hassle and unnecessary expense of choosing a container that is not suitable. Taking the time to assess your needs will help you select the container that is right for you, but if you have questions or are unsure about your choice, our experts at Axcess Box are here to help.  Whether you need to rent a storage container for a short time or want to purchase one,  Contact Axcess Box today or Request A Shipping Container Quote!