Many Uses for Shipping Containers

Many Uses for Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are used for transporting items across the world for almost a century. These dependable containers are designed to be sturdy enough to stack nine high!  They withstand even the most extreme weather. Incredibly, the majority of these containers are used only one time. Innovative people are repurposing shipping containers into amazing projects.

Shipping Container Uses

It is more cost-effective for manufacturers to purchase new shipping containers each time they make a shipment.  They don’t have used ones returned to them. This leaves a lot of shipping containers available for other uses.  

Repurposing shipping containers into offices, schools, storage facilities, hydroponic rooms, and even homes have become very popular.  It is also cost-effective for businesses.  The structural integrity of these boxes makes them perfect for construction,.  Their uniform sizes allow for multiple units to be connected together flawlessly for larger structures. 

Additionally, these containers are easy to customize into precisely what you need. Electricity, plumbing, and internet service are easily installed. Doors, windows, shelving, and other interior changes can be made to create the perfect space. All these changes can be completed at a fraction of the cost of building a new structure.

Shipping Containers on Wheels 

Shipping containers can also have an axle attached so that they can be permanently mounted on wheels. People need portable storage areas.  They have to move these over rough terrain. The unit needs to be mobile.  This is done by attaching wheels. Once attached to wheels, they can be moved by a large pick-up truck with a towing attachment. 

Shipping containers with wheel attachments make great response units. When emergencies occur, it is crucial that government offices, law enforcement, and medical care reach the impacted areas. Mobile offices or triage units are just a few of the uses that containers on wheels can provide. 

If you have a need for a structure but want to minimize your costs, shipping containers are the right solution. Whether you need a permanent structure or one that can quickly move, you will find that repurposing a container will be the best solution.  Portables360 looks forward to speaking with you.


Shipping Container Storage Locker Boosts Morale in Remote Areas

Shipping Container Storage Locker Boosts Morale in Remote Areas

Employees who have to work in remote areas struggle emotionally.   Harsh environmental conditions can quickly become overwhelming.  Weather makes work difficult.  There’s a simple solution for your business.  Providing employees with a clean and safe place to store their personal belongings improves morale.  A secure place like a shipping container storage locker to shower or use the restroom is vital to employees as well.  All of these are a great way to help improve attitudes and lessen harsh working conditions. 

Shipping Containers as Storage Lockers 


A 40-foot shipping container is a perfect choice in creating a locker room area for your employees. Shipping containers as storage lockers is affordable and reliable.  They can be fitted with plumbing for a bathroom and shower area.  The unused portion of the container can be converted into personal locker space and bench seating for employees to use and relax during breaks.  Keeping employees comfortable before and after shifts improves productivity. 

Shipping containers have full climate control functions. Therefore, employees have a place to cool off or get warm when necessary. In addition to the lighting, additional outlets can be installed for charging stations. 

Convenience for Employers = Relief For Employees 


Using shipping containers as an industrial locker room set up has several benefits for the company. Shipping containers are very affordable.   Including customization, they have a much longer lifespan than mobile homes or similar trailers used for this purpose. 

A shipping container is completely portable and can be placed in any area. When you are completed with the job site, simply move the shipping container storage locker to your next project. Shipping containers can be moved often without having to worry about structural integrity.  This avoids a common problem with trailers. 

Shipping containers are also more durable in harsher weather conditions. These containers were initially designed to protect merchandise under the harshest conditions as they moved around the world.  Your employees will always be protected from the weather inside the shipping container storage locker. This durability also helps extend the life of the container. 

Repurposing a shipping container is a cost-effective way to boost employee morale.  You also protect your employees from harsh working conditions. Reusable containers can be moved each time your job site changes, making them an excellent investment for your company. 


Joining Shipping Containers – Your Guide to Modifications

Joining Shipping Containers – Your Guide to Modifications

Shipping containers continue to increase in popularity as a base for new construction. Many people find that using containers for mobile office space, storage areas, and even emergency shelters is cost-effective and practical. However, people also look for larger structures. 

Joining Shipping Containers To Create More Space

Shipping containers connect together to create a larger space. This allows you to create office space, triage centers, classrooms, and more. Some companies go so far as to connect multiple containers together to build large homes, apartment complexes, and hotels. 

When connecting two containers together to make the right sized space for your needs, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Portables360 will help you decide when joining shipping containers is right for your needs.

Steps for Joining Shipping Containers

First, your containers will be delivered as individual units. This is the safest and least expensive way to deliver your containers. Once the containers arrive, one of the walls on each container will be removed so that they can be connected together. 

Next, your containers will need to be welded together for maximum stability. Once the containers are welded together, you will add some reinforcements in the interior. Placing a few supports in the interior will help the integrity of the structure and keep the roofs from sagging. Supports are necessary.  They easily incorporate into your interior design. 

Once you have completed these two steps, you can begin to customize the entire structure to meet your specific needs. You can add plumbing, electricity, and Internet services with little effort. New doors and windows can be added to enhance interior beauty.  

Your new shipping container structure will then just need the exterior finished as you see fit. You can add siding panels to match your current structures.  Another option is to paint the exterior.  The exterior can be finished in whatever way is pleasing to you. 


storage container set up


Containers can also be stacked on top of each other to create multi-layered structures. This type of setup, however, may require the services of an architect to ensure that all the necessary support beams are in place to ensure structural integrity. 

The ease of joining shipping containers into a larger structure is what has made them a preferred building material in many new construction projects.  


Problems Solved by Placing Shipping Containers on Wheels

Problems Solved by Placing Shipping Containers on Wheels


One of the options that we offer on a shipping container is wheels.  This is called a chassis. Adding wheels to a shipping container solves many issues for businesses that have special needs for their containers. 

Shipping Containers on Wheels

A business needs their shipping storage container to be at a certain height to reach a loading dock.  They need the container to be easily moved around a distribution center. Having a chassis attached to the container allows business owners to complete these tasks without problems. 

A shipping container on wheels is also a great asset for businesses that have to move a container into areas where the roads are less than desirable. Some remote areas may not be able to accommodate a semi-truck delivery of a container. By having the container on wheels, you can tow the container yourself to a remote location. 

Another benefit of having the shipping container on wheels is its ability to be put into motion instantly. Many government entities, charities, and businesses have found that they need to reach an area and set up their office quickly.  An example is a disaster-hit area. Having the container able to be hooked up to a truck and moved within minutes is beneficial to all. 

In most cases, we use a 6-wheel chassis system with a goose-neck hookup that can be pulled by any heavy-duty pickup truck.  You will need the right hitch. This solution is perfect for many different businesses and entities that need portability for their container. 

Our containers that have a chassis built in have all the necessary supports in place to ensure that when your container is moving, the integrity of the container remains high. Your container will arrive at its next location ready to use. 

Customized Containers Reduce Business Overhead 

Options are limitless with shipping containers!  You can customize your shipping container with a chassis.  In addition, you can have two containers connected for larger office space.  Again, options are limitless!  Repurposing these cargo containers into something your business needs saves you money and time. 

Shipping containers are sturdy.  They are weather-resistant and are easy to maintain. Easily convert them into any type of space.  Plus, hey can be made mobile. The lifespan of these containers averages two decades.  This makes them much more affordable than new construction.  Give us a call or email.  We look forward to helping you!