Tips for Choosing the Right Shipping Container Size

Tips for Choosing the Right Shipping Container Size

Transforming shipping containers into new structures is a growing trend. Everything from cafes to classrooms to alternative housing options is possible through refurbishing containers. The first thing you need to consider is what size container will suit your needs. Today, IPME is here to offer some tips for choosing the right shipping container size and how you can utilize them to match what you’re looking for.

Common Sizes of Shipping Containers

Shipping containers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different needs. The most common sizes are 10-, 20-, and 40-foot containers, though other custom sizes exist for specific purposes. Despite the differences in length, nearly all three of these industry standards are 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches high. Because the main difference is in length, it’s easier to move containers together or stack them without upsetting their structural integrity.

Consider Your Container Needs

Before selecting a shipping container, it’s essential to assess what you require from it. Evaluate the purpose the container will serve—whether it will be a pop-up retail shop, a mobile office, or a tiny home. Different purposes may require different sizes. A small mobile café will naturally require a smaller container than something like a classroom or mobile office. Additionally, you may want to consider any additional modifications, such as HVAC systems or insulation.

Mixing and Matching Container Sizes

One of the most helpful tips for choosing the right container size is understanding how to mix and match to create different styles and shapes. Some creators may put two shorter containers perpendicular to the ends of a large container to create a courtyard. You may want to place a smaller container on top to create a second floor that you can use for storage. Utilizing multiple containers to create bigger or differently shaped layouts can make your project a lot more practical and help bring your vision to life.

International Port Management Enterprise (IPME) is here to help with all of your custom shipping container structure needs. You can dive into the exciting world of shipping container bar rental and give your guests an unforgettable experience, or we can work with you to design the ideal pop-up shop of your dreams. Whether you’re hosting a street fair, music festival, or corporate event, our custom-designed containers offer a stylish and modern touch that will surely stand out. Don’t settle for the ordinary—contact IPME today to find out how you can rent your own shipping container bar and make your next event the talk of the town!