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Using Shipping Containers to Put the 'Shop' in Workshop


Whether you're a farmer in need of an enclosed area to work on the tractor or other agriculture equipment or someone who loves to tinker with trucks, shop projects, or other fix-it jobs, a workshop is high on the priority list.  But if the garage is packed with vehicles, lawn equipment, and kid's toys and there is no out-building to use for project work, you may be looking for cost-effective alternatives that fit the bill. 

Here's one you need to consider: A shipping container.

There are a ton of creative and practical applications for used shipping containers. They can be used for much more than just shipping or storing materials. Did you know you could live in a shipping container? Or, you can convert one into an office or a café? When it comes to shipping container usage, the sky's the limit.

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So back to that workshop you need. Couldn't you just build a garage or out-building? Yes, you could. But prepare to spend a good amount of money, invest a lot of time and worry about security and pest control. There's a better way. 

You're not alone in searching for a way to create a workshop. Lack of space at home or the office has resulted in the trend of using shipping containers as alternative workplaces. The ideal build of the containers perfectly aligns with the goals, requirements and project needs of both home handymen and commercial maintenance teams.

So why should you turn a shipping container into your next workshop? Here are a few reasons and benefits that will convince you:

Shipping containers are secure and durable

Most workshops are outdoors, either in a backyard or a commercial parking lot. That means they are especially susceptible to potential theft, weather damage, or visits from unwanted pests. That's an important reason why shipping containers are excellent choices for workshops. 

Shipping containers are made of high-grade steel, making them wind and water-tight, weatherproof and fireproof. Shipping containers are very resistant to criminal damage, which means your expensive tools and equipment will be safer than if you stored them in a garden shed, which can be broken into very quickly. They will also keep out neighborhood rodents that may try to find their way in, especially mice who only need an opening as small as ¼-inch in diameter to get in. Mice like to make nests in sheds or engine compartments of lawn tractors and chew on electrical wires of power equipment.

Here are some ideas to enhance shipping container security for your workshop.

Shipping containers are portable

If you choose to build your workshop in a garage, what happens when you decide to move? The shop doesn't make the trip with you, right? 

Another practical benefit to a shipping container workshop is that it will be mobile and portable. It can be easily transported or removed when you no longer need the container. Also, the shipping container for your new shop can be delivered wherever you want it. You can learn more about our shipping container delivery process and policies here.

Shipping containers are customizable

With a bit of creativity, time and professional help, you can dream up and build almost any kind of workshop you want. Shipping containers are one of the most customizable building materials. Shipping containers already come equipped with sturdy walls, floors, and ceilings. 

Then, you can add any customizations inside to fit your needs and style. Customizations for shipping containers are very cost-efficient and can be completed quickly. 

There are tons of customization options to consider for your shipping container workshop to create a great workspace.  Some typical workshop customizations and features include:

  • Electricity 
  • Light fixtures or solar lighting
  • Custom workbenches
  • Hooks for electrical cords 
  • Shelving
  • Stairs
  • Windows
  • HVAC units
  • Ventilation 
  • Bathrooms
  • Extra storage space
  • Shipping containers cost-effective

Compared to building a garage or building for your workshop, re-purposing a shipping container is much more cost-effective. Depending on the size and condition of your container, prices range to only a few thousand dollars.

To get started on choosing the container that's right for your new workshop, check out our shipping container buyer's guide. Welcome to your new workshop.