4 Things to Consider When Turning a Shipping Container Into a Storage Shed

Shipping containers don't just need to be used for shipping. Creative people are buying shipping containers and turning them into everything from granny flats to tiny homes. If you just need a bit of extra storage, you may want to consider using an old shipping container into a garden shed.

To make the most of your new shed, you may want to consider the following elements:

1. Service Doors

You want to be able to get in and out of the shed quickly, and shipping containers aren't made for easy, convenient entry. They are designed to load up, close the doors and ship somewhere. So that your new shed is more accessible, you may want to add a service door.

Depending on your needs, that could be a small door for people to walk through. However, it could also be a large roll-up door so you can get vehicles in and out of the shed.

2. Lighting

Whether you're working on a vehicle or just looking for a tool, a bit of lighting can be essential. There are numerous ways you can light up your shipping container, and you may want to consider at least one of them. Most shipping containers are relatively large. As a result, the daylight coming through the service door is generally not enough to illuminate the entire space.

Opening a large roll-up door creates light. Alternatively, you could add windows or sky tubes to your shipping container. If you want to keep the container intact and not cut into the metal to add windows, you may want to wire the container and add overhead lighting. Otherwise, heavy-duty extension cords running from your house to the container can be attached to lamps.

3. Internal Shelving

To maximise the storage potential, you may need to add internal shelving or other storage solutions. If you decide to add shelves or other built-ins, you may need to attach them to the metal of the shipping container. Before doing this, make sure that aligns with your long-term plans for the shipping container. Namely, if you plan to convert the container to a small home in the future, you may not want those holes in the walls.

4. Waterproofing

Regardless of what you're storing, you probably don't want it to get wet. Otherwise, you wouldn't go to the trouble of putting it inside. To keep your shipping container dry, you may want to do a bit of waterproofing. You can add a waterproof membrane to the inside of the shipping container, or you can buy a container that is designed to be waterproof.

Contact companies that offer shipping containers for sale for more information and assistance.