How to Choose the Right Shipping Container Type

Wondering how to choose the right shipping container type? Ultimately it comes down to your personal requirements. There are many different types of shipping container to choose from and we understand that it can be confusing. So, we’re here to run you through all the things you should consider when choosing your new storage container. The most important things to think about are:

  • What you intend to use it for 
  • The different types of shipping containers available
  • Your budget
  • How long you need it for

Once you have the answers to these questions, you’ll have a good idea of which container type will best suit your needs. Read on to find out more.

Intended Use

The first thing to consider is what you are storing. If you only intend to use yours to store a few small items, like tools or boxes of homeware, then an 8ft or 10ft container will be ideal for you. These can easily be placed in the garden or on a driveway without taking up too much space.

However, if you plan on storing large furniture or even creating a garage for vehicles, you’ll need to choose a bigger size container like a 20ft container. The largest option for vehicles, large garden storage, or transport use, is the 40ft container. 

What sizes are shipping containers?

The four main sizes of shipping containers are 8ft, 10ft, 20ft and 40ft. To help you decide which size container you need, see our ‘Standard Container Size Guide’ below:

Different shipping container types

As well as size options, there are many different container types available. These include:

Standard containers: a durable and affordable storage solution for a wide range of uses.

High cube: an extra foot of headroom for tall loads such as furniture, equipment, and machinery.

Double door: a door at each end allows for more options when loading and storing items.

Side doors: side opening door for greater accessibility and to easily see what you need at a glance.

50/50: split into two to maximise the space and implement multiple uses in one unit. 

New vs. Used Shipping Container

Budget is also a key consideration when it comes to choosing the right shipping container for you. While the different shipping container types come under this, you also need to think about whether to opt for a new or used shipping container. At THS, we offer both, to cater to all budgets and needs. 

The benefits of new shipping containers

Of course, costs can vary but currently you’re looking at around £2300 for a new standard container. New shipping containers come with less dings and scratches so if the appearance is important to you, then this should be top priority.

The benefits or used shipping containers

Used containers keep your overheads down. They are still completely functional and watertight, but will feature some general wear and tear from use. You’re looking at around £1500 for an older container but these can be resprayed any RAL colour to look like new, if that’s important to you. 

Hire or Buy

Are you looking to rent or buy your shipping container? What’s the difference anyway? Put simply, buying offers you an investment in storage, where hiring offers greater flexibility.  

If you know that your container is just a temporary measure and you won’t need it forever, shipping container hire offers a flexible and versatile storage solution. With prices starting at just £12.50 per week, and minimum rental periods of 28 days, these are great options for temporary storage and workspace at:

If you know that you will need a storage container for more than 3 years, you should buy a shipping container. It will work out more cost effective than hiring in the long run and gives you the option to change use or sell down the line to recoup your costs. This option is great for:

Find Your Shipping Container Type

Choosing the right shipping container type and size, for sale or hire, can feel complicated if you’re new to the process. But it needn’t be! As we’ve discussed in this blog, many factors need to be considered including your intended use, space, budget, and needs, all of which determine the most suitable type of container. When you break it down like this, it all becomes clear.

Still need more information or help deciding? Get in touch with us today. At THS Containers, we have years of industry experience and a friendly team on hand to help find the best shipping container for you.

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