The Benefits of Shipping Containers for Schools

Shipping containers for schools offer numerous benefits including year-round storage for schools at every level. A common complaint of those working in schools, colleges and universities is about being short of storage space. Schools always need to store additional equipment that may be too large to store inside, such as sports equipment, and extra tables and chairs for exams or events. 

But of course, with school budgets tighter than ever, trying to receive school funding to construct additional buildings simply may not be an option. What’s more, even if you do manage to, building work can be slow and extremely disruptive. If you find yourself in this situation, shipping containers are the ideal solution for a school environment, as they arrive ready to use and are:

  • Practical
  • Durable
  • Secure
  • Versatile
  • Affordable

The Key Benefits of Containers for Schools

Before we delve into the many uses of containers for schools, let’s take a look at a few of their key benefits:

Cost-effective: Perhaps the main advantage of using shipping containers for schools is their affordability.  For this reason alone, they are perfect as a practical school storage solution.

Fast Delivery: Need a storage solution fast? Shipping containers are readily available and delivered ready to use, allowing you to worry about more important things!

Flexible: Containers are easy to customise and expand as needed. You can start with one container and add more over time, adapting to your school’s ever-changing needs. 

Portable: Shipping containers can be easily relocated, providing schools with the flexibility to move them to different locations. This can be especially helpful when using them as temporary or portable classrooms.

Durable: Shipping containers are built to withstand harsh weather, keeping your contents safe and dry. They are also highly secure and offer protection against vandalism.

Storage Solutions for Schools

The most common and basic use for shipping containers is as a storage solution for schools. They can be used immediately and require little maintenance or upkeep. In 2023, storage containers are a common sight on school grounds and playing fields. This is because these highly secure units are ideal for storing all manner of materials including:

  • Sports equipment
  • Tables and chairs
  • Class resources and textbooks 
  • Exam papers
  • Stationery 
  • Archive paperwork

Importantly they can be placed anywhere with level ground as they don’t require foundations and usually do not require planning permission either. This makes them extremely flexible as you’ll be able to locate them in the most convenient place for swift access to everything you need. With that said, it is always recommended to place containers in an unobtrusive location near the back of the school. This helps to avoid any unnecessary complaints and keeps it away from prying eyes.

Whether you are replacing old storage sheds, need more space for equipment, or are looking to free up more space inside your building, shipping containers are simple and cost-effective. What’s more, even the smallest 8ft container offers ample accessible school storage.

Portable Classrooms

Growing schools mean that you may find yourself at capacity and needing more classroom space, without the budget to extend with traditional building works. Many schools are turning to portable classrooms or prefab modular classrooms as an answer to this issue. Shipping containers make a great base for this work as they are highly customisable and can be installed with minimal disruption, even during term time. 

Containers can be modified to incorporate electrics, lighting, insulation and air vents to create a comfortable learning environment. These budget friendly classrooms can even be fitted with secure windows so that there is plenty of natural light. Which is important as according to a recent study, natural light creates a sense of physical and mental comfort. So, as well as being used for essential storage, they can be converted for use as shipping container classrooms, or to create additional learning spaces for things like:

  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Library
  • Quiet study room

Shipping Containers for Schools: Other Uses

Changing Rooms

Need somewhere discreet and secure for students or staff to change but don’t have the facilities or space inside your school? Shipping containers can be fully insulated and securely locked meaning they make great changing rooms.

Bike Sheds

For students who cycle to school, having somewhere secure to store their bikes is essential.   Additional racking can be added to make the most of the space and keep your new bike shed neat and organised. 

Toilet Blocks

Whether it’s a temporary measure whilst your toilets aren’t working, or you need additional loos, shipping containers can even be used to create toilet blocks. With full insulation and anti-frost heating systems, your staff and students can enjoy a comfortable experience all year round.

Bespoke Modification

If you have certain requirements for your shipping container, consider having it professionally converted by a reputable container supplier into a comfortable and secure space. Many schools are now creating bespoke learning spaces using containers as they easily provide a compact and flexible base. Tailor a container to your exact requirements and budget including options for:

  • Electrics and lighting
  • Insulation
  • Doors and windows
  • Spray painted exterior to match your school colours
  • Extra headroom

Affordable School Storage

Looking to avoid the rising building costs and term time disruption of refurbishment? Choose a shipping container for additional classroom space or storage. They offer plenty of options to make the school budget go further. If purchasing outright doesn’t work for you, then there are options for more affordable used shipping containers. Alternately, if you aren’t ready to commit to a long term investment, consider hiring a container for your school from just £12.50 per week. 

If you like the sound of everything you’ve read but aren’t sure where to find this new storage solution for your school, wonder no more! Based in Leicestershire, THS Containers are a trusted supplier of containers for schools in the Midlands and nationwide. For more information or to talk through the next steps, contact us today.


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