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In our ever-changing world, flexibility, mobility, and adaptability are more than just buzzwords. This is true in many places, especially when it comes to storage. One solution that has quietly risen as a mainstay in storage and space needs - shipping containers. However, not all shipping containers are alike. Just like choosing a home or office space, selecting the right storage container can be instrumental in ensuring your valuable items are safely stored and easily accessible.

SiteBox Storage, a leading provider in leasing and selling container-based storage, mobile office, and combo units, understands the intricacies involved in this decision. With a range of sizes and types at your disposal, it may seem overwhelming to pick the perfect one. Have no fears; we've got you covered. Let's look at the different sizes and types of storage containers available and practical tips on choosing the one that perfectly matches your needs.

So whether you're a small business looking for extra storage space, a construction company needing an onsite workspace, or a homeowner requiring a temporary storage solution during a remodel, let's dive into the world of storage containers to help you make the most informed choice.

Choosing the Right Storage Container

Choosing the right size mobile storage is a delicate balance between your current storage requirements, potential future needs, budget, and physical site constraints. By giving careful thought to these factors, you can select a container that provides the best fit for your circumstances.

  • Optimal Space Utilization: Choosing a container that's the right size for your storage needs ensures that you're making the most efficient use of space. By avoiding an overly small (or overly large) container, you ensure your items fit comfortably, and you save money by only paying for the space you require.
  • Ease of Access: A suitably sized container makes it easier to access and retrieve items when needed. There's a little bit of an art to organizing your storage container.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Container storage come in a variety of sizes, and the costs associated with each size can vary. By accurately assessing your needs, you can plan ahead to rent or purchase a container that is the perfect size for your needs.
  • Site Constraints: If you have limited space and require storage, container storage is a great option. The available space at your location might also dictate the container size you can accommodate. A container that is too big might not fit in the designated space.

It's important to remember that choosing the right container is much more than just picking a size. Look for a solution that will effectively and efficiently meet your space, security, and convenience needs.

Optimizing Space with Mobile Storage

The correct size and type of container can allow for more effective use of the interior space. For instance, high cube containers offer extra height that can be beneficial for storing taller items or stacking goods. With a suitable container, you can implement an organizational system that maximizes space utilization. This could include shelving or segmented spaces to separate and categorize stored items.

Security Enhancement via Mobile Storage

Durable construction is important in shipping containers since they must withstand harsh weather and rough handling during sea voyages. This inherent durability translates into a secure storage solution that can protect your items from environmental factors and potential theft. You can enhance security with additional lockboxes or padlocks. You may also consider additional security customizations, such as installing security cameras or alarm systems.

Added Convenience with Mobile Storage

Depending on what you're storing, certain containers, such as those with double doors on each end, offer easier access to stored goods, making loading and unloading more convenient. Another great convenience of storage containers is their portability. They can be delivered to your chosen location, and if you decide to move it later - no problem. It can go where you need it.

Another convenience to consider is the ability to customize. If you are renting your portable storage, there are several temporary changes you can make. Portable storage container accessories can be added, including shelving, bike racks, ramps, dividing walls, doors, and the like. More permanent customizations are possible on purchased units. SiteBox Storage offers some standard layouts that can be used as a base to customize for your needs.

Portable Storage Container Sizes

When it comes to portable storage, sizes are mainly standardized to ISO standards. (This is due to their use in transit.) All containers have a standard 8' width, and they come in varying lengths:

8' x 10' Containers

These compact containers are ideal for situations where space is at a premium or the volume of items to be stored is relatively low. They are perfect for:

  • Residential Use: Perfect for temporary storage during a home renovation project or to declutter your space before a sale. They can also be a permanent onsite storage solution for garden tools or seasonal items.
  • Small Business Use: Ideal for storing excess inventory, business records, or supplies.
  • Event Use: Useful for storing supplies or equipment for events, fairs, or festivals.

8' x 20' Containers

A 20' storage container balances space and convenience, making them a versatile choice for various uses. Here are a few examples: 

  • Construction Sites: These containers can serve as temporary onsite storage for tools, materials, or equipment.
  • Retail and Restaurants: Great for extra storage of inventory or seasonal items. They can also be converted into pop-up shops or food stalls.
  • Offices: When suitably modified, they can serve as portable offices or meeting rooms. SiteBox Storage has a complete inventory of converted mobile office units; some even have storage.

8' x 40' Containers

The substantial size of an 8' x 40' container makes them ideal for larger storage needs:

  • Industrial Use: These containers can handle the storage needs of large machinery, vehicles, or bulky equipment.
  • Conversion Projects: Their large size makes them ideal for conversion into structures like homes, offices, classrooms, or workshops.

Container Storage Factors Beyond Size and Type

There are several factors beyond size and type that will also ensure that you choose the right container. For example, it's important to find portable storage that fits within your budget, can be properly located and delivered, and will stand the test of time.

New containers offer maximum lifespan and durability and are in pristine condition. They have little wear and tear or potential contamination from previous use, and you have options for customization. New containers are typically more expensive than their used counterparts. Availability may be limited depending on the region.

On the other hand, used containers are generally more affordable, making them a good option for buyers on a budget. Availability varies by area, so you'll have to check with dealers in your area. Used containers may have wear and tear, dents, or rust and could have been exposed to various materials or substances in their previous life. A used container has a pretty long life considering that containers will last for decades.

How to Get Started with Container Storage

Navigating the world of storage solutions shouldn't be overwhelming or confusing. Armed with the proper knowledge and understanding, you can unlock the true potential of storage containers, an adaptable solution that has increasingly become a trusted ally in effectively managing space and storage needs. From small residential projects to significant industrial requirements, the wide range of sizes, types, and customization options available make these containers a versatile choice. Whether it's optimizing space with the right size, enhancing security with robust construction, or taking advantage of the convenience they offer with their portability and easy accessibility, storage containers rise to the occasion.

Remember, it's not just about storing your items but doing it in a safe, secure, efficient, and cost-effective way. To this end, the expertise and extensive offerings of SiteBox Storage should fit the bill. Our knowledgeable reps are ready to assist you in finding the perfect storage container solution. Let us help you unlock the true potential of storage containers today. Get a quote for your storage needs