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    Can you convert a shipping container?

    An increasingly popular solution for businesses and domestic properties alike is converted shipping containers.

    Now surplus stock for the busy shipping industry, an estimated 14 million modal containers are sitting around waiting to be repurposed across the globe.

    So, what do you need to know about converted shipping containers?


    How are shipping containers converted?

    Most shipping container conversions use the pre-existing roof and walls of a used shipping container as the structure of the new building.

    The used containers can then be altered by:

    • Joining multiple containers together
    • Adding elements, such as windows, doors, serving hatches, bars, and inner stud walls to create separate spaces within.
    • Building bespoke storage, including racking or shelving, banquette seating (bench seats with trunk-style storage below), and any other storage you might require.
    • Installing services, like electrification, air conditioning, storage heaters, water access, insulation, and drainage.
    • Covering the outside, with paint or cladding to make the appearance more aesthetically pleasing or to blend it in with the surroundings.

    Essentially, from here, your options are almost endless.

    Depending on the intended use of your shipping container conversion, our team of expert converters can work on a design with you and then provide a bespoke quote for each and every project – helping you ensure your vision is brought to life.


    Types of shipping container conversions

    With hundreds of shipping container conversions under our belt, our team can create almost anything you can imagine.

    Our recent conversions include:

    • Offices and classrooms
    • Pop-up retail units and shops
    • Hotel and BnB pods
    • Studio spaces
    • Canteens and mess huts
    • Laboratories
    • Changing rooms, shower rooms, WCs, and saunas
    • Bars and pubs
    • Santas workshops
    • Storage sheds
    • Restaurants and cafes
    • Gyms and dance studios


    Who can convert a shipping container?

    Generally speaking, most people looking to invest in a shipping container conversion are happy for a professional conversion team to bring their designs to life.

    This is especially true for the more complex or dangerous tasks, like adding services or adding windows and doors, which will take a certain level of skill and experience.

    However, there is a small proportion of shipping container converters who are happy to complete some of the work themselves. These people may use a specialist team, like the experts at Gap Containers, to do the more complex parts, and then do the rest themselves.

    We can accommodate buyers of all kinds – just let us know when you contact us and we can make a bespoke container conversion plan that works for you.


    How long will a container conversion take?

    How long the shipping container will take is based on many factors, including:

    • The complexity of the design
    • The number of individual containers involved
    • The combination of internal and external changes

    In order to find out exactly how long your container conversion will take, you will need to discuss your plans for your conversion – including any important specifications – before we can provide an estimated timescale.

    Similarly, if you have a deadline in mind for completion, it is also worth mentioning this from the outset, so we can help you properly.


    If you need a shipping container conversion – contact Gap Containers

    Whether you need a snug office, a space to work on your fitness and well-being, or a party space for customers to try your wares – a container conversion is an ideal solution for you.

    With containers ranging from 6 to 40 ft, the choice of single or multi-storey structures, and a vast range of interior fixtures, we can help.

    For more information or to arrange your one-to-one design consultation, you can call us on 0870 240 9405 or fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

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