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    Flat pack containers – solving your ‘stay at home’ issues

    Until recently, there have been just two ways to increase space in your home:

    1. Have a clear-out
    2. Build an extension

    Whilst the first option can take a lot of time and effort, and may not offer a long-term solution, the second can be very expensive. In fact, in 2019, the average cost of a single-storey home extension was said to be around £1300-£1900 per m2. That’s approximately £30,000 for a 5×5 metre room.

    But, fortunately, there’s a new (more affordable!) option starting to gain traction….

    That is, putting up a flat pack shipping container in your back garden.


    Containers that are perfect for use at home

    Flat pack containers have many of the same advantages as a standard container.

    For example, they’re:

    • made from strong galvanised steel
    • lockable and secure
    • wind- and water-tight
    • durable and long-lasting
    • available in a variety of sizes

    But they also have the added benefit of arriving as a flat pack.

    This is what makes them a fantastic option for small home gardens, where access is limited. Rather than having to lower the container into position via a crane, the individual pieces can simply be carried through small passages (or even through your home, if necessary) before their assembly.

    Once all the pieces are in the garden, the container can then be constructed by hand in less than an hour. There’s no need for any specialist equipment or expertise. Everything that you need is provided and, if you follow our step-by-step installation guide, it’ll be up-and-running in no time.


    A range of day-to-day uses

    Due to COVID-19, we’ve spent more time at home this year than ever before – and, for most people, it’s made them reassess their property. If you no longer have enough space for your day-to-day needs, and wish to increase your square footage, a flat pack container could be the solution.

    For example, aside from general storage, it could be used as a:

    • home office
    • gym or equipment storage facility
    • kids’ play area and toy room
    • arts and crafts room
    • garden shed
    • lounge area
    • home bar
    • music studio

    The possibilities are endless.

    Yes, at the most basic level, they’re just a steel box. But they’re surprisingly spacious, measuring at least 2×2 metres, with the option to expand and add-on further flat pack containers in the future. They’re guaranteed to keep your contents safe and secure at all times. What’s more, the interior walls can be insulated and – if you need power – a surface-mounted electric pack can be added to the design.

    Suitable for a wide range of purposes; a flat pack shipping container could resolve your ‘stay at home’ issues, significantly expanding your home’s floor plan, without the hassle or expense of an extension.

    Example of flat pack shipping container


    Want to find out more?

    Gap Containers is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of flat pack containers. We currently offer three standard sizes – 2x2x2m, 2x2x3m and 2x2x4m – all of which are competitively priced and can either be delivered to your home address or, if you prefer, collected from one of our many UK depots.

    If you think your home could benefit from this new type of ‘home extension’, why not get in touch?

    Our team have excellent knowledge of the flat pack containers available and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Just give us a call on 0870 240 9405 to discuss your requirements. Or, send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


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