How To Choose Shipping Containers For Your Needs

20' New Dark Blue Tri-Door Through Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have become extremely versatile and popular in recent years, finding applications far beyond their original purpose of transporting goods overseas.

Today, shipping containers are used for everything from storage units and housing to pop-up shops and even swimming pools. 

With such a diverse range of uses, it’s important to know how to choose the right shipping container for your specific needs. 

At Container Sales (UK) Ltd, we’ll walk you through the key factors to consider when selecting the shipping containers you need!

Determine Your Purpose For Shipping Containers

Before you start shopping for shipping containers, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what you intend to use it for and how to deliver the container to site. Your purpose will dictate many of the decisions you make throughout the selection process. Here are some common uses:


Shipping containers make excellent storage solutions because they are weatherproof, secure, and available in various sizes to accommodate your storage needs. 

When it comes to choosing a container for storage, you should consider how much space you require and whether you need any special features like climate control or shelving.

Home or Office

Over the years, shipping containers have gained popularity as building blocks for homes and offices. 

If you are planning to convert a container into a living or working space, you’ll need to think about insulation, ventilation, and electrical wiring. You might also want to consider larger containers for more living or office space.

Retail or Pop-Up Shop

Containers can also be transformed into unique retail spaces or pop-up shops. When selecting a container for this purpose, it’s important to think about the layout, access points, and any necessary modifications like windows, doors, and signage.

Size of Shipping Containers 

The size of the container is an important consideration that depends on your purpose. Standard shipping containers come in three primary sizes:

20-foot Containers – These are the smallest standard containers and are ideal for smaller storage needs or single-room conversions.

40-foot Containers – 40-foot containers provide ample space for storage or larger living and working spaces, making them a popular choice for homes and offices.

45-foot Containers – These containers are less common but offer even more space than the 40-foot containers. They are suitable for larger projects where extra room is necessary.

Container Condition

Shipping containers for sale in the UK come in various conditions, and your choice will affect both the price and the suitability for your purpose. Here are the common condition categories:

New (One-Trip) Shipping Containers 

New (One-Trip) containers are essentially new containers that have been used for a single shipment from China. Therefore, they are a perfect choice if you need a container for purposes like housing, Self storage  or retail, where aesthetics and cleanliness are more important.

40' Newbuild Blue Container

40′ Newbuild Blue Container

Used Shipping Containers

Used containers have been in service for 10-15 years and show signs of wear and tear. They are typically more budget-friendly and are suitable for more industrial purposes where appearance is less important.

Container Modifications

Although we don’t carry out container conversions ourselves, depending on your intended use for the container, you may need to modify it to meet your requirements. Common modifications can include:

Doors and Windows – Adding doors and windows can improve accessibility and natural lighting for container homes or offices.

Insulation – Insulating the container is crucial for climate-controlled storage or comfortable living spaces.

Electrical Wiring – For office spaces or homes, electrical wiring and outlets are essential.

Ventilation – Proper ventilation is necessary for spaces where people will spend extended periods.

Budget and Pricing

Our shipping containers vary in price depending on size, condition, and quantity required.  At Container Sales (UK) Ltd we can offer a range of prices delivered and off loaded (if required) to your site with no hidden extras.

Delivery and Placement

Finally, don’t forget to plan for the delivery and placement of your shipping container. Make sure you have a suitable location for it and consider the logistics of delivery, including any required permits or site preparations.

So, what are you waiting for? Whether you require a single container or are looking to buy in bulk, we want to hear from you! Get in touch with us today and our team of experts will be happy to assist with your enquiry for shipping containers for sale in the UK.