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Budget Shipping Containers

Wednesday 9 December 2020 Filed in: General

At Containers Direct we hold a plentiful supply of budget shipping containers, which we are able to deliver to all part of the UK at competitive rates. These are used containers, usually in the region of 10 -15 years old that are quality checked to ensure they are structurally sound and watertight, and come with a year's warranty to that effect.

Why choose a used container?

The simple answer is that you can purchase a good quality container at an affordable price! Shipping containers are built to last as they have to withstand the harsh conditions at sea, stacked on top of each other and heavy duty handling at ports. For this reason they are made of extremely tough corrugated Corten Steel. Corten Steel, commonly known as weathering steel because of its resistance to atmospheric corrosion, is a special compound of steel developed to give the best protection around against the elements. This means that when it rusts its actually forming a protective layer on the surface that prevents further damage. So your used shipping container should last you at least another 10-15 years of quality use. Rust patches can be sanded down are easily covered with a good coat of marine paint, as can any other cosmetic damage that is inevitable with used containers.

Sizes of budget containers

Shipping containers are originally built to standard sizes of 20ft and 40ft long, with a width of 8ft. Per square foot 20ft shipping containers, along with 40fts, are the best value for money. However, these sizes don't suit everyone's requirements, and for this reason Containers Direct offer a cut down service, meaning we can provide our customers with containers of ANY length. For extra width we can join shipping containers together.

Uses for budget shipping containers


These make excellent dry land storage units. Their strength gives them the required level of security for anything you need to store in an outside location. Shipping container doors are made from corrugated steel panels, with two locking arms and rubber seals to prevent water ingress. Containers Direct add a free lockbox onto all shipping containers under 40ft. This is a steel box that securely encases the padlock to prevent thieves from jemmying it off. For doors that are easier to use (original shipping container doors are notorious for being heavy to use), you can opt for a new set of flat panel doors designed and made especially for frequent use.


The market for shipping container conversions has never been bigger. Containers can be transformed into anything you want! Amongst a host of other things they can be ply lined, fitted with doors, windows, electrics, and even clad with wood on the exterior to disguise the fact that it's a shipping container. But with a good coat of paint, and even the addition of some decals a converted shipping container can still be an attractive talking point for your business or personal use. See our full list of optional extras and take a look at some of our conversion gallery to see our favourite shipping container conversions undertaken at Containers Direct. They range from pop up shops and catering units to chemical stores, garages and offices.

Whatever your reason for buying a budget shipping container, when you go to a reputable dealer you can be assured you are getting the best value for your money. For those that prefer to buy new shipping containers Containers Direct can also supply these in all sizes.


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