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Why 20 foot Shipping Containers Are So Versatile **UPDATED
Of all shipping containers sizes, the 20ft length container is the most common, versatile and best value for money per sq ft. Great as a cheap, secure storage unit, easily modifed with user-friendly optional extras, or perfect as the foundation for a conversion project.
Published Friday 19 July 2024, Updated Friday 19 July 2024 in: General

Can I use shipping containers for my Self Build project? **UPDATED
Self build homes are a popular path to homeownership in the UK. There are so many plus points to self build. Not only does it give people the chance to tailor their house exactly to their needs, as well as usually enjoying a not insignificant profit if and when they come to sell, but you will also get more house for your money as well as the chance to live in a more sustainable home, providing you follow a few self build tips along the way. Of course that's not to say that building your own home doesn't have its challenges.
Published Tuesday 2 July 2024, Updated Tuesday 2 July 2024 in: General

Why Choose a Toilet Container Over Portaloos? **UPDATED
With outdoor season is upon us most of us will be braving the toilets at some kind of outdoor event or tourist attraction. While the classic portaloo is a the cheapest most practical option for large festivals where a temporary toilets are required en masse, for smaller events, campsites or fixed locations, toilet containers can be a better option.
Published Tuesday 25 June 2024, Updated Thursday 27 June 2024 in: General

Read Our May Newsletter - Price drop on our shipping containers! **UPDATED
Take advantage of our shipping container price cuts today! This is not a sale or a short-term special offer, we've reduced our prices on standard shipping containers for the foreseeable future. This applies to our 20fts, 40fts and many of our cut-down in between container sizes. Browse our range of shipping container sizes and save as much as £500 on previous prices.
Published Wednesday 29 May 2024, Updated Wednesday 29 May 2024 in: General

Read Our April Newsletter! **UPDATED
Containers Direct specialise in supplying portable offices manufactured from shipping containers in our own workshops. Strong and secure our quality standards are high and you get to chose from a great range of additional features and sizes.
Published Friday 26 April 2024, Updated Friday 26 April 2024 in: General

New Product! The Security Box **UPDATED
Introducing the new portable steel kiosk. The Security Box is a high quality, steel, portable booth. It can be used as a gatehouse, security office, ticket booth, kiosk, or for a wide range of other applications. The portable booth comes already assembled, but is simple to take down into 6 parts for quick and easy relocation.
Published Thursday 27 May 2021, Updated Friday 5 April 2024 in: General

Pop-up catering boxes and bars - get ready for the summer trade! **UPDATED
Take your food and drink business on the road with a pop-up catering unit. Made from shipping containers, easy to transport and with endless modification possibilities, our catering conversions have become the go-to choice for the festival circuit.
Published Wednesday 20 March 2024, Updated Friday 22 March 2024 in: General

How to Choose the Right Size Shipping Container for Your Needs **UPDATED
With shipping container sizes ranging from 5ft to 40ft, where do you begin in choosing which size to buy for your personal requirements? Read our guide giving handy tips on the most important things to consider before you buy.
Published Tuesday 16 January 2024, Updated Wednesday 20 March 2024 in: General

When Roller Shutters Are a Good Choice For Your Shipping Container **UPDATED
With a range of door types to opt for when buying a modified shipping containers, let's look at the benefits and uses of the lesser known roller shutter door. From easy access storage lock-ups to serving hatches and garage doors, there are many reasons why the roller shutter may the one!
Published Thursday 29 February 2024, Updated Friday 1 March 2024 in: General

Heavy Duty Ramps for Shipping Containers **UPDATED
Take the heavy lifting out of loading your shipping container, protect your back, prevent spillages and more with a ramp for your shipping container. Unless you are confident you can lift your items 7 inches off the ground to get them into the container, a loading ramp will make light work of a heavy task.
Published Wednesday 14 February 2024, Updated Thursday 15 February 2024 in: General

What to Think About Before Installing a Shipping Container in Your Garden **UPDATED
Shipping containers are a quick, easy and low-cost choice for garden storage, or as an extra space for work, play, or relaxation in your garden. Plan ahead to make sure you avoid any unforeseen issues before it's too late.
Published Friday 31 March 2023, Updated Monday 12 February 2024 in: General

Choosing the Right Chemical Store **UPDATED
Chemical stores made easy! Get the right type of chemical store for your needs by exploring different types of chemical stores, what each includes and how they can be customised for your perfect match!
Published Friday 26 January 2024, Updated Friday 2 February 2024 in: General

Campus Container Conversion - Case Study **UPDATED
Created for the students of Nottingham University to hang out and socialise in between the serious stuff of studying, this four container build is a great example of innovative upcycling as a solution to communities out-growing their existing spaces.
Published Friday 5 January 2024, Updated Friday 2 February 2024 in: General

New Product Alert! WideLine- Budget-Friendly 10ft Wide Containers **UPDATED
New builds in 4 standard lengths - discounted prices, portable, robust and versatile! Our WideLines are from our range of extra wide, new build containers, manufactured in our dedicated workshop that produces some of the UK's highest quality container builds.
Published Friday 1 December 2023, Updated Friday 2 February 2024 in: General

How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Shipping Container? **UPDATED
Besides keeping your container looking good, a proper repainting job can add around five years to the useful life of shipping containers. Specialist rubberised marine paint is used to spray the container but other factors come into play that will effect the overall cost of a container paint job - from prep work to size and colour.
Published Tuesday 24 October 2023, Updated Friday 2 February 2024 in: General

Purchase vs. Hire - Which container option is best for you? **UPDATED
Enquiries to Containers Direct about shipping container hire have become more frequent as the price of buying shipping containers has risen. A bit like getting credit, it may seem like a good idea at the time, but in the long run you may end up spending more than you bargained for.
Published Thursday 1 December 2022, Updated Friday 2 February 2024 in: General

Is it Better to Buy or Hire a Shipping Container? **UPDATED
Short term solutions are more attractive during times of uncertainty, particularly economically. But we're all familiar with the term "false economy" and with that in mind at Containers Direct we promote "buy not hire" to give our customers the best deal, which includes the 24-month Buy Back Promise!
Published Wednesday 15 November 2023, Updated Friday 2 February 2024 in: General

15ft MenuBox with Roller Shutter - Case Study **UPDATED
Shipping container food stalls are "all the rage" nowadays, offering mobility, flexibility, security and a great talking point to get your business noticed. See how we can transform a shipping container into a catering kiosk that does the job you want it to!
Published Tuesday 29 November 2022, Updated Monday 29 January 2024 in: General

Black Friday Deals on 10ft Shipping Containers! **UPDATED
****EDIT - OFFER STILL AVAILABLE!**** Now is the time to buy! Get money off our 10ft shipping containers in our flash sale on 10ft shipping containers - discounts apply to both used 10ft containers and new 10ft containers. Price drop for a limited time only, so grab a bargain while stocks last!
Published Tuesday 21 November 2023, Updated Wednesday 24 January 2024 in: General

Should you Buy a New, Used or Once-Used Shipping Container for your Portable Office? **UPDATED
We supply all our portable offices to high standards with a great range of features, but you also choose a new, used or once-used container to meet your needs and budget. Find out more about each type to help guide your choice.
Published Wednesday 20 July 2022, Updated Wednesday 24 January 2024 in: General

Case Study - ModiBox Office with Extra Features **UPDATED
This 25ft office includes French doors, a roller shutter and toilet facilities. For more details
Published Tuesday 26 July 2022, Updated Wednesday 24 January 2024 in: General

What size container do I need for my home office? **UPDATED
A shipping container office can be as small or as large as you need. Depending on the space you have in your garden for your set up, anything from a bolthole for taking and making calls, to a permanent workplace with all the mod cons is possible!
Published Tuesday 10 January 2023, Updated Wednesday 24 January 2024 in: General

New Build Containers - for all the space you need! **UPDATED
Containers Direct are one of the few UK manufacturers building brand new containers. Constructed in our own workshops to high standards using 16 gauge corrugated steel, they can be built to lengths of up to 45ft, extra tall, and to a width of up to 12ft.
Published Monday 23 January 2023, Updated Tuesday 23 January 2024 in: General

Coffee bar and Event Space - Case Study **UPDATED
The versatility of a shipping container allowed us to create this charming additional space for a coffee supplier to extend their already established business with maximum customer facing appeal!
Published Monday 20 February 2023, Updated Tuesday 23 January 2024 in: General

20ft Bespoke Build Office - Case Study **UPDATED
We can add in any special requirements to our standard portable ModiBox office package. Our featured case study built for a creative design company includes patio doors and high grade 9mm birch lining.
Published Wednesday 26 April 2023, Updated Tuesday 23 January 2024 in: General

What Is The Process For A Container Conversion? **UPDATED
Ever wondered how a humble shipping container gets transformed into an office, shop, food stall, garage or workshop? Read on if you want to uncover some of our tricks of the trade.
Published Friday 16 June 2023, Updated Tuesday 23 January 2024 in: General

Affordable Portable Workshops For Sale **UPDATED
New product launch! Introducing the WorkBox, the budget portable container workshop installed with the all the basics you need to get set up and working. Suitable for your garden or workplace.
Published Tuesday 16 May 2023, Updated Tuesday 23 January 2024 in: General

School ModiBox Office - Case Study **UPDATED
See our container conversion for the Ferndown Upper School in Dorset, featuring our attractive optional extras of wood cladding and a sloping roof. Used as an extra classroom, or an office, it would be hard to guess there's a shipping container underneath!
Published Tuesday 27 June 2023, Updated Tuesday 23 January 2024 in: General

5 Things to Consider When Launching a Retail Pop-Up **UPDATED
Low-budget, quick install pop-up shops are the new trend to get your brand name visible and trade boosted. Amongst the huge growth in ecommerce business it's essential to find a new way of cut through all the noise and competition to reach customers and clients. Find out about the basics yet essentials in starting up a pop-up shop with minimal risk.
Published Thursday 21 September 2023, Updated Thursday 5 October 2023 in: General

Padlocks and Lockboxes for Shipping Container Security **UPDATED
For all shipping containers used as storage units, a specialist container padlock is highly recommended, to protect your precious contents from thieves and vandals. With every container purchase, Containers Direct offer top quality, container padlocks - at a discounted price! Padlocks are used in conjunction with the container lock box - a tamper-proof, theft-deterrent, steel encasing that protects the padlock.
Published Thursday 8 May 2014, Updated Friday 15 September 2023 in: General

Pelicans and MenuBoxes at Blackpool Zoo **UPDATED
Our recent delivery of a MenuBox pop-up cafe to Blackpool zoo has been followed with an "edge-of -your-seat" news story about the escape, and eventual recapture, of a pelican from the zoo. After nearly 3 weeks on the run, the bird is back home.
Published Wednesday 30 August 2023, Updated Wednesday 30 August 2023 in: General

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garage? **UPDATED
Planning permission for a home garage is not generally required, but make sure you've done your homework first to avoid a costly mistake! Find out more about the ins and outs of planning permission and why a container garage might be your best option.
Published Monday 31 July 2023, Updated Tuesday 1 August 2023 in: General

Beach Cafe - Case Study **UPDATED
A new beach café at East Wittering beach, made by us for Drift in West who run both a surf shop and café on the Sussex coast. The project was completed with three separate containers with roller shutters.
Published Tuesday 25 July 2023, Updated Wednesday 26 July 2023 in: General


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