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Standard shipping containers are made with the doors situated at the narrow end of its body, so they require the container to be positioned with this front end facing outwards. However, when used as a storage unit front doors do not always suit the space restrictions on some sites, so Containers Direct have come up with a range of side door containers, which enable you to position your container on site with the long side facing out.

Constructing side door containers

Our 16ft side door containers are fabricated from large sized, good quality second hand shipping containers, as these make the strongest storage containers on the market. We cut down them to a produce a length of 16ft, and for side door containers then cut into the long side of the container to position a newly constructed door. We offer our clients a choice of door types, which are categorised as S1 or S3 containers.

Please note cut down containers are not suitable for shipping, stacking or lifting when loaded. They can be modified upon request if these conditions are required.

S1 Side door containers

S1 containers have doors fitted that are specially designed with storage use in mind. They are made from a flat metal panel, which is different from the heavier corrugated type used on shipping containers, so they are comparatively lightweight and therefore suited to frequent use. To maintain the security of the container they are made from steel with a single lockable arm that is covered by a padlockable metal box. Container quality padlocks can be purchased for the lock box from Containers Direct.

Cost £1965 plus VAT

We can add a compressed door seal to S1 containers for a cost of £65 plus VAT

S3 Side door containers

At Containers Direct we offer a unique third option which combines the advantages of both types of door. We are lucky to have manufacturing facilities on site and have designed and manufactured a door which is both easy to use and is superior in quality. Although the appearance of S3 doors may differ slightly from container to container, they all share these characteristics:
  • New/once-used

  • External rubber door seals

  • Waist high handles

  • Two locking arms on the right hand door only

  • Shoot bolts on the left hand door

S3 containers Cost £2140 plus VAT

S4 Side door containers

8ft wide roller shutter doors with a choice of manual or electric operation. Made from galvanised steel, they are frequently used for container conversions, and as side doors.

Cost of manual option £2435 plus VAT

(Please enquire for cost of electric option)

S5 side door containers

These are steel personnel doors, suitable for frequent pedestrian use in out of the container, incorporating multi deadlocks and offering high levels of security. Personnel doors are the preferred door type for our portable site office units, and other conversions, such as offices, classrooms, workshops and equipment stores.

Price per personnel door - £565 plus VAT

Need more doors?

Additional doors - positioned on the opposite side of the container, or on either end. Tunnel containers have doors at both ends. If you require an end door we can leave the original shipping container door in place during the cutting down process. These are corrugated steel doors with a rubber seal, and are categorised as S2 container doors. Or we can fit either type of storage door.

Prices for additional doors:

S1 and S2 - £550, S3 - £725



Exterior repainting to your choice of colour in rubberised container paint. This not only improves the cosmetic appearance of the unit but acts as an additional protective layer.

Please note, for very light or bright paint options (ie white, yellow, red, orange) there is a charge of £100


We fit our 16ft shipping containers with a lockbox. The lockbox (usual retail price £55) acts as a guard for the padlock.

Choose from a range of extras


Add one of our specialist Lock 2000 padlocks, compatible for use with the lock box, for a discounted price of £35 plus VAT

Interior repainting

An interior repaint can instantly improve the appearance of used containers.

Cost - £155 plus VAT

Ply Lining

Lining and insulating containers with plywood and rockwall insulating material will give complete protection against the adverse effects of condensation. Read more on our page on ply lined containers

Cost to supply and fit a 16ft ply lining - from £950 plus VAT


"Disguise" your container with wood cladding. It protects, looks good, and can help with planning permission. Choose from three standard types of wood, or enquire about bespoke finishes. For more details read our page Cladded Shipping Containers

Cost to clad a 16ft container start from £980 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Fit your container out with shelving to make your stored goods more accessible and better organised.

Cost per bay (1m/3ft wide) - £60 plus VAT fitted, OR £45 plus VAT self fitted


Choices of electrical installations:
Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffuser, a double socket - from £330 plus VAT

Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffuser, two double sockets and wall heater - from £420 plus VAT

Anti condensation treatment

Using Grafotherm spray coating on the ceiling of the container - this product prevents damage caused by condensation build up that can drip onto the contents of the container.

Cost of treating 16ft container - £160


We offer a variety of ramps for containers - car ramps. heavy duty ramps, lightweight ramps, hinged ramps and bespoke builds. A range of sizes are also available. Cost from £205 plus VAT

16ft New side door containers from £2550


"Excellent product, very efficient delivery from pleasant staff. No negatives."

M and J Hussey

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