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20ft Full Side Access Shipping Containers

Need plenty of room for loading/unloading? Or do you need to transport extra heavy items? Our 20ft full side access containers are specialist shipping containers that can cater for both over sized or heavy loads, or can be simply be used for fast and convenient loading.

Making light work of loading

Standard containers are accessed via 8ft wide cargo doors, which can make loading tricky in some circumstances, and also means the container has to be sited with the narrow end facing outwards. But with two sets of double bi-folding door in the long side (as well as the standard 8ft end door!) not only is full side access granted, but the container can also be situated with the long side facing outwards. Imagine how much simpler this can make gaining access to your container, and everything inside it. No need to bring everything out through the small end door just to access that one item at the back, when you can open the whole thing up completely! Fuss free and time saving, and with plenty of room to drive a fork lift inside if needed, side access containers are the Rolls-Royce of containers.


Full side access containers come in standard 20ft shipping container dimensions - 20ft long x 8ft wide x 8ft 6in high. Because the full length, double bi-folding doors present an additional weight bearing force on the container, the floor and roof are reinforced to cope with the extra demand, which makes the internal height of the container slightly less than standard containers. However, these reinforcements make them ideal for transporting extra heavy goods.


  • Length = 6.05m / 19ft 10in

  • Width = 2.43m / 8ft 0in

  • Height = 2.59m / 8ft 6in

  • Length = 5.89m / 19ft 4in

  • Width = 2.28m / 7ft 6in

  • Height = 2.29m / 7ft 6in

For other 20ft containers with side access, see our article 20ft Side Access Containers.

Other sizes available:

If you really need that extra bit of internal height, the full side access container is also available in high cube form - with a height of 9ft 6in. And for that extra, extra large requirement, there is the 40ft long high cube shipping container.

Door configurations:

There are three options to choose from:

  • 50/50 configuration with left hand side end door

  • 50/50 configuration with right hand side end door

  • 80/20 configuration with left hand side end door

Don't need full side access? Take a look at our alternative side door options.

Full side access containers for conversions

In recent years the demand for using shipping containers as a cost effective way to provide accommodation for businesses has soared. Full side access containers are ideal for use as "pop up" units, and with a few simple container conversion features can be used for catering, retail, events and exhibitions. We can carry out all conversion work on our premises, as we did with this great example of a pop up shop shipping containers for the clothing brand Superdry.

For more details on options for container modifications, visit our page Container Conversions.



Have your container repainted to your own choice of colour in rubberised container paint. This significantly improves the cosmetic appearance of the container as well as adding an extra layer of protection to help extend the life of the container. POA


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


This steel lockbox protects the padlock from tampering - price £55 plus VAT

Ply Lining

For maximum protection against condensation damage inside your container, a plywood lining incorporating insulating material can be fitted to the walls and ceiling. For more details, read our page on ply lined containers. POA


"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. POA

Shelving Racks

For well-organised and optimum use of space inside your container, choose our customised container shelving racks. POA


Heating, lighting and power sockets can be installing within your container with our electrical packs. We offer two standard options:

    Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, 2 x 5ft strip light with diffuser, a double socket
    Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffusers, two double sockets and wall heater


Banish condensation in your container by opting for Grafotherm, treatment. This is simply spayed onto the inside walls and ceiling of the container, to repel, absorb and aid drying of moisture. POA.


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. POA

As an example, this 20ft full side access container has been ply lined and insulated, and fitted with electrics.

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