Lining 20ft shipping containers has become a common practice for a number of reasons:

  • Temperature control

  • Condensation prevention

  • Noise reduction

  • A professional finish

These reasons for choosing lined containers apply especially for office and canteen conversions, but the first two are of particular importance for general storage containers too. Combined with insulating materials packed into the lining framework, the extremes of temperature normally associated with steel containers is stabilised , and damaging condensation eliminated.

Lining options for 20ft container

We offer three options of lining - all of which come with standard 100mm rockwool insulating material beneath.

  1. 9mm redwood finish

  2. 12mm redwood finish

  3. Melamine

With all lining types you can opt to have the doors insulated as well as the doors and ceiling. For other grades of ply, please enquire.

The process of lining containers


We use plywood to create a timber frame, pack this with 100mm rockwool (a highly effective insulating material), and enclose this with timber boards, sealed off with beading around the edges. To maintain the watertightness of the container, there is no drilling involved.


The container is insulated with rockwool, to retain heat, and a timber frame fitted to hold melamine panels, which provide a hygienic washable surface. The floor is lined with ply and covered with lino, and all joins are sealed with plastic coving, including skirting.

Prices for our 20ft lined containers

Ply lining - used container:

Excluding doors: 9mm redwood£2390 plus VAT
12mm redwood £2480 plus VAT

Including doors: 9mm redwood£2465 plus VAT
12mm redwood £2565 plus VAT

Ply lining - new container:

Excluding doors: 9mm redwood£2950 plus VAT
12mm redwood £3045 plus VAT

Including doors: 9mm redwood£3025 plus VAT
12mm redwood £3125 plus VAT

Take a look at an example of a 20ft lined container from our stock.

Melamine Lined:

The cost of a standard used 20ft melamine lined container is from £2950.00 plus VAT

For a standard new 20ft melamine lined container, the cost is from £3650.00 plus VAT

For high cube containers (9ft 6in high) please add 20% to standard lining costs.


Hawthorn Housing Co-op in Glasgow, ordered a 20ft ply lined and insulated container. They said:

"Excellent service and a great product. Installation of container was extremely well handled as well."

Llanfair Caereinion Town Council also chose to have their 20ft container ply lined:

"Professional, quick and efficient service!"

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