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24ft Containers Second Hand

Containers Direct are filling the gap in the market for odd sized containers by fabricating our own 24ft containers especially for storage use. These unique sized containers are made in our own workshops by cutting down standard sized 40ft shipping containers and completing them with new doors and a range of features to give an excellent storage product.

Take one 40ft container.....

...... and cut into two pieces as the starting point for two new containers (one 24ft and one 16ft). We now have to complete the containers by welding on either new doors or a new end wall. As these new containers are going into the storage market, this gives us the opportunity to make adaptations that are not allowed on containers to be passed for shipping, but enhance the performance of the container as a storage unit. We start by offering alternative door types to the traditionally heavy shipping container door.

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.

Which door type matches your needs best? S1, S2, S3 or S4?

The choice is yours so take a look at the differences and benefits of each product before you decide.

The S1 door

S1 containers offer a great alternative to the heavy corrugated steel shipping container door. Fabricated from flat steel panels instead, they are much easier to use, and therefore great for frequent use, or for schools and clubs where a variety of people may need access to the container (without having to call for the assistance of someone stronger). Security is not compromised by these doors, as a single locking arm secures the door, and a lockbox to prevent tampering with the lock is included with ALL our 24ft containers.

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

The S2 door

Many of our customers still prefer their containers with original shipping container doors left intact during the conversion process. We call these S2 containers and they have the benefit of a rubber seal to repel water ingress. S2 doors are most often requested by customers buying containers destined for building sites.

The S3 door

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 container example

There is a supplement of £175 for S3 doors.

The S4 door

Anti vandal, galvanised steel roller shutter doors, with manual or electrical operation. At 8ft wide (the same size as standard container doors, they be fitted as an additional door, or a replacement for the original.

Cost for manual option £1900 plus VAT

(Please enquire for cost of electric option)

The S5 door

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

Side doors

Doors can also be positioned in the side of the container. Choose from S1, S3, S4 (roller shutter) and S5 (personnel door). We also supply extra wide side doors, and multiple sets where size allows. You can have a side door to replace the end door, or in addition to.

Prices for additional doors are:

S1 and S2 - £645,

S3 - £805


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


Optional extras


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


Repainting externally, using specialist rubberised container paint, will not only visually enhance your container, but it can also extend its life by providing an extra layer of protection against the elements and knock and bumps. Choose from an extensive range of colours.
Cost for repainting 24ft containers - £250

Please note for very light or bright paint options (ie white, yellow, red, orange) there is a supplementary charge of 75% over standard repainting rates

Interior repainting

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

Cost - £230 plus VAT

Ply Lining

A ply lining combined with rockwool insulation will keep the container at a constant temperature and provide the most resistant measure against condensation.

Cost to line 24ft container - from £1100 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 24ft container starts from £1495 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Make best use of all the available space, and keep things tidy and well organised with shelving.

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


Choose from two electrical package options
Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, 2 x 5ft strip lights with diffuser, a double socket - from £350 plus VAT

Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, a light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffuser, two double sockets and wall heater - from £450 plus VAT


These options will enhance your container both internally and externally. Grafotherm is an innovative spray coating for the inside of the container to prevent and dry out condensation. Highly recommended for the storage of items easily effected by moisture. Cost to treat 24ft container - £225


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

24ft New Shipping Containers from £2850


"Whilst dealing with Containers Direct it came across that they aimed to give excellent service and I shall certainly recommend them. A very good service".

Andrew Mossman, Hebden Bridge

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