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Side Door Containers

To comply with ISO shipping regulations, usually shipping containers are manufactured with the door at the front end of the container. Although this suits the shipping process, once the container goes on to be used for dry land storage, the door in the narrow front end is not always the most convenient position. It makes entry to the container a little more restricted, and limits the position on site in which you have to situate your container - with the narrow end front facing, instead of the long side.

Modifying shipping containers for side doors

This is why Containers Direct stock side door containers in addition to the traditional front door shipping containers. Side door containers are still shipping containers, but if they are being used for storage, we no longer need to conform to shipping standards and they can be modified in a number of ways. Using retired shipping containers, we create an aperture in the side and fit a new cargo style door. These can come with or without the original shipping container door depending on preference.

Add more doors into the mix

As well as the traditional looking cargo style doors, we can also add either extra-wide or multiple additional doors to the side of a container, depending on requirements. This can be with or without the original door at the front end. For example this 20ft side opening container has three sets of doors altogether - two in the side and one at the front. Side door containers make loading and unloading an easy job, with enough room to get a loading pallet in and out.

If the container has to comply with shipping standards, there is a pre-fabricated 20ft full side access container on the market. These units always come as brands once used, however our modified versions for storage can be converted from either used or once used. We offer three standard side door products:

Storage doors for easy opening

Our S1 door type is the preferred side door option. Made from flat instead of corrugated steel panels they are much lighter and therefore better for frequent use - you don't have to wrestle with them every time you need access to your storage! For additional peace of mind, we can add on compressed door seals for £65.00 plus VAT to give a full watertight seal.

S3 doors for easy opening and added protection

Our premium door type is the S3 door. Made with two locking arms and external door seals as standard, these doors mirror the original shipping container door without the difficulty in opening them.

Roller shutter doors

Choose from electric or manual opening roller shutter doors. Made from fully welded galvanised steel, and lockable at both ends, these doors offer good protection against theft and vandalism, allow easy access and are often used for container conversions for catering businesses.


Need full side access but want to keep costs down? Where security is not an issue, curtain-siders can provide cheap, full side-access by the simple means of removing one side of the container and replacing it with a heavy-duty, PVC coated polyester fabric. This material has a lacquered gloss finish and UV protection on both sides. It is extremely hardwearing and well suited for use in extreme weather conditions. Curtain-siders are quick and easy to open and don't take up much space.


Phil Creed from Forest Lodge Primary School ordered a 25ft container with S1 side doors (in addition to the S1 end doors), and had the entire container ply lined and insulated to prevent condensation:

"Good quality, extremely helpful...the communication and customer service was excellent."Read all testimonials here!
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