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Side Door Containers

Containers Direct make and supply side door containers for all purposes, from 10ft and above. Side door containers give you more freedom of access to your shipping container and more options when choosing where to position it. Say goodbye to cramming all your stuff down the back end of the container where access to it can become congested, and enjoy the feeling of knowing that you can access both ends of your container in equal measure. Also popular with shipping container conversions, side doors are made with flat steel panels which are easier to use than traditional shipping container doors. If even more access to your container is required we can add extra doors, or extra wide doors for full side access. Full side access can be achieved with additional sets of doors, or extra wide doors.

Modifying shipping containers for side doors

Using new and used shipping containers, we create an aperture in the side, into which we fit a new cargo style door. We give our clients the choice of keeping the original end door, or replacing it with an end wall. See our article Shipping Container Wall Build to find our how we do this.

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 once used containers, however our modified versions for storage can be converted from either used or once used. We offer three standard side door products:

A choice of door types

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.

For more on our different door types, see Types of Shipping Container Doors


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.

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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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