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Flat Pack Shipping Containers

Containers Direct are the largest retailer of genuine ExpandaStore® flat pack shipping containers, the best-selling and best quality demountable container available in the UK. These units are from the ExpandaRange®, and are ideal where robust anti-vandal storage is required but space is limited or access restricted. Flat pack shipping containers can be delivered to even the most awkward of locations, without the expense of a heavy lifting vehicle. All components are fully man portable, which means that if necessary they can be carried by hand to the precise spot where they are required. If your site is not suitable for access by a large lorry then choose flat pack storage containers. While being lightweight and compact when down, the ExpandaStore® is very strong when erected. With two euro deadlocks on the door as standard, our units offer very high levels of security, which can be further maximised by a locking bar and padlock. They are perfect to use as mobile storage container units too, as the time taken to put them up and down can be as little as an hour. The only tools required are a screwdriver, socket set and a cup of tea!

Why choose flat pack containers?

Quick and easy assembly

Our flat pack range is quick and easy to assemble with no specialist tools required.

Secure and

Made from galvanised steel with inbuilt double locking system, flat pack containers offer great security.

flat packed

These units are delivered in flat pack form and are completely man portable making them a perfect option for difficult to reach areas.

Demountable and portable

Flat pack containers are demountable meaning they can be relocated and re-assembled multiple times.

12 Month

We offer all of our flat pack units with a 12 month fair wear and tear guarantee for additional peace of mind.

Quick and easy assembly

Take a look at our guide to erecting flat pack containers in eight simple steps. It's not as tricky as you may think, and the smallest size can be put together by two people in less than 60 minutes. The reverse process will bring your container back down to flat pack form for easy removal to a new location, or to be neatly stored away.

Flat Pack Container Dimensions

We supply these flat pack containers in three sizes 2 metre, 3 metre & 4 metre. All the units are 2.1 metres high and 2.1 metres wide. As these units are from the 'Expanda' range they are all completely modular, so additional units can be joined together at any stage, by linking them either side by side or end to end with a simple linking kit. For instance, joining up a 4m and a 2m flat pack container will give you near enough the equivalent of a 20ft shipping container, while three 4m units give you a 40ft shipping container. For reference, a 3m flat pack container is around the same size as our standard 10ft shipping containers.

Flat Pack Sizes


Standard features of flat pack shipping containers

  • Galvanised body

  • Double locking system for additional security

  • Modular system allows you to join units together side by side, or end to end, with a simple linking kit

  • Low cost

  • Stainless steel hinges

  • Rounded roof corners

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Optional Extras

For our full range of additions, prices and details please see our Expandastore optional extras page. Unpainted and blue and green containers are the standard options subject to stock availability. Bespoke colour options from the RAL chart may be available from the manufacturer on a special order (approx. 12 week lead time) subject to confirmation.

NB: The adjustable levelling feet do not go on the corners, but approximately 400mm in. We would suggest fitting the levelling feet before assembling the rest of the unit.

Cheap delivery nationwide

We are able to offer low price delivery rates on flat pack products, as they are transported in bulk in a compact form.

Flat pack containers are typically delivered on a 26 tonne rigid lorry with a hiab crane to offload, and all deliveries are made curb-side. Although flat pack containers are designed to fit into difficult spaces, the vehicle will still need to have good access and sufficient room for the crane to setup and offload. If the delivery vehicle can't get quite where you need it, all components of the container can be carried separately. These units are completely man-portable!

To keep delivery rates competitive and cost effective, flat pack containers are quoted based on a shared delivery rate. This means we are unable to guarantee a specific time. If you need a dedicated delivery, our sales team can advise on the best option for you.

Request a Quick Quote!

Contact our sales team for your no obligation quote, including delivery!

Insulated flat pack stores

Buy insulated flat pack stores when you need to store items susceptible to damage from cold and condensation. Insulated stores offer all the features of our other flat pack containers, with the addition of in-built insulation. Insulation consists of an inner and outer skin with 40mm Polyurethane insulation in between and glass wool inside the door panel to keep your store condensation free.

Flat pack shops

The ExpandaKiosk is the perfect flat pack pop-up shop. With a large upward tilting hatch, this flat pack container is ideal for retail, catering, event information points, ticketing and security, Flat pack shops are popular in the "pop up" sector, where use at events, markets and festivals requires quick and easy mobility to cover frequently changing venues. The flat pack shop can be linked to the insulated store for extra storage space making this a versatile set up for any on-the-go retailer.

Other Flat Pack Container Products

Our container offices range includes flat pack offices. Known as the ExpandaKabin®, they start from 2.3m and go up to 6m (20ft) and beyond. They are ideal for gardens or for large scale commercial projects where access is difficult. Our flat pack offices are fully insulated and can be supplied with a wall mounted electrical pack. We also offer the ExpandaChem®; a bespoke self-assembly flat pack chemical store. With a sumped floor and suspended steel grate, these units are the perfect low cost COSHH compliant chemical store.

Contact Us!

If you would see some of our flat pack containers, please ring us free today on 0800 061 2575 to arrange a visit to our depot - you can be sure of a friendly and helpful response from any of the team!


"We cannot fault the service provided, everyone involved provided an excellent service - especially Cory, Hannah and the Haulage Driver - Thank you very much!"

From Beck Bottom Community Garden who purchased a 3m Flat Pack Insulated Container

"Delivery time from purchase was excellent"

From Stephen Turner - Mt Cook Adventure Centre who purchased a 3m Flat Pack Galvanised Container

"Great customer service with Cory and the delivery team dropping to 2 locations on site, really appreciate the great service."

From Tara Stirzaker - St James School who purchased two 2m Flat Pack Containers with two sets of self levelling feet.

"Excellent and value for money."

From Malcolm Godwin - Kernow Learning who purchased one 3m Flat Pack Galvanised Container

"So far the service we have received from the first contact telephone call to the emails keeping us updated and your transport team has been great - Thank you."

From Dawn McCutcheon - Eagle Community Primary School who purchased a 4m Insulated Flat Pack Container

"Great all-round service and product."

From Peter Cloke who purchased one 4m Insulated Flat Pack Container in Green

"Many thanks for the swift delivery of the 3 x containers. The containers were put together very easily and under 45 mins, much quicker and easier than a wood shed of the same size. The locks are superb and very secure. I would strongly recommend these containers to other schools as alternative storage areas."

From Cunningham Builders Ltd who purchased a 3m Flat Pack Galvanised Container

"From first contact to delivery I was informed of each step of the process."

From Vicky Hibben - Awel Y Mor Primary who purchased one 4m Flat Pack Container in Green

"Excellent customer service. Great container, better than I expected, really pleased with my purchase."

From Short Wood Primary School after taking delivery of their order of flat pack containers

"Containers arrived on time, driver unloaded onto my own trailer with no problems very professional! Have erected the 2 containers, went up easy very good quality. I am very impressed and will recommend you to anyone looking for containers."

From Michael Chalker who purchased two 3m flat pack containers with a linking kit.

"Many thanks for organising the supply of the flat pack containers so quickly and efficiently. Your customer service was faultless and I must say how impressed we are with the flat packs, easy to put together and very secure as well as being easy to use. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company to any schools looking for secure and costs effective storage"

Rice Lane Junior School - Pauline

"Top quality flat pack container fully insulated easy to put up."

From Jeremy Moon Decorator and Paperhanger Ltd who purchased one 2m flat pack insulated container in green.

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