Quirky Container Conversions From Around The World
Container conversions are gaining more and more popularity with each passing year. This has given designers and architects the world over inspiration to make some truly unique designs purely using recycled shipping containers.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the quirkiest container conversions from around the world to explore what makes them so unique.
Two-Storey Coffee Shop
A popular choice for coffee shops, as the container adds a certain aesthetic, it’s not unusual to see containers converted into one. One coffee shop in Midrand, South Africa, decided to go the extra mile and make their shop two-storey instead of the usual single.
But what else makes this particular coffee shop unique? Aside from its extra floor, it is also a miniature museum of sorts with displays of old coffee making machines on both storeys which customers can admire while they drink their latte.
What happens when you have a multitude of unused shipping containers? You turn them into a fully functioning concert hall, of course! For one designer in Sion, Switzerland, that’s exactly what they did, creating an auditorium, stage, ticket desk and rehearsal room.
Of course, these containers were put into an existing building rather than creating an entirely new one, but the innovation is still there and, we’ll admit, it’s pretty clever. It definitely offers a unique atmosphere and os the perfect venue for some underground band gigs.
Floating Student Accommodation
While making student accommodation out of recycled materials is nothing new, making them out of shipping containers while floating on water is something totally out there. For the university in Copenhagen, Denmark, they’ve done just that, saving on both money and space.
In case you’re wondering, you can rent out one of these student properties for £472 a month. It’s definitely something different to wake up to, in any case.
If any of these examples have inspired you to convert a shipping container into a business space, check out our container conversion page.
How To Keep Your Shipping Container Secure
Keeping your shipping container secure is, for many businesses, of utmost priority. This can be the case no matter how you use it: as a converted office space, an open bar or just for storage. They’re ideal for storing things securely but not if they’re easy to get into.
Thankfully, there are more than a few ways to keep your shipping container secure. Here are five ways you can help in keeping up with tight security.
The easiest and most efficient way of ensuring security is providing your container with a heavy-duty padlock. With a thick chain wrapped around the door handle, you’ll rest easy knowing that you’ve just made it much more difficult for a thief to break in.
The best kind of padlock for shipping containers is the shutter ones, the bigger the better. We also recommend ones that have their own key to unlock. Padlocks are fine but there is always a chance the would-be thief could guess correctly.
The major downside to padlocks is that, if you have the right tools, they are fairly easy to break. Bolt cutters are their worst enemy. This is why lockboxes are so great; they make sure that padlocks are exceedingly difficult, if not impossible to break open.
They take the form of steel boxes which fit snugly over your container’s padlock. There’s normally enough room to open the padlock with a key, but not for any tool which may pose a threat to your security. If you have a padlock securing your container, a lockbox is certainly recommended.
Working in much the same way a deadlock would in an ordinary house, an inner bolt slides across one door of the container from the inside, making it impossible to open unless you open the other door.
This lock stops the right-hand door of a container from undoing its locks, much like how a stop lock works on a car’s steering wheel. Pretty simple but very effective as an added security measure on your container.
Finally, adding an alarm system to your container can be an extremely effective security measure. It may sound like overkill but you’ll be surprised how well this works. Of course, it works best if your container is close to a nearby building but most can be fitted out with pretty sophisticated hardware, including motion sensors.
If you’re in the market for some other security measures, why not take a look at all the accessories we offer at Cambridge Shipping Containers?
Which Accessories Go Best With Your Shipping Container?
After converting your container to be used for your business’s main premises, the next stage is to properly kit it out with some accessories. Some of these may be necessary, while others may be just a great thing to have.
So, which accessories will go best with your converted container? Let’s take a look and find out.
If you’re running a tight operation in your converted office, some good storage is a must. Not just any storage, mind. You’ll need shelves that fit your container’s dimensions as well as provide plenty of space to move around.
Do you think your business needs this? Then perhaps you should consider some container shelving. It will definitely help with any potential clutter.
This is a no brainer. If you have a converted container, whether it be a bar or just a simple office, then you’ve got to have windows. But perhaps you need more than you might think. And why not go bigger? One tiny little window won’t do much to light things up and might add to your electric bill.
So, more windows or bigger windows. It’s entirely up to you and depends how “open” you want your space to be, but it’s definitely worth considering.
Lockboxes are steel weldings put over the padlock of your container to prevent thieves from breaking in. It’s a fairly effective security measure if you want that extra piece of mind and recommended for businesses whose containers still have their original doors.
It’s an accessory worth investing in, and will definitely provide the peace of mind you need when away from your container. If you want to take a look at some of the other accessories we have in stock at Cambridge Shipping Containers?
How to Find the Right Shipping Container for You
There are so many different sized shipping containers out there. How do you know which one is right for you and your needs? Our guide can give you all the help you need in choosing the right shipping container size for you.
8ft Shipping Containers are the smallest size that we can provide. This size container is best suited for storage purposes. However, a container of this size could also be converted into a small security office.
10ft Shipping Containers are a bit larger than the smallest size that we offer, opening up a whole new range of possibilities for you! 10ft shipping containers are perfect for transporting cargo. You can also transform them into shower blocks or toilet facilities for outdoor events, such as parties or festivals.
20ft Shipping Containers are much larger than those before. A shipping container of this size is perfect for a small office for one or two people. You could also get creative with your container and turn it into your own hideout or tool shed.
30ft Shipping Containers can be used for a variety of things. This size container can be transformed into a larger office space and could even be big enough for a small pop-up shop.
A 40ft Shipping Container has so many possibilities. A cinema room, a café and a shop are just some creative conversion ideas for your shipping container. This size container can fit furniture, such as chairs and tables, and so it would also be perfect for a classroom or an office. Shipping containers are also great for office and classroom spaces because they can be moved around as temporary spaces in order to fit your needs.
High Cube Containers are 300mm higher than standard sizes shipping containers. We offer high cube containers in two sizes; 20ft and 40ft. High cube containers are often used more for transporting goods, especially items that would be too tall to fit into shipping containers that are standard height.
If you want to find out more about the different shipping container sizes that we offer and what we can do to help meet your needs, visit our contact us page here and fill in our form.
3 Innovative Uses For Shipping Containers
Shipping containers are very popular right now. There are many uses for shipping containers ranging from storage to office spaces.
Shipping container owners are beginning to put their creative energies to use and turning their shipping containers into all sorts of things! We have found some of the most innovative uses for shipping containers around today.
1: A pop-up shop
Pop-up shops are quite a trend at the moment. Many major clothing companies have launched pop-up shops across the country as an accessible way for consumers to get their products.
Using a shipping container for your pop-up shop is a great way of showing that your business is unique. As shipping containers come in various sizes and colours, they are customizable enough to ensure they are fit for purpose and to coordinate with your brand.
At Cambridge Shipping Containers, we offer various sized containers, ranging from 8ft to 40ft! We can also provide an assortment of accessories to help keep your container as secure and as practical for purpose as possible.
2: A Swimming Pool
For many people, it will always be a dream to have your very own swimming pool in your back garden. Well, now you can! A 20ft or 40ft shipping container makes a pretty big swimming pool. With no major work, you can have yours up and running quite quickly!
Here at Cambridge Shipping Containers, we also sell open-top containers; these are perfect for all kinds of wacky creations!
3: A Garden Shed
A shed can be the staple of a gorgeous garden. Shipping Containers can be great for using as a garden shed. They come in a variety of colours; that way, you can make your shed as bright or as camouflaged as possible, depending on your tastes.
The durability of shipping containers also make them great for using as a garden shed; they won’t rot, like a wooden shed might do, and you can attach all kinds of fixtures to the inside to customise it as much as you want to suit your needs. You can even make your shed insulated, so you can continue working on your projects in the colder months!
At Cambridge Shipping Containers, we offer ply lining and insulation for all of our shipping containers in order to help keep out the damp and the cold.
What creative uses could you come up with for a shipping container? For more information on the variety of sizes and accessories we offer for our shipping containers, contact us here!