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5 Reasons Shipping Containers Make Great Storage Space

2021 February 03
Written by Make Space Storage

Use of a shipping container for storage is great because of the way shipping containers are designed, how they were constructed and their variation in sizes. 

Shipping containers were designed to transport heavy cargo across the ocean in some of the most extreme weather conditions. This means that they have to be durable, safe, secure and weatherproof. The structure of shipping containers are made out of stainless steel and are able to hold everything from food to large machinery. Storage containers are made to keep everything inside them safe and secure making Shipping containers make the best self-storage units.

Another reason why use shipping containers as self-storage units is a great idea is because of their variations in types and sizes. They come in many different types, making it possible to store larger items  that are not able to fit through the end side doors or items that need to be kept at certain temperatures. They also come in various sizes ranging from 10ft, 20ft and 40ft with our 20ft container being the most popular. 

First we will look at reasons you might need a shipping container  and into the sizes of storage containers and what you can fit inside of them. Then we will discuss the 5 reasons why using shipping containers as self-storage units is a great idea.

Using shipping containers for storage units

10ft Shipping Containers

If you are looking to pack up a small one-person flat then a 20ft shipping container is a great choice for you. Many students use a 10ft shipping container when they pack up and go home for the summer. The exact size of a 10ft shipping container is 9ft 4” long x 7ft 8” wide x 7ft 10” high.

20ft Shipping Containers

The most commonly used shipping container is the 20ft shipping container. The exact dimensions of 20ft containers are 20' long x 8' wide x 8' 6” high. Most people are able to fit the contents of a 3-bedroom home in a 20ft container. This will differ depending on the size and shape of the items in your house and how much stuff you have. The more organized your belongings are the more you will be able to fit. The 20ft container is the most popular because it is large enough to hold most people's belongings and still much easier to transport and store then a 40ft container.

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40ft Shipping Containers

If you have A LOT to store and the room then a 40ft container may be the best choice for you. It will be cheaper than transporting two 20ft containers. A 40ft container can usually hold the contents of a 5-bedroom home or between 2 and 4 cars depending on the size. Make sure to plan ahead if you are going to be using a 40ft container for storage of household items. You want to make sure that the items you may need are closest to the front of the container so that you don’t have to take everything out to get to what it is you need.

Office Container

Shipping container offices have always been popular for construction sites and in the agriculture industries but with more people working from home they are becoming more popular for the average person. Our office containers come in several different designs and are all wired for electrical and have interior lights and heat.

Reasons to use shipping containers for storage


 Why use a shipping container for storage? There are many good reasons for using a shipping container for storage, one of the most important reasons that shipping containers make great storage spaces is because they are constructed to be very strong. Shipping containers are designed to carry heavy cargo across the ocean in all kinds of weather conditions. This means they were built to take a beating. They are made from stainless steel and watertight ensuring that everything in your container is kept safe from the elements and secure from anything else.


Another reason you might need a shipping container instead of a storage locker is for portability. Being able to easily move your container is another reason why shipping containers are great for storage. Have a shipping container dropped off to your house or business ready for you to use as storage. Looking to move? You can ask about help in moving in your city for example rent a storage container in Calgary. Then we can drop off a storage unit to you for you to load and then pick it up when you are ready and drop it off at your new location! It’s that simple.


All of our containers at Make Space Storage are wind and water tight so you can be sure that your shipping container will withstand the toughest of weather conditions. Keep your belongings safe and dry in the rain, snow and any other elements. This is just one more reason to use shipping containers for storage.

Rodent & Bug Proof

Make sure to keep your valuables safe from rodents and bugs. Another reason to use shipping containers for storage is because they are able to keep out pests that could easily destroy the contents of your container.

Different sizes available 

Shipping containers make the best self-storage units because there are different types and sizes of containers to fit your needs. We mainly have 10ft - 40ft containers with our 20ft container being our most popular. 20ft shipping container fits most driveways and back yards, and provides enough room to store at least as much stuff as would fit into an average 2-bedroom apartment.  


At Make Space storage we have many customers that use shipping containers as storage facilities so  you can be sure that you will have a great experience renting containers with us and at the best price.

All of our containers are weatherproof, rodent proof, secure and safe. We can drop off a container for you on your property for you to store your items or if you are looking to move, we can drop off the container for you to load up and deliver it to your next location when you are ready. 

If you want to learn more about renting a Make Space Storage container contact us today! 


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