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Ten Creative Ways to Repurpose Shipping Containers with the Help of Custom Fabricators


There are over 17 million shipping containers in the world1, and while they are originally designed for freight and the transportation of cargo, individuals worldwide are taking advantage of these environmental, durable, and cost-effective structures to further innovate and improve infrastructure with creative solutions.

Here are 10 creative ways to repurpose a shipping container:

Amplify Marketing Efforts
Want to stand out from the competition? Customized shipping containers can help a business create a unique backdrop at marketing and sales events and better showcase a business’ products and services while drawing attention from all event attendees. Since they are transportable and durable, they can easily be moved from show to show without the hassle.

Expand Your Business
The pop-up store has become a go-to marketing strategy for retailers looking to grow their brands or introduce new products. The size, shape and sturdy nature of shipping containers are ideal for converting them into trendy pop-up shops, bars, or cafes. In addition, reduced costs for inventory, management, and labor make the pop-up model ideal for both large and small businesses.

Develop Infrastructure
Considering the size and shape of shipping containers, and how their unwavering steel structures can withstand lots of weight, they serve as a great material to use for developing citywide infrastructure. While innovation is limitless, some of the most popular industrial design examples range from expansive bridges to pedestrian walkways to public playgrounds.

Construct a House
For those wanting to build a house that is both environmentally friendly and affordable, shipping containers serve as a great option. Depending on their size and quality, working with a custom container fabricator could be a much more cost-effective option, typically costing around 20% less than a traditionally constructed house.

Build a Backyard Oasis
Since shipping containers are offered in a variety of sizes, they can easily be customized to fit an individual’s backyard needs whether that includes installing a swimming pool, art studio, tool shed or separate living quarters. Also, a great benefit of using a shipping container to create a backyard oasis is their ability to be transported in case of any future moves.

Work Close to Home
Renting office space can often be expensive, hard to secure, and may not always be in the most convenient location. For this reason, shipping containers are now being utilized as office space, and can be seen popping up in major cities around the world. Their compatible, single-unit structure allows them to be used individually or stacked upon each other— allowing options for both small- and large-scale companies.

Grow Your Garden
Shipping containers offer an exceptional controlled environment for the cultivation of produce. Custom fabricators and industry leading technology give farmer’s control of temperature, humidity, CO2, and more. Another great benefit of these indoor farms is that they’re stackable; therefore, less land is required to yield an impressive crop.

Prepare for Emergencies
Disaster can strike at any moment, and it is important to assist those in need with basic necessities as soon as possible when this happens. Since shipping containers are easy to transport and can be manufactured to provide climate control, they serve as exceptional option for temporary life support facilities and can be customized to include features such as mobile bathrooms, mobile showers, and mobile dining amenities to those affected.

Improve Health and Well-being
Looking to improve health and moral? Custom fabricators can convert shipping containers into world class weight training facilities, stocked with equipment found in standard gyms and training facilities. From the military to public/private companies, these mobile structures have the ability to enhance employee health and well-being, wherever it is needed.

Build a School
In developing countries and in some parts of the United States, there is still a great need for quality schools, and custom fabricators are being called on to meet this need. Since, they cost 10–20 percent cheaper than traditional infrastructure2, more money can be spent elsewhere. They are also a great material for classroom expansions or temporary learning sites if students are displaced from a natural disaster or influx of students.

Purpose-Built Solutions
Containerized Resources helps provide custom, purpose-built solutions designed specially to your needs. Our innovative mobile structures are constructed with industry leading technology and machinery, and are built in the United States by skilled, experienced metal fabricators and welders to ensure the best in quality, craftsmanship, and sustainability. We also offer branding capabilities to those looking to expand or reinvent their current brand.

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