Most of our storage containers sold at Containers Direct are used shipping containers, as these are unbeatable in terms of tensile strength and security. But as these are made to very precise specifications to conform to shipping standards, we often need to modify them for better use as a storage container. This gives our clients a wider range of options when choosing a storage container to suit them.

Why chose side door containers?

Side door containers give our clients the flexibility to site their container with the long side facing outwards, instead of the narrow end where the doors are usually located on shipping containers.

Our 15ft side door containers are made up in our own workshops by taking 40ft shipping containers and shearing them into 15ft lengths. After we have fitted on new end walls to make a complete four sided container again, we then have to construct a brand new door in the side of the container.

Using our experience of storage container design, and feedback from our clients we are able to offer a choice of two distinct types of side doors.

Please note cut down containers are not suitable for shipping, stacking or lifting when loaded. They can be modified upon request if these conditions are required.

S1 Side door containers

S1 side doors are much easier to use than heavy shipping container doors and are constructed from lightweight, yet secure steel panels. We make them flat to decrease the bulk and weight, so they can be used by anyone without a struggle. The locking system is very secure -a steel arm lock, protected by a metal lockbox. Quality container padlocks then secure the lockbox.

Cost £1890 plus VAT

Compressed door seals

An option for S1 doors - these are attached to the inside of the container door and compress to form a watertight seal when the door is closed.

Cost - £65 plus VAT

S3 Side door containers

S3 side doors are a little more substantially built than S1 doors, with dual locking arms and the inclusion of a rubber seal around the outside of the door (as found on shipping container doors) to form a defence against water creeping into the container. Made from the same the lightweight steel panels as S1 container doors, they are still user friendly. These type of doors are our own unique design at Containers Direct.

Cost £2065 plus VAT

S4 Side door containers

Galvanised steel, padlockable on both ends, 8ft wide roller shutter doors make a great alternative, or addition, to standard storage doors. They come in either manual or electrical options.

Cost of manual option £2360 plus VAT

(Please enquire for cost of electric option)

Extra doors

These can be fitted in the opposite side of the container, or alternatively, on either end of the container. Choose from S1, S3 or S4 container door types. For end doors we can leave the original shipping container door in place (picture shows S2 doors, which are made from heavy corrugated steel and include a rubber seal).

Prices are £550 for an S1 or S2 additional door, and £725 for an S3 door

Personnel door

Steel security door for pedestrian use, incorporating multi deadlocks and offering high levels of security.

Cost per door £565



We include in the price exterior repainting to your choice of colour in rubberised container paint. This not only improves the cosmetic appearance of the unit but also adds an extra layer of protection, to extend the useful life of the container.

Please note, for very light or bright paint options (ie white, yellow, red, orange) there is a charge of £100


All of our 15ft shipping containers are fitted with a lockbox. The lockbox (usual retail price £55)covers the padlock and prevents tampering, giving a high level of security.



Our specialist Lock 2000 padlocks are designed for use with the lock box, and we can offer them at a discounted price of £35 plus VAT

Interior repainting

An interior repaint can instantly improve the appearance of used containers.

Cost - £170 plus VAT

Ply Lining

For the ultimate protection against the damaging effects of condensation to delicate items, such as paperwork, textiles or household furniture, we can add a plywood lining with insulating material to keep your container at a more constant internal temperature. For more details, read our page on ply lined containers

Cost to supply and fit a 15ft ply lining - from £950 plus VAT


"Disguise" your container with wood cladding. It protects, looks good, and can help with planning permission. Choose from three different types of wood. For more details read our page Cladded Shipping Containers

Cost to clad a 15ft container start from £980 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Make use of the height available in your container, not just the floor space! Our multi-purpose shelving racks are perfect for organised and accessible storage.

Cost per bay (1m/3ft wide) - £60 plus VAT - fitted, OR £45 plus VAT - self fitting


Installing power to your container is simple with our hook up kits. We offer two standard options:

    Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffuser, a double socket - from £330 plus VAT

    Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, two 5ft strip lights with diffuser, two double sockets and wall heater - from £420 plus VAT


Condensation in metal containers can be a nuisance if your stored goods are suspectible to moisture damage. Get your container treated with Grafotherm, a highly effective solution to keep condensation within containers at bay.

Cost to treat a 15ft container - £155 plus VAT.


We offer a variety of ramps for containers - car ramps. heavy duty ramps, lightweight ramps, hinged ramps and bespoke builds. A range of sizes are also available. Cost from £205 plus VAT

15ft New Side Door Containers from £2105 (on special offer while stocks last)


We recently supplied a 15ft container with an S1 door in the side for the London Wasps rugby union team. The 'team' was very impressed with both the container, and our service!

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for the fantastic service

Totally impressed

Barlby Library and Community hub ordered a 15ft repainted container, and were very happy with the results!

"I am pleased with the container and somewhat relieved
- it is not as big as I expected and fits perfectly into one
parking space to the rear of the building.

The repainted colour helps to render it less 'visible' than
expected so it doesn't look intrusive.

Please pass on my thanks to the delivery man who was
very helpful in putting the container in the best place for
the site.

Many Thanks


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