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Small sized containers are always in demand, for storing smaller loads, or using in areas where space is limited. We make this neatly sized container at Containers Direct, by cutting down from used, larger shipping containers. For example, a 20ft shipping container can be divided into an 8ft and a 12ft piece - the basis for two new containers. And a 40ft container can yield five new 8ft containers!

Once the 8ft sections have been cut, we need to make complete the process with either new doors, or a new end wall, or both, depending upon where the cut has been made. Containers Direct specialise in manufacturing new doors for cut down containers, offering a choice of four distinct styles.

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.

Door styles for 8ft containers

S1 doors

These are flat panelled steel doors, are much easier to open and close than standard shipping container doors, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing. Often the preferred choice of schools and clubs, for use as garden sheds, a bike store, or general storage. Take a look at an example of an 8ft S1 container

Price of 8ft container with S1 doors - £1195 plus VAT

S2 doors

The original shipping container door is most popular on building sites and has the advantage of retaining the rubber door seals, for complete watertightness. The disadvantage is that you may have to struggle to open and close them, unless you are used to working in manual labour! See our standard 8ft S2 container

Price of 8ft container with S2 doors - £1195 plus VAT

S3 doors

At Containers Direct we offer a unique third option which combines the advantages of both types of door. We are lucky to have manufacturing facilities on site and have designed and manufactured a door which is both easy to use and is superior in quality. Although the appearance of S3 doors may differ slightly from container to container, they all share these characteristics:
  • New/once-used

  • External rubber door seals

  • Waist high handles

  • Two locking arms on the right hand door only

  • Shoot bolts on the left hand door

See our 8ft S3 container for more product details

Price of 8ft container with S3 doors - £1370 plus VAT

S4 doors

8ft wide roller shutter doors with a choice of manual or electric operation. Made from galvanised steel, they are frequently used for container conversions, and can be fitted as an additional door, or a replacement for the original.

Price of 8ft container with manual Roller Shutter door - £1650 plus VAT

(Please enquire for price of electric option)

S5 doors

These are steel personnel doors, suitable for frequent pedestrian use in out of the container, incorporating multi deadlocks and offering high levels of security. Personnel doors are the preferred door type for our portable site office units, and other conversions, such as offices, classrooms, workshops and equipment stores.

Price per personnel door - £565 plus VAT



Included in the price of all our 8ft second hand containers, is an exterior re-spray with our specialist rubberised container paint, in a choice of colour.

Please note, for very light or bright paint options (ie white, yellow, red, orange) there is a supplementary charge of £120


All our 10ft containers come with a steel lockbox, which protects the padlock from tampering (usual retail price £55)



Add one of our specialist Lock 2000 padlocks, compatible for use with the lock box, for a discounted price of £35 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

Ply Lining

Ply lining and insulation will maintain a steady temperature inside the container, and therefore prevent condensation problems and damage to stored items, such as paperwork, textiles or household furniture. For more details, read our page on ply lined containers

Cost to supply and fit an 8ft ply lining -£650 plus VAT


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

Cost to clad an 8ft container starts from £890 plus VAT

Shelving Racks

Our multi-purpose shelving racks are ideal for creating organised and accessible storage. With a steel framework, this interconnectable shelving is designed for heavy weight bearing.

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


Get connected with one of our electrical packages. Even in an 8ft container, you can have power. We offer two standard options of electrical installations:

    Option 1: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, 5ft strip light with diffuser, a double socket - from £315 plus VAT
    Option 2: One external hook up, a consumer unit, light switch, 5ft strip lights with diffuser, two double sockets and wall heater - from £405 plus VAT


Reduce condensation in your container! All our containers can be treated with Grafotherm, a low cost solution to control condensation in steel containers.

Cost to treat an 8ft container - £120 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

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