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Cladded Shipping Containers

How to make a shipping container not look like a shipping container - choose wood cladding! Containers Direct are the industry leading experts in providing high quality, visually appealing cladded shipping containers. We use a variety of wood types, to best help blend your container into its surroundings, and fulfill any planning permission requirements in rural locations. We can clad any container, whether it's a simple storage unit, a container office or a unique container conversion. Cladding can be used to disguise your container, if a metal box is not in keeping with the overall aesthetic of your site. Schools, playing fields, gardens, allotments, rural and Greenfield sites are key candidates for cladded containers. Take a look at our standard cladding types below:

rustic cladding
Our 'Rustic' cladding is a rough sawn, white spruce cladding. The timber is tanalised to make it more durable and longer lasting. This is our budget cladding option, suitable for a wide range of applications.

clean cut cladding
'Clean Cut' cladding is the same as our Rustic option, but with one planed edge giving a smoother finish to your container. We would suggest this as a medium upgrade for customers looking for a more polished look for their shipping container.

seamless shiplap cladding
The 'Shiplap' cladding is slotted together meaning no corrugation is visible, completely disguising the fact that there's a shipping container underneath! This gives a seamless appearance to your container, recommended for bespoke, high end conversions.

Our cladding comes from natural woods, which will produce natural variations of half an inch to an inch and a half in between each section. This replicates the organic appearance found in nature and adds to the charm of a cladded container.

Our Premium Cladding Options

Although we offer three standard types of cladding, we understand that sometimes it's a bespoke and unique finish that our customers are looking for. We also offer the below types of cladding for our shipping containers as premium finishes, and are happy to assist in sourcing any other bespoke requirements.

siberian larch cladding
waney edge cladding

NB. There will be a supplementary charge applied to cladding around apertures (e.g. for additional doors, windows, vents etc.), and for extra wide containers. Please speak to our sales team for more details on our pricing.

Cladded Shipping Container Case Studies

Cladded shipping containers are rising in popularity alongside the growth of the "pop up" industry. This trend has seen shipping containers converted for use in retail and catering industries especially, and the better your container looks, the more of a talking point it becomes, which of course is good for business! Wood cladding gives that little bit extra and as you can see from our conversion work on display, it can transform a container from a basic metal box into a unique unit, whatever its purpose! We can clad any size container, whether it's a standard used 20ft shipping container, a used 40ft shipping container, new, or cut down to a specific size, as we do with our 10ft shipping containers.

cladded farm shop case study
eco bird box case study
new build cladded garage container case study

cladding swimming pool changing rooms
siberian larch cladded storeroom
cladded workshop case study

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Planning Permission

garden centre shipping containerWood cladded shipping containers give an aesthetic that blends in with the natural beauty of rural surroundings, and can satisfy most planning permission conditions that may arise from planting a metal box in a the countryside. We have clad boxes for a garden centre shop in Snowdonia National Park, and a large double garage in the beautiful rural village of Beckington Mill, Somerset. We also offer a bespoke matching and sourcing service if you have specific planning permission requirements. For instance, we sourced Siberian Larch for cladding the garden centre shop, in order to satisfy the rigorous planning permission conditions. However, we would always recommend checking your council's specific planning permissions before purchasing your container, just in case.

How We Clad Shipping Containers

The Cladding Process

We attach batons to the steel walls of the container, and then attach the timber in vertical sections. The pictures below show the process of cladding undertaken with Siberian Larch which we specially sourced for the Camlan Coffi Garden Centre shop.

Please note that once cladded, container doors will open to a maximim of 180 degrees.

cladding in progresssecond stage cladding processthird stage cladding processfourth stage cladding processfifth stage cladding processfinished cladding

Optional Extras

We offer a range of optional extras for our cladded shipping containers to help ensure your container is perfect for you.

canteen package upgrade
patio doors in shipping container
serving hatch in shipping container
sloping roof for shipping containers
living roof for shipping containers
ply lined shipping container
sky lights in shipping container
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From Keith Cuss who ordered a used 15ft shipping container with cladding

"From start to finish. Kept up to date after purchase, to delivery time, then confirmation of delivery date. And transport company drive contact to deliver to site. 1st class all round."

From Susie Monnington - 15ft used S1 container with ply lining.

"I just wanted to thank you all at Containers Direct for the excellent service you have provided, keeping me up to date with progress and to say how pleased I am with my container that arrived this morning. The cladding out inside is top class and the delivery driver was extremely helpful and cheerful too! I would have every confidence in recommending your company to any interested customers."

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