How to make a shipping container not look like a shipping container - choose wood cladding! Containers Direct are the industry leading experts in cladding shipping containers in a variety of different 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, or a complete 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, rural and Greenfield sites are key candidates for cladded containers.

Planning permission

Wood cladding on containers gives 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.

Choose from three standard cladding options

How we clad containers

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 garden centre shop.

The garden centre shop

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

Door options for cladded containers

Although our standard door options work well with cladded containers, many of our clients chose alternative door styles that lend themselves well to the function and aesthetic of cladding, such as glazed patio style doors, sliding doors and bi folding doors. Cost for each 8ft wide patio and sliding door is £1750 plus VAT

Optional extra - sloping roof

A sloping roof gives the container a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, and when complete with cladding, the finished product resembles a woodland cabin rather than a shipping container. We make sloping roof by fitting a timber frame to the container roof, which we fill out using corrugated steel panels, powder coated in green, and then clad along with the rest of the container.

Guttering can be added for a neater appearance and water dispersal, please enquire for costs.

Price excluding VAT:
  • 10ft - £475

  • 15ft - £715

  • 20ft - £950

  • 25ft - £1185

  • 30ft - £1425

  • 40ft - £1900

Our cladded shipping containers gallery

See for yourself some of our quality cladding work.

Double garage

Seamless Shiplap cladding

Classic Rustic cladding

Clean Cut cladding

Cladding around patio doors

Cladding prices

10ft container
  • Rustic - £890

  • Clean cut - £980

  • Shiplap - £1320
15ft container
  • Rustic - £980

  • Clean cut - £1115

  • Shiplap - £1500
20ft container
  • Rustic - £1265

  • Clean cut - £1445

  • Shiplap - £1930
25ft container
  • Rustic - £1495

  • Clean cut - £1710

  • Shiplap - £2305
30ft container
  • Rustic - £1730

  • Clean cut - £1890

  • Shiplap - £2675
40ft container
  • Rustic - £2190

  • Clean cut - £2510

  • Shiplap - £3350
Additional costs apply to the following:
  • Painting

  • Cladding around doors and windows

  • High cube containers

  • Attaching cladding using welded box section frame instead of nails and batons

*We would always recommend checking your council’s specific planning permissions before purchasing.

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