Shipping Container News
Joining Up Shipping Containers **UPDATED
If you're thinking about a shipping container conversion but need something bigger than a standard 8ft wide container offers, then look no further – Containers Direct have expertly designed and practiced a method of joining up shipping containers to give you widths of 16ft, 24ft, 32ft and beyond.
Published Monday 11 January 2021, Updated Monday 11 January 2021 in: General
Wishing all our customers, past, present and future, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! **UPDATED
Christmas closing - please note that our offices will close at 1pm Thursday 24th December, and we will reopen on Monday 4th January, 8.30am.
Published Tuesday 22 December 2020, Updated Tuesday 22 December 2020 in: General
Deck the Box With Insulation! **UPDATED
Read our Christmas story of how ply lining and insulation saved the day at Christmas for a very special workshop owner and his helpers.
Published Wednesday 16 December 2020, Updated Wednesday 16 December 2020 in: General
Budget Shipping Containers **UPDATED
At Containers Direct we hold a plentiful supply of budget shipping containers, which we are able to deliver to all part of the UK at competitive rates. These are used containers, usually in the region of 10 -15 years old that are quality checked to ensure they are structurally sound and watertight, and come with a year's warranty to that effect.
Published Wednesday 9 December 2020, Updated Monday 14 December 2020 in: General
Welcoming our new addition – the MenuBox **UPDATED
Introducing the brand new MenuBox - a shipping container conversion designed with all the features you need to operate a portable catering business. Whether you're taking it on the road or have a fixed residence for it, you'll find everything you need at a price you'll like in the MenuBox.
Published Thursday 26 November 2020, Updated Tuesday 1 December 2020 in: General
The Best of Lockdown Shipping Container Conversions **UPDATED
While the country has ground to a halt this year, Containers Direct have still been busy producing shipping container conversions in our workshops for our clients. We've picked our favourite conversions produced during lockdown, to illustrate how people have been finding innovative ways to stay afloat and continue their lives with some normality, in work, leisure and business. Take a look at our home office, home gym and a pop up shop.
Published Thursday 12 November 2020, Updated Thursday 12 November 2020 in: General
Shipping Containers - a Horror Story **UPDATED
Happy Halloween! With all our parties cancelled this year we've decided to bring you our own little horror story, but with a happy ending. Don't let buying a shipping container turn into a nightmare - avoid getting tricked and turn your shipping container into a treat with a few simple additions that will stop your shipping container looking like a horror show.
Published Tuesday 27 October 2020, Updated Tuesday 27 October 2020 in: General
Storing Fireworks in Shipping Containers **UPDATED
With Bonfire Night fast approaching and many traders needing a safe space to keep their stock, it's time to look at how shipping containers can provide safe and secure storage for fireworks. Whether you're simply planning to keep your stock in one, or convert one into a shop for selling fireworks from, you can tick all the boxes for Trading Standards storing fireworks in shipping containers.
Published Thursday 15 October 2020, Updated Thursday 15 October 2020 in: General
Secure Tool Storage **UPDATED
Looking for storage solutions to your tools of the trade? When you have a large number of expensive tools to store which your livelihood depends upon, you won't want to be leaving it to chance that they don't get stolen. Containers Direct have come up with the ultimate, on-site solution to secure tool storage, our Hercules 667 tool vault, designed to deter even the most determined of thieves. With multiple security features you can leave your work at the end of the day safe in the knowledge that your valuable equipment is secure.
Published Wednesday 30 September 2020, Updated Wednesday 30 September 2020 in: General
What is a Flat Pack Shipping Container? **UPDATED
In simple terms these are storage containers supplied in pieces that require self-assembly. Technically speaking they are not shipping containers as they don't fit ISO requirements which allows them to be shipped, but generically they are referred to as shipping containers as they share many characteristics of shipping containers that are primarily used as storage containers. Both are strong steel boxes that are watertight and provide security from theft. Find out why a flat pack shipping container might be the best option for your storage needs.
Published Monday 14 September 2020, Updated Monday 14 September 2020 in: General
The Flat Pack Office: solving the problem of tricky access **UPDATED
Has working from home become stressful? Or maybe you've run out of room in the house to get on top of your personal affairs or enjoy your past times. Garden offices and dens are fast growing in popularity as an alternative to moving in order to up size, and with a range of flat pack offices on the market it's never been cheaper or easier to create extra space on your property.
Published Thursday 27 August 2020, Updated Thursday 27 August 2020 in: General
Your guide to shipping container maintenance **UPDATED
So now you've bought your shipping container, what steps can you take to ensure it stays in top condition and gives you the maximum years of trouble-free service? Read our guide to shipping container maintenance to find out how to get the most out of your container.
Published Thursday 13 August 2020, Updated Tuesday 25 August 2020 in: General
Let There Be Light! How to Power a Shipping Container **UPDATED
Did you know we can provide power to your shipping container? Electrics are one of our popular standard optional extras offered with all shipping containers and our clients choose electrical packages for a wide range of applications. Whether it's simply for lighting in a storage container, or to run a range of appliances in a shipping container conversion, we've got the power.
Published Wednesday 29 July 2020, Updated Tuesday 25 August 2020 in: General
Top 5 Shipping Container Conversion Ideas **UPDATED
Shipping containers are not just for storage, they make an excellent building blocks for a wide range of applications. See our shipping container conversion ideas, designed and built in our own conversions department for all types of uses - from offices to pop up shops and much more.
Published Tuesday 14 July 2020, Updated Tuesday 28 July 2020 in: General
Introducing the StudyBox - the shipping container classroom bubble that allows for distancing. **UPDATED
Containers Direct have come up with a brand new design of shipping container classroom which can be used as a temporary solution to allow for maximum capacity based on the 1m distancing rule, or as a permanent fixture for additional learning space.
Published Tuesday 30 June 2020, Updated Tuesday 28 July 2020 in: General
Do I Need My Shipping Container Repainted? **UPDATED
Painting your shipping container can dramatically improve its appearance, especially if you have a used shipping container. It can also extend the life of the container as it adds a protective layer against the elements. Containers Direct offer a free repaint on all used containers purchased under 20ft, but we can paint any container, new or used. Find out more about the process of repainting shipping containers.
Published Thursday 18 June 2020, Updated Tuesday 28 July 2020 in: General
Padlocks and Lockboxes for Shipping Container Security **UPDATED
For all shipping containers used as storage units, a specialist container padlock is highly recommended, to protect your precious contents from thieves and vandals. With every container purchase, Containers Direct offer top quality, Container padlocks - at a discounted price! In addition, a tamper-proof, theft deterrent steel lockbox can be added to your purchase.
Published Thursday 8 May 2014, Updated Tuesday 28 July 2020 in: General
Turning a Shipping Container into a Home Gym **UPDATED
Finding it hard to stay motivated with your exercise regime? Do your gym membership fees outweigh your usage? If you'd like to stay fit without leaving the house or paying ongoing costs then a home gym is the solution. Not many people are fortunate enough to have the space indoors for their gym equipment, but with a shipping container gym all you need is a little bit of space in your garden. See how a basic shipping container can be transformed into a home gym with the addition of few modifications.
Published Thursday 4 June 2020, Updated Wednesday 10 June 2020 in: General
The Bottom Line - What To Put Under Your Shipping Container **UPDATED
Where you choose to place your shipping container is very important to prevent future problems with using the doors. In particular original shipping container doors (ISO doors) can be a bit of a heave-ho to open and close, and if the container isn't sited on hard-standing, level ground this can make things worse. The simple solution is to plan and prepare for delivery in advance.
Published Tuesday 19 May 2020, Updated Wednesday 10 June 2020 in: General
Can I Put a Shipping Container on My Property **UPDATED
A question we frequently get asked is can I put a shipping container on my property. It's impossible to give a definitive answer on the point of planning permission, as local planning authorities have differing regulations depending on where you live, but in broad terms a shipping container is classed as a temporary structure, and therefore are exempt from requiring planning permission. So yes, you can put a shipping container on your property. However, we recommend you read on to be sure you don't make a costly mistake.
Published Tuesday 5 May 2020, Updated Wednesday 10 June 2020 in: General
How to Create a Shipping Container Office **UPDATED
Let us take you through the steps and processes we use to make one of our most popular conversions, the shipping container office, from the initial design to the fixtures and fittings and delivery.
Published Friday 28 February 2020, Updated Thursday 28 May 2020 in: General
Our Favourite Shipping Container Homes From Around The World! **UPDATED
Mobile, versatile, and with a low carbon footprint, shipping containers are gathering momentum as the building blocks for new homes. Take a look at some of the most ambitious and visually stunning shipping container conversion homes that are setting the world of architecture and construction alight.
Published Thursday 16 April 2020, Updated Friday 1 May 2020 in: General
5 Benefits of Using a Container Pop Up Shop **UPDATED
Trends can come and go, but we believe the current trend of using shipping container conversions to start up or expand your business is firmly here to stay. As people discover the benefits a shipping container can bring, in a fresh and exciting way that breaks the mould, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of requests for shipping container pop up shops.
Published Tuesday 31 March 2020, Updated Friday 1 May 2020 in: General
Corona Virus Update **UPDATED
Containers Direct Ltd are operating fully in line with the government's advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak in regards to ensuring our employees safety and wellbeing. We are continuing to trade and our business is still open for new and existing enquiries within our usual business hours of 8am-5.30pm. Our Sales staff are currently working remotely but can be reached on our usual office line – 0800 061 2575.
Published Tuesday 24 March 2020, Updated Tuesday 24 March 2020 in: General
Reasons to Chose a New Build Container **UPDATED
Why do we build new containers when there are plenty of used and new shipping containers ready for conversion? If you need something size-wise that a shipping container can't give you with its standard dimensions of 8ft wide, and 8ft 6in high, we've got it covered with our new builds - wider, taller or narrower!
Published Monday 16 March 2020, Updated Monday 16 March 2020 in: General
Title: Do you know the difference between New and Used containers? **UPDATED
Not sure whether a new or used container is best for you? What's the difference in quality and performance between the two? And how much value can you expect to be added in paying extra for a new container? Find out the answers to these questions and more.
Published Monday 10 February 2020, Updated Monday 10 February 2020 in: General
How Much Are Storage Containers To Buy? **UPDATED
Thinking about buying a storage container but not sure if it's affordable? Most people are pleasantly surprised when they find out the cost of a storage container is less than they thought. Buy wisely and you can get a quality purchase that will give you many years of trouble free, low maintenance dry and secure storage from a shipping container.
Published Thursday 23 January 2020, Updated Thursday 23 January 2020 in: General
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