When it comes to shipping containers for whatever your needs are, choosing the right size is crucial. Containers come in various sizes, each designed to accommodate different cargo types and volumes. In this blog, we’ll explore the most common shipping container sizes, their dimensions, and the types of cargo they are best suited for. Discover the perfect fit for your storage needs!
8ft Dry Van Container
8ft (L) x 7’4ft (W) x 7’4ft (H)
Starting with the smallest standard container. The 8ft container is a compact and efficient unit designed to meet smaller storage needs. With external dimensions of 8ft in length and 7.4ft in height and width it is a smaller unit all round when compared to other shipping containers. This unit is best placed when space is limited, providing a secure and weatherproof area to store goods. It is a popular choice for both residential and commercial applications, delivering convenience and functionality in a small package.
- Office supplies and documents
- Personal belongings
- Tools and garden equipment
- Sports equipment
10ft Dry Van Container
9’8ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 8’6ft (H)
10ft containers encompass all the advantages of an 8ft container, combining compactness and protection from the elements, while also providing slightly larger dimensions. For homes, these units present an excellent alternative to traditional garden sheds and for businesses seeking a quick and secure storage solution, these units fit seamlessly into a standard parking space, making them a convenient choice.
- Personal Belongings
- Inventory or stock for small retailers or online businesses
- Small furniture (chairs, desks, tables)
- Vehicle storage (Bikes, motorbikes)
20ft Dry Van Shipping Container
19’8ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 8’6ft (H)
The 20ft shipping container is the most popular option of them all. Boasting a large storage capacity while maintaining compactness and robustness against the elements. It offers a versatile option for transporting or storing a variety of goods. Ideal for residential storage, business inventory management, or on-site construction projects, the 20ft container offers ample space and security.
- Household furniture
- Retail inventory
- Construction Materials
- Large garden equipment (ride-on lawn mowers, wheelbarrows and outdoor furniture)
- Vehicle Storage (Cars, bikes and boats)
40ft Dry Van Shipping Container
40ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 8’6ft (H)
The 40ft container provides a significant capacity boost. With its expansive dimensions, this container offers a substantial capacity for storing large or bulky quantities of goods, equipment, or inventory. The 40ft dry van is a preferred choice for businesses requiring extensive storage capabilities or for commercial shipping and logistics providers who move substantial volumes of cargo.
- Large-scale inventory or stock for businesses
- Industrial-sized machinery
- Construction materials and heavy equipment
- Farming equipment or machinery
- Large-scale event or exhibition materials
- Vehicle Storage
40ft High Cube Container
40ft (L) x 8ft (W) x 9’6ft (H)
The 40ft high cube container, (also available as a 20ft), is designed to provide even greater vertical space for storage needs. With the same length and width as the standard 40ft dry van, it offers an extra foot of height, reaching 9.6ft. This added space is useful when storing or transporting lightweight, bulky, or voluminous goods that may not fit within standard containers.
- Oversized industrial machinery and equipment
- Large-scale manufacturing or processing equipment
- Vehicles or boats storage (with extra height clearance)
- Taller shelving or racking systems can be fitted
With all the various shipping container sizes available, you may still not see the right size for you. In addition to supplying the above, we also offer bespoke container solutions tailored to our customers’ specific requirements. Our conversion team specialise in cutting and resizing containers to create customised sizes that perfectly fit your needs and space. Whether you need some reducing or extending in the length, or width, we can work with you to find a suitable solution!
- Specialist equipment or machinery with unique dimensions
- Non-standard dimensions for unique architectural or construction purposes
- Specially designed storage solutions for equipment
The world of shipping container sizes offers a range of options to meet diverse storage needs. From compact 8ft and 10ft containers to standard 20ft and 40ft units, as well as the added vertical space of 40ft high cubes. Regardless of height, all the options provide a secure, wind, and watertight solution for your storage needs. We have a variety of shipping containers for sale ready to be delivered.