For decades, steel storage units have been used as a great storage solution for a number of different purposes, and here at Flintham Cabins, we have been at the forefront of these innovative uses of our steel containers. As a result, during the 35 years in the industry, we have seen our containers transformed into various things, from bars to holiday homes and everything in between.
So, we thought we would take a look at some of the more unusual and unique uses of steel containers that have come to light in recent years, showcasing the versatility of these great products.
Shipping container holiday homes work so well for numerous reasons, which is why they have become such a popular option for those looking for an interesting break. They are durable and weather resistant, making them suitable for numerous environments and climates, even the typical British weather!
In addition, they are versatile and customisable, as they can be modified to fit various sizes and shapes and equipped with multiple features, such as windows, doors, insulation, and plumbing. This means those looking to transform an old shipping container into a holiday home to rent out can have fun with their project and easily customise it using their branding and into their dream design.
Steel containers are excellent ways to add another room to your home, and in recent years we have seen a lot of great examples of this. For example, many people began working from home during the pandemic, so they used shipping containers to add an office to their outdoor space.
When converting a shipping container into a garden room, you must consider whether it will need planning permission. Steel containers, like sheds, are typically regarded as temporary structures, so they don’t usually need planning permission. However, if it obstructs light to a neighbour’s garden or blocks entrances, you may need permission from your local council.
Charity Pop-Up Shops
Steel containers have been popular choices for pop-up charity shops for several years for several reasons, but primarily because of their cost-effectiveness.
As a charity organiser, being cost-effective is likely a common concern. Another cost-effective option is using second-hand shipping containers for your charity events and storage needs. They are a great option as their affordability is astronomical compared to renting a business unit.
Sports Equipment Storage
One of the primary uses for used steel containers is storage. Of course, people store a wide range of different things, but one of the best uses of the units is sports equipment storage.
Sports and gym equipment is often large, bulky, and expensive, meaning getting the right, secure storage is crucial for their safety. The last thing you want is to have your equipment damaged or stolen, meaning steel containers are an excellent option. Our steel storage containers are manufactured from corrosion-resistant Corten steel, eliminating the chances of rusting and leaks. Not only this but they come fully equipped with locking bars and anti-jemmy lug fittings, making it near impossible for thieves to break in.
Many believe that shipping containers are the future of bars, and we can understand why. In the Instagram-able world we now live in, bar and restaurant owners are constantly looking for ways to boost the aesthetic appeal of their establishments to ensure they make it on influencer pages.
Steel storage containers may not look the most pretty when doing what they were built for (shipping cargo), but they’re easily customisable, meaning that with a splash of paint and a logo sprayed onto the side, they look pretty funky.
In recent years, we have seen many shipping container bars, pubs, and eating establishments popping up in cities across the UK, and consumers love it. They provide a unique and exciting setting and make great backdrops for social media pictures.
As mentioned, steel shipping containers are ideal storage units, but are they food safe? The short answer is yes.
Stainless steel storage containers are completely safe for food storage. Some stainless steel alloys are food-grade and can be used in kitchen accessories, appliances, and containers. This ensures absolute safety for all food stored in them. In addition to being safe, stainless steel containers offer versatile and practical storage for food. They can be used at every stage of food preparation in businesses such as restaurants. They are ideal for any catering aspect or venue, from cold storage to service.
Additionally, as shipping containers are portable, they are a great option for catering companies for large events looking to transport a considerable amount of food.
As you can see, steel containers are incredibly versatile and have many different uses. So, whether you’re looking for a second-hand shipping container to transform into a pop-up shop, a bar, or a holiday home, we can help. We have a range of brand-new and used shipping containers for sale, just check out the rest of our website or get in touch to find out how we can help.