Transforming Shipping Containers into Homes

Shipping containers are becoming an increasingly popular solution for building a home, but how exactly do you transform something that was originally used for shipping goods around the world into a comfortable place to live?

At Flintham Cabins, we understand the potential that shipping containers have, and here we are going to show you just how easy it is to transform a shipping container into the home of your dreams.



One of the easiest ways to instantly transform a shipping container is to add some colour. Traditionally, shipping containers are not designed to be aesthetically pleasing, but with a splash of colour they can instantly be transformed.

When painting a steel container, ensure that the surface is clean and free of dirt, and then prime it with an anti-rust primer before painting with multi-purpose enamel paint. Using brighter colours will give your home more character and cover up the original surface easier than more subtle shades.


Adding furnishings and finishing touches will easily transform any home, and a steel container is no exception. Adding sofas, beds and soft furnishings will instantly make your shipping container feel more like home, and soon enough you won’t be able to tell the difference.

As shipping containers don’t have a pre-determined style or fashion, you can design your home to completely suit your tastes. Modern, sleek designs are often well-suited to clean-lined steel containers, however they can just as easily be transformed into a vintage, cosy cottage.

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Work With the Cabin

You may find that if you try to fight the original design of your cabin or container you are facing an uphill struggle. Embrace the unique designs of your shipping containers and incorporate them into your interior and exterior designs for a completely individual look.

If you’re struggling for inspiration, look through some home style magazines and websites to see how other people have used the look of shipping containers in their home.

We hope you found this information helpful and that you are now inspired to create a steel container home of your very own. Flintham Cabins are a leading provider of steel containers in London, and if you are interested in using shipping containers to build your new home, we can help you to find the right containers to suit your specifications. For more information, contact us today by calling 020 8459 5984.

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