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Why Shipping Containers Should be Your Next Garage

By March 29th, 2017 Creative Uses 13 Comments


Why Shipping Containers Should be Your Next Garage


When thinking about building your garage, many thoughts come to mind: space, durability, affordability, and safety just to name a few. You want to make sure your vehicles and valued items are stored safely and effectively. When you build a garage out of shipping containers, you’re getting just that. Shipping containers are constructed of corten steel panels.  The exterior coating on the panels allows them to withstand the elements. They are easily movable, so if you want to add more space or change your garage layout, you can conveniently do so. Depending on how large you want to go, you can utilize multiple containers to build your garage heaven! Check out the above shipping container garage from the movie Tron: Legacy.

Now, here’s a few things you want think about before starting your Tron shipping container dream garage.

  1.  What kind of style are you going to build?

There are a few different ways people build container garages. Typically, you’ll place two containers as the outer beams, and build a roof over the two shipping containers. Or, just go straight Tron and place a shipping container as the roof as well. The two containers will provide lockable storage as well as a possible office/work space. The space below the roof will act as storage space for vehicles, tractors, machinery, etc.

If you don’t have or don’t need that much space, you can downsize and go a little more traditional and compact like the  garage below.

  1. What size containers will you use?

There are many different size containers you can use to build your container garage. First you need to decide what size you will purchase. They range in size from smaller 10’ containers to 45’ High Cube containers. The most standard size would either be a 20’ or a 40’ container. These containers are 20’ or 40’ long, 8’ wide, and 8.5’ high (click here for container specs). The 20’ container provides 1,165 cubic ft. of storage space and the 40’ provides 2,350 cubic ft. of interior space. Depending on how much space you have available, this decision will be very important in determining the overall size of your garage.  


  1. What Type of Containers Will You Use?

Next you will need to decide on the type of container. You can build with a new (one trip) container or a used container. New or “one trip” containers are the newest containers you can get.  They are not used for international shipping service.  They are loaded with cargo (one time) and shipped from the factory in China into the US.  One trip containers are the way to go if you are concerned with aesthetics.  If you want to cut down on the cost of the project a bit, we recommend going with used shipping containers.  Used containers are abundant in supply and range in condition. Used containers will vary in color and typically show signs of wear and tear with some rust, dents and dings.

  1. Will you add any custom modifications?

One of the best parts about constructing a garage with durable shipping containers is the ability to modify them to your exact needs and specifications.

    Container modifications can include:

  • Increased security and lock boxes
  • Roll up and personnel doors
  • Insulation and flooring
  • Lighting and electrical packages
  • Shelving
  • Heat/AC Units
  • Windows
  • Interior/Exterior paint
  • Exhaust fans and side vents


Let us help you get started on your dream garage, call us today or request an online quote!



  1. Casey Kile
    May 1st, 2017

    I want to build a garage. Most bang for the buck. 40 Xbox 20 footer. With sky lights

  2. Ray
    May 9th, 2017

    Hello Casey,
    Thanks for your inquiry. We are happy to assist you. However, we’ll need to know where you are located and a bit more about your project. We are based out of Atlanta. I’m not sure if you are anywhere near the Southeast or not. If you don’t mind, please shoot me an email directly with some additional information and we can take a look at the scope of the project. I can be reached at I look forward to hearing from you.

  3. September 27th, 2017

    We are looking at possibly using one of theses 20′ x 8′ for a paint booth outside our building, but attached to it. It would be a spray booth for gates and other items that we would paint on site here.Have you ever had one of these converted into one? We currently use a 40′ hi top for metal storage.

  4. Ray
    October 2nd, 2017

    Hello Mark,
    Thanks for finding us. I have heard of containers being utilized as a paint booth. However, we’ve never converted one for any of our customers. Provided it’s something within the scope of our capabilities, I’m sure we can do it. If you’d like to discuss this in further detail, please contact Troy Hudson here in our office. He would need some specs from you to determine if we are able to assist you. He can be reached at (770) 960-6210 or by email at Thanks!

  5. scott wedge
    November 21st, 2018

    I have stared my new shop , using 2 -40′ high cubes got them spread and level with one another
    at 41 feet from out side to outside gravel between ready for concrete ( needs formed at each end ) I work all the time and have not been able to get the roof on top full length of the boxes.
    I have gotten bar joist laying on top to weld to boxes, to help get it off in the direction looking for !
    and a few extra joist for expansion out front over a concrete pad. can send pics want a quoate to help get it done

  6. Ray
    November 27th, 2018

    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for finding us. Sounds like you’ve started working on converting containers into a custom shop. That’s awesome! Based on your comments, it doesn’t sound like we are going to be able to assist you with your project. We aren’t able to perform work off-site. We are physically located in Atlanta, GA. However, please feel free to send me some photos. If I’m able to offer any suggestions or refer you to someone, I’m happy to do so. You can email me directly at Thanks, Ray

  7. Ola
    November 24th, 2018

    I am planning to purchase a house in Delaware without a garage. I have sen homes built from containers and thinking of building an attached garage to this house from containers. How is that possible?

  8. Ray
    November 27th, 2018

    Hello Ola,
    Thanks for finding us and for the question. I would connect with local contractor/builder in Delaware. Preferably, one with experience in using containers for residential conversions. You will also need to check with your local municipality, to determine if a container can be permitted for a residential building project. I hope this information is helpful. Thanks, Ray

  9. dj lehn
    April 23rd, 2019

    we are in the Washington area about 1 1/2hrs north of Seattle. Thinking of building a garage from 2 of theses containers. Is it a hard conversion to do this job? do you have ship locations in this area? Thanks

  10. Ray
    April 30th, 2019

    Hi DJ, Thanks for finding us. Unfortunately, we don’t have a presence in Seattle. I recommend finding a local company to assist you with your project. Here’s a link to the National Portable Storage Association’s website (NPSA). You can use the directory and find a local container company in your area. I hope this information is helpful – Thanks, Ray

  11. Thomas Rogers
    June 29th, 2020


    Did you find a local Company? We too are looking to have a 3 container garage Kitsap County. What say you?

    Thanks in advance


  12. August 4th, 2020

    I love your idea about using shipping containers as a garage because it’s durable, affordable, and can store my car and other items safely and efficiently. My husband is planning to have a separate garage built in our ranch, and use half of it as a workshop for his DIY projects. I’ll suggest that he use a shipping container for his new garage since it’s steel panels can withstand extreme weather. Thanks for this!

  13. KaiWalker
    August 17th, 2020

    I’m looking at joining two 20x8x8.5 shipping containers. I want the 20′ dimension to be the depth, so I would need to remove one corner support from each box where they meet in the middle for the rolling garage door. Do i need to weld in an I-beam for support or will simply welding the top and front lip be enough?

    I would actually love the HIGH (9.5′) shipping container but they only seem to come in 40′ option. Could I cut one of these in half and have the open ends on one side?


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