If you think all shipping containers are alike, think again.
While all shipping containers may have the same shape, same standard sizes and materials, they aren’t all the same. What makes them special and different from one another? Accessories. That’s right, shipping container accessories can mean a big difference between your run-of-the-mill container and a unique, ready-for-use container.
What are these accessories you ask?
- Padlocks - A shipping container padlock is a must-have accessory for any shipping container, and especially ones that contain valuable items.
- Lock Box - A lockbox is a next level in shipping container locks. It’s placed over the prominent shipping container door locks and keeps them from being damaged or tampered with.
- Vents - Vents can be placed on any wall of the shipping container and helps to increase air circulation while naturally decreasing the temperature inside the container. They can also disperse odours from inside the container.
- Whirlybirds - These are rotating vents placed on top of the container that assists in natural ventilation and cooling.
- Doors - There are a variety of doors that can be installed on a shipping container. Which one to install depends on what the container will be used for and how. You can have single or double doors, roller doors or sliding doors. These doors not only allow easy access for people or bulky goods but can also serve as additional exit/entry points and extra sources of natural light.
- Windows - Like doors, windows can be installed on the shipping container walls and can come with flaps, security bars or flyscreens. Windows provide ventilation, natural lighting and a clear line of sight to the outdoors. They can also improve the aesthetics of a converted shipping container.
- Shelves - Shelving helps to maximise the space inside a container and keep contents organised. They can be fixed or removable depending upon your usage and needs.
- Desks and Benches - These can be installed in the container for added seating or a workspace.
- Ramps - These are useful for the entry and exit of large items, trolleys and wheelbarrows. They can be fixed or removable depending upon your need.
OTHER ESSENTIAL FEATURES
Aside from all these accessories, containers can also come with:
- Electricity - When you need power inside the container, an electrical fit-out can easily be added following national electrical regulations.
- Air Conditioning - For containers turned into living or working spaces, air conditioning is a must. It ensures maximum comfort inside the container and can be built to fit in the container or placed in a retractable frame.
- Plumbing - A plumbing system transforms a container into its own, portable building. This can include sinks, toilets and showers, and even a hot water system.
- Custom Paint and/or Signage - A custom paint job is great for containers not only because it makes them look new and more attractive but also because it can prolong the lifespan of the unit. Signage can also be painted on the sides of the container to promote a brand or company.
So what would you like to add to your container to make it uniquely your own? Whatever it may be, you can trust Tiger Containers to do those customisations for you. We specialise in all types of shipping container accessories and customisations, from air conditioning to security locks to heavy duty shelving. Get in touch with Tiger Containers today to get started.
If you are planning to transform a shipping container into either an on-site office or home office space, then installing whirlybirds in the container ceiling will go a long way towards keeping the container cool and the air inside fresh.
Being made of solid steel, a shipping container baking in the summer sun won’t be a pleasant place to be without some form of climate control.
AIR VENTS FOR SHIPPING CONTAINERS
In a way, these are similar to installing whirlybirds and help to circulate fresh air throughout the container for improved levels of comfort.
However, air vents perform another function as well and are often fitted to containers that are used for storage.
Air vents help keep moisture levels down and stop condensation from building up inside the shipping container and potentially damaging what’s stored inside.
SHIPPING CONTAINER RAMPS
When you are regularly loading and unloading shipping containers, having a ramp makes the task so much easier if you are loading goods on trolleys and palette jacks. It’s virtually impossible to get a palette jack over the edge of the shipping container floor without a loading ramp.
Not only are these ramps handy for loading and unloading, but they can also make for a smoother entrance point for your shipping container office, making the entrance look less like a container and more like a pathway to the entrance door.
SECURITY LOCK BOXES
What exactly is a security lockbox for a shipping container?
Essentially it’s a super-strength steel housing that covers the padlock on the shipping container doors. This prevents people from being able to easily tamper with the padlock, such as attempting to saw it off or lop it off with bolt cutters.
Security lockboxes are a must-have when transporting and storing goods in your shipping container if you want more security for your precious cargo.
Fitting a roller door to either the end or the side of your shipping container is the perfect solution when containers are being used for permanent storage, or you plan to use your container as a workshop.
As an example, you might buy a used 20ft container and divide it up into 2 sections for your workshop. To make each section easily accessible, installing 2 roller doors on one side of the container allows access to both parts of the workshop.
Roller doors are often more convenient to open and close, rather than wrestling with 2 heavy steel doors.
HEAVY DUTY SHELVING
Installing shelving inside your shipping container can be a real space saver. It’s the perfect space and storage solution when a container is used for:
- On-site office space
- A home office
- Garden shed
- Home or business workshop
- Pop up stores
- Roadside kitchens
- General storage
- And more...
Another advantage of having shelving is you can keep more sensitive items off the floor of the container when storing possessions and so on.
If the container is being used for office space, as a workshop, or even for living space, then you’ll want to let in some natural light by having windows installed. Generally, these are your standard aluminium frame, sliding glass windows.
The windows can either be as is, or you can even have security grills or stylish shutters installed, for both added peace of mind as well as aesthetics.
Sliding glass windows also allow you to circulate more fresh air throughout your shipping container office or abode.
ADD A FIXED DESK
These are perfect for on-site container offices where the office gets transported from one construction site to the next. You don’t want to have to empty everything out each time you’re on the move, so a fixed office desk is a great idea.
The desk can be modified to any length you require and will be fixed to the floor and/or wall of the shipping container office.
INSTALL A WORKBENCH
If your container is to be used as a workshop, then you’re going to need a bench to work on. You might even need a small one even when using a container as a garden shed.
Depending on your needs and what you’ll be doing, you can either install a:
- Lightweight workbench
- Heavy-duty workbench
A workbench only makes sense.
If the container is being used for anything else other than transport or storage, then chances are you’ll want electricity. Have your container wired up and ready to be plugged in when you need it.
After you have installed some power outlets and readied your container for electricity, you’ll need some overhead light to see by. One of the most common light fittings for shipping container offices is fluorescent lighting, but really all types of lighting can be installed, just like in the room of your home.
A split-cycle system is a great idea for your shipping container office space. That way you’ll be cool in summer and toasty warm in winter.
Climate control is a must for a shipping container.
Insulation not only helps keep an even and comfortable temperature inside your container, but it can also help insulate it against moisture build-up from condensation.
If your container is to be an office or living quarters, then you really need to insulate it.
Standard shipping containers come with heavy-duty, marine quality wooden flooring, but to dress it up a bit, many people install vinyl flooring, or even carpet or tiles if you like.
The original flooring is okay for storage and transporting goods, but not that appealing if your container is being used for more personal purposes.
SHELVES IN CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE
"Did you know if you put shelves into your shipping container you'll almost double your storage?
So many people view containers as nothing more than a giant metal box used to store stuff or ship stuff, but a shipping container can do so much more than that. Even as a storage device, if you install a series of shelves you can really organise your space, making it easier to find everything when you need it. Tiger Containers specialises in shipping container conversions, so check out the photos below to see just how simple and useful it is to have shelving in your shipping container."
Need shelves? Check out this new shelving installed by Tiger Containers.
Tiger Containers has just made and installed shelving down one side of a shipping container, with Steel mesh tops. In the rear of the container, we have also added Timber based shelving. Needless to say, we have another happy customer!
For all of your container modifications or contact Tiger containers.
RAMPS FOR SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Whether it’s being used for transport or storage, a shipping container naturally needs to be loaded and unloaded on a regular basis. A standard container has two steel doors on one end that swing out to 270 degrees for easy access. The problem area is the bottom. In order to be able to use a trolley or trolley jack to load and unload a shipping container, a ramp is required for smooth and unimpeded access in and out of the container. This post will be taking a look at the different types of ramps available for the loading of shipping containers so you can choose the right one for your needs.
LOADING A CONTAINER
When placed on flat ground, shipping containers have a height to ground difference that makes loading the container difficult as items have to be lifted before being loaded into the container.
Hoisting heavier items can be very challenging and dangerous as it can put personnel at risk of injury. Cargo container ramps eliminate this problem by providing a clear path to load and unload the container.
Long ramps provide a gradual slope while shorter ones have a steeper one.
Cargo container ramps can be installed permanently for one-off onsite installations.
Temporary ramps that can be moved away and stored elsewhere when not needed are also an option. This helps eliminate unnecessary wastage of space. Either of these ramps will help you roll in heavy items ensuring safety for the people loading the container.
Whichever ramp you chose (either permanent or temporary) they can be installed on a new or existing shipping container. We can also incorporate the ramp into the doors so that it drops down like a drawbridge. Shipping containers provide a good option for storage and ramps help make them that much more useful.
OUR LATEST CONTAINER RAMP PROJECT
When a customer with a large factory with numerous containers came to us for a ramp solution, we suggested making one with wheels and a handle. This way, the customer did not have to get a ramp for each and every container but could instead move the ramp from one container to another.
Needless to say, our client was ecstatic about the innovative solution we were able to provide.
Tiger Shipping Containers don't just sell cargo containers, we also provide services and accessories that will help make the container more suitable for your needs. We provide shipping container solutions that require outside the box thinking.
BENEFITS OF SHIPPING CONTAINER PARTITIONS
If you’re planning on using your shipping container to store a bunch of different items, then installing partitions will help you make the most of your container storage unit. Although sea containers offer a convenient and cost-effective way to store all sorts of items, keeping things organised can be challenging if you opt to use the entire unit as a single, undivided storage space. Partitioning helps you keep each type of item in its own separate space, making it easy to access individual items when you need them while ensuring the entire space in the cargo container is fully utilised.
Shipping containers are a convenient way to store a variety of items in a small area. These containers can be placed in any area of your property and can be used in a variety of ways.
Shipping container partitions can separate the different areas within the shipping container so that the container can be used for the storage of a variety of items. When partitions are added, the space is much better defined insofar as it can be better utilised by having a distinct storage area for certain items. You do not need to worry about how you will place items because you can always access them with the use of partitions.
The front part of the shipping container can be used to store excess household items, the middle to store gardening supplies and the rear to store the kid's old stuff now that they have left home.
Storing Items and Organization
Shipping container partitions allow you to organise the content of your shipping container better: items can be placed in separate areas and then each separate area can be marked so that it is clear what is being stored inside.
Some people also want to have shelving added inside of the partitioned areas to further organise the interior of the shipping container. This can be extremely helpful when you need to sort things out within a partitioned area. The organisation is the key to the ideal storage area.
Shipping container partitions can be added into the shipping container before it is delivered to you. All you need to do is specify how many partitions you want to be added and how far apart they should be. The rest will be taken care of for you and installed before the container is delivered to your location. If the interior is set up correctly you should be able to utilise every square inch of the container for all of your storage needs.
ACCESSORIES LIST CONTINUED
- Custom painting
- Branding & signage
- Personal access doors
- Bulkhead doors
- Bulkhead walls
- Phone and data outlets
- Hot water system
- And much more...
Need a shipping container for your upcoming project? Tiger Shipping Containers provides quality new and used shipping containers at competitive prices. Our team of qualified and experienced technicians will also help you make the modifications you require to meet your needs.
Call us for a free quotation: 1800 072 039.