Are you ready to be different than everyone else? Are you wanting to build something out of a box? If you are saying yes to both questions, shipping containers may be a route for you! ISO containers are a great way to build a unique structure that can be within reach of the average person.

Shipping containers were designed for storing and transporting goods. However, there are so many different ways to upcycle steel containers into a wide variety of new structures.

So, what can you REALLY build with a shipping container? The short answer is really - anything! - even if shipping containers are commonly used by business and home owners. Containers provide a scalable building block to create extra storage, retail space, restaurants, homes and so much more. Here is a general list along with images of how containers have been and are continuing to be utilized:  

  • Storage and Sheds. Sure it is the most basic use, but containers are great at storing things.

  • Cabins, guesthouse, tiny homes and vacation/main houses. The hottest trend in the past few years in containers is container architecture.

  • Offices and building extensions. Containers can add in extra space for people too. Containers can fitted out with insulation, electricity and desks easily.

  • Fire training stations. Containers can be burned again and again! As long as you replace that wood floor with something that doesn’t burn. We have all sorts of ideas on how to change the space to keep your team on their toes.

  • Saunas, pools and pool houses. Who doesn’t want one of these?!

  • Food trucks, restaurants and bars. Containers make everything more fun!

  • Portable toilets. Ground-level entry that can be moved to wherever you need them. And everyone will be happy they’re not a port-a-potty.

  • Retail shops and malls. Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas is a perfect example of how to take a great, creative idea and make it a reality.

Food trucks take over Toronto

Food trucks take over Toronto

Las Vegas , here we come!

Las Vegas, here we come!

  • Bistros and coffee shops. Starbucks has been running with this idea for a few years, but there are so many more takes on getting caffeine to those in need.

  • Student housing facilities and schools. The most classic example of this is TempoHousing in Amsterdam.

  • Emergency hospitals/disaster shelters. Containers can be moved around quickly and easily, making them a choice for quick response. The real hold-up here has been finding the way to create government-approved solutions that can be made where they are needed and at the right price point.

  • Nurseries and indoor gardens. This is such a great, sustainable way for locally grown food just about anywhere. Check out how they do it in Antarctica, Las Vegas and just about anywhere you can set down a container.

To find the right container for you, just contact us directly at 877-374-5452. We’d be happy to help make your vision a reality!

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Way back in May of 2013, we posted about ramps. And while the concept of ramps has not changed in that timeframe, options for container ramps has. We’re taking a fresh look at ramps and what your options are.

Why to consider purchasing a ramp?

Container ramps are aimed to make loading and unloading items safer. Cargo container thresholds are approximately 6 inches from the ground without blocking under a container, which can make it more difficult to get heavy items in and out of the container.

Lifting loads can cause unnecessary short- or long- term injuries. Some loads are on wheels and are simply too heavy to lift into a container. Using a ramp decreases the likelihood of injuries to occur, reduces health risks related to lifting heavy objects and lowers the risk for loads falling or spilling.

Cement ramp made with indentations for the lockrods so the doors can open

Cement ramp made with indentations for the lockrods so the doors can open

Do you want a permanent or portable ramp?

There are pros and cons to both options. Here are some things to consider when trying to decide the best route to go.

Permanent Ramp

Pros

  • Easy to use

  • Don’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt putting it in place

  • No lip – easy to roll right into the container

Cons

  • Hard to build to work well. The lockrods that lock the door shut extend down beyond the bottom of the door, so you need to make allowances for that. Most people remove one set of lockrods and then make indentations in ramp for allow for the lockrods.

  • You cannot move your container around after you build a permanent ramp.

  • Only works with one container

Various portable ramps

Various portable ramps

Portable Ramp

Pros

  • Can work with multiple containers

  • Many different options available

  • Generally no need to customize anything

 

Cons

  • Must consider the weight of the container and who will be moving it around

  • Must train employees to use the ramp safely

  • Must store the ramp in or out of the container



What is the right style of ramp for me?

Ramps come in a variety of sizes and styles. To figure out the best option for you, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the weight limit you will need for the container?

  • Do you need a smooth rolling surface for managing a pallet jack with small wheels or are you moving in larger, heartier wheels that can handle a variety of surfaces?

  • Will the ramp be used in a variety of different kinds of weather? Rain and snow can make a ramp very slippery.

  • Who will be using the ramp? Will the weight of the ramp be an issue?

  • Will the ramp be stored in the container, along side it, or somewhere further away? You may want to consider something lighter if the ramp will be moving around a lot.

Ramps come in various lengths with different weight limits. They come in different surfaces: a grit coat surface, aluminum curb, punch plate or wedge ramp. We have listed different options below including their specs so you can check through what will work best for you.

The right ramp for you really depends on your situation, who will use it and what you want to put into it.  At the end of the day, if you can get things in and out of your container safely and easily, that is all that matters.

How to figure out ramp pricing?

Call us!  We would love to help you pick the right ramp for you.  Depending on the specific ramp, pricing will vary.

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Would you want a container that could go from on a truck and dock height to ground-level without a forklift or a crane?  Well, this new container can do just that.  It seems like it is really meeting a need for people and organizations that are shipping goods overseas that need some extra time for loading them up.

Usually when you ship a container, you get very little time to load it up. The chassis, or container trailers, that bring containers out to customers for loading cannot set a container on the ground. If the shipper wants to take their time loading, they have to have a crane or forklift to take the container off of the truck, then put it back on the truck when it is loaded.  Usually the unloading is easy enough to work around, but getting it back on a truck when it is full is the tricky part.  That is where this new container makes a ton of sense.

Super Cubes has a customer working on an external product that might do the same thing as this container.  Our question to our readers is - if you could get an add-on product that would allow you to take your container on and off of trucks by yourself, would you be interested in it?  And if you're willing to share, what would you be willing to pay for it?  The design isn't complete yet, so it may not work out.  It just happened that our customer was working on this solution as we saw this new container.  Tell us your thoughts and ideas on this below!