Can you turn a shipping container into a workshop?

Shipping Containers can be converted to make the perfect workshop.  Workshops need to be secure, sturdy, and robust which makes a steel shipping container an ideal base to build one, without actually having to ‘build’ anything!

During the coronavirus outbreak, we have received many enquiries from people who are stuck at home in lockdown needing workshop space.  Businesses and amateur enthusiasts alike are searching for new workshop space and they have identified shipping containers as a perfect starting point to convert into a workspace for home or business premises.

The beauty of shipping containers is how adaptable they are.  Containers can be converted into workshops by adding doors, windows, electrics, lighting.  You can also add heating and insulation to accommodate our often chilly and damp British climate.

Ideas for shipping container workshops

Do you need a place to work on your hobby or secure storage for a collection?  A shipping container workshop could be the answer.

We commission many converted containers for enthusiasts, here are a few examples and suggestions to get you started:

Woodshop or Workshop

We hear from an awful lot of carpenters and mechanics who need somewhere to work on their projects after they grow out of their garage workshops, or when they need somewhere more secure than a shed to house their tools.

A shipping container can be converted into a workshop with a whole range of clever modifications that we are only to happy to help you with.

Workshops are one of the shipping container conversions that we are asked about most frequently. We can produce a single one-off converted container, right up to a bespoke workshop using multiple containers.  If you are particularly handy, you might also like to browse through our range of shipping containers for sale and purchase a shipping container to customise yourself – just remember that you can purchase the accessories from us!

If you do decide to contact Budget Shipping Containers to help with a conversion project for your container workshop, we can offer a wide range of conversion options including:

  • Ply or melamine lining (or any internal paneling material you need)
  • Anti-vandal doors and windows
  • Roller shutters
  • Shipping container alarms
  • Electrics
  • Safety flooring
  • Durbar flooring
  • Workbenches
  • Shelving / Racking
  • Tool storage
  • Partition walls/internal doors
  • Vents and extractor fans

Our experienced team will work with you from start to finish.  On previous projects, we have worked from customer sketches and more detailed plans to create a container workshop that is completely bespoke to our customer’s needs.  Once completed your workshop can be delivered directly to your location, ready for you to move in and get to work.

Safe and secure storage for tools and collectibles

Shipping containers are secure and watertight steel boxes, which are ideal conditions for valuable collections and work tools.

We offer a range of shelving and racking kits for your container storeroom to help you keep your collections organised and tidy.  Our container shelving kits have been designed to help you make the most of the internal space in your container, whilst still giving access to your free space to help you find things quickly and easily.  Our shelving kits are also very easy to build, requiring no nuts and bolts – just a set of simple instructions.

If your collection consists of paper documents, textiles, artwork, or materials that could be affected by damp conditions you would be advised to look into our shipping container condensation treatments.  Condensation can occur when containers heat up in the daytime heat and cool down at night but there are several options to combat this and keep the contents of your container nice and dry.

These anti-condensation treatments include container modifications like insulation or plywood lining, or you may like to opt for a more cost-effective and ‘DIY’ insulation approach with an insulation kit or Grathotherm anti-condensation treatment which is sprayed onto the internal roof of the container to soak up excess moisture.  You can find out more about how we can help with both of these anti-condensation treatment options here.

Shipping container workshops we like

When you are planning your container workshop it is hard to know where to begin so we have rounded up a few other workshops to lend you some inspiration. Some of these are our own shipping container conversions and others are awesome container workshops that we had to share with you!

15ft Shipping Container Workshop

This is the interior of a second-hand 15ft container workshop currently available on our website.  This one is fitted with its own custom workbench whilst leaving plenty of floor space to work and move around.  The workshop was also treated to some external cladding – a popular finish to keep partners and neighbours happy as it turns a big steel box into an attractive wooden hut!  This workshop has been insulated with 25mm Kingspan and lined internally with 11mm OSB. Along with a 12mm ply floor overlay with finishing skirting on the floor to keep the contents free from condensation.  Have a closer look at this beauty here.



Cutting room made from a 40ft used container

In February 2020 we converted a 40ft container into a bespoke cutting room with 2 roller shutters, a high-security door, and a window for our customer, MIDDAS.  The cutting room is now used to cut plasterboard as part of their production process. It was a bespoke workshop project, built completely to their specifications.  You can learn more about this container workshop project here.

20ft workshop container by Woby Design

We stumbled across this amazing container workshop tour whilst surfing on YouTube recently.  Ben Paik – aka Woby Design – makes amazing things out of recycled skateboards in Los Angeles, California.  His workshop is a 20ft shipping container which he chose because it was low-cost, close to his home, and he can access it whenever he wants to.  This video is a master tutorial on how to utilise a small space in the most efficient way for storage of tools, while still having space to work.

Check out his website here:

How to begin your shipping container workshop

The first step is to work out how much space you have available, and what size shipping container you need.  You might also be advised to find out if you need to apply for planning permission for your shipping container, have a look at our helpful blog for some advice on this.

Have a browse through the case studies section of our website to find out about previous projects we have worked on.  You can also shop online via our range of shipping containers.

Get in touch with our friendly and expert team with details of your plans for a shipping container workshop.  We can advise on the best steps to take, what containers to investigate and what to do next. Generally anything is possible, but we are here to help you decide whats right / best and most cost effective for your specific project or use.

Do you need a shipping container? offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.

If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale, which also includes our ranges of flat pack sheds, container canopies and more. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 7pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).

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