Ever heard the phrase ‘go big or go home’? When it comes to shipping containers this is something that can certainly be applied. They’re certainly noticeable in size. 

At Shipping Containers Melbourne we stock a wide range of shipping containers in all shapes and sizes so you can always find the right fit for your needs – no matter how big that may be! We are passionate about all things containers and love seeing them find new lives with our customers. 

In this guide, we’ll take a look at how choosing a bigger container can be the better choice and just how versatile these sea-faring giants can actually be. 

Why Are Containers So Great?

Shipping containers are easily recognisable as oversized metal boxes made to transport goods across oceans. These metal boxes, while they may look ungainly and at times, grubby are actually very cleverly manufactured items. 

Weatherproof, durable and incredibly tough, shipping containers can endure the toughest conditions on earth and still maintain their structural integrity. Typically, they spend years crossing oceans before retiring to our yards where they are then modified or sold in quality used condition. 

Even when retired, they remain useful and valuable. Popular as additional storage that can be instantly added to any location with minimal fuss, they are also increasingly used as innovative spaces through remodelling. 

Just as children find a million imaginative uses for cardboard boxes, the same creativity can be applied to the humble shipping container. 

Benefits Of Bigger Containers 

If you’re stuck choosing between 20ft and 40ft containers, here are a few reasons why you may like to go bigger rather than smaller.  

1. More Space

Yes, we know, this one is fairly obvious, however, opting for larger shipping containers can provide more storage space for businesses that don’t necessarily have a lot of space to store things. 

The footprint of a 40ft container compared to a 20ft is of course larger in length but not in width or height, so should you have a long, narrow spot to place your container, this could mean a more effective solution long-term. 

Opting for a high-cube container is another solution if there is height available but not length at the placement site. This can give you significantly more space to store your valuable items. 

2. Cost Effective 

Did you know it is more cost-effective to buy a larger container outright than multiple smaller ones? Not to mention delivery fees every time you order another one.

If you consider that your storage needs may change over time, opting for a bigger container than you need to begin with can save you valuable time and money in the long run. 

Purchasing a container can also be a better investment over time than hiring a container as there are no ongoing costs associated. 

3. Sustainable And Eco-Friendly

Most containers are unable to be recycled using traditional methods and end up being buried where their components break down over hundreds of years, leaching toxins into the surrounding soil. 

This goes for containers of all sizes but opting to purchase a large container means even less waste going to landfill. Repurposing containers following their life at sea is one way in which we can reduce pollution and waste production while still providing quality storage solutions at an affordable price point.

4. Exceedingly Versatile 

Large shipping containers are so incredibly useful! If you’ve only thought about using a shipping container to store goods, think again. 

Ideal for moving house without the pressures or expense of a removal truck you can pack your container safely and securely on your own schedule before arranging to have it moved. 

If you’re seeking a sustainable and interesting building solution for your new home, large, quality shipping containers can be used for that too. 

Let’s not forget they can also be modified to become:

  • Pools
  • Staff rooms
  • Studio accommodation 
  • Pop-up cafes and shops
  • Site offices
  • Ablution blocks
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Emergency centres
  • Greenhouses
  • Student Housing
  • Backyard offices and more. 

While our smaller containers can also be modified for these purposes, bigger means more space and more room to move (or swim!) 

Shipping Containers Melbourne – Unmatched Container Experts

At Shipping Containers Melbourne, we have decades of experience in this shipping container industry. From open tops to dangerous goods, high cubes, flat racks and more – we have every type of container you can imagine.

We offer great prices on new and used containers with the option to both hire or purchase depending on your needs. We can walk you through your options and help you determine the optimal solution and which size and type of container is right for you.

Known for our fast, efficient deliveries Australia-wide as well as our talented and dedicated designers and modification specialists, were the team you can trust when it comes to containers. 

For expert help sourcing and securing your ideal shipping container, contact Shipping Containers Melbourne today at 03 7018 7555