Shipping containers are so often viewed as monolithic metal boxes with limited uses outside of shipping goods across oceans. However, it may surprise you to learn that their basic, yet tough boxy construction makes them ideal for a whole range of incredible uses. 

Whether you have an old container that you’re not sure what to do with or are seeking an out-of-the-box alternative to standard construction methods, we’re here to help. 

Uses For Shipping Containers 

So just what can shipping containers be used for? There’s an incredibly diverse number of ways they can be repurposed. Let’s take a look. 


Shipping containers are more and more frequently being used as homes. Able to be combined into a larger architectural project, they are also well suited to being converted into tiny houses, and vacation rentals.

They are also increasingly popular for those seeking to add a mobile office or studio space to their backyard. The benefit of opting for a container in these situations is that there is minimal construction time needed and it can be significantly more affordable than traditional building methods. 


Shipping containers make for great offices, pop-up shops, and restaurants. The added benefit of choosing a container in these instances is that they are entirely portable. 

If your business isn’t thriving in a certain location, you can simply move the container to a new one without losing money on shop fit-outs and downtime. This also allows for easy set-up at festivals or events where there is little surrounding infrastructure. 


Ever dreamed of adding a pool or sauna to your property but the idea of construction sites or expense put you off? Shipping containers can help here too! Specially designed and converted containers are able to be used being used as shipping container pools, saunas, and even trendy outdoor bars

Industrial Uses

Of course, aside from the more elaborate conversions, shipping containers remain a great option for secure storage facilities, workshops, and even data centres. Their durability and strength mean they can withstand even the harshest industrial conditions.

Find Your Perfect Container Today 

As you can see the versatility of shipping containers cannot be denied. They offer so much potential for innovation and creativity while remaining a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to traditional construction. 

A wonderfully sustainable alternative, repurposing shipping containers keeps them out of landfill and gives them new life. Thanks to their unmatched durability and strong construction, they deliver exceptional longevity in every setting too, making them a great long-term investment. 

At Shipping Containers Melbourne, we offer a wide range of new and used shipping containers to rent or buy and are 100% Australian-owned. We are specialists in modified containers also and have a dedicated design and construction team who can work with you to create the ideal outcome. 

With decades of industry experience and a genuine love for all things containers, our team is the unmatched leader in their field. No matter your container needs and budget, we can help you find the perfect fit. 

Speak with our team on 03 7018 7555 today to learn more.