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How to Convert a Shipping Container Into a Workshop
Feb 2023

How to Convert a Shipping Container Into a Workshop

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Converting your shipping container into a secure and convenient workshop (or woodshop) can be an affordable and beneficial option for many. Whether you have hobbies and need extra space, or run a business full-time, a shipping container workshop can be customized entirely to your liking, and can afford you the space you need to pursue your dreams.

Shipping containers are quickly becoming popular options for many business owners who have spent years working out of their home, or storing goods and materials in their garage. Free up some space at home and consider this great alternative of using a shipping container to store your inventory, business goods, art supplies, tools, and more.

Keep reading to find out how you can give life to your shipping container and make it work for your personal life or business.

The Benefits of a Shipping Container Workshop

The idea of converting a simple shipping container into a full-blown workshop may have crossed your mind before. Perhaps you’ve seen videos online or on social media detailing this process. If this is something you’ve found yourself interested in, rest assured that it’s generally quite a good choice for those looking to expand their business or personal interests.

Sigma Container offers a number of shipping containers on sale in Ontario for you to choose from. Some of the main benefits of your very own container workshop:

  • Customization and range of options
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Durability and longevity
  • Easy to move from location to location

Choosing the Right Container

When working with a shipping container, you need to first choose the right size for your needs and consider whether you want to buy a new or used container. New containers are usually better suited for conversion and modifications, as they are in better shape with less wear and tear. However, older, used shipping containers can also be very functional, although they may require more touching-up.

Once you’ve decided on a new or used container, you want to make sure that you are buying the right size and dimensions for your intended use. Make the measurements beforehand and consider what will be stored in the unit. Shipping containers traditionally come in 20’Lx8’W as well as 40’Lx8’W dimensions, but it is also possible to reduce dimensions to fit a tight space or combine containers to create a larger workshop.

Additionally, you must add room for any upgrades you intend to do now or in the future. It’s usually better to get something bigger than you think you need. This way, you have room to grow instead of being strapped for space.

Apply for Permits and Research Regulations

Before executing plans to design and convert your workshop shipping container, you need to check within your locality to ensure that you are following all the laws and regulations.

Obtain any permits you may need in advance, and research any restrictions you may face. This will help you during your planning process so that you are well aware of potential obstacles that could present themselves.

Add Plumbing and Electricity

Keep in mind that when you first purchase your shipping container for conversion, you are starting with a completely blank slate. You will need to make adjustments as necessary and add plumbing and electricity for a liveable environment. Make sure to hire a reputable contractor who has experience working and converting shipping containers for use.

Consider Your Design Options

One of the many great things about shipping container conversions is that they can be fully customizable. In fact, the options are quite endless. You can design both the interior and exterior from scratch, and the final result is usually very aesthetically pleasing.

Here are some of the main points to consider when designing your shipping container workshop:

  • Where to place doors and windows
  • Where your entrance and exit should be
  • What carpet, tile, and flooring works best
  • Interior and exterior design elements
  • Any other modifications or customizations you may need

Choose Climate-Controlled Storage

Above all else, you need a functional workshop space that is comfortable enough for you or your associates to work in. This means that the space needs to consistently be at a comfortable temperature.

Consider insulation such as spray foam, exterior insulation, HVAC, and climate control. Remember that adequate heating and cooling are also extremely important to keep your tools and stored goods in pristine condition.

Sigma Containers, on Sale in Ontario, for Your Custom Workshop

Ultimately, keep in mind that not all shipping containers are created equally. It’s up to you to choose the right size, materials, and modifications that go into your shipping container. After all, one of the main benefits of shipping container conversion is that it can be completely customizable to suit your tastes.

For more information on shipping containers on sale in Ontario and the GTA, please call Sigma Container Corporation at 1-877-225-7762 or contact us here. Our representatives are well-versed in the shipping container industry and can guide you on the best course of action for your unique needs. Contact us today to get started on your shipping container conversion.

Tom Bray is a freelance writer with over five years experience writing for online publications and over ten years in business and sales. He studied journalism and media and has written for various online outlets on multiple topics. His specialty subjects are shipping containers and transport logistics.

Tom’s passion for writing and transport logistics motivates him to provide frequent direct marketing content that can show you how a shipping container can be effectively utilized and modified to each person’s needs.

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