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Five reasons Why a shipping container is the perfect garden addition

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Choosing a shipping container for your home 

A shipping container is a popular and eco-friendly home addition these days. They are a great material for an outdoor space. They can be used to create an outdoor room, a garage, a pool house or a home office. However, there are many types of shipping containers out there. If you are planning to buy one for your home, it’s important to understand what you are getting into. There are three main types of shipping containers: Standard shipping containers, High cube shipping containers, and Open top shipping containers.

If you are looking for extra storage space for your garden, we recommend choosing a standard shipping container that offers protection and plenty of space. Work out what you are going to be using a shipping container for, as this will let you know roughly how big you will need your container to be. Make sure you can fit your container snugly into your chosen space before you go ahead and purchase it! 

Why is a shipping container the perfect garden addition?

A shipping container is a metal box that’s used by businesses and individuals to store goods and ship them from one place to another. However, it can also be a great addition to your home and garden. Here are some of the reasons why a shipping container is a perfect addition to your garden.


There is often nothing better than finding and utilising your own personal space to complete whatever tasks you need to do. A shipping container in your back garden will offer you the perfect amount of privacy, meaning you are less likely to get distracted and can focus on your work. 


Shipping containers are also secure by design. They are durable and difficult to open because of their corten steel bodies, and adding a high-quality padlock or a lock box makes it even harder for thieves to get inside.


 A shipping container is a blank canvas, just waiting for you to add your own touch to it. From creating doors and windows to kitting it out with electricity, plumbing and furnishings, there are next to no limits when you have a shipping container in your back garden. 

Workshop space

Having an extra workshop space at home is perfect for those who are keen on DIY projects or those who are working in the construction industry and need extra space for tools and materials. When you choose to build a dedicated workshop space in your back garden using a shipping container, you will be surprised at how much you can get done.

Eco friendly

For those keen on protecting our planet, creating extra space at home in the form of a recycled shipping container makes sense. This is a great way of giving an old container a new lease of life and will reduce waste and contribute to supporting the environment. 

How to turn a shipping container into a workshop

Shipping containers can be found almost everywhere – from the ocean to the streets of big cities. The intriguing things about these containers are that they are not only able to be used for transporting goods from one place to another but they can also be used in a number of different creative ways.

Electricity and plumbing 

If you are using a shipping container as a workshop, the chances are, you are going to be spending a lot of time there. If this is the case, you may wish to consider installing electricity and plumbing to make your workshop a little more comfortable. Choose the perfect lighting, pick the ideal space to set up a kettle or coffee machine and don’t forget to plumb in a toilet, so you don’t have to go all the way back into the house when you need a bathroom break. These little elements can make a huge difference to your makeshift workshop. 

Shelving and storage 

As anyone with a workshop will know, shelving and storage are key to making the most out of the space you have. Once you have installed important parts like lights and running water, you are going to need to think about how you will add storage to your workshop so you can continue to have a safe space to work whilst you protect your belongings and tools. Choose savvy racking or clever shelving to make the most of the wall space whilst avoiding eating into your precious floor space. 

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Purchase a shipping container with Jennings Containers

Jennings Containers is a family-run business specialising in shipping container sales and hire. We have been trading since 1993 and can supply a wide range of containers for both business and personal use. We can also offer a container-to-site service, safely and securely delivering your container to your property. 

If you are looking to create the perfect workshop this year, why not get in contact with Jennings Containers today and purchase a shipping container that’s bound to give you all the space you need and more? We look forward to supporting you soon!


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