Custom-made containers consist of not just containers of non-standard dimensions but also containers restored into houses, stores, trash bins, and so on. By ‘containers’, we mean the large 20’x8’x8′ and bigger boxes used to carry monstrous objects, from heavy equipment to thousands of containers of tiny trinkets.
These cargo or shipping containers are used worldwide for trade purposes, as they can be loaded and custom-made, sealed at the factory, and then transported by railcar, ship, and truck (or airplane) to remote locations without being opened until they reach their destinations. The standardized measurements and specialized handling devices make it easy to transfer the containers from trucks to railcars to ships and in the reverse direction. With shipping containers, the effectiveness of transportation logistics is enhanced significantly.
While transferring containers filled with the product is a financial proposition, transporting empty containers is not. Containers that come in are reused to deliver such products out of their initial destinations. Where this is not possible, perhaps because of out-of-balance trade, empty containers tend to stack up at high at import destinations. Worse, these empty containers trigger issues, and, thus, the urgency to convert them into other uses. Let us take a look at a few of these reconstructed custom containers . . .
- Container Houses
A 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet high container can accommodate a 9’x6′ living space, a sufficient sized bed that folds into the wall when not being used, several chairs that can be folded into the wall, a counter, small cooking area unit, and toilet. It would be cramped, obviously, but such containers can supply living quarters at worksites. A 45’x8’x9.5′ container is another standard size; it can accommodate more spacious living areas and work centers.
The containers can be fitted up inside to secure them from outdoor heat and produce pleasing interiors, and doors and windows can be cut to fit the general style. With solar energy, it can even be moved around with a constant power supply.
Instead of living space, the design can be adjusted for creating mobile shops, eating places, or other interesting accommodations. The sky is the limit here. More than one container level can be built by stacking multiple containers on top of one another, or by going for smaller sized levels.
- Flat Racks
The container walls and roofing system can be removed out (and recycled), leaving the four corner supports undamaged on the flooring plate. With slight adjustments, these can then be converted into flat racks ideal for many different uses. For instance, if you fit them with wheels, they can be moved along tracks. Cargo can be fitted inside more easily, and lifting and loading are, likewise, simplified.
Numerous racks can be stacked while carrying empty containers, conserving both space and cost.
- Garbage Containers
Another custom container is the trash container. The empty containers lying around wasting space can be transformed into exceptional garbage bins that can be transported in container trucks and handled with rather basic container tools or equipment.
- Custom-made Containers
The above examples should offer an easy understanding of flexible applications made possible by basic containers. There are tank containers for liquid freight, cooled containers, ventilated containers for organic produce, smaller sized containers for air freight, and so on to fit many of your custom container requirements.