10 Simple Steps to Planning & Designing Container Workshop

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Workshops come in all shapes and sizes these days and usually are put in wherever there is room. Well, if you are looking for something different for your workshop, why not consider a container workshop. There are many advantages to going this route, with cost being the biggest factor. The high cost of construction materials today makes using a shipping container as the shell of your workshop, make plenty of sense.  The second advantage is that you can design your workshop from start to finish.


Steps to Design Your Shipping Container Workshop


Step #1 Decide on the size of your workshop – There are several different size shipping containers available. However, the standard 20’ and 40’ containers will be the cheapest options. These can also be found new or used depending on your preference. Used containers will cost considerably less than brand new ones.


Step #2 Select the types of doors you want to have – The type of doors you need will likely depend on the type of work you plan to do in the shop. If you need a large opening for bringing in large items, you might consider an overheat rollup door. Sometimes a single door will do or maybe having a second entrance/exit may be the best option.


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Step #3 Let there be light, add some windows – Natural lighting from outside will help to keep your electric bill lower. So consider some strategically placed windows and maybe even a skylight in the roof. There are also many types of windows to choose from. A good idea is to consider low e-glass windows since they are much more energy-efficient.


Step #4 Don’t forget the vents – All workshops should have plenty of ventilation, especially if you are using chemical solvents. There are several types of vents that can be chosen for a container workshop. You can choose the type that has large angled slats that allows air to enter or escape through the sides or ends of the container. The other option is a turbine-style vent that is similar to an attic fan on your house.


Step #5 Don’t forget a nice coat of paint or two – You must protect the outside of your workshop. Since shipping containers are made of corrugated steel material and therefore you need to be sure that you paint the entire outside of the container with several coats of your desired color paint.

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Step #6 Ramps are useful additions – Sometimes objects are too big to simply carry through a doorway. In this case, having a pair of sturdy, steel ramps handy would be the best solution. Consider picking up a pair of portable ramps that can be stored inside the doors.


Step #7 Places to store stuff – When space is limited, finding room to store stuff is important. One to add extra storage is to hang simple racks or shelving on the walls to hold and organize stuff.


Step #8 Loft Storage – Shipping containers have high ceilings (most are 10’ high), which makes setting up some loft-style storage a good option. This kind of storage is designed to attach to the ceiling and hang down.


Step #9 Workbench or table – to finish off the workshop you need to come up with the work surfaces that you plan to use when your container workshop is ready to occupy. Your workbench or table should be determined by the size of the container your choose.


Step #10 Security is very important – Protecting your workshop and all of the tools, supplies, and materials that are inside should be a huge consideration. Using a lockbox-style security method is a popular way these days.


2 thoughts on “10 Simple Steps to Planning & Designing Container Workshop”

  1. I am looking for a 40’container as my living space and a 20’container as my workshop. I would also like a deck.

    1. I Container Home

      Hi Barbara, thank you for your inquiry. Andrew from our partner company will contact you today!


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