You have a shipping container for a reason — to store things! And, more than likely, it’s a lot of things. So, how can you make the most of this valuable storage space real estate? By keeping it organized.
We offer tips and tricks on how to use every square inch of storage space in your shipping container.
Step 1: Put a Plan on Paper
Proper planning is the first step to organizing your shipping container, and at A American Container, we highly recommend you put your storage plans on paper. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a rough sketch that shows how you can organize your container based on the space and the items you are storing.
Before you take pen to paper, do the following:
- Take inventory of the items you expect to keep in the shipping container.
- Categorize the items based on size, function, etc.
- Draw a blueprint of the interior of your shipping container to designate storage space. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box when it comes to storage (more on that below).
Accessorize with Shelving
Shelving is a great way to keep the floors of your shipping container free of clutter while it adds storage space. At A American Container, we use the Atlas shelving system – designed and engineered by our founder, who was a professional engineer.
This durable, adjustable shelving system attaches to the tie downs located along the top of each unit. Because the shelves are suspended from the overhead tie-downs, the system does not require drilling.
The Atlas system includes six brackets for three shelves and is available in three lengths (16 inches, 20 inches, and 24 inches).
Maximize space in your storage container by staying organized! We’ll help make sure there’s space for you to store extra inventory, get work done on a job site, or for all the items needed for your favorite hobby. For a free container quote, simply call A American Container at (813) 740-1911.
Maximize Wall Space
Another great way to add storage space is by using the walls of your shipping container. With the addition of pegboards and hooks, you can use this space for hanging items. Pro tip: The pegboards should be placed in an easily accessible location like near doors or windows. Easy access = more productivity.
Store on Doors
If shelves and pegboards don’t provide sufficient storage space, use the inside of your doors to hang small supplies, long-handled tools, baskets, bags, and more!
Take Storage to New Heights
Want to take your shipping container organization to new levels? Lease or purchase a High Cube 9-foot by 6-inch container. A foot taller than our standard 8-foot, 6-inch shipping containers, High Cubes provide the extra space you need to install overhead shelving or utility hooks that hang from the ceiling.
Keeping Your Space Safe
When you have decided on your container and accessories, the final step is keeping your box secure. A American has numerous options to assist you in thwarting would-be thieves, including our propriety locking system. The lockbox system is solid steel, welded to the box, and should stand up to sledgehammers and bolt cutters.
Another safeguard is the cargo door lock, which is suggested for use at building sites and for long-haul trucks. The lock, which is made of thick steel, is easily installed. Remember, while locks are never 100% effective, they certainly help to keep your property secure. We recommend taking extra precautions as needed.
Store It All in a Shipping Cargo Container
Are you in need of a reliable storage solution? A American Container is ready to incorporate your storage and organization needs! We offer 20-foot, 40-foot, and specialty-sized shipping containers for purchase or lease. Our modifications can alter your container to fit any need you might have.
Since 1998 we’ve been known for our expertise in the shipping container industry. To learn more about our services, and company, or to receive a FREE quote, contact one of our experienced customer service team members at (813) 740-1911.