Popular Shipping Container Modifications to Consider

Popular Shipping Container Modifications to Consider

Shipping containers are great on their own, but they’re even better with modifications. These are things you can do to the interior or exterior of your unit to enhance its comfort, functionality, efficiency and appearance. From shelving to ventilation to some cool accessories, here are some popular shipping container modifications you can consider to suit your needs.


If you are using your container for business purposes, you can have it painted or wrapped with your brand and logo. You can incorporate anything from signage to contact information with hours. Magnetic signs are ideal in many instances, because you can change them out as needed. Branding is important for businesses that need increased visibility to promote what they sell, from real estate to food.

Interior Paint

Standard shipping containers don’t come painted on the inside. You have to add that after the fact. Many people decide to paint the interior of their container when it is being used as an office, food stand, restroom, etc. – basically for any purpose where people will be spending time on the inside and appearance of the unit is a concern, i.e., guests, customers, employees.


Typical storage containers come with simple marine-grade moisture-resistant flooring. But you may consider upgrading the flooring if your unit will be acting as a conference room, mobile office, training room or any other professional environment. You may want to go with a fresh vinyl flooring choice with a classy wood plank design, for instance.

You may need a more durable choice if your unit will act as a mobile restroom, though, such as polyvinyl flooring that is slip-resistant and easy to clean. If you are using your container as a portable gym, you may consider installing rubber or soft mat flooring.

Mobile Office Upgrades

If you’re using your converted storage container as an office, you will need the amenities that will make your job easier, such as laminated counter tops, seating, white boards, filing cabinets and shelves.


If you’re running a restaurant out of your storage container, or you need it to include a bathroom or workplace kitchen, you can add a fridge, counter space for a microwave and other small appliances, full plumbing systems, sink, seating, and stove.


For applications that require additional general and task lighting, you can add anything from recessed lights to pendant lights. You can even incorporate LED lighting for personnel doors. For added security, try motion sensors that activate the lights when motion is detected.

Rooftop Decks

Why not make good use of the space above the container? Add a rooftop deck if you need to survey your work site, for example.


If your container will house things of value, you should probably invest in a variety of locking mechanisms that will offer more security beyond the standard locks. These choices can range from cargo door locks to security swing arms to lock boxes.


There’s really no limit to the modifications you can make on your shipping container. Some more popular options include:

  • Windows
  • Roll-up doors
  • Sky lights
  • Heat and AC units
  • Security bars
  • Vents and fans
  • Framing and insulation
  • Electrical
  • Partitions
  • Solar panels
  • Shelving

Benefits of Shipping Container Modifications

There are several benefits that come with making modifications to your shipping container. By adding custom features, the sky’s the limit when creating the ideal space for work, home or play.

Your container is:

  • Completely customizable
  • Affordable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Safe and durable
  • Weather and rodent resistant
  • Convenient
  • Personalized
  • Comfortable

A shipping container is mobile, which means it’s good for temporary uses. When done, you can pick and move to another location for the utmost in convenience. You can make your container all your own with just a few simple – or complex – changes that suit your needs and your budget.

The Many Uses of Shipping Containers

There are many reasons why you would want to modify your existing storage container. You can convert them to serve virtually any function or purpose, such as:

  • Ticket booth
  • Security booth
  • Hydroponic container farm
  • Garage
  • Home
  • Sports equipment locker
  • Pop up café
  • Pool
  • Shed
  • Theater
  • Bistro
  • Field hospital
  • Studio
  • Sauna
  • Art gallery
  • Disaster shelter
  • Student housing
  • Camper
  • Playhouse
  • Lab
  • Backyard pool house
  • Guest house
  • Indoor garden


Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like to learn more about the modifications we offer, contact us for a free price quote at 910-483-7828. We would be happy to go over the choices available to you with your new or used shipping container.

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