Shipping Container Storage: What You Need to Know

Hiring a shipping container storage unit can be useful in a number of different situations: perhaps you are moving house and need somewhere safe and secure to store certain possessions during your move, or you might just need to free up some space in your existing home. You may even have run out of space in your warehouse and need somewhere to store equipment or excess stock. Whatever the reason, shipping storage containers are an ideal solution for those who need spacious, secure and cost-effective storage.

If you are interested in shipping container storage, Space 4 U Self Storage is the perfect solution for all of your self-storage needs. Our shipping container storage units help you maximise space and save money at the same time, and you can always be sure that your belongings will be safe in our secure facilities. In this guide, we will help you to get clued up on everything you need to know before signing a rental agreement.

The Benefits of Shipping Container Storage


One of the biggest perks of shipping container storage is how accessible it is. At Space 4 U Self Storage, all of our storage facilities can be accessed by all customers on a 24-hour basis via a pin code system, giving you complete freedom when it comes to visiting your storage container whilst also maintaining a high level of security. Whether you are going into a short or long-term rental with us, knowing that you are able to access your belongings whenever you need to will offer great peace of mind.


Our shipping container storage units come in a variety of sizes, but as a whole tend to be larger and more spacious than other self-storage options. Due to how expensive they are, these units are particularly ideal for storing stock, large equipment and tools when they aren’t being used. 

Thanks to our range of flexible commercial storage solutions, we are capable of accommodating all of our customers’ needs. Our shipping container storage units range in sizes up to 160 sq ft, but we are also happy to discuss your requirements in order to help you achieve what you need.


Shipping container storage is a highly cost-effective option, especially for long-term rentals. They are especially great for obtaining more space and flexibility than a traditional self-storage unit offers at a very reasonable price. To find out more about our pricing, contact us for a free quote.


Sturdy and hard-wearing, shipping container storage units are built to last. All of our units are water-tight and highly resistant to any harsh weather conditions, making them the perfect outdoor storage solution. We are also committed to guarantee our customers peace of mind at Space 4 U, which is why we provide stringent security measures such as CCTV, alarm systems and pin access for everyone.


All of our Space 4 U Self Storage facilities offer reliable logistical support and heavy lifting assistance to help you move your belongings in and out of your unit hassle-free. Although this perk isn’t exclusive to shipping container storage (we can also help with this in our more traditional self-storage solutions), by stashing items you don’t frequently use in your storage unit, you will be free to declutter your home or office and keep everything well organised for longer.

What Can I Store in a Shipping Container?

Thanks to their large size and how secure they are, you can store just about anything inside your shipping container storage unit, but some of the most common items our customers tend to store include:

  • Furniture: Whether you’re preparing for a house move or just need somewhere to keep old furniture, a shipping container unit could be a handy choice.
  • Appliances: When performing renovation work on your home or office, it can be really helpful to have a space to store your new appliances whilst you’re in the process of removing the old models. You could also keep any old appliances in a shipping container once you’ve made the switch.
  • Tools: Whether your job requires you to own lots of equipment, or you’re simply good with manual labour and enjoy doing your own repairs, shipping container storage is a great place to keep your tools. Not only will it help you to declutter your garage or shed, but it will also help prevent them from getting damaged or stolen.
  • Clothes: Many of us have a bunch of clothes that we only wear for certain special occasions, so why not free up some wardrobe space and store some of these pieces in a shipping container? When you need them again, you can simply go and collect them at your leisure.
  • Recreational vehicles: Instead of crowding up your garage with a classic car, motorcycle or other recreational vehicle, consider keeping them in a shipping storage container where they will be safe from damage and theft.
  • Inventory: If you’re a business owner, shipping container storage can be a great place to store excess stock or inventory to ensure that your main premises remain organised.

The Dos and Don’ts of Shipping Container Storage

As with any investment, when it comes to shipping container storage you need to ensure that you are getting the most out of what you paid for. As a result, there are some general dos and don’ts that you should consider in order to find the best storage solution for your needs.

Do Choose a Reliable Company

You should always aim to find a self-storage company that is well-established and has the appropriate amount of experience. Although it’s good to support startups when you can, finding a company that has a reputation for excellence and delivering high standards is paramount. After all, you are likely to be storing valuable items in your container, so you want to ensure that you are hiring a company that knows how to keep these items safe. You can check the reliability of a company by finding out how long they’ve been in business for and searching for reviews online.

Don’t Grant Access to People You Don’t Trust

This might seem obvious, but it’s an important point. You should never give the keys or pin code to your storage container to anyone that you don’t completely trust. No matter what you are storing – whether it’s personal possessions, work equipment or stock – you should always know who has access to your unit, and only grant it to people when you absolutely need to.

Do Request a Quote

Before you commit to a rental contract, you should shop around and request quotes from several different companies first. This way, you can make an informed decision and choose the most affordable company that meets all of your needs. If you accept the first quote you receive, you might be missing out on a better deal elsewhere.

Don’t Store Flammable Goods

Although you can store most things in your shipping container unit, there are a select few items that absolutely should not be kept in there. Any combustible, hazardous, flammable or toxic materials are all out of the question – including gasoline, fertilisers, charcoal lighter, fireworks, nail polish and remover, aerosols, bleach and matches – as these can all be dangerous when left unattended and have the potential to cause serious damage.

Looking For A Secure Storage Container Hire?

Here at Space 4 U Self Storage, we understand just how important it is to get the most for your money, which is why we offer a comprehensive range of affordable and reliable commercial storage solutions, one of which is shipping container rental. Whether you require somewhere to store retail stock or you’ve simply run out of space in your loft, shipping container hire is the perfect way to acquire a large amount of storage space for a relatively low price. Our secure storage containers offer up to 160 sq ft of space – more than enough to suit many individuals and businesses. Our team is committed to providing quality customer service, ensuring that each and every single client has the best possible experience whilst using our facilities.

We keep our shipping storage containers in top condition in order to offer a clean, dry and secure space to store whatever you like. All of our containers are completely waterproof and have an airtight seal when closed to ensure that the contents stays dry and is well-protected at all times. When you choose our services, you will also benefit from our security measures, including state of the art CCTV and alarm systems.

Although our containers aren’t located within our main facility in Bracknell, this is not to say that you won’t still receive the same level of customer care from our friendly staff. Working six days a week, we are always happy to help you with any questions or concerns that you might have. Not only that, but we also provide pallet trucks and free-to-use trolleys for all clients, allowing you to move your items around with ease. So, if you’re looking for business storage in Windsor, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.