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As the world continues to change, on-site storage containers are filling new needs and taking on greater uses. Restaurants, for example, are responding to decreased capacity by storing unused equipment outside. And schools are using on-site storage containers to house equipment and accommodate hybrid learning and social distancing guidelines. 

As always, Mobile Mini is here to provide reliable, safe storage solutions to help you navigate the ever-changing new normal. 

What Is Shipping Container Storage?

These units are basically standard shipping containers repurposed for storage. While they may seem like an odd choice, container storage units are naturally strong, as they’re used for carrying cargo across the world on trains and ships. They’re also almost impossible to damage or destroy. These containers are designed to keep valuable goods safe and intact through long and arduous journeys, so imagine how secure your business supplies and equipment will be.

Is a Standard Shipping Container Right for Me?

Shipping container storage units work well across a wide range of industries and businesses, including:

  • Construction and municipal companies
  • Finance and tech companies 
  • Retail businesses
  • Restaurants 
  • Hotels
  • Schools and universities 
  • Agriculture and government operations 

Of course, we don’t want to box you in. Our storage container rentals can meet almost any need you throw at them. 

When to Consider Shipping Container Storage

Container storage units have many functions and can store almost any item you can think of. Some of their most common uses include:

  • Festivals and Community Events: Storage containers are perfect for keeping equipment and supplies safe overnight
  • Construction and Municipal Projects: Keeping high-value commercial inventory, equipment, and supplies out while sites are unattended or during inclement weather can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Shipping container storage lets you keep these items safe and secure in any conditions, avoiding risks of theft and damage. 
  • Schools and Universities: Schools are often looking for ways to save space so that all available classrooms can be used for faculty and students. Shipping container storage can house unused janitorial equipment, school tech, and supplies, allowing you to use all available square footage for academic activities. 

Other uses include storing: 

  • Seasonal supplies 
  • Small equipment
  • Record boxes
  • Landscaping tools

Standard width shipping containers meet most commercial needs. Still unsure of which unit to choose? Just reach out and we’ll help you pick the best storage solution for your needs.

What Are the Dimensions of Standard-Width Containers?

You can choose from large to small shipping containers at Mobile Mini, ensuring that whatever your needs are, we have something for you.

Our standard shipping containers come in length options of 10’,15’, 20’, 25’, and 40’ and have a height of 8’6”. The width of a standard unit is 8’ (7’8½” internally). Standard units meet most commercial needs, but if you need a little more space, consider our extra-wide containers, which have a width of 10’ (9’6½” internally). 

Can I store my belongings in a shipping container long-term? 

You bet you can. Our shipping containers are designed for long or short-term storage needs. While many of our customers come to us for shorter-term storage demands (6 months or less), our units can easily accommodate longer-term needs. With a solid corrugated steel design, these containers are made to provide secure, reliable protection for your valuable goods 24/7/365.

Are shipping containers weatherproof? 

Yes, they are. Our entire inventory of shipping containers is made from 100% corrugated steel. Not only is this metal one of the toughest on Earth, but it’s also naturally weatherproof. From heavy rain and snow to harsh winds and strong storms, our containers are designed to handle it all while keeping your items dry, safe, and secure. 

How secure are shipping containers? 

Very. Let’s start with their design. Solid corrugated steel means that our shipping containers are made to take a beating and keep on going. These containers can handle pretty much anything you throw at them without compromising their structure or endangering what’s inside.

Now, let’s talk theft. Mobile Mini offers a virtually theft-proof, patented tri-cam locking system in which security bars hinge and interlock in several places. We also have a wide range of locks available for rent alongside all units, giving you the protection you need to store with complete confidence. 

Are there any restrictions on what I can store in a shipping container? 

Yes, but not many. When it comes to what you can store in our containers, the sky is (almost) the limit. We can’t allow hazardous materials or any items that are volatile or carry significant risks of explosion or incineration. 

The other caveat is that not all of our units are temperature-controlled containers. If you plan on storing items that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature or that require a specific temperature 24/7, you are going to need to specifically seek out temperature-controlled units. 

Outside of that, if your items fit within our units (and chances are they will), you can store them. 

How does shipping container delivery and pickup work? 

Pretty seamlessly, if we do say so ourselves. When you rent from Mobile Mini, we handle all aspects of pickup and delivery. You schedule a time and day, and we take care of the rest. For delivery, our team will bring your unit wherever you need it, set up your container, and walk you around it to explain how everything works. For pickup, just let us know when you want us to grab your unit, and we’ll come get it. 

If you need your (empty) unit moved during your rental period, we’ll handle that as well. Simply give us a call, and we will move your unit wherever it’s needed next.

Benefits of Standard Shipping Containers

We’ve covered some of these already, but shipping container storage has many benefits, including:

  • Durability: Have you ever tried to damage steel? It’s next to impossible. Shipping container storage is strong and will keep your items safe in any weather and outdoor conditions. Keeping your unit on an active jobsite? Not an issue. Our containers are designed to withstand flying debris and any other hazards they encounter. Your items will stay dry and intact no matter what. 
  • Portability: Shipping containers are designed to move easily from location to location. This means that shipping container storage units can be easily transported from location to location, which is great for businesses that will be using their storage across multiple jobsites, locations, or cities. 


The Industry Solution 

When we started this company, we knew we wanted to be a storage provider for multiple industries. Decades into this endeavor, we think we’re more than excelling in that goal. 

Our storage containers see action in over 20 industries and sectors. The key to their popularity is their impressive durability, portability, and adaptability. Our units are designed to move, so it’s easy to transport empty units from one location to the next as needed. 

Our standard shipping containers are also easy to transform as your needs change and grow. For example, some of our clients start out using these containers to store machinery and equipment and then switch gears mid-contract and add shelving to make room for more sensitive and delicate supplies. 

No matter what your storage needs are, our standard shipping containers are more than up to the task. Industries that make excellent use of standard shipping containers include the following:

  • Automotive: Automotive clients love our containers and use them to keep valuable equipment and inventory safe from theft, loss, and damage, maintain order and cleanliness in auto body shops and service centers, and ensure that excess inventory and parts don’t impede on showroom and/or customer space. 
  • Construction: Construction customers use these containers to maintain order on active construction sites, protect machinery and equipment from extreme weather and risks of theft and loss, ensure that all materials are easily accessible, and enhance the productivity and efficiency of the worksite. 
  • Education: These units are lifesavers on campuses where classrooms are limited. They help maximize student and faculty space and can also store educational tech, books, equipment, and supplies.
  • Government: The government uses these units to store equipment and supplies for field operations and offices. Instant installation and easy transportation mean our units are perfect for situations where locations shift and where storage needs require flexibility. Our military, police, and other government customers love our standard-width storage containers for their practicality, versatility, and utility. 
  • Healthcare: Our storage containers have many significant uses in healthcare. They keep emergency medical supplies safe and protected from weather, loss, and theft and maintain order at hospitals, clinics, and medical centers. These units ensure that all medical equipment is organized and safe so that they can be easily accessed and used for patient care. Again, since our standard-width storage containers are portable and easy to install and take down, they are perfect for medical field centers and service sites. 
  • Hospitality: Hospitality customers use our units to store seasonal supplies and equipment, enhance customer space, keep kitchens and lobbies tidy and organized, and house items that are not needed on a daily basis. 

Standard Shipping Container: The Secure Choice

When storing your personal items or equipment, security is key. Whether you’re moving homes, hosting a large-scale event, or upgrading your work space, when you rent an on-site storage container, you expect the best. 

At Mobile Mini, we appreciate the trust you’re placing in us when you choose us to manage your storage container rental. All Mobile Mini storage containers come with access to our patented locking systems, ensuring that no one is getting into our units without a key. Our storage shipping containers are also weatherproof and can withstand even the toughest storms.

At Mobile Mini, our storage container rentals come with three door options: single-entry, standard, and premium. 

  • Single-Entry: Our single-entry doors are like barn doors; they open wider than standard doors and allow you to use almost the entire width of your storage unit to get equipment and larger furniture items safely inside. 
  • Standard Doors: These look like regular doors and work well for basic storage needs. 
  • Premium Doors: Our premium doors open easily with one hand to optimize the ease and convenience of entering your unit. 

The Mobile Mini Difference

Storage is essential. This principle has always been a guiding force for our company, and we remained very much centered on this belief. Today, our commitment to providing responsive, quality storage units at times when they’re needed most is even stronger. 

We know that storage needs tend to be urgent matters. Most of our on-site shipping containers are delivered within one day of you placing your order. Our customer service team has a leading record of safe, hassle-free delivery, so you can rest assured that your unit will be ready-to-go when you need it most. Simply reach out to us, and we’ll help you select the best storage solution for your needs. 

From rental to pick-up, we’ve got your back.


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Boro Construction

“I’m a firm believer in Mobile Mini. These containers are going to stay with me on many projects in the future.”


Brian Glover

Boro Construction