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Storage Containers 101

Posted on: 02/03/2020
Storage Containers 101 university

Mobile Mini Storage Containers Provide:

  • TOP SECURITY: Mobile Mini general purpose containers are durable closed-steel boxes mostly of either 20- or 40-foot (6 or 12m) length. Common heights are 8-feet 6-inches (2.6 m) and 9-feet 6-inches (2.9 m), or “High Cube” containers. With thick walls made of the strongest industrial-grade steel, these storage containers are tamper- and natural disaster-proof. This is key. Lock it up with us and you’ll never have to worry again.
  • A COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION: Renting a Mobile Mini storage container is cost-effective, usually less than $3 per day or about $0.50 per square foot per month. 
  • ALL SIZES: Mobile Mini portable storage containers are great for retail, construction, job site equipment storage, auxiliary storage for power plants and even office swing space storage! We’ll help you quickly alleviate inventory problems and we’ll create more precious space for your business. Portable storage container solutions should be your business’s #1 problem-solver! It’s the cheapest and fastest way to adapt to changing space and inventory demands. Compared to leasing a new building or warehouse space, or moving a business, there’s no contest. Your company can take advantage of our on-site portable storage units including the big 20′ Standard container holding ~1,150 cubic feet; the bigger 40′ Standard holding ~2,400 cubic feet or the awesome 40′ High Cube holding ~2,700 cubic feet.

“All businesses have space needs, but it’s expensive to expand. Mobile Mini has your best solution! Reclaim your victory with adaptable, affordable and easy-to-access storage space.” 

        Chris Anderson, SVP Sales, Mobile Mini 

Which Industries Use Portable Storage?

Portable Storage Specifications


Great, because there’s a huge variety! Just keep in mind that the more modifications you make, it will add certain fees.


The most common container lengths are our 20-footers and 40-footers. Mobile Mini has custom lengths of 10 and 25-feet as well!

Height & Width

Portable storage containers are typically the same height and width dimensions: 8-feet 6-inches high by 8 or 10-feet wide. Mobile Mini specializes in the comfortable Extra Big option of a whopping 10 feet in width and 9-feet 6-inches tall container!

Quick Tips For Renting A Portable Storage Container

  1. Your delivery fee will be based on mileage. How far is your property from the storage container site?  

  2. Timing of your delivery. Mobile Mini guarantees fast and reliable pick-up and delivery with advanced notice. Most deliveries happen within 24-72 hours. Even same-day delivery and pick-up is possible per availability. Express Pickup and delivery service options are available at times upon request with an expedited delivery fee.

  3. It’s important to know if a permit is required for temporary storage. Usually, it depends on whether there are any regulations and if your property is located in an urban or rural area. It’s always recommended to check with your local authorities ahead of time. Common city permit requirements include a 90-day maximum on your property and placement of the unit 5- to 15-feet away from your property line.

  4. For a 20-foot storage container, you’ll usually need 75 feet of straight clearance. 40-foot containers, more like 100 feet. For most containers, you’ll need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance. The truck and trailer weigh over 30,000 lbs. Remember to communicate if your site is at ground level, on a concrete pad, a paved road and if the site is prone to flooding. You’ll want to make sure you have enough room for semi-truck access. Communication in advance with the driver is recommended. This will allow for the driver to communicate with a site contact about delivery timing, access to facility entrance and if there are any delays or unexpected setbacks.

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