Home Ideas for Shipping Containers


Recycling reaches the next level with home ideas for shipping containers. According to housing resource Web Urbanist, the large shipping containers used to transports goods by sea or rail are often discarded after one use or are left to sit on a dock. With standard dimensions of 19 feet 4 inches long, 7 feet 8 inches wide and 7 feet 10 inches high, a shipping container makes a durable building structure.


  • According to online recycling resource TreeHugger.com, you can put your own getaway cabin on your property by converting a single shipping container into a cabin. You can use one container to create a private cabin, or attach a porch or sun room to your container and open up your getaway cabin.

Push-Button Home

  • One of the advantages of a shipping container home is that it can be a self-contained unit. According to TreeHugger.com, with careful planning a good deal of work, a single shipping container can be transformed into a push-button home. Pushing a button causes the container to open up into a three-room dwelling. One wall folds down with a bathroom installed on it, the center is the kitchen and sitting area and the other wall folds down into a bedroom. A canvas roof protects the home from the elements. While this may not make a practical permanent home, it can be put on a trailer and used as a mobile home or camper.

Two-Level Home

  • Shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other to create a two-level home. Build exterior stairs for access to the second floor or install attic pull-down stairs for internal access.

Modular Home

  • Shipping containers can be pieced together in many configurations, up to three levels high. According to online urban development resource WebUrbanist.com, you can put two shipping containers side by side and then build a porch on top for an added view of the surrounding area.

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