FAQ 7: What sized storage container do I need?

We are a asked on a daily basis, “what type of storage container do I need?”. Every case is of course different, and there’s not one answer we can give, but here’s a few common examples.

A space for farm equipment
“I need more storage space for machines and vehicles on my farm. What would be the best solution?”
The most common way to go would be to buy or rent a 20′ storage container. It’s a water tight, fireproof a durable solution. When storing valuable equipment, remember to make sure you have a lock box installed! A lock box is an easy way to protect the container from burglars, and makes it easier to deal with insurance companies in case somebody does break in. If you don’t have one, insurance companies usually take of 10 % from the amount insured. New containers always have a lock box, but used containers sometimes don’t.
For storing furniture

“I have a 45 m2 flat and have to store all my belongings for the durance of a trip abroad. What kind of container do I need?

Furniture in a container

A basic 20′ storage container will do fine. Usually a 40-55 m2 flat’s furniture will fit in, depending on how it’s packed, in moving boxes or separately. In one moving box, you can usually fit stuff worth 1 m2, and you can fit approximately 45 moving boxes on the container’s floor surface. In addition to that, they can also be packed on top of each other.

If storing will happen in the winter also and you have lots of paintings, textiles etc., we recommend getting an insulated container. The insulated container’s inner temperature is higher and steadier than a non-insulated container’s, therefore resulting in less condensation moisture. We also have Cargosorb desiccants for preventing moisture build up.

In case of water emergency

“A water emergency hit our house and we need a space for our furniture so we can start renovating. We live in a 120 m2 detached house. How big a container do we need?” 

I’d suggest getting either two 20′ storage containers or one 40′ storage container. The advance in getting two smaller ones is that if you need to get something out of the container on a regular basis, they’re more practical, as it might be difficult to get stuff from the back of a 40′ long container that’s packed full. In winter time, we suggest getting an insulated container (see previous answer).

Getting tools safe in a construction site 

“We’re building a detached house and need a water and burglar safe place for our tools. What kind of container do we need?”

Small (6′, 8′ and 10′) storage containers are perfect for this purpose. They fit in a small space and can easily be moved from one place to the other with a truck or forklift. Storage containers are very durable, and new containers have a lock box (see first answer) by default, and one can be installed on used ones that don’t.

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