How to Choose the Right Shipping Container

When it comes to finding the perfect storage or accommodation solution, shipping containers offer incredible versatility. Choosing the right container can be a difficult task but here at VersaVault, we pride ourselves in helping each and every customer choose the perfect container for their needs and being able to show them the exact container that will be brought out to them. With their robust construction and customizable features, they can meet a wide range of needs. However, selecting the right shipping container requires careful consideration to ensure it aligns with your specific requirements. In this blog post, we will guide you through the essential factors to consider when choosing the right shipping container for your needs.

The first step in selecting the ideal shipping container is defining its purpose. Are you planning to use it for storage, a temporary office space, a workshop, or something else entirely? Knowing your purpose will help you identify the necessary specifications and features required for your container.

Next, you will need to determine the size of the container. Shipping containers come in various sizes, most commonly 20 feet and 40 feet in length. Consider the amount of space you need for your intended use. If you have limited space available, a 20-foot container might be sufficient, while larger projects may require a 40-foot container or multiple units.


20-foot Container


40-foot Container

Next is the most important part the inspection of the container. Inspecting the condition and quality of the shipping container is crucial. Used containers are often more cost-effective, but ensure they are structurally sound, with minimal rust and no significant damage. If you require optimal condition and appearance, consider purchasing a new container.

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New 1 Trip Container

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Used Cargo Worthy Container

Think about any customization requirements you may have. Shipping containers can be modified with additional doors, windows, insulation, ventilation systems, electrical wiring, shelving, and more. Determine what modifications are essential for your intended use and ensure the container can accommodate them.


Set a budget range before exploring your options. The cost of shipping containers can vary depending on factors like size, condition, and customization. Consider both the upfront cost and any potential costs for delivery, modifications, and ongoing maintenance.

Consider the logistics of delivery and placement. Determine if your location allows easy access for delivery trucks or if additional equipment is needed, such as a crane or forklift. Ensure there is sufficient space for the container on your property and any necessary permits are obtained. If it is a tight location for delivery we can utilize our mule to get the container in most locations.

Finally, do thorough research on reputable shipping container suppliers and also never purchase a container that you can not see prior to delivery. Ask for pictures of the container that is being brought to you or see if you can come see the container in person prior to delivery.