How to Convert A Shipping Container

Wondering how to convert a shipping container? Whether you want to be part of the street food revolution, or you’d like a portable café, storage container conversions provide the perfect mobile business premises. However, before you attempt to convert your own container, it’s worth knowing exactly what goes into the process of taking an old shipping container and transforming it into thriving business premises.

At Mr.Box, our process is as follows…

Initial customer enquiry

At this stage, you need to consider exactly what it is you want. Do you need a larger unit or a smaller one? What sort of budget do you have and what timescale do you require for your container? If it’s a project for an event in the next month, for example, you may have left things far too late.

Quotation process

After you’ve provided the information and spec, we’ll then begin to outline our design ideas. We’ll need to factor things such as reinforcements, which may be necessary for the application you’ve outlined but you may have never considered. Following this, we can provide a formal quotation and lead time.

Drawing Plans

We will produce a set of drawings that will provide information about window and door positioning as well as any other fixtures or fittings such as a serving hatch. This drawing must be signed off by the customer, and any amendments can be made at this stage. If you try to DIY your own container conversion, ensure you draw up plans first so you can make amends before you begin making irrecoverable changes.

Stage 1

The first stage is to make alterations to the body of the container. Obviously most shipping containers are made of rigid steel and so we must cut apertures and holes that can weaken the overall structure – so it’s vital to reinforce certain elements even as you cut new openings.

Stage 2

The internal fit-out stage begins, where we fit any flooring or wall lining. This is often down to customer desire – some structures don’t need wall insulation but if you’ll be housing customers it’s a necessity. Windows and doors are fitted into the framework. Finally, trimmings and sealing is performed. This essentially completes the ‘barebones’ fitout ahead of furnishings.

Stage 3

Following the walls and flooring, we then install furniture, usually fixing things like countertops and cupboard in place. We respray the external container after finishing work, which is a vital step if you’ve been cutting or welding on the outside.

Stage 4

Inspection is an important stage that many companies and those who do DIY conversions miss. An electrical test is imperative if you have any electrics fitted, and you will also need to undergo any other certification testing for your structure’s intended usage. At Mr Box we also carry out our own inspection, and you as a customer can attend this if you’d like.

During the entire process, we will send you photographs and keep you updated on the estimated completion time of your container.

Stage 5

At this stage, all that’s left to do is deliver the converted container to your site. We use a HIAB lorry to collect the container and offload it to wherever you require it. Fast, efficient and safe.

If you’d like to get started with your own container conversion, don’t waste time and money trying to attempt it yourself. Choose Mr Box for our expertise, customer service and attention to detail, ensuring you’ll be in safe hands. Contact us today.