A few facts about storing items in shipping containers

Shipping Container units at Storage Carlisle® are simply the best! And choosing the right size is easy,

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Storage Carlisle ® are here to help, but generally speaking a standard size 20 foot container unit is enough to hold the contents of a three bedroom home.

We have smaller units, such as 10 foot long units which can hold in excess of a one bedroom flat. But if you are in doubt, speak to a member of staff prior to booking in a unit - we are glad to help and advise or click here to view our container sizes page.

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Drive a van right up to your unit

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Sturdy and strong
Units designed for harsh conditions

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Container units are easy to operate

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Container information | All you need to know about storage in shipping containers

Our shipping containers make perfect storage. All our units are sub floor vented - this is simply essential for the long term storage of furniture. Secondly, our furniture units are brand new or one trip container unit meaning they are correctly and sufficiently trickle vented with polished floors suitable for storing even bedding, clothing and housewares etc.


These units are sited on our own purpose developed sites and weigh approximately two tonne each and we're originally designed to be transported across the world in harsh climatic conditions.


Storing furniture makes them an ideal choice. Infact, did you know you can store up to a three bedroom house worth of contents in a standard 20 foot shipping container unit.


With prices from around £20+ per week and less, its an ideal self storage choice! Storage Carlisle will provide all your storage requirements with one phone call.

An ISO container as they are often referred to is a large standardized shipping container designed for intermodel freight transport meaning they can even be used across different types of transport - for example, from a ship to a truck without unloading and reloading their cargo. The reason they were invented was because prior to them, goods had to be unloaded and re-loaded. Therefore, by the 1970's, standards were set to enable more consistent loading and transporting of goods around the world. This of course, was a time saving measure.


There are many sizes of shipping container on the market - Storage Carlisle have a various range of sizes, though the 20 foot ones are a common and popular choice.


We could ramble on all day about shipping containers, but if you click on the link here, more information on the history of containers can be found on Wikipedia which discusses Intermodal Containers. A very interesting read indeed ....

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Our units are easily accessed, even by larger removal type vehicles. The fact we have no stairs or lifts to negotiate is a major factor in why so many customers happily use our facility, and entrances suitable for heavy goods vehicles.

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