Storage Shed vs Shipping Container

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Outdoor storage options vary greatly but two of the most popular and commonly found ones are storage sheds and shipping containers. If you’re stuck trying to decide what you need, go ahead and give this a read and it should help you decide. Everyone is different and has slightly different needs and we can appreciate that, but as you’ll find out that’s just another reason conex containers reign supreme.


It’s important that we break down costs, that’s what really matters to a lot of people in the end. A storage shed is going to come one of two ways, pre-built or assembled on location if you get a nice one. On the other hand, a container comes as is, and can be further customized at any time. They’re both going to cost you a few thousand each, and often times a nice built shed will be a few hundred more than even a new container.

Safety & Security

When it comes to your security needs, it’s always good to at least have a baseline level of security. Now they are certainly both secure in their own right, but in the end, one does stand apart. A storage shed is going to lock up tight enough to keep most out, but in reality, if someone really wants to get in they can just bust through the walls. A shipping container is not going to have this issue, and with all of its secure locking mechanism, almost nobody is going to be able to get in unless you want them to. Constructed with corten steel, you’d need some serious power tools to even think about getting through.


There is almost no comparison when it comes to durability. Yes, a storage shed can stand for quite a long time, but one good windstorm could take it down in an instant. A storage container is just not susceptible to weather nearly as much, it’s going to be protected from the elements and stand the test of time.

Keep rodents and bugs away

Regardless of how tightly you seal it up, bugs and maybe even rodents ARE going to find a way to get into your shed. A nice warm box is just all too inviting to most pests out there. This isn’t a huge deal but can become a headache if you keep bird feed or anything in there. Now shipping containers are specifically meant for transport over long distances. One thing that used to plague the seas in the past was rodents infesting ships. Our conex containers Charlotte NC are sealed so well, you really don’t have to worry at all about this.

Storage space

Now the question of storage space is questionable because you can buy a larger container or construct a large home shed as you wish. A storage container is going to have a height advantage as they’re 8 feet tall and your average shed is maybe 6′ 6″. This means you’ll be able to store more awkwardly shaped things and never worry about hitting your head. The main size variations of shipping containers that we deal in are 20 foot storage containers and 40 foot storage containers

In the end, it all comes down to your specific needs and wants. A storage shed likely is going to be more appealing visually than a metal container, but in the end, the extra strength and functionality is superior to most. If you decide that a shipping container is for you, you need to come check out our Storage Containers at All States Containers! We have a great selection and can help you get exactly what you want. Contact us if you have any more questions that we can answer for you!