Shipping Container Dimensions and Uses – Which is Right for You? | 24 ft Containers

Shipping Container Dimensions and Uses – Which is Right for You? | 24 ft Containers

May 25th 2022

24ft Shipping Container

A 24 ft shipping container gives you all the storage capacity of a 20-foot container with a bit more space.

Creative Uses of 20ft Containers

The extra length allows you to use a 24 ft storage container for:

A pop-up catering or retail unit Storing items that are longer than 20ft,
like plumbing supplies
A pop-up catering or retail unit Storing items that are longer than 20ft, like plumbing supplies
More spacious office Comfortable garage space
More spacious office Comfortable garage space
Accommodation units Tunnel units with doors at both ends
Accommodation units Tunnel units with doors at both ends
 

You can use a 24 ft container for all the purposes of a 20-foot container but with greater ease.

 

Dimensions

The standard shipping container dimensions for width and height:

External: – 8ft wide and 8ft 6ins high.
Internal: – 7ft 9ins wide and 7ft 10ins high.
The external length is 24ft, but inside you get a little less at 23ft 4in.

The storage container dimensions provide a loading capacity of 1,391 cubic feet and floor space of 161ft².

External Size
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Internal Size
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Weight

The empty shipping container weight is 5,842lbs, and you can load it to a maximum weight of 53,410lbs, which equates to a cargo of 48,428lbs. However, you can’t load a 24 ft storage container to its total weight and expect to transport it by road. Most states, however, have weight limits for transport by truck below the maximum cargo weight so the maximum is only available for ground storage.

What Can Fit Inside?

Logically, you can fit everything you can fit in a 20-foot container plus a bit more.

Some fun examples of what can fit are:
• 12 standard American pallets.
• Three typical couches fit along the long wall.
• Two average cars.
• Contents of six to seven rooms.
• 12 medium-sized chest freezers in a single layer with space on top.
• Room for a two-person office.
• Two large hot tubs.
• Lumber up to 22 feet in length – the second largest size.

For job site storage or a mobile office, a 24-ft container gives you the extra breathing room you need.

Benefits of a 24ft Container

This shipping container size is ideal when you need a little extra space than that provided by a 20-foot container. The other benefits of this container size include:

• More comfortable office space for up to two people.
• Plenty of door options makes this a flexible solution for storage and working.
• Doesn’t require an excessive amount of space to place one on your property.
• Will store more than a 20-foot container and make it easier to move around inside.

The 20 ft container is straightforward to deliver to most sites and is one of the most popular for nearly all purposes.

What Do You Need to Know Before Getting a Quote?

There are a few questions you should ask before getting a quote:

Should I Rent or Buy?

If you are using the 24 ft shipping container for job site storage, but you don’t have a place to store it between jobs, you may prefer to rent rather than buy.

Alternatively, buying is the more long-term solution if you want the 24 ft container as a permanent garage, home office, or garden shed.

Can You Store a Container at Your Home?

You can do a lot with 146 ft² floor space. An executive office needs between 90 and 150ft², which means a 20 ft shipping container provides a comfortable office for most purposes.

You can rent a container and store it at an offsite location or rent/buy a container to store at your home. Although shipping containers are classed as temporary structures and have wide acceptance in most states, it's best to check for local restrictions before storing a container at your home. Sometimes you can get a temporary permit while you complete a project, like remodeling a kitchen, but not for permanent use if you live under Homeowners Association rules.

How Much Space Do You Need?

Before you can have a 24 ft storage container delivered, make sure you have enough space for access and to swing the container into place when unloading.

Typically, for a 24 ft shipping container, you need at least 20 ft overhead clearance to swing the container off the truck and onto your land. You will need at least 80 feet straight access to let the truck back up to the site for loading and unloading. All containers, regardless of length, need 12ft width to put the container where you need it.


How Much Space Do You Need?

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