Why Shipping Containers Make the Best Self-Storage Units

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Unlike typical rollup door storage units often used at self-storage facilities, at Storage Solutions we offer shipping containers at both our locations. Our Milton self storage location is 100% comprised of shipping containers and our Woodstock self storage location offers 8x20 outdoor storage containers.

Why shipping containers? Because of their design, construction and size!

Shipping containers are specifically designed to be stacked, portable, and are constructed from corrugated metal sheets that are welded together. They are put through rigorous quality assurance tests for water resistance, vibration and impact so each storage container can withstand moisture, salt and extreme weather conditions.

In terms of their size, the most common sizes globally are 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ tall and 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ tall. To put that into perspective, a 20' can hold approximately 3,500 shoe boxes and a 40' “high cube” can hold around 8,400 shoe boxes.

While this may seem exorbitant, it’s all necessary because their primary use is to transport cargo across the vast and unpredictable oceans. From extravagant luxury cars to everyday household items to electronics, statistics report that almost 90% of the world’s cargo is transported on a ship via shipping containers. 

As shipping containers are retired from the shipping industry they have been put to some awesome alternate uses such as self-storage units and portable storage containers. Here at Storage Solutions, the containers we use are what are called 'one trip' containers. They literally have made a single trip and then are retired. These containers are essentially brand new and are as ‘new’ as you can get here in North America. 

Amazingly, there are millions of shipping containers in circulation today. People have embraced them and realized that they are excellent building blocks for homes, offices, workshops, restaurants and even villages.  They’re even used for pools these days!  TV shows like Container Wars, Container Homes and Containables come up with some cool transformations.

So, why do we use shipping containers as self-storage units?

  1. They are durable and tough, made of steel and waterproof.
  2. They are movable or portable which is convenient for packing and for mobile storage
  3. They are self-enclosed, which eliminates rodent and bug problems that most storage facilities often have. It also gives you extra security since your container is not connected to other units.
  4. They are truly a safe and secure place to store your belongings.
  5. They are drive-up, which is becoming less common in our industry. By being able to park at the door of your storage container, you can easily and quickly move your items yourself, especially those awkward or heavy ones, without the need (and cost) of professional movers.
  6. They are ideal storage for recreational equipment. You can store big items such as vehicles, trailers, boats, ATV’s, and UTV’s alike.  These things can easily be driven right into the container and sealed so that they are protected.


If you want to learn more about our self-storage containers, are interested in buying your own storage container or would like to arrange a tour of either our Milton self storage or Woodstock self storage facility, text, call or email us today. For ease and convenience, you can virtually tour of self-storage facilities and the many different sizes of self-storage units we have for rent online.

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amer hashem (Milton)
a month ago

Very reliable storage. A good solution to park your car and keeping it protected from all weather conditions. Although a bit remote location.. but the price and the service was worth it.

Riley Rogozynski (Woodstock)
a week ago

I went in to find out some information on storage units for when I move in a couple weeks and was happily surprised by the customer service I received. I had looked at a few other storage facilities in Woodstock but their customer service was terrible compared to Jared's from Storage Solutions. He was professional and understanding of my needs and was ready to help anywhere he could. I will definitely be spreading the word to any of my friends looking for units!

Jennifer Sibbitt (Milton)
a week ago

Staff are very friendly and helpful. The facility is well maintained, clean and secure. I highly recommend Storage Solutions!

Janet Kennedy (Woodstock)
2 weeks ago

Great rates for a clean, secure, well lit place. Really good staff and a company that cares. New facility and the competitors are pretty tired looking and charging the same rates (if not a bit more).

Abeer Nauman (Milton)
a day ago

Very friendly staff. Always great service. Would highly recommend.

Lindsay Munro (Milton)
4 months ago

My husband and I recently relocated from the US and needed a place to store all of our belongings while we secured a new home. The folks at Storage Solutions advised us on the right size unit for our needs, at the right price. They were kind and helpful with all of our "first-timer" questions. We were very confident in the security of the place, and had absolutely no issues. I would highly recommend and use them again if needed.

Ashley Kelly (Milton)
a month ago

Been storing office and personal items for years. Have had various size units. Prices are great and staff has always been helpful.