Many Australians are looking for additional storage for business or personal reasons. There are, after all, only so many things you can fit into the closet or under your bed before it starts to become a problem! The trouble with finding this additional storage is that it can be quite expensive. Renting a unit off-site could cost thousands over several years, and it can take ages to drive over there whenever you want to use your stored items. That is why more and more Australians are buying a shipping container and using it instead. If that sounds like a good idea to you, here are a few tips you can follow to make your shipping container more suitable for storage.
Install A Light
Shipping containers are very, very dark, especially when they are filled up with all your odds and ends. A simple fluorescent light attached to the roof can radically change the shipping container into a very workable space for you to store items. You will need an electrician to do this work for you, and you need to decide whether you want an on-site generator to power the light or whether you will connect it to the main power supply. Whatever the case may be, a light is an essential component in storage because, otherwise, you will be quite blind when doing anything inside the shipping container.
The best way to make use of all the space a shipping container has to offer is to go up! It might not seem big in photos, but shipping containers are generally over 2 metres tall and very deep. That means that if you do not take advantage of the height, you are missing out on about 30-50% of your total storage space. All you need is a few wooden shelves and a couple of drills to make it work. Make sure that when you drill into the side, you make it waterproof again once you are done. A shipping container's waterproofness is one of its most attractive qualities, and you don't want to compromise that with a few nails poking out.
Keep A Table Inside
Going to any storage facility is always a hassle if there is no space to look through your storage. Having a table allows you to keep things at a comfortable level while you look through them and also just makes it easier to store it once you are done. It doesn't have to be a huge dining table, just a simple workbench that is preferably under the light source you installed earlier. Some people prefer to have a chair as well, but that just gets in the way. Keeping an annotated list of what is stored in which boxes and so on can be a great help to have just sitting on this table when it is not in use.