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  • Large Shipping Containers

No longer do shipping containers only open at the front but now at the side too! Take a look at the new benefits and features of side-opening shipping containers.

Tiger containers has recently completed another side opening shipping container in Bright red finish, the customer is matching it up to an existing building.

The container also has had the doors installed on the RHS side wall opposed to the traditional LHS and we have added some lock boxes for added security.

For all of your modification needs please contact Tiger Containers

side opening shipping container red

side opening shipping container red

side opening shipping container red

side opening shipping container red

Side Opening Shipping Containers – Uses and Benefits

The sea container has had a number of modifications since its invention to increase the types of goods it can transport and to enhance its functionality in goods shipping and other uses. One such modification is the addition of side opening doors.

Side opening shipping containers are pretty similar to regular general purpose shipping containers. They share the same features with regular containers with the only difference being that they open on the side too. The side doors can cover the entire length of the shipping container or a smaller part depending on the intended use.


side opening shipping container red

These shipping containers come in two common sizes 20ft and 40ft. But just like regular sea containers, they can be made in custom sizes ranging anywhere between 5ft and 40ft depending on the customer’s requirements.

Side opening sea containers are also available in high cubes which gives them an extra foot in height to normal sized shipping containers i.e. they are 9ft 6in instead of 8ft 6in. The extra headroom will come in handy if you need to store extra tall items.


Our side opening sea containers feature:

•    High-quality steel construction that provides the toughness and durability you’ve come to expect from shipping containers.
•    Water-sealing on all doors to keep the goods inside dry.
•    Timber floors
•    Standard doors that open the full 270 degrees.
•    Large side doors for easier access.

Upon request we can also install:

•    Whirlybirds
•    Air vents to prevent condensation inside the container.
•    Container ramps
•    Heavy duty shelves ideal for goods storage
•    Security lock boxes
•    Windows and much more.

The options we provide are endless. We will add whatever accessory you require to make the container suitable for the intended use.

Benefits of side opening shipping containers

1.    Easy unloading and offloading. Side opening sea containers are especially beneficial because they provide easy access for loading and offloading goods – especially when a forklift or pallet truck is being used. The forklift or truck can drive in, place and stack the goods without too much effort.

2.    Access for extra-large items. Side opening shipping containers fitted with larger doors provide adequate room for extra-large items that can’t fit through the container’s regular doors. This increases the number of items that you can ship and store using these metal boxes.

3.    Better access to stored items. With the back to front loading style of the shipping container, accessing goods that were loaded first will require you to remove front items to get to them. With a side opening container, goods that were loaded first do not have to come out last which makes retrieving items fast and efficient.

4.    Better utilisation of the container. Side doors also help improve the utilisation of the shipping container as the container can be divided into two or more parts to serve as multiple cafes, shops or offices.
Uses for side opening cargo containers.

Because of their versatility, side opening shipping containers can be used for a variety of purposes. These include:


The side opening container is perfect for onsite storage as it provides a wider opening for storage of bulky goods while the easy access of goods makes organising, storing, and retrieving items a quick and easy task. This coupled with the shipping containers robust and secure build make for the perfect storage facility.


With all the features of a regular container and the added benefit of a side opening door, side opening shipping containers are ideal for transporting both regular and bulky cargo. Side doors provide a better option for loading and offloading.


These containers are also ideal for conversions. Some of the popular conversions include turning them into homes, sheds, offices, cafes, pop-up shops and so much more. For conversions where ruggedness is not a priority, more aesthetically pleasing doors can be used such as sliding glass doors.

Samples of our work

Over the years, Tiger containers has done numerous side door installations on new and used shipping containers. Here are some examples of our work.

1. The double roller doors Installation

For this, the customer requested to have their new-build 20ft shipping container fitted with heavy duty roller doors – something we were able to implement with amazing results. The side roller doors make the container perfect for commercial use due to the storefront-like accessibility.

double roller door side opening shipping container

2. Engineering module modification

Side opening shipping containers are perfect for housing machinery. The wide doors enable free air circulation (a requirement for some equipment), easy installation of the machine because of the improved access, and easier and safer access for operators. All this while still enabling the piece of equipment to be shipped anywhere safely and conveniently without being disassembled.

The side opening container below was created for a customer who required housing for a power generator. We fitted full-length side opening doors on both sides of the 20ft shipping container creating the perfect portable generator housing.

Whether it’s a simple fit out or a complicated engineering module, you can count on us to provide exactly what you require.

using a side opening shipping container

3. The bright red container

For this modification, the customer needed their side opening cargo container to match an existing building next to which the container would be placed. We applied a new coat of paint (bright red) and installed side opening doors on the container.

Because of how the container was to be situated, access wouldn’t be possible from the left-hand side so we needed to install the doors on the right-hand side of the container. We also added some lock boxes for the doors to improve security.

The side doors were fitted with rubber seals to ensure that the container retains its weather proofing.

using a side opening shipping container

4. Side Access container

For the container below, we applied a new coat of paint to a second-hand 20ft A-grade container and installed 2 container doors on it. The results were stunning, and we added another satisfied customer to our records.

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At Tiger Containers, we provide a wide range of new and used side opening containers at unbeatable prices. Whether you require a container for storage, shipping or conversion, you can be sure we’ll provide the perfect side opening container to suit your needs.

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