How to Make the Most of Your Storage Container Shelter

How to Make the Most of Your Storage Container Shelter


Container shelters have been popping up all over New Zealand, and these structures have been offering their users a unique and surprisingly versatile way to create more space. But a container’s potential goes far beyond its four steel walls. They’re adaptable, robust, and ready to adapt to whatever you throw their way. They assure strong integrity, capable of withstanding the corrosive effects of seawater and wind speeds over 100 mph, thanks to their thick steel doors and watertight construction. Plus, with proper maintenance, these shelters can last over 50 years, providing a solid, affordable, and structurally stable foundation.

In the following paragraphs, ShelterPro will help you tap the full potential of your container shelter, from maximising space to creating something more functional and useful for your needs.  We’ll cover clever storage solutions, essential modifications for our climate, and design tips for your specific needs. But wait—

What is a container shelter and do I need one?

A container shelter, also known as a shipping container shelter or a container canopy, is a structure built using repurposed shipping containers as the primary framework.  They are often used for various purposes, such as storage, workspace, living spaces, or even as temporary structures for events. We’ll let you decide how useful one can be by diving into the benefits they offer. 

Advantages of container shelters

They are versatile

Container shelters can adapt to a wide array of needs and environments. This could be providing storage for heavy-duty equipment on a construction site, serving as a workshop in a remote mining location, or even being transformed into a temporary living space.

They are affordable

If your business is looking for cost-efficient storage solutions, container shelters are a feasible option. Container shelters offer significant savings in initial investment and ongoing maintenance costs compared to traditional brick-and-mortar structures. Their modular nature means they can be easily transported and assembled, cutting down on construction time and labour expenses. Additionally, the durable materials used in their construction ensure a long lifespan too.

They are durable 

Constructed from rugged steel and designed to withstand the harshest of conditions, these shelters are built to last. From withstanding the corrosive effects of seawater to braving extreme winds and weather conditions, container shelters stand tall as bastions of durability. With proper maintenance, they can endure for decades, providing a reliable and steadfast shelter for whatever challenges come their way.

Practical tips for maximising use


Choosing the right location for your container shelter is crucial for its functionality and longevity. Ensure the ground is level and stable, free from any potential hazards or obstructions. Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, prevailing wind direction, and accessibility for easy loading and unloading. It would also be good to consult local regulations and zoning laws to ensure compliance before placing your shelter.


Weatherproofing and insulation are essential for ensuring the year-round usability of your container shelter, especially in regions with extreme weather conditions. Seal any gaps or openings to prevent water infiltration and air leakage, and consider installing insulation to regulate temperature and reduce energy consumption. Ventilation is also crucial to prevent condensation buildup and maintain a comfortable interior environment.

Interior organisation

Efficient storage and layout inside the shelter can significantly enhance its usability. Prioritise accessibility by organising items based on frequency of use, with frequently accessed items placed near the entrance for easy retrieval. Utilise shelving, racks, and storage bins to maximise vertical space and keep the interior tidy. Labelling and inventory management systems can further streamline operations and minimise clutter.

Security measures

Protecting the contents of your container shelter from theft and the elements is important, so make sure that you invest in locks and security cameras. Motion sensors could also help in deterring unauthorised access around the container shelter. Make sure you conduct periodic inspections to ensure their effectiveness.

Maintenance guidelines

Maximising the lifespan of your container shelter starts with a proactive maintenance plan. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure your container remains a secure and comfortable space for years to come. Here are a few simple things you can do.

Routine inspections

As mentioned above, routine inspections help you keep your shelter safe, and also serve as an effective means to identify signs of wear, damage and deterioration. Common indicators for repairs include leaks, corrosion and issues with the structural integrity.


Regularly wash the exterior surfaces of the container shelter to remove debris, paying close attention to roof seams and corners. These could lead to needless issues in the future. 

Rust prevention

Check the hinges and seals around the construction and other exposed metal surfaces. Inspect the exterior regularly for signs of rust, especially in areas with high humidity or salt exposure, and treat any affected areas promptly.


Ensure proper ventilation inside the container shelter to prevent condensation buildup, which can lead to mould, mildew, and corrosion

Businesses can expand affordably with a ShelterPro NZ container shelter. Our shelters are flexible, cost-effective and come in all sizes

Contact us for guidance and solutions.

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