Craftsmen and artisans, listen up! If you’re in the know about the rising trend of customized workshops, you’ll want to explore how to create a shipping container workshop with Van Isle Containers right here in Saanichton, BC.

From commercial welders to Etsy sellers, those who are dealing with custom-made or physical products need a space to work on their craft. The good news is, that in this article we’ll discuss not only how to create your own shipping container workshop, we’ll also go into why you might want to.

Why opt for a Shipping Container Workshop?

Shipping containers have transitioned from global cargo carriers to the foundation of homes, pools, sheds, and, notably, workshops. So, what makes them an appealing choice?

1. Mobility Matters – Portability

Born for movement, shipping containers, originally designed for maritime cargo, and often referred to as sea cans, offer an unparalleled level of mobility. Need to relocate your workshop? No hassle.

2. Ironclad Security – Security

When safeguarding your tools, shipping containers stand out as one of the most secure options. Constructed with industrial-grade steel and with minimal entry points, often only two doors located on one side, shipping containers deter thieves. Think about this – even luxury car manufacturers rely on them for international transport.

3. Budget-Friendly – Cost-Savings

Contrary to what some people may think, creating a workshop from a shipping container is cost-effective. Depending on size and condition, you might be able to acquire one for as low as $1,000. Affordable and on-trend.

4. Built to Last – Durability

These containers are built tough. Crafted from industrial-grade steel, they withstand harsh weather conditions and occasional impacts. Your workshop will weather any storm.

5. A Range of Size Options

Shipping containers come in various sizes, catering to every DIY project. A standard container is typically measured at 8’ wide and 8’ 6” high while a high cube container is measured 1 foot taller at 8’ wide and 9’ 6” high. Where you see the most variety is in length. The most common size for a shipping container is 20’ length but you can find ones from 8’ all the way to 40’ and beyond. Whatever kind of workshop you’re looking to build, there’s a container for every need.

6. Highly Customizable

Offering a canvas for creativity, shipping containers are highly customizable. From adding doors, windows, walls, vents, electricity, and more, your only limit is your imagination. And what’s better for branding than an entire workshop you can paint or decal in whatever design you choose.

Ready to Dive In? Meet Van Isle Containers!

If you’re eager to turn the idea into reality, Van Isle Containers is your destination. We’re located on Vancouver Island and are able to help any islander looking for a new space to create. From Port Hardy to Dallas Road we’re here to get your custom workshop in working shape. Whether you’re eyeing a brand-new container or opting for a budget-friendly used one, we’ve got you covered. We are committed to assisting you in bringing your DIY dreams to life!
Setting Up Your Workshop

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of setting up your container workshop, whether it’s for woodworking, metalworking, or any other creative endeavour.

1. Plan Your Space – Design and Planning

Before you embark on the transformation journey, outline a plan for your dream workshop. If DIY modifications aren’t your forte, we are more than happy to help you. The team at Van Isle Containers have worked with a ton of local businesses to create the perfect space for their business.

Now let’s think about your plans. You’ll need to determine the space you need and select the container size that aligns with your requirements. As we mentioned above there are two different heights you can choose from, and a variety of different sizes, including our 8′, 9′, 10′, 20′, and 40′ containers. If you’re going the more economical route with a used shipping container you may have fewer options to choose from. But don’t worry, all the containers that we sell, new or used, are carefully inspected before going out to our customers to ensure that they are both structurally sound and wind & watertight.

2. Powering Up – Electricity

Acknowledge the need for power in your workshop. Whether it’s for your tools, lighting, or charging, if you’re taking this on yourself, you’ll want to consult a licensed electrician to ensure a safe and efficient setup. This should kickstart your project, ensuring all electrical aspects are in order before construction begins.

3. Customizing Your Container – Accessories & Modifications

It’s time to personalize your container! Depending on your craft, think about ventilation systems, windows, and vents. Not quite ready to take a saw to your own container – these are all custom modifications that Van Isle Containers can help you with! Consider additions like roll-up doors, lockboxes, ramps, and other modifications tailored to your needs. Don’t forget to think about how you’ll equip your workshop on the inside with essentials like workbenches, storage solutions, and your essential machinery and ensure you’ve planned out where everything will go.

4. Building Your Foundation – Flooring and Walls

Armed with your accessories, it’s time to get down to business. Start by choosing your floor and walls. If not already in place, consider adding insulation, especially if you plan to use your workshop year-round. What you add to your workshop next is up to you! But with a solid plan, you’ll be well-prepared.

5. Adding the Finishing Touches – Finishing Touches

Personalize your space with lighting fixtures, machinery, workbenches, and a fresh coat of paint. With all components in place, your workshop is primed for action.

There are so many potential benefits of transforming a shipping container into your dream workshop and Van Isle Containers is here to help you make this vision a reality.

If you’re ready to embark on the journey of creating your own shipping container workshop, look no further than Van Isle Containers.

Wherever you’re located on Vancouver Island, we are committed to helping every islander find the perfect space to unleash their creativity. From brand-new containers to budget-friendly used ones, we have a solution tailored to your needs.

Whether you can’t wait to get your hands dirty DIY-ing your own workshop or want our team of seasoned professionals to deliver a fully working workshop to your doorstep, we’re here to help every step of the way.

So, craftsmen and artisans, let’s turn those creative dreams into tangible spaces for innovation and productivity. Reach out to Van Isle Containers today and take the first step towards crafting your ideal workshop. Happy crafting!