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Think Inside the (Steel) Box — High Cube Container’s Vertical Advantage

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Not satisfied with your current storage solution? Need more vertical space for your tools and material? Meet the unsung hero for your storage needs: The high cube shipping container.

While the standard shipping container has long been a symbol of globalization, efficient cargo transport and secure storage, its taller cousin, the high cube container, often remains hidden in plain sight.

Over the years, high cube containers have taken on a larger and larger role as container fleets around the world adapt to the changing needs of the global economy.

These unassuming giants play a pivotal role in the seamless movement of goods across the globe and allow for efficient storage of all types of equipment. The secret to their impact lies in their extra foot of height. This small, yet significant, feature changes the storage game for many different industries.

In this blog, we’ll explore the world of high cube shipping containers and uncover the benefits of using them when compared to other container types.

What is a High Cube Container Used For?

High cube containers, often referred to as “HC” containers, are a variant of standard shipping containers. The key feature that distinguishes them is their increased height.

While standard containers typically have a height of 8 feet 6 inches, high cube containers offer an additional foot, making them 9 feet 6 inches tall. This extra vertical space opens a world of possibilities for keeping your storage organized and protected.

High cube containers have become more popular in the last couple decades. In 2013, they were almost 50% of the world’s maritime container fleet. Because container providers get their supply from the ports, this has also resulted in an increase in high cube containers available for the average customer.

High cube containers are used to store a wide range of contents, including:

1. Oversized Items

High cube containers are ideal for storing oversized items like machinery, construction equipment and manufacturing components. They’re especially useful for warehouse use, as they can store tall and bulky items efficiently.

2. Furniture and Household Goods

The extra height makes high cube containers perfect for moving furniture and personal belongings. That additional height can make a world of difference when you’re trying to store a large amount of furniture with different shapes and sizes.

3. Renovation and Construction Materials

Construction companies often use high cube containers to store building materials, such as lumber, pipes and roofing materials. Containers used for construction see a lot of foot traffic, and having the extra room can help you stay organized.

Standard height and high cube containers stand side by side in a storage lot as a forklift carries an empty liquid container in front.
Behind the forklift, you can see the difference between standard height and high-cube containers. With an additional foot of added height, the difference can make an impact, especially when you have several containers on rent.

What Are the Dimensions of a High Cube Container?

High cube containers typically come in two standard sizes, though other sizes may be available, depending on availability.

40Ft High Cube Container

This container measures 40ft in length, 8ft in width, and 9.5ft in height. It has a cargo capacity of approximately 3,040 cubic feet.

45Ft High Cube Container

The 45ft high cube container has the same height and width but has an extra five feet of length, providing a cargo capacity of around 3,420 cubic feet.

How Much Larger is a High Cube Compared to a Standard 40Ft Container?

High cube containers’ extra height gives them additional space, but just how much larger are they? Let’s run the numbers.

A standard 40ft container has a storage capacity of 2,720 cubic feet and can hold roughly 900 medium-sized cardboard boxes. That means that a 40ft high cube has 320 additional cubic feet, an increase of 12%. That’s at least an additional 100 boxes of storage space!

What about 45ft high cube containers? Compared to a standard 40, these containers increase your storage space by 26%, or an additional 233 boxes. That increased storage space can mean the difference between buying two containers, or a single high cube. By comparing storage sizes, you can get a better idea of just how much more room is at your disposal.

Two high cube containers are stacked on top of each other in a storage lot.
High cube containers help you maximize the storage space that you have. They’ll have 320 more cubed feet than a standard 40 ft unit, giving you additional storage flexibility.

Can You Use High Cube Containers for Modifications?

High cube containers are customizable and can be modified to fit your specific needs. Common modifications include adding doors, windows, insulation, ventilation, shelving and more.

These modifications can customize the interior of the container to your specific needs. By organizing your high cube container, you make more efficient use of the additional storage space. If you’re only storing things on the floor, you’d likely be better off with a standard height container, as you’re not making the most of the additional space.

Have a unique modification project in mind for your high cube container? Talk it over with a sales representative. They can help you design and create the perfect space to meet your needs.

How Can I Get Pricing for High Cube Containers?

Getting pricing for high cube containers is easy. Because the prices of high cube containers change frequently, we only provide pricing by email or over the phone, so you can get the most up-to-date information. Contact us to request a quote, and a container sales representative will reach out to assist you.

We offer transparent pricing, and you won’t be surprised by any hidden fees. After paying for the first 28 days of a rental, we prorate your billing, meaning that you’ll only pay for the days you use the container. Your rental term ends the day after you request container pickup, giving you the flexibility to call off the container when it works for your schedule.


High cube shipping containers offer a cost-effective and flexible solution for storing a wide range of cargo, from oversized machinery to household goods.

Their additional height provides advantages in terms of cargo space, while customization options make them suitable for various applications, from warehouses to construction sites and more.

When it comes to maximizing cargo space, these towering giants stand head and shoulders above the rest.

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