The Renter’s Guide to 24’ Shipping Containers

What are 24’ shipping containers?

We recently looked at 20’ shipping containers and why they are one of the more popular options when it comes to storage.

24' Shipping Container from Southwest Mobile Storage

Also known as conex boxes, storage containers, or cargo containers, these ISO steel containers have grown in popularity and opportunity.

In this guide, we’ll take a deeper look at the 24’ shipping container, including:

  • What a 24’ container is
  • What they can be used for
  • What to consider when choosing one

Let’s look at what exactly a shipping container is.

What are 24’ shipping containers?


Often synonymous with intermodal freight containers, an ISO steel container is made from 14 gauge corrugated weathering steel.

They are made to withstand harsh weather conditions, making them perfect for cargo shipping, storage, and handling.

Malcom McLean is often credited as the father of shipping containers, as it was his idea and concept for a more efficient way of cargo transportation.

Malcom McLean

Thanks to McLean’s idea, the shipping container industry began the process of globalization.

This helped to promote and increase the interactions between different countries and regions.

24’ shipping containers are a bit bigger than the standard 20’ shipping container and are measured as 24’ x 8’ x 8.6’.

These conex boxes can hold around 192 square feet, or about 1,651 cubic feet, of items.

What Can You Do with a 24’ Shipping Container?


Just like using 20’ shipping containers, you can do almost anything using 24’ shipping containers.

If you’re reading this guide, you might be looking into renting this particular size for a specific reason.

Many residential projects can be done using standard sizes, like the 10-foot or 20-foot container, but 24’ containers are often needed for bigger projects.

Let’s look at some of those below.

Mobile offices

Shared offices, workspaces, and co-working offices have been a growing trend for a few years now, catered to freelancers and entrepreneurs.

However, many physical businesses have relied on mobile offices as well. These prefabricated offices are usually portable, so they can be used at any location.

Mobile offices are actually common at construction sites.

24' Shipping Containers - Use on a Construction Site

Construction isn’t the only industry that uses mobile offices.

Business satellite offices have been made in order to accommodate a remote team or even to provide office resources while a location is being renovated.

And of course, freelancers and entrepreneurs are using mobile offices to greet clients and create an office environment.


Medical labs/Exam rooms

The biggest event of 2020 was the emergence and spread of the corona virus, known as COVID-19.

The global pandemic affected nearly every single business industry, but its heaviest impact was that on hospitals and medical facilities.

COVID-19 and Healthcare

On top of treating regular illnesses, medical professionals were met with incoming patients either suffering from the virus or needing to be tested for it.

This resulted in having to turn away patients due to lack of beds and facing a lack of ICU beds for those with the virus.

It also put medical personnel as risk for higher exposure to COVID-19, due to a diminished supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

At the time of this writing, a possible vaccine has been discovered, but a roll out to the entire public is being done in phases.

Many companies and manufacturers have come to aid those overwhelmed hospitals by converting shipping containers into bed space.

Another way 24’ shipping containers are aiding healthcare professionals is with testing facilities.

Testing and vaccine labs are a great way to use shipping containers!

24’ shipping containers allow for plenty of space to get lab technicians separate, while also housing the sensitive equipment they need to work.

They also work well for exam rooms or, as mentioned, additional patient rooms.



A Container Garage Made from 24' Shipping Containers

We’ve talked about using 24’ shipping containers for mobile offices and medical labs or exam rooms.

But what about garages?

Shipping containers have often been used to transport cars across the ocean, so why not use them on dry land?

Container garages can be great for homes or building without garages or covered parking. Or they can be adjacent to a container workshop.

As with the garage, workshops created from containers give DIY, woodworkers, or machinists the space and sturdy structure needed for projects.

Now that we’ve looked at some examples for using 24’ shipping containers, let’s look at some considerations when choosing this size.

What to Consider When Choosing 24’ Shipping Containers


What are some things to consider when choosing a 24’ shipping container? There are 3 main things to think about when going with a 24’ container:

  • Project type
  • Length of time
  • Container grade

Project type

Your business or residential project will definitely have an impact on the size of container you’ll need.

24’ shipping containers give you a bit more space than the standard 20’ container, which can be good if you need the extra space.

For instance, you may want a bigger storage space when using a mobile office. This allows for an additional employee or maybe more devices and equipment.

If using a garage container, the extra space might be needed to give your car more room or to allow for keeping other items within.


Length of time

How long will you need your container?

There are two options when it comes to using shipping containers – you can either rent one or you can purchase one.

The rule of thumb is if your project will take a year or less – like a few months or a few days – you should rent.

Any longer than two years, then you should purchase a container.

An example of the former is when moving or if there’s a remodel or renovation.

These are usually temporary situations that only need the use of a container for a short period of time.

Ongoing construction or using a container for a garage or workshop would be examples of the latter, where a container will always be in use.

Another example of purchasing a container is when you need customizations or heavy modification.

Bin702 Using 24' Shipping Containers

The rise of cargotecture has seen more and more businesses use shipping containers as building material, allowing for low-cost and eco-friendly construction.

Many areas, like shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and schools have benefited from using containers, especially in areas that can’t use traditional construction.


Container Grade

While you can expect all ISO steel containers to be durable and strong, not all containers are the same. This is where the container grade comes in.

A container grade denotes the condition of a shipping container. They are normally used when looking at used containers.

There are 4 main grades given for used shipping containers:

Shipping Container Grades

New or one-trip shipping containers are usually not graded in this way, as they either have not been used as transport or have only done “one trip”.

Age, miles traveled, damage, and others are part of the criteria for container grading.

Depending on the type of project you plan on using your 24’ container for, you may be fine with using a used container.

Used containers work well for garages and workshops; they are also suitable for long term storage.

If you’re planning on using your container for any environment that will hold people – like a mobile officer or a restaurant – you should consider a new container.

Along with a new or one-trip container choice, you will also need to ensure that your container is well insulated and ventilated.

In this guide, we took a look at 24’ shipping containers. We learned what they were and what they could be used for.

We also looked at different things to consider when choosing a 24’ shipping container.

If you have a project that needs a 24’ shipping container, give us a call at 800.686.9114 or fill out the contact form below.


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