If you’re in the market for a shipping container, whether new or used, you’ll likely come across plenty of different sizes and wonder just which one you need.

Typically, standard shipping containers come in 10ft, 20ft and 40ft sizes which gives you a lot of room to play with, whether you need something solely for storing some extra goods at the office, or you’re looking to move home.

While these may be the more popular sizes when it comes to shipping containers, there are some other options you may like to consider depending on what you are using the container for. TTwo of the common styles of shipping container are:

  • Standard
  • High Cube

Let’s take a look at the dimensions of these containers and how much they can typically hold.

10ft Shipping Container

A 10ft shipping container sits at 2.98m length, 2.438m width and 2.591m in height. This is for the external measurements. They have a capacity of 18 cubic metres.

For a 10ft high cube container, these sit at 2.98m length, 2.438m width and 2.891m in height and have a capacity of 18 cubic metres.

These containers are good for storage when you have limited space, or if you are moving a small home or office. They are often considered to be a mini container, so if you only need a small amount of room, the 10ft container is a good option.

20ft Shipping Container

A standard 20ft shipping container sits at 6.058m in length, 2.438m in width and 2.591m in height (again, external measurements) with a capacity of 33.1 cubic metres. The high cube container shares the same measurements except it sits at 2.891m in height and has a capacity of 37.4 cubic metres.

This size is one of the most popular options and is often used for shipping goods around the country, storage and even commercial and retail use such as pop-up shops, market stalls, restaurants and additional classroom space.

If you have on-going needs where your storage use will change, a 20ft container should see you through most requirements.

40ft Shipping Container

The 40ft shipping container is great if you need to ship large amounts of stock around the country, need to move a large office or home or simply need lots of additional storage space. They are also perfect for converting to homes, cafes, pop up shops, market stalls and more.

The 40ft container is quite large, so it’s certainly worth it if you need a lot of space. These containers measure out at 12.192m in length, 2.438m in width and 2.591 metres in height. The high cube container sits at 2.896m in height. A standard container has a cubic capacity of 67.7m while the high cube has a capacity of 76.2m.

With so many uses for shipping containers out there, it’s important to know what you will be using it for and how much room you have. The experienced team at Shipping Containers Sydney are more than happy to talk you through the process of purchasing a container and ensuring you have the right one to meet your needs.