When it comes to purchasing or hiring shipping containers, knowing the shipping container dimensions is important. It is these dimensions that indicate how many boxes or how much furniture you can fit into the containers for storage or shipping around the country.

It is important to remember that dimensions can change slightly depending on the manufacturer, so it’s always important to take a look at the container where possible, to ensure that your items will fit.

At Shipping Containers Sydney, there is a wide range of containers available, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’re going to look at the sizes and dimensions of the containers that are most used by those looking for storage or shipping of personal or business goods.

General Purpose Containers – 10ft, 20ft, 40ft

Container Size Length – Exterior/Interior Width – Exterior/Interior Height – Exterior/Interior Cubic Capacity Weight When Empty
10ft 2.98m/2.83m 2.43m/2.35m 2.591m/2.385m 16 cbm 1250kg
20ft 6.058m/5.88m 2.438m/2.350m 2.591m/2.385m 33.1 cbm 2100-2400kg
40ft 12.192m/12.015m 2.438m/2.350m 2.591m/2.385m 67.7 cbm 3500-4000kg


Now of course there are a variety of other shipping containers with different dimensions that may suit your needs a little better. If you have furniture that is quite tall, it may be worthwhile looking at a high cube container, or perhaps if you need to store cold items, a refrigerated container is more what you need.

What Size Do I Need?

The size of the container you need really does depend on what you will be storing in it.

A 10ft shipping container for example tends to hold the contents of a studio or small one bedroom apartment, or 2 – 3 rooms of furniture. A 40ft shipping container on the other hand tends to have enough space to fit the contents of a five bedroom home. It is well worth considering whether you will need any additional space or if you only have a set amount of boxes or furniture you need to store.

When looking for shipping container dimensions to meet your storage or shipping requirements, talk to the team at Shipping Containers Sydney for the best advice.