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10-foot Shipping Container Dimensions and Uses

2 min read
Dec 13, 2018
Paige Welsh

10-foot shipping container dimensions, interior and exteriorDid you know you don’t need to cut a 20-foot container in half to get a 10-foot shipping container? These smaller containers are perfect for storage and security booths when space is limited.

Here’s a quick overview of the dimensions.

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Height: 8 feet, 6 inches (High cube: 9 feet, 6 inches)
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Depth: 10 feet

Interior Dimensions:

  • Height: 7 feet, 10 inches (High cube: 8 feet, 10 inches)
  • Width: 7 feet, 8 inches
  • Depth: 9 feet, 3 inches

10-foot Shipping Container Availability

There are significantly fewer 10-foot containers in circulation than 20-foot or 40-foot containers. If you would like to use a 10-foot container, it may take additional time to find one for sale.

Popular Uses for 10-foot Shipping Containers

10-foot shipping containers shine when businesses need storage in a portable yet secure unit. They’ve proven ideal for industrial equipment shelters and mobile machinery storage.

Telecom BTS hut inside a 10-foot containerTelecom Shelters

The data for calls, texts, and internet searches travels from cell towers to cabling and switch rooms that form the grid. Tucked beneath each cell tower is equipment for processing and routing this data. Often this equipment is simply fenced in, but sometimes it needs the additional security and weather protection of a Base Transceiver Station (BTS) hut. 10-foot containers preloaded with racks and HVAC are a fast substitute for concrete BTS huts.

RTU equipment enclosures built in 10-foot conex containersRTU Monitoring Units

There are currently 317 10-foot shipping containers holding oil pipeline monitoring equipment units called remote terminal units (RTUs). Instead of constructing an instrument building from cinder blocks for each unit, energy companies can drop off and plug in a 10-foot shipping container equipment enclosure in hours. Containerized RTUs also already have equipment installed and tested, saving technicians time in the field.

Utility storage inside a 10-foot containerDock Level Storage for Warehouses

Warehouse managers must be thoughtful about how they use square footage. A 10-foot container can sit on a warehouse dock with no site prep while only taking up 80 square-feet of space. Roll-up doors can be installed on any wall of the container.

Concession booth with a roll up window.Ticket or Security Booth

10-foot shipping containers with a roll-up window become a fast deploying booth for security check points, park entrances, and truck scale stations.

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