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10-Foot Shipping Container Dimensions and Uses

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Compact in size, yet sturdy in build – a 10-foot shipping container benefits many organizations as modified storage units, equipment enclosures, and workspaces. The dimensions of a 10-foot shipping container, along with modifications, help make a 10-foot unit perfect for a variety of use cases. Let’s take a closer look.

10ft shipping container interior exterior dimensions

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Height: 8 feet, 6 inches (High cube: 9 feet, 6 inches)
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Length: 9 feet, 9.75 inches

Interior Dimensions:

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

10-Foot Shipping Container Availability

Even though 10-foot shipping containers are growing in popularity, there are significantly fewer 10-foot containers in circulation than 20-foot or 40-foot containers. Keep this in mind as you plan to use a 10-foot container, it may take additional time to find the right container for your application.

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Popular Uses for 10-Foot Shipping Containers

Open Office

10ft shipping container open office

For some applications, a 10-foot shipping container office might be too small, but for others, it’s the ideal size to make the most of limited space. A 10-foot office comes with all the benefits of modified shipping containers – it’s durable, portable, and easy to place where needed – but the 10-foot office creates a private and professional workspace where space is limited. Use a 10-foot office inside a warehouse or on a worksite.

Telecom Shelters

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

RTU Monitoring Units

10 foot shipping container RTU monitoring units

There are currently 317 10-foot shipping containers holding oil pipeline monitoring equipment 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.

Dock 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. Install roll-up doors on any wall of the container.

Ticket or Security Booth

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10-foot shipping containers with a roll-up window becomes a fast deploying booth for security checkpoints, park entrances, truck scale stations, and more.

The possibilities when modifying shipping containers are vast – especially with a 10-foot shipping container unit. If you want to learn more about getting your own modified shipping container, give us a call at  877-704-0177 or email us at We’re always happy to point you in the right direction and get your project in motion!

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