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Would You Sleep in a Shipping Container?

Would You Sleep in a Shipping Container?

Shipping containers are no longer reserved for transporting goods. Made primarily from repurposed materials, shipping container hotels offer an alternative way of living while traveling, ranging from rustic or upscale vibes.

According to Cleveland Containers, using this method of construction is 40-60 percent faster than traditional building methods, which reduces costs, labor and on-site waste. So, not only are these shipping container hotels less labor-intensive to construct, it’s also eco-friendly.

Take a look at these shipping container hotels:

Although it looks industrial from the outside, the interior of the Xiang Xiang Pray House in China was designed with traditional Chinese features. It’s constructed from 35 metal containers.

(Source: Xiang Xiang Pray House)

You’ll forget you’re in a shipping container at the Beach Box Hotel in Goa. Using 70 percent of upcycled materials, the quirkiness of the property attracts backpackers far and wide.

(Source: Beachbox Hotel)

Enjoy slow, southern living with vast pastoral views at the Hotel Flophouze in Texas. Constructed from six shipping containers, there’s still access to a living area, bedroom and private bathroom.

(Source: Hotel Flophouze)

What do you think? Would you stay in a shipping container hotel?


[Image Source: Cleveland Containers]

View Comments (6)


  1. Bouncer


    April 2, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Sure, many folks slept for years in Containerized Housing Units (CHUs) in various garden spots in the mid-east/SWA. This might be a step UP from those. In any case, the only real issue is making sure they’re properly insulated, and you don’t lose too much interior volume to false walls etc. Really though, no matter what, it’s a small space. You need to pack small to utilize it.


  2. powerlifter

    April 3, 2019 at 6:37 am

    If you go to the Embassy in Afganistan that is what most ppl sleep in. They have single and double bunks. They have a living area and private bath. They have Air Con as well as the internet.

  3. sdsearch

    April 3, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Would I sleep In a shipping container in Texas? Not if there’s any even remote possibility of a tornado. These things look not much sturdier than mobile homes, which are already among the worst places to be caught int a tornado or equivalent high wind storm.

  4. stallion114

    April 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

    If you go to any large scale construction project in the US construction workers are sleeping like babies while getting paid in a shipping container right now.

  5. ackpfft

    April 4, 2019 at 10:11 am

    That was my world in the CENTCOM AOR

  6. tmac100

    April 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Sure would sleep in one! I am making plans to build a home starting with two shipping containers. Insulate, wire, plumb, and set up the “boxes” as you creatively plan. No need for a lot of floor space and “stuff” that clutters your home. Minimalist is better not 3000+ sq. ft homes using LOTS of energy and water to “maintain an unsustainable lifestyle”.
    Containers are a great idea…

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