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4 factors affect whether you choose a 20ft or 40ft standard container

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Many people purchase standard containers for residential, commercial, medical, office and other purposes. Because the 20ft container and the 40ft container are the size of a standard shipping container, a large amount of cost can be saved in freight. This also makes these two container products very popular on the market. However, many customers often wonder whether I should choose a 20ft standard container or a 40ft standard container? You can consider the following points.



Size And Area

The size of 20ft container house is 6058mm*2438mm*2896mm ,and it has 15 square meters. The size of 40ft container house is 12192mm*2438mm*2896mm, and it has 30sqm. Obviously, the width and height of 20 feet and 40 feet are exactly the same, only the length is different. The length of 40 feet is twice that of 20 feet.This also resulted in the area of 20 feet is only half of 40 feet.If you place the container in a very spacious place, regardless of the size, or you want a larger space, then 40 feet is a better choice. On the contrary, if the place where you place the container is relatively narrow, or there are restrictions on the length, or you don’t need that much space, you can choose 20 feet

Layout And Usage

If this container is empty, then there is no difference between the 20-foot and 40-foot layouts. We assume that something must be placed in this container.Then this has to be analyzed together with the purpose of the container.

If your container is used for office, it may be used as a simple rest area or a decent office. If it is a rest area, maybe it only needs a bar to place some coffee machines, drinks and snacks, and then arrange some seats. 20 feet will make full use of these spaces, and 40 feet may be too big. If it is used as an office, generally speaking, the possibility of one person using a container as an office is very small. Usually this container is used by a group of people. At this time, you must need a meeting room, a public work area and a private office. You choose 40 feet will be more suitable.

In addition to office use, more people will use containers for residential use. The general client will choose 20 feet as the guest room, placed in the backyard, it usually includes a bedroom, a bathroom and a living room, space is very sufficient. However, if you are using it as a permanent residence, we recommend you choose 40 feet for comfort, as it can include a kitchen. Also, 40 feet is more economical if you live as a worker on the site, because it shares a living room and a kitchen and bathroom, so the two-bedroom space is larger.


Overall, 20 feet and 40 feet are the two standard container types most widely used in the modular housing market. With proper consideration of its size and layout, you can eventually get the most economical and suitable container house . Platinum has been focusing on the design and manufacture of prefabricated houses and container houses, and we have been able to reach more than 1,000 clients with a prefabricated house solution to their satisfaction.

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