A shipping container is a shipping container. There are different sizes, shapes, colors, strengths, but they are all just a shipping container. A container that gets items from one place to another safely.
A pallet is a pallet. These like shipping containers come in different dimensions and different strengths but it is still just a pallet. They are stable structure used to support items while in transport.
Inside the transportation world, this is all these objects are. Outside of the transportation world, these functional items take on a whole other life! The do it yourself craze has taken these items and turned them into the unimaginable. A shipping container as a house? A pallet as a couch? Believe it or not, this is happening!
It is crazy to think that a regular shipping container can become a person’s house. This trend has been labeled, “Cargotecture”. A shipping container, depending on the size can cost anywhere form $1000-$3000. People are taking a single container and transforming it into a beautiful little house. Others are taking multiple containers and creating modular homes combining them together in creative ways. It doesn’t stop there though! Some creative minds are taking shipping containers and turning them into in ground swimming pools. The possibilities are endless!
The creativity doesn’t stop at large shipping containers though. The social media site Pinterest is full of peoples DIY projects that transform old used pallets into almost anything. Couches, beds, coolers, wall art, walkways, tables, garden planters, shoe racks, shelving, swings, drink racks, bookshelves, chandeliers and chairs are just an example of the items people are creating. There are entire websites dedicated to sharing ideas, tips, and pictures of these types of projects.
To check out pictures of some amazing shipping container and pallet transformations take a look at our Pinterest page!