The Ultimate Guide to Portable Storage Containers

Jul 20, 2021 | Storage Containers

When it comes to moving and storage, most companies only offer rigid options that don’t flex to fit your pace and needs. A portable storage container does the opposite.

Our BoiseBoxes are designed to be versatile, flexible storage options. They are perfect for people who are moving, doing renovations, or just need extra storage around the house.

But before you place that rental order, make sure you’re knowledgeable about what portable storage containers are, how they work, what you can use them for, and what their benefits are. We’ll cover all that and more in our ultimate guide to portable storage containers.


What is a Portable Storage Container?

A portable storage container, also known as a moving container, is a large box made of steel or aluminum.

The most popular portable storage container uses are for storing household items while moving or renovating. They are the most reliable and low-cost service for moving large items such as couches, dressers, beds, etc.

Many people also use portable storage bins for short or medium-term storage. The boxes can be stored either in our warehouse or at your location.

This makes portable storage containers a great option with the flexibility to fit anyone’s needs. Whether you want to keep your stored items at your location or our warehouse, BoiseBox has you covered.


How Does It Work?

So, how does portable storage container rental work?

Our team of professionals brings a BoiseBox directly to your location. We use our remote-controlled MULE system to place the box wherever you need it. Boxes are typically placed in a driveway, backyard, curbside, etc.

Next, you fill the box up on your own time. This allows extra flexibility for people who are moving, doing renovations or are just plain busy. That flexibility is crucial if you have a complicated moving or renovation situation.

Our BoiseBoxes have amazing storage capacity and are water, dust, and pest-proof. This makes them ideal for storing or transporting sensitive items.

Once you’ve filled the box up, simply contact us and we will load it back onto our transport trucks and bring it to our facility. The box is stored safely in our warehouse until you need it again. When you do, contact us and we’ll bring it right out to your location.

You can also opt to have the BoiseBox left at your location. This is ideal for people who want to use our boxes for short or medium-term home storage.

Our boxes are constructed with steel frames, doors, and walls. They are also waterproof, pest-proof, dust-proof, and equipped with slip-resistant floors. This makes them a perfect option for storing items at your location for easy access and retrieval.

Have more questions about the specs of our boxes? Contact us today so we can provide you with more information.


What Can Portable Storage Containers Be Used For?

Portable storage containers were originally designed to help people easily move their belongings from one home to another.  However, they have quickly become a convenient and affordable solution for a variety of needs.


Home Storage

One of the most popular uses is for extra home storage. If your garage, closet, attic, or basement is bursting at the seams, you’re just like thousands of other customers who need extra storage space at their homes.

You can take that space back for yourself by storing seasonal clothing, decorations, seasonal furniture, and general clutter in a BoiseBox.

This can be a temporary solution if you are looking to spruce up your home before putting it on the market. It can also be used for long-term storage to allow you to create a more organized home.



As we all know, moving is an expensive and time-consuming task. Portable storage containers were made to take alleviate some of the stress and cost of moving.

We deliver our containers directly to your home so that you can pack them up at your leisure. Once you’re ready, simply call and have the unit picked up. We can either store it in our warehouse or deliver it directly to your new home.

This process is cheaper, more convenient, and less stressful than dealing with renting a moving truck. You get to set the pace for your move.

Take your time packing and unpacking. Or work fast and get it all done in one day. Either way, using BoiseBox adjusts the speed of your move to match your own pace.



Whether you’re renovating a single room or adding an addition to your home, portable storage containers are a great option for home storage during renovations.

BoiseBoxes have amazing storage capacity and are water, dust, and pest proof. This makes them perfect for storing large furniture or sensitive items that need to be moved out of the way during the renovation process.

They are also a safe place to store any materials like cabinets, flooring, sinks, appliances, and more.

Portable storage containers provide a secure space where you can safely stash your belongings during a home renovation or building project.


Summer Storage for College Students

Moving home from college from the summer is uniquely stressful. You have to pack up all of your kid’s essentials and store them for a few months not just once, but once every year.

Plus, college students tend to upgrade from dorms to apartments as the years advance. You may have only had to store a mini-fridge, clothing, and bedding their freshman year. But by the time they’re a senior, they will probably have accumulated a propper bed and bed frame, couches, nightstands, dressers, coffee tables, and other large items.

Rather than cramming it all in your garage, rent a portable storage container for the summer. They can store all of their items inside until it’s time to move back to campus for the fall.

Plus, if you use a portable storage container, you can pack up their belongings right there on campus. Then you can have the box stored in our warehouse for safekeeping, or leave it on your property at home so your child can have easy access to their stuff. When they’re ready to move back in, call to have the box shipped right back to campus for unloading.


Business Storage

Businesses and other organizations can also take advantage of the flexibility that portable storage containers provide.

BoiseBoxes are a great solution for storing bulky items that take up space at your business. You can use them to store files, paperwork, retail supplies, or fixtures.

If you or your business hosts events like fundraisers or festivals, portable storage containers are great solutions for you as well.

There are so many supplies that you need to put on big events and never enough space to store it all. BoiseBoxes are ideal for storing supplies, equipment, and merchandise for recreational events.

Construction and landscaping companies often require on-site storage to complete big jobs. Portable storage containers are perfect solutions for these businesses as well.

If you are a part of one of these companies, you know that moving equipment from place to place can end up being expensive and exhausting. BoiseBoxes are an affordable way to store equipment while it isn’t in use. You can also transport equipment directly from one job site to another.


What Are the Benefits of Portable Storage Containers?

One of the most significant benefits of portable storage containers is their convenience. Unlike traditional storage units, we deliver BoiseBoxes directly to the location where your items will be packed up.

We can deliver to houses, apartments, military bases, campuses, construction sites, or any other location. This gives you the ability to pack your storage container onsite. Then, we transport your packed container directly to our storage site, your moving destination, or wherever else you want it sent.

Our BoiseBoxes are waterproof, dust-proof, and pest-proof. They offer all the same protection that traditional storage units provide. When stored at our warehouse, they are locked in a protected facility that is constantly monitored by our security team.

With portable storage, the only thing you have to pay for is the cost of the container. This helps you avoid extra fees like renting a moving truck and potentially having to pay extra fees if you use it longer than you planned to. Moving frequently ends up costing more than you think it will, so it’s important to do whatever you can to reduce upfront costs.

One of the biggest portable storage container benefits is their versatility. You can store your belongings onsite or in our warehouse. You can use the container for as long or as short as you need.

No matter what your need is, BoiseBox provides a solution.


Use BoiseBox for Your Portable Storage Container Needs

A portable storage container is a versatile, cost-effective storage option that is a great solution for people who are moving, doing renovations, or just need extra storage around the house.

BoiseBox is a local business in Boise, ID owned and run by Boise State alumni. We are not a franchise like other large companies and we truly value the customer experience.

We do not operate from a call center hundreds of miles away like our competitors. In fact, each customer communicates directly with our delivery personnel making delivery and logistics go as smoothly as possible.

Check out our pricing today and let us help you with your move, renovation project, or storage needs.