How to Use Storage Containers as Educational Spaces in Schools

Storage containers have multiple uses. Not only do they transport everyday essentials around the world, but storage containers can also be converted into homes and offices. To go one step further and utilise all of the space in schools, professionals within the education system can introduce storage container solutions in the classroom and playground.


Here are some of the ways that storage containers can be used to further education.



First and foremost, storage containers can be converted into classrooms. They might have a steel exterior, but professionals can transform the interior to contain every comfort expected in a classroom, from electricity to running water and heating on a crisp afternoon.


Storage container classrooms can be placed outside in the school grounds, creating more space for children to get together and learn. This might help with growing class sizes in England. In January 2022, 494,675 primary school aged-children were taught in classes of 31 children or more, a 2.6% increase from the previous year.


In addition to the retirement and retention of teachers, these growing class sizes can be accredited on a lack of funding for schools. Shipping container hire can be an affordable alternative to traditional education rooms.



Storage container classrooms are flexible. They are stationed outside of the main school building, presenting the perfect opportunity to create an eco-classroom. These are immersed in the grounds of your school and allow children to learn more about nature.


A typical day in an eco-classroom might involve anything from growing seasonal fruits and vegetables, learning about local ecosystems and taking part in educational scavenger hunts. This is a great way to bring variety into nursery, primary, and secondary timetables.


Outdoor education is beneficial to children of all ages and abilities. This educational approach can be particularly advantageous for younger students who’re spending time away from adults and developing important social skills in turn.


Bird hideaways

Storage containers can also be made into bird hideaways. Just as eco-classrooms allow children to learn about nature, bird hideaways are great for children wanting to learn more about birds. The steel coatings can even be camouflaged with leaves and bushes.


Bird watching might not be a conventional school activity – but it could be. Research shows that it can help children with their concentration levels. In fact, one study found that bird watching decreased confusion, fatigue, and tension in high school students.


Swimming pools

It’s no secret that swimming is beneficial for the physical health of children. This activity is also great for maintaining and improving students’ mental health, releasing serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins after swimming a few laps around the pool.


Despite many benefits, some schools might not have the space or funds to build their own swimming pool. This is where storage containers can become an unlikely solution, providing children with an outdoor swimming pool to exercise in.


Storage solutions

Last and certainly not least, storage containers can always be used for their original purpose. They can store spare educational equipment, from soft balls to jungle gyms, when schools don’t want to sacrifice fun for space.



These are some of the ways storage containers can be used as educational spaces in schools. They can be a short-term and flexible solution to expanding and improving the current curriculum, especially if schools are struggling with funding opportunities to build new amenities. So what is there to lose?





Classroom space: Why it’s the right time to think about organisation.

Since the start of the pandemic, the education sector has seen a dramatic change to teaching with local authorities advising schools and colleges on COVID guidelines. And with the educational financial year coming to an end in July, now is the time to start planning for the new academic year, as advised by Jeff Hibbert, Sales Director at Rackline Storage Systems.


With restrictions due to be eased from July 19th, it’s crucial for schools, colleges, and libraries to reevaluate their teaching and study environments whilst still being able to practice ‘COVID safe’ for the new academic year in September.


The layout, design and environment of a classroom, library or research lab has an impact on distractions, discomfort, and hygiene. It’s important for items and teaching equipment to be disinfected and stored away from any potential risks that could contribute to the spread of a virus. It’s also key to ensure your teaching or studying environment allows for plenty of space to ensure the practice of social distancing.


Classrooms and other educational areas need to have clear surfaces and ensure that all equipment is stowed away to increase efficiency, so pupils and students aren’t in a restricted space. The right storage solutions for your organisation also will support your admin team to run efficiently and effectively whilst ensuring data protection and safeguarding is adhered to. Rackline’s shelving and storage will be designed to meet the requirements of your facility and adapted to overcome and challenges you may have.


With guidance from reputable storage solutions manufacturers, you will make the most efficient use out of classroom organisation. At Rackline we always focus on project management from concept to reality, which means, in a busy driven sector such as education, we handle planning, designs and any regulations to ensure you can continue to teach.


The end of the educational financial year is drawing close and the approaching annual summer holidays means now is the ideal time to prepare for the new academic year. Rest assured your teaching or study environment will be future proof from any sudden changes in government restrictions.


We work with a range of educational bodies including the University of Aberdeen and University of Glasgow to provide the right storage solutions.

We’ve listed our featured storage solutions for the education sector:

Gratnell tray storage

Shelving systems are very versatile and can be fitted with tray support brackets to maximise storage capacity. Rackline can design and manufacture storage bays to accommodate any size of tray, from gratnells trays for the classroom to larger collection trays that are better suited to storing subject resources for art and science.


Mobile shelving

Electronic mobile storage is another product that is perfectly suited to the learning environment. You can optimise floor space with this convenient and movable solution that’s great for storing heavy loads. Rackline’s stylish and secure storage system can be tailored with programmable controls, such as PIN access for staff, time access control and automatic lighting, ideal for securing confidential or valuable items.


Static shelving

Offering a wide range of static shelving options, Rackline can boost your storage capacity with a fully tailored product that meets your school’s specific needs. While it’s made from solid steel, the shelving is free from sharp edges which ensures you can safely store your items in a busy educational setting.


Archive shelving

Ideal for heavy or bulky items, archive storage systems can help you to store items efficiently and neatly. Rackline’s archive shelving is great for organising gym equipment and storage cupboards allowing you to easily access and find what you’re looking for.



One of the most commonly seen storage examples in the education sector, lockers are popular for a reason. High quality, durable and secure, Rackline’s lockers deliver a functional personal storage system for both students and staff. Steel welded and riveted, the powder coated lockers come in a range of colours, you can even match them to your school branding.


For more information, contact Rackline on 01782 770 144 or head to to transform your school’s learning environment.