A Guide to Finding the Right Container When Buying Online

When buying a plastic storage solution online, finding the perfect container that fits your requirements can be a difficult task.

We understand how tricky it can be, so we’ve prepared a detailed guide to help you find the right storage solution – to save incompatible orders and inconvenient returns!

Take note: Internal dimensions are not the same as external dimensions and measurements do not reflect the total volume of the box.

Internal Dimensions

Before you get the internal dimension, you need:

  • To establish what you are going to put in the container
  • To know the measurements of the intended contents

External Dimensions

When deliberating the external dimensions, consider the following:

  •   Where you are hoping to place the container - e.g. loft, under the bed
  •   What do you want it for - e.g. is it for outdoor use? Indoor use? For the office? For toys?

Important points to remember:

  • Always consider the measurements of the items you plan to put in your plastic containers.
  • When measuring the internal dimensions, you must get the MINIMUM measurements – usually around the base of the box.
  • Ignore all the mouldings and designs of the box; some may have embossed and engraved sides - this is how they nest when empty.
  • When measuring the external dimensions, get the MAXIMUM measurements – they are typically around the lid or at the top of the container.
  • Consider the hinges, locks or any other protrusion in the box aesthetics when getting the external measurement to ensure that it will fit in the allocated space.

Browse our wide variety of plastic containers, check their dimensions and place your order online… the job’s a goodun!  Of course, if you do need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Solent team… we could teach you a thing or two about plastic containers you know!