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do portable classrooms have bathrooms

Yes. Some portable classrooms do have bathrooms and can easily be connected to existing utilities on your school or church campus. 

This is a popular question that seems to occur more with private schools than public schools that are in need of temporary classroom space. The main reason seems to be that public schools typically install portable classrooms within safe walking distance to existing bathroom facilities. This eliminates the need to have bathrooms inside a typical portable classroom floor plan. 

The calls we receive from private schools in search of portable classroom space have a tendency to include a need for bathrooms and other essential features built into the floor plan. This is mainly due to the fact that most private schools are in need of a turn-key portable classroom solution as opposed to simply adding more space to a large campus with existing facilities. 

Regardless of the floorplan, portable classroom suppliers and manufacturers can easily build male and female bathrooms into nearly any floor plan and do so according to the federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines for toilet rooms. The size and configuration of any prefabricated bathroom are dependant upon the number of students and faculty that will be utilizing the space and the overall size of the portable classroom.

So, if you are planning to utilize one or multiple portable classrooms for your school or church facility you can include bathrooms in your specification wish list and most likely get exactly what you need.

This article has some useful tips, questions, and a helpful locker room space planning guide if you are considering using a mobile trailer to add locker room space to your business facility, school campus, or recreational park facility.

Locker room trailer for rent
Locker Room Trailer
Adding locker room space for students, staff, or visitors at your school or business facility can be relatively easy, fast, and affordable if you decide to use a mobile modular or "portable" building. The key to keeping this type of project simple is to know exactly what your space needs are and how you will incorporate one, or multiple mobile modular locker room trailers into your facility plan before you begin sourcing suppliers. 

Step#1: Answer these Key Questions
1.) How many lockers do you need?
2.) What size lockers will be required to meet your staff or student storage needs?
3.) Will the lockers need to be secure, and who will provide the lock, key, or combination management?
4.) Will there be an area for a locker room attendant, storage, or other space needs?
5.) Will the locker room require heat and airconditioning?
6.) What type of floor finish will be needed?
7.) Will there be specific spaces for male and female occupants?
8.) Will bathrooms and showers be needed?

Size, Floorplan & Specifications
The majority of modular building and mobile office trailer companies throughout the United States have experience providing mobile modular locker room trailers of all sizes and floorplans. In some cases, suppliers have locker room trailers in stock and available for delivery but in most cases, it's common for a supplier to outfit an existing mobile office trailer with the exact number and style of lockers needed and rent or sell the customized structure at a competitive rate.  

Here are some of the most common sizes of mobile office trailers available in the United States along with the estimated number of standard lockers that can be installed in a given model. 


Do you need more than a single-wide locker room trailer? Not to worry, the mobile modular building suppliers throughout the United States can create any size and floor plan you need. For example, instead of a 12' x 60' mobile locker room trailer, you can add 12-foot sections to create much larger spaces such as 24' x 60', 36' x 60', and much bigger "modular" buildings.

Do you need more than just lockers under one roof? No problem. modular builders can create locker room spaces in one part of a modular building and add bathrooms, showers, even offices to create an entire complex to meet the turnkey needs of students or employees. If your site can accommodate a larger modular building great, if not, you can use your available space efficiently by renting or buying multiple mobile units with various floor plans and install them wherever the fit.  

Step #2:
Plan Your Site & Research Building Permits
Once you've made decisions concerning the specifications and floor plan of the modular locker room trailer, you will need to make decisions concerning the site where you want to locate the structure. In many cases, this is when you want to involve your site facility manager or planner to take full advantage of available space and create a scenario that makes the locker room easily accessible for users and in accordance to state and federal building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for wheelchair access ramps. 

The process of knowing what size modular locker room trailer you need and where it will be located on your property will also make obtaining the necessary building permits from your local building and safety department much easier. When you meet with a local building official be prepared to answer questions regarding the:

🗹 T
railer occupancy type
🗹 Handicap accessibility
🗹 Site location
🗹 Site access (for fire and safety vehicles)
🗹 Fire & safety issues

Step#3: Make Smart Financial Decisions
After you have a good idea of what type of locker room space you need and where it will be located in your facility, its time to make smart financial decisions. For example, if you know you will need the locker room trailer for an extended period it may be best to buy a used model or have a new model manufactured specifically for your needs. On the other hand, if your need is truly temporary you will most likely want to enter into a rental contract for a set period with the ability to extend the agreement with ease.

Tips for making a smart buying decision:

1.) If image is important or you have a very specific design specification buying a new structure is best. Suppliers in the United States are very experienced in the design and manufacturing of new mobile modular buildings and the process is flexible and fast. Keep in mind that this will be more expensive than buying a used model and more time consuming (but it's still fast compared to conventional building).

2.) Your best long term savings opportunity is to find an existing used locker room trailer or modular locker room building and buy it at a great price. If someone before you paid for the expenses of having the locker room built then you will most likely benefit from the cost depreciation and normal wear and tear. Just be sure you conduct a thorough inspection of the model and understand exactly what you are buying. 

3.) Sometimes renting is the only option and its not a bad option. If you have an exact timeline of how long you will need the locker room space...or if you even have a general "best guess" then renting can help you budget and plan for the usage without having to make a large upfront investment or borrow to make the purchase.

Keep in mind that if you need to customize the mobile modular unit with special lockers or other architectural features, the supplier will most likely want to charge you upfront for the modifications or amortize the customizations into the rental rate for the term of the agreement. Check the math and always negotiate the customization prices and any charges for returning the unit back to its original plan at the end of the rental term. Remember, everything is negotiable. 

4.) Suppliers will charge one-time fees for the delivery, installation, knockdown, and removal of the mobile modular building so be sure to choose the easiest possible location to install the structure. Easy access to a level site with nearby utilities is always going to save you money. 


Need more information about modular building? iModular.com is here to help answer your questions and assist you with finding the best supplier for your space needs in the U.S. or Canada. Call our Toll Free Modular Building Help Line at (800) 806-7485.

How much to rent or buy a portable classroom?
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of portable classroom you need >>
A typical portable classroom that has enough space for twenty students and a teacher should average $600 per month to rent and anywhere from $20,000 (used) to $60,000 (new) to purchase (average in the United States). But there are many conditions that can increase or decrease your costs, so read on and learn more about the factors that can save your school or church potentially thousands of dollars when you rent or buy a portable.

Question from a school facility manager: My school is searching for a new or good condition used portable classroom for twenty-five students, and we wanted to get the best possible price for a long term rental or lease. Our needs are simple - open classroom big enough for desks and some tables, two doors, and an ADA handicap wheelchair access ramp. I searched the web for modular classroom trailers and made some calls, and it seems like prices are high from company to company. Any ideas about how much a portable classroom should cost?

Response from Matt Banes at iModular: Thanks for asking and for sharing some of the details about your temporary classroom space need and pricing question. Here are a few questions and tips that have helped a lot of people in your position.



Here at iModular.com, I write several posts each year that help private schools, churches, and other educational programs find discounted portable classrooms to buy or rent. In most cases, these opportunities arrive through emails and phone calls from facility managers and project managers at public schools who need to move one or multiple portable classrooms off campus to make room for a new construction project or, in some cases, to bring new portable classrooms in as replacements to older models.

In this post, I'm featuring a new opportunity in Orange County, California, that came to my attention several months ago. A large contractor contacted me and explained that he needed to have several used DSA portable classrooms off of a school site by June 2020. After some phone calls, a site visit, and the exchange of details about the make, year and manufacturer, the decision was made to begin finding a home for each of these portables.

You can see more photos and learn more about this opportunity at the modular building clearinghouse web site or feel free to call me directly at (800) 806-7485 to chat. The portables are in good condition, have clean titles, and are certified for use in California as educational facilities.

The sizes and configurations vary, but each is ideal for use as a standard classroom, after school program, homework center, church classroom, or even a training room at a business. If you need space, use your imagination and take advantage of this opportunity to save on a used portable classroom.

Need more information about modular building? iModular.com is here to help answer your questions and assist you with finding the best supplier for your space needs in the U.S. or Canada. Call our Toll Free Modular Building Help Line at (800) 806-7485.

Here's How to Find a Discounted Modular Church Building or Portable Classroom for Sale, Rent or Donation in the United States

Find a used mobile modular portable classroom trailer.
Used modular church building
with a wheelchair ramp for
handicap access.
Every month I receive calls from public school districts, private schools, and churches that are searching for portable classrooms for sale or rent at discounted prices. At the same time, I get calls from schools and churches that want to remove, sell or donate perfectly good used portable, classrooms from their campuses so they can either move new portable classroom trailers in, or they recently completed construction and no longer need the temporary portables. In either case, if you are searching for a solution to adding classroom space to your campus or removing a used portable, this article and the form located at the bottom of the page should solve your problem fast and afffordably.

For example, today I received a call from a contractor who is responsible for removing twenty-four 24' x 40' portable classrooms from a school campus in Riverside County, California and all they want is $2,000 for each structure plus the cost of removal. A few days ago, I took another call from a large church in Atlanta, Georgia, that has a 36' x 60' modular classroom with bathrooms and a private teacher's office that is no longer needed for its pre-school program.

Schools sell and donate their used modular classroom trailers.
Typical used 24' x 40'
Portable Classroom for 
sale, rent, or donation.
In some cases, a school district or church will simply donate their modular buildings to another organization in need of space - this leaves only the costs for the removal, transportation, and set up. In other instances, the portables can be purchased for a very affordable price plus the one time charges for relocation and installation at the new site. At iModular.com we are able to help customers at both ends of the spectrum.

For those of you searching for a portable, modular classroom, modular daycare building, or maybe even a modular church building, I suggest that you do one of two things:

1. Contact your local school districts and inquire about their used portable classrooms or call me (Matt Banes) directly at (800) 806-7485.

2. Complete the form below and see if your local modular building supplier has some inexpensive used classrooms for you to buy or rent - or at least compare prices and shop smart.

The best scenario for finding a used portable classroom at a discounted price or as a donation requires good timing and networking. The more connected you are to your local schools, churches, YMCA programs, private schools and even the companies in your state that buy and sell portable classrooms, the better your chances are of finding a solution that meets your budget and schedule.

If you are in a situation where you need to remove one or multiple portables from a site be prepared to answer the following questions while speaking to a portable classroom contractor about the project:

A. How many portable classrooms will need to be removed?
B. Is the site easily accessible for trucks and work crews?
C. Is there a schedule with a date that the portables must be totally off the site?
D. What condition are the portables in?
E. Do you have the original purchase agreement, titles and manufacturers information?


How to decide on the location for your Portable Modular Classroom?


Portable modular classroom site selection for school, church
Portable modular classroom
plan for school campus.
"We have several options for placing a portable, modular classroom on our Church property and would like your ideas so that we choose the best and most economical location?"

Choosing the right location to install a portable modular classroom should be one of the top items on your To-Do list before you spend any money on rent or purchase. Here are a few things to consider:

What size is the modular structure? For example, it could be 60' long by 24' wide. We call these the exterior dimensions. Know your building "footprint" first. This will help with site selection and during initial discussions with suppliers.


Have you ever wondered why steel shipping containers have suddenly become the new "building blocks" of eco-friendly house building around the globe? If so, watch this video news clip from Detroit, Michigan and get the scoop on this new form of smart building. 






Building a home with shipping containers
No matter where in the world you are planning on building a sustainable home you can find steel shipping containers to build with...and the finished product can be stylish and ecologically friendly without overspending.

In this feature video production by Living Big In A Tiny House, you will be pleasantly surprised when you see how 4 shipping containers can accommodate up to 10 people in a variety of comfortable living spaces.

Shipping Container Home Designed For Sustainable Family Living

In this weeks episode, we explore this lovely family home which has been constructed using shipping containers. Named the South Coast Container House, this home has been sustainably constructed using four shipping containers and has also been extended to enclose communal spaces.

Modular home design and engineering Ralph Tavares
Three on Abbott in San Diego, California
R & S Tavares Architecture and Engineering is on the cutting edge of modular home design and engineering, and "Three on Abott" in San Diego, California is an impressive example of just how advanced a modular home project can be.

Have a look at the project profile below and imagine how you can design and build residences using a sophisticated prefabricated building system. The possibilities are endless, and with a Design Engineering firm like R & S Tavares, you will get the best advice and ideas from a team with decades of experience in modular building.

Three on Abbott Project Profile

Three on Abbott is a development of three prefabricated, detached homes on the corner of Voltaire & Abbott streets in Ocean Beach. The homes are located near San Diego's best attractions. The...