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A typical portable classroom that has enough space for twenty students and a teacher should average $700 per month to rent and anywhere from $28,000 (used) to $100,000 (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.
Prices to rent and buy portable modular classrooms

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 - one 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.

1. Are you open to renting a used portable classroom? If so, you can rest assured that suppliers have used portable classrooms in stock that are in very good condition - and the prices will be lower than using a new model that has to be manufactured. Ask about in-stock used classrooms that are available for the lowest price and always have a look at the classroom before you buy or rent. Here is a helpful modular classroom checklist to use during your search.

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Are you open to purchasing the portable in place of a long-term rental? Purchasing a used portable classroom can sometimes be very affordable when compared to renting a new model. Purchasing a "trailer" makes the best sense when you know that it will be needed for several years. Remember, buying a portable classroom is a real estate-style purchase. If you pay rent for too long - you could have easily purchased the trailer for far less.

How much does it cost to rent a portable modular classroom?
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If you must have a brand new portable classroom trailer, be sure to get at least three price quotes from suppliers in your area. Try to find a manufacturer that will sell direct...in some cases. This is the best way to save thousands of dollars. Otherwise, shop smart and make sensible decisions when it comes to the exterior and interior finishes, amenities and always think about the future resale of the modular school building when, and if, you outgrow the floor plan or decide to build a permanent structure.

Remember....you can always call me directly using the Modular Building Help Line at (800) 806-7485 or use the Compare Prices for Portable Classrooms online tool.

Modular construction has graduated over the past ten years and has become extremely popular with architects and engineers that appreciate smart building technologies and speedy construction timelines. The education and childcare markets have also adapted to the benefits of modular building giving way to some incredible school facility projects across the United States.

Have a look at Triumph Modular's David H. Koch Childcare Center project video below. This should give your school planning committee several reasons to consider modular construction for that new school project on the horizon. 

Sell or donate your classroom in Florida
Just a quick post today about donating your used modular classroom to a church or school in need throughout the state of Florida. There are organizations looking for classroom space across the country and many public schools have modulars waiting for a new home. If your school has 24' x 40' or 24' x 60' portable modular classrooms to donate or sell for a low price please call me today at the Modular Building Help Line (800) 806-7485 or complete our super-easy "Sell or Donate" form

If you are interested in knowing what your used portable modular classroom is worth read this overview.

Many of the school programs I deal with are in need of assistance and having a modular classroom donated sometimes is the difference between educational success or failure, particularly in areas that are economically challenged and lack quality school housing. A modular classroom can make a huge difference in any type of school program - but in many cases, the costs are simply out of reach.

Donating may also solve your school facility space challenges by freeing up more space for a new modular school building or a completely new school facility. Knockdown and removal of most modular classrooms is a matter of a few days of labor and transport off of your site to the new location. 

Thanks, and please share this post with anyone that may be able to help.

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.

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 contact form located at the bottom of the page should solve your space problem fast and affordably.

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.

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 setup. 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 manufacturer's information?


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A simple container home built in the United States or other affordable locations like Costa Rica should cost a minimum of $65.00 per square foot. The more you increase the quality of materials and difficulty of installation...the more your costs will increase so design for your budget. 

This article does a great job of explaining some of the best reasons for building a home or office using steel shipping containers:

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Just a quick post today about donating your used modular classroom to a church or school in need. There are organizations looking for classroom space across the country and many public schools have modulars waiting for a new home. If your school has 24' x 40' or 24' x 60' portable modular classrooms to donate or sell for a low price please call me today at the Modular Building Help Line (800) 806-7485 or complete our super-easy "Sell or Donate" form
California portable modular classroom donations

Many of the school programs I deal with are in need of assistance and having a modular classroom donated sometimes is the difference between educational success or failure, particularly in areas that are economically challenged and lack quality school housing. A modular classroom can make a huge difference in any type of school program - but in many cases, the costs are simply out of reach.

Thanks, and please share this post with anyone that may be able to help.

Are you prepared for your next school planning meeting? Do you have a list of key questions and concerns about your plans to install one or more portable classrooms on your California based school or church campus? The iModular Portable Classroom Guide may be the difference between a successful installation of portable classrooms...or not. To receive this free guide simply complete the request below. You will receive a confirmation email with the PDF version of the guide attached.
If you are like most school facility administrators and facility managers you want to be prepared for serious decisions that involve school classroom and office space. Decisions that impact students, teachers, and staff require professional analysis and intelligent planning in order to create safe, secure, and high-quality learning environments even when you are planning to use temporary portable classrooms to solve a short or mid-term space requirement. Planning to install a portable classroom (or multiple) may seem relatively easy compared to other major construction projects; however, portables can present some tricky and expensive scenarios if all of the fundamental steps are not considered and planned with expert guidance. This is why iModular.com  created its California Portable Classroom Planning Guide. 

The iModular Portable Classroom Planning Guide is a "first-step" guide that will set your project on the right track from your first meeting onward. While the guide itself is fairly simple, the answers to many of the planning questions presented in the checklist can lead to more complex and costly facility decisions. For example, are you selecting the best locations for the required portables or are there other spaces that are easier to access and more cost-effective for installation? Or, are you considering the space required for the portable classroom including enough width to accommodate a handicap accessible wheelchair ramp with decking and adequate space for students and teachers to access and egress the classroom with safety and ease?


Portable classroom guide for California schools
Plan for your California portable classroom installation

The iModular guide includes several thought-provoking questions and pointers covering all aspects of using a portable classroom including:

  1. Permits & Planning
  2. Site Selection & Site Work
  3. Floor Plan & Furnishings
  4. Handicap Access
  5. Selecting A Supplier




Attention school facility managers and administrators. Watch this video at your next board meeting or with your school building and planning committee. The quality of construction, speed of build, and design flexibility make modular construction a serious option for any turnkey school project you may be considering. 

If you are planning single-story or multi-story construction of a school facility modular building manufacturers and contractors have the technology, design expertise, and skilled construction teams to design, build and install an entire school campus complete with all of the necessary attributes of a high-quality learning environment. 




All types of businesses need space. Some need it quickly, some have more time to plan and implement. Either way, FLEX by WillScot is one of the smartest innovations in the modular building and mobile office space rental industry and it seems to meet all types of office space needs across a variety of popular industries..and it does so with some very intelligent building, transportation, and installation methods. 

Watch the video below and see how many times you say to yourself "that's pretty smart."


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.


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.

Portable classroom with a bathroom

So, if you are planning to utilize one or multiple portable classrooms for your school or church facility, you can include bathrooms in your specifications and most likely get exactly what you need to meet building codes and provide comfortable essential services for students and teachers. 

If you need more bathrooms on your school campus you can also rent or purchase portable bathroom trailers that are equipped with male and female bathrooms. These portables can solve temporary or permanent bathroom needs quickly and in many cases more cost effectively than conventional building methods. 

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.



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.