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Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced citizens will not only have privacy and comfort, but the dignity of having their own place- that can last for three years. The makers of the furnishings in your first “grown up” apartment, IKEA, have turned
Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced citizens will not only have privacy and comfort, but the dignity of having their own place- that can last for three years. The makers of the furnishings in your first “grown up” apartment, IKEA, have turned their easy assembling sensibilities out of the urban apartment and onto the global village.

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced citizens will not only have privacy and comfort, but the dignity of having their own place.

IKEA’s shelters come flat packed, making for the easy transport of lightweight plastic shelters at once. Assembly of the 188 square foot hut is easy and can be built in just four hours. Five people can sleep comfortably inside, which is twice the size of the regulation refugee tent. The best part, the homes have solar paneled roofing, allowing inhabitants to generate their own electricity, extinguishing the need for candles or kerosene lamps. The roof also helps to deflect solar reflection by 70%, keeping the interior cool during the day and warmer at night.

The new IKEA/UNHCR shelters will make their first be deployed in Ethiopia next month.

+ IKEA Foundation

Via Fast Company


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  1. alto96ph April 25, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Please let me know at once when this is already available for the general public. I will buy one in prep for next typhoon

  2. alto96ph April 25, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Great idea, wish this becomes available soonest in Tacloban City and Leyte Philippines

  3. Howard Sherr April 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I would very much like to purchase one of these. Please let me know when or if ever they will be available to the public.

  4. Roland Amar March 29, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Where can i get some more information on this product,and is it available now

  5. egsauer March 27, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    They cost $1000 each. There are options for winter insulation and they come with solar power, one light and a USB port.

    Floor area 17,5m2
    Ventilation openings 2 pieces (800cm2 each)
    Sphere compliant Yes
    Expected lifespan* 3 years
    Wind speed (frame) 18 m/s (EC1)
    Modular Yes
    Package Weight 140 kg
    Package A 1960x1100x240mm (70kg)
    Pallet dimensions 1960x1100x140mm
    Container 40 feet HC 48 RHU shelters
    Windows 4 pieces (620cm2 each)
    Door 1 piece (740x1690mm)
    Minimum ceiling height 1840mm
    UV 2700 UVA – 100% functionality
    Snow loads 10 kg/m2 (EC1)
    PV system 4h light/day and USB power
    Package Volume 1.04 m3
    Package B 1960x1100x240mm (70kg)
    Container 40 feet 36 RHU shelters

    Sounds like for now these are only available in bulk to relief agencies, thus the 40 ft Container with 36 of them listed above.

    I hope they make them available for sale to the general public, or that one of the folks here that have expressed a commercial interest hears from them.

    The Lada Cube alternative is also worth looking into, but I could not find any cost info on their site.

  6. Suzy Zink February 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    i want one of these houses myself

  7. Laurie Mann January 26, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Great idea, though someone from IKEA should be monitoring social media and boards (like this one) to answer people’s questions…

  8. Rose Keller January 26, 2015 at 12:50 am

    What is the cost of these, would they be reasonable for housing the homeless?

  9. Shannan Slifka January 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    should be available to the pub;ic as well.

  10. fritzek1951 December 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Where can these be purchased?

  11. Quality Classic Homes Ltd September 12, 2014 at 12:56 am

    We are Quality Classic Homes Ltd, and Emergency Foods Supply on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 396 Tamarack Road, Victoria. V9b 2r3, 250-474-7396. We would like to become a dealer or agent for these emergency shelters, for the imitate, and foreseeable events, that will occur here in the next couple of years. There are no Ikea’s on Vancouver Island, or the Gulf Islands, which surround us. My name is Ross Emery, my background is Panelized Home Packages, and Emergency food Supplies/ solar generators. Please send us some information and prices. We can pay by Visa If we set this up through the Bank, as a Agent/Dealer Designate. Thanks Ross

  12. Mirza Khaled August 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I want know more about new Solar-Powered housing system which has to be introduce in African Country next month. It may be a new idea for Bangladesh cyclone prone area afer any disaster .Mirza Khaled

  13. Mike Kennedy March 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    How much does a unit cost? I would think that will ultimately be what determines how many will be deployed.

  14. SPACEMAX March 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Looking for a cost effective housing solution? We have your answer! Our SPACEMAX Shelters can provide you with all the comforts of a home.We have numerous floor plans to fit your budget. Our unit will deploy in 5 minutes or less without any skills. Our Flagship S-100 provides you with 400 sqft of living space and is thermally insulated to withstand the harsh winters and hot summers.
    Please visit our website:
    Please contact me if you may have any questions:

  15. John Miller March 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    How much does one cost?? Where can you buy them??

  16. Gabriel December 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

    These shelters are excellent for displaced persons such as are present on the island of Jamaica and should be made available to those in need of them by the government of Jamaica.The cost of building the elaborate homes that Jamaicans want to occupy despite quite often very basic educational backgrounds and social skills development is what fuels the fire for egotistical competition and contestation in an extended community of debtors to the tune of over a trillion dollars.These economic structures could give dignity to many people without them going in desperate pursuit of murder and mayhem. They would also make it unnecessary for people to steal electricity from the power supply company by way of illegal connections.Please send me information on these homes at

  17. diablo53901 December 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Where can a future homeless person get one of these?? I’m pretty sure that I will be homeless soon, due to disability and unemployment.

  18. Jackie Lambertson November 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I want one
    How can I buy one of these.

  19. cujo1947 November 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Can the general public purchase one of these Kits and what would the cost be?? Thank you (

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  21. Al L. Santos November 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Execlllent!, Hurry to deliver thousands of those shelters to Filipinas, now!. Tnhanks.

  22. walter fernando rojas t... November 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    muy interesante..felicitaciones

  23. daverrr November 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Seems like a temporary solution that will just create more garbage around the world. There already exists a tent like solution that when you soak becomes like concrete when dried. They would be much better panels. More stable and safer for inhabitants. This is a fail of design. More in the way design for failure and need for replacement crap thought process. Sorry i don\\\’t buy into this theory.

  24. Andrew M September 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    We have been building refugee shelters since 1965, and there are shelters we erected in 1967 for Palestinian refugees for UNWRA which are still in use outside Amman, Jordan. See
    Our Conport 21 system was developed to withstand winds of 120 mph and sandstorms of the kind you get in the Middle East. It is evident to us that the IKEA system will not withstand these conditions. (For example the We have other systems we have developed over the years using our experience gained from working in over 40 countries, often with UNHCR.
    The obvious material to use for cladding is steel, as it is economical, strong, long lasting and has good fire performance compared with plastic. Using steel eliminates the need for a frame.
    For insulation fibreglass is the most economical, not least because it compresses to 1/5th of its volume for transport and does not give off noxious fumes in a fire.
    We have nearly 50 years experience in this field and it is depressing to see the wheel being reinvented, particularly in such an obviously impractical way! We would be happy to work with IKEA, (or anyone else), in order to come up with a practical solution.

  25. Charles Nutter September 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    IKEA did what the US government could not do even with government spending in the billion$. A price of 1000$ each would make a game changer in housing. Next, city, county and state regulators must drop their ridiculous rules that prevent erecting viable structures for those that need them. Nothing wrong with inspectors looking after safety and health issues but government has gotten out of hand on regulation.

  26. Leah Koonce August 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Do you do donations for homeless organizations? Homelessness is also a disaster and health care issue. I see someone below has also expressed interest in these for the homeless/houseless. These really are wonderful and needed. Please contact me if these can be donated to those in need. I belong to a homeless activist/advocate group and they would be the recipients, not me. Thanks.

  27. agtip August 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I am in the process of hand-building a home in the forests of Montana … rather than living in a tipi, this little survival unit would be perfect … plus it would have numerous other uses around the place. How much for one? Where/when can I get one? CAN I get one?

  28. Ruth Vallejos August 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I could see IKEA marketing these to the non-huddled masses for back-yard sheds, temporary cabins in the summer, etc. And, with the proceeds, help fund more shelters for the needy. It would be a win win!

  29. Sherry Abbott-Brooks July 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    What will be the cost of these flat shelter.. and any thoughts about making something like it for someone like me.. low income and disabled..( maybe a village of them) would also be wonderful for the homeless.. I would be in heaven with something like that

  30. liaisonsus June 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    What a brilliant concept and why don’t they use it here for the homeless?

  31. June 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Superb and a workable concept. It is about time large corporations took their social responsibilities seriously. With world problems of shelter for those who have been forced to move, loose their dignity and privacy because of a mindless few can now be addressed better. Maybe we can now say that in this new century we actually have moved a little closer to social autonomous integration without borders where a fellow human’s life comes first before monetary values.

  32. oldman June 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

    what if it gets cold. its looks great and yes i would like one but looks like it would only work in warm wether. and with all te plastic is it safe to cook in there if it was needed ?

  33. Ian Katz June 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “The roof also helps to deflect solar reflection by 70%, keeping the interior cool during the day and warmer at night.”

    How does deflecting solar radiation keep it warmer at night?

  34. mohayte60 June 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

    i like.

  35. Daniel Knoll June 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    hoping that these are made out of “recycled” plastic parts,,i.e. soda bottles

  36. Daniel Knoll June 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I completely get the humanitarian, larger purpose of it\\\’s creation, but I still want one!…(unfortunately, while the IKEA prices are amazingly unbeatable, it\\\’s the delivery that always makes the purchase questionable…)

  37. FrankandAngel Batey June 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Brilliantly simple idea, well done designers!

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