Coro dome

After campaign season I found 8 large campaign signs by the freeway, including some lumber and screws. I was eager to try out a new design based on my old Coro teepee.

The Coro Teepee cleverly uses only 4 sheets and folds / unfolds rapidly like a Chinese fan. The extra pieces make up the second layer of the door. Grommet holes installed on the bottom lip hold tent stakes to secure the structure to the ground. Unfortunately the Coro Teepee has very little standing room, and not much can be added along the sides.

I used Velcro to fasten the octagon cap to the upper pie edges. This center piece really adds strength to the whole structure.

So here I’m contemplating the Hexagon dome design. Although I would have to use full sheets for each pie section, it looked as if I might gain a lot of side wall room, allowing much more space to fill with furnishings.

And unlike the Coro teepee, which had a width over 8 feet, the small size of this structure made it possible to use two sheets to make a floor pan.

 G.I. Joe once again proved to be a great stand-in for my poster board model.

Unlike the Coro teepee, the curved edges of the dome pie sections only fold one way, so having two sections and two ‘wings’ allow three sections to fold together, making it a two part shelter plus the floor.

Due to the crappy winter weather outside I decided to set up the shelter in my studio apartment next to my shop. Here you can see the similarities to the Coro teepee.

 I purchased one sheet of 1/2″ thick plywood. This was enough for the bed, counter space and shelving. The salvaged 2×4’s were cut down the center on my table saw and used as framing.  Here you can see the Butane burner, Tupperware removable sink and the copper tube faucet that swings out of the way when the cutting board sits over the sink. The foot powered fuel pump primer feeds drinking water from a gallon container on the floor to the sink.  Here too you can see the 3 foot wide rug liner on top of the coro floor pan. Notice the floor pan 4″ lip on the right. This keeps moisture from entering the structure when outdoors.

It doesn’t take a drawer to hold basic kitchen utensils. Here a simple can does the job, also containing my tooth brush and tooth paste.

 Here’s the little table, the library and storage drawers. I purchased 2 rolls of shelf liner at the dollar store. I stapled the edges down to the plywood.

This seemed like a good place for a handy tool.

The odd shaped bed platform has a protruding mid section that worked great as a night stand. I had to cut two corners off the 72″ long 31″ wide 3″ thick foam pad so it could fit in the structure. It reminds me of sleeping in a sail boat. Tight, but comfortable.

 More storage under the patio chair. Yes there’s no toilet, but to the left is a pee jug.

The bed is raised about 14″ off the floor, allowing lots of storage underneath.

Here’s a view sitting on the bed. A big lexan window resides over the sink. The cutout is hinged on top and acts as a window blind as seen. Two people can sit comfortably inside. The bed is probably too small for an intimate sleep over, but another person could sleep on the floor.

Here you can see the folded fluted plastic bath tray stored behind the chair. When my wife and I go camping we take showers with our solar shower bag. There’s usually not much sun, so we fill it with a kettle of hot water and add about two thirds of a gallon of cold water. This technique could be used here by placing the bag on the kitchen counter and sitting in the bath tray. It wouldn’t be that difficult dumping the gallon or so of water from the tray. Here too you can see the flash light reading light above the chair, made with scraps of fluted plastic.

Yes, this shelter is small, but as you can see a lot of home comforts are present. The big window (when open) allows lots of light in, and being able to look out eliminates the confined feeling. This might be set up in a back yard for a person in need or for a teenage son or daughter wanting more independence. It could be used as an office, an art studio or whatever. Your imagination is the limit. I spent less than $100 for the shelter materials and wood furniture. It helped using recycled campaign signs, but Home depot sells 10 pack white sheets for about $130 thru their on-line store, which is most of the cost.


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