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IMG_2344 I chose coroplast for its unique qualities. It’s flexible, light-weight, strong, has some insulation properties and is water proof.
coroplastic pod

 After making my post apocalyptic camper I was curious to know what space could be afforded bending a sheet of coroplast end to end. This is one of my preliminary drawings.

Coro Shelter SideFlexing the roof down was my first choice for entrance, with the potential of sunshade characteristics like my bicycle camper, but the width and length made it too flimsy.

InteriorThis is before I changed out the door wall. I used 8″ long plastic zip ties for assembly, about 12o in all.

1 Ply DoorThe shelter is 38″ tall, 40″ wide and 81″ long for a total of 22.5 square feet. All together it weighs 23 pounds.

IMG_2193I was planning on using a single thickness entry wall and door but this proved too flimsy. I tried a 1/4″ mahogany plywood wall and door, but I later decided to go all coroplast to keep the structure simple and recyclable.

Emergency Homeless Shelter Taped Seams

A double wall door with a small window and sun visor was added. A 20 yard roll of 2″ yellow duct tape covers the exposed zip tie holes.

Shelter OutdoorsI later decided to increase the window size and have it swing open for more ventilation.

New WindowThe door hinge was made by cutting the coroplast on one side of the outer layer, going against the flutes. The inside layer was made smaller to act as a door jam.
The lock hasp, inside latch and fastening bolts and nylon lock nuts are the only metal hardware on the shelter. An insect screen covers the vent holes on the front and rear.

Shelter InteriorWith the remaining scraps a simple water jug stand was installed, also creating a space underneath for a trash can.

Interior 1 A simple Coroplast upper cupboard was added, along with a wood shelf supported by small storage bins

Interior 2

Interior 3 ReadingThe rear wall makes a handy back support. I managed to stuff in as many essentials that a person might need to get by comfortably except for shower, toilet and laundry facilities.


Later I added a flap on the rear to prevent condensation while sleeping. I spray painted a camo scheme on half the shelter to see how it looked and how long it would last compared to bare Coroplast.


It’s been exposed to the elements now for almost 5 year. I give the roof a ‘punch’ every now and then to see if it cracks. Besides the duct tape getting brittle the Coroplast is still holding up well.


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