Homeless sleeping pod

 This is the second version of my Homeless sleeping pod idea. My intent was to design and create an inexpensive shelter that a church, community center or a true homeless shelter could build and place in their parking lot during the cold months of winter when homeless individuals need shelter the most.

My first version utilized recycled pallets for the floor. I paid a gas station $5 each for their pallets. It took three and some table saw work to make the floor. Although a person can find them for free, I decided to just build a cheap base using OSB chip board and 2″ by 2″ boards for the frame. This first try proved to be too flexible.

I instead opted for a 2×4 frame. These are pressure treated boards which are a bit more expensive than non treated, but seeing these will be exposed to the outdoors I decided to spent the extra money. The middle off-set board runs down the middle where the occupant lays.

Here it is ready to paint. A bigger vent was added to the front and rear wall.


A window was added to the door and the door now opens opposite of my old shelter design allowing better access to the wider side of the front wall. Here I’m playing with an outside stove idea. A cooking stove is not in line with the original sleeping pod idea, but it’s nice to know it can be done in case a person wanted to use the shelter as a small get-away micro cabin or…

This newer design allows the shelter to fold up for storage and transport. Not the easiest to put together, but I have improvements in mind.

  This new design lost a few pounds with the new floor. It’s still heavy enough to stay put during strong winds and strong enough to only need a leveling block in each corner. The middle bricks are extra insurance.

There’s still a place for one’s shoes and pack, and I added a middle bin for loose bagged items. I also opted to include just an inside slide bolt lock allowing whomever to lock themselves inside for protection. I think this simple lock set-up might discourage a person from (hanging out) because the door doesn’t lock from the outside making their left behind belongings vulnerable.

Here I show the bolted down battery powered LED closet light, the smoke/carbon monixide alarm (behind the perforated tin can) and a strapped down clock, magazines, water bottle, energy bar and pee jug. The vent was placed opposite of the one on the front wall allowing better ventilation.

The 3″ thick foam mattress has a simple vinyl cover for easy cleaning.

I later added another layer of coroplast over the roof due to the loud noise from a rain downpour. It should also give some added insulation.

All together I spent about $200 on this structure, including everything you see minus the sleeping bag and loose items.



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