Ed’s Sleep Pod – Homeless Shelter?

Ed sent me this today and I thought it would make a great homeless shelter. At $50 each surely we could afford to do something like this for the homeless in America and elsewhere. I’ll let Ed tell you more about it.

I wanted to share with you my mini cabin-sleep pod I built for a recent 4 day music fest I went to. With decent tents costing up to $100, I built this for around $50.

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The dimensions are 4 foot by 6.5, with a 3.5 width bunk inside with storage underneath and room for me to maneuver in. (IE, change clothes and sponge baths. Heh) Being 6 feet tall, I was quite cozy in it. Its a little heavy, but it was fairly easy for me to simply tip it and slide it into the back of my truck. I got a number of compliments.

I ended up using the really cheap chipboard as I wanted to keep the cost under $50 (the paint was $5 ‘oops’ paint) so its not something that would last years and years outdoors, but it was good practice until I want to build something a little longer-lasting. For the bed I just put down a yoga mat and a sleeping bag, it was plenty comfy.

The roof is just a thin sheet of plywood. A while back I had built a simple wooden boat called a ‘bolger brick’ and while doing that I learned one of the properties of thin plywood is it because stiffer and stronger when it is bent, thus made a surprisingly solid roof.

(you can see pics of my boat attempt here and my little adventure, it was ugly but functional)

http://www.weblamer.com/2_19_2007_From_hippies_to_punks_in_a_single_day.html

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18 Comments Ed’s Sleep Pod – Homeless Shelter?

  1. ginmar

    You know, if you can make these for only fifty bucks, with a bit more better material, you could really spiff them up. I love these!

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  2. Bill

    It looks like an interesting design, but I wonder how a homeless person would move it around. Most would not have a truck. If you added wheels, it could be more mobile. Or, like Michael Janzen had suggested in a post, have a bunch of these set up in an area for rent or use during a short term stay. Not sure it would pass any building codes, but interesting design and plan.

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  3. Andreas

    Reminds me of an idea i have about a small “house” in the form of a cube at only 1,5*1,5*1,5m. I just love how the first reaction is that you wouldn’t be able to lie down straight in it. But think about it… I have done some tests in google sketchup. You can watch a few pictures in the link.

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  4. Becky

    You know it wouldn’t take much to make the bed drop down instead of fixed and it would make it much more versatile. Awesome idea!

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  5. Kent Griswold

    Here is Ed’s reply on the roof, I’ll also add the information above shortly:

    The roof is just a thin sheet of plywood. A while back I had built a simple wooden boat called a ‘bolger brick’ and while doing that I learned one of the properties of thin plywood is it because stiffer and stronger when it is bent, thus made a surprisingly solid roof.

    (you can see pics of my boat attempt here and my little adventure, it was ugly but functional)

    http://www.weblamer.com/2_19_2007_From_hippies_to_punks_in_a_single_day.html

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  6. clarence hale

    there have been many attempts at housing for displaced persons. the problem is not lack of compassion and resources but that there are too, too many people who will fight against any shelters built for ‘those people’. the usual excuse is ‘unsanitary’ conditions. but how sanitary is living out in the open? how mean-spirited must someone be to deny access to shelter for anyone? (rant over)

    clarence

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  7. karen

    Ed keep it up! This is a wonderful idea. Have you tried to promote with your local homeless shelter agency? It will be nice you hear about your progress.

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