IKEA produces 10,000 flat-pack shelters for UN refugees

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IKEA produces 10,000 flat-pack shelters for UN refugees
The Better Shelters have already been trialled in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon. // Image: Ikea Foundation
IKEA produces 10,000 flat-pack shelters for UN refugees
The Better Shelters have already been trialled in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon. // Image: Ikea Foundation

Swedish furniture giant Ikea will produce 10,000 flat-pack temporary shelters for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which will be used to house up to 50,000 refugees in camps around the world.

First developed and tested as a prototype in 2013, the UNHCR have now purchased 10,000 of the Ikea Foundation’s ‘Better Shelter’ units that are designed to replace the traditional canvas ridge and more modern hoop tents currently being used in the majority of refugee camps.

At 17.5sqm, the shelter is twice as large as the current crop of refugee tents used by the UN and can accommodate five people. As is the Ikea specialty, the shelter’s walls, roof, floors, door and windows all come flat packed in cardboard boxes.

The shelters take an estimated four hours to assemble which is longer than the average assembly time for a tent. However no extra tools are needed. The Better Shelter comprises four walls, four windows and one door, and a single gable roof. ….

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