Production Begins on Flat-Pack Refugee Shelters

According to, Swedish furniture maker Ikea is set to begin production on its line of flat-pack refugee shelters.

Dubbed “Better Shelter,” the structure was created by the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The structures have been tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon.

Key details

  • Lightweight
  • Takes about 4 hours to assemble each unit
  • Each unit designed to last 3 years (conventional refugee shelters last about six months)
  • Each unit measures about 188 square feet
  • Shelters accommodate five people
  • Each unit includes a rooftop solar panel that powers a built-in lamp and a USB outlet

The UNHCR plans to buy 10,000 of these shelters and will start giving them to refugee families this summer.


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