Foldable Container Shelter


Foldable Container Shelter

Safe Room Designs

Foldable and bolt-together container shelters can be disassembled and reused. Same shelters used for rapid structures in China and several parts of Africa.

Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)


2 residents / 1 bedroom

$2,150 / resident

Long-Term/Permanent (15+ years)

30 days offsite1 days onsite

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Concept Owner / Company: Makana Properties (Sales Rep) and Safe Room Designs

Foldable and Bolt-Together Container Shelters. Can be disassembled and reused. Same shelters used for rapid structures in China and several parts of Africa.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $4,300
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 2 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $2,150
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 160 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Yes, examples in the U.S.
  • Readiness: Ready (In Stock)
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: Yes
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: 32 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Low skill (RV, tent)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Long Term/Permanent (15+ years)


Used for shelter before?Yes
Used for shelter in the U.S.?Yes
If so, list examplesPrior uses most notable were in China when they built five hospitals in a matter of weeks using the bolt-together and stackable models. Other uses are in Africa, known as K-Houses where emergency aid is deployed.
Prior use comments
Building experience commentsAny GC can manage the construction as all that is needed is a site crane and electrical connections. All other assembly is done with standard and tools.
Intended use casesThese can be used as temporary emergency shelter, but are rated for 15 years.
R-value (insulation)
Risk Category
Roof Load (PSF)0
Indoor Clearance Height (ft)9
Professional Engineer Stamp?
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses CodeYes
Other Structural / Safety Comments
Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used / Made of:Metal and sandwich insulation panels. Vinyl windows and steel door.
Disassembly / Assembly Comments:Once removed from the cargo container it takes 10 minutes to assemble.
Ideal Mounting SurfacesSoil (Dirt/Grass), Asphalt / Parking Lot, Other
Anchoring ProcessNone necessary, but recommended. Must be shimmed to level using simple 2×4’s



ItemCost ($)Notes
Budget Total$0
Total Per Bed$0
Total Per Unit$0
Add-on ItemsBathrooms can be added. Module bathrooms that slide into the housing modules come in a container of fifty units for approx $100,000. A separate bathroom container can be ordered for approx $80,000 (four toilets/two sinks).
Check all items that are not included in your quote (i.e. would need to be quoted by outside party)Foundation work, HVAC, Basic Kitchen
List outside vendors needed to execute (including any architects and engineers)All that is needed is a General Contractor and a crane with rigging.
Possible Delivery Method(s)Flat pack module, Regular-sized trailer


Design (days)0
Production (days)0
Site Prep (days)1
Delivery (days)30
Total (days)32
Amount in Inventory (#)Thousands
Production CapacityThousands
Production LocationChina