Have you been thinking about building your own tiny house cabin on a budget?
IKEA got your back!
If you have not seen it yet, you will likely be as amazed as I was.
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IKEA Tiny Off Grid Cabin
Introducing the IKEA $1100 “Better Shelter” pop up house that is designed to last for at least 3 years without issues.
These “Better Shelters” were originally designed for the UN and refugees in large camps. Until just recently, these refugee camps were stocked with canvas tents for families but they only lasted at best 6 months before they needed replacing or serious repair.
Not only that but these flimsy canvas tents would not provide any security among these large groups and violent crime was at many times an issue.
These prefab tiny houses are hard walled and provided the added security that people were wanting.
Better yet, each tiny home comes with 4 solar panels that provides the home with enough power for 4 hours of lighting at night and use of small appliances and USB power options during the day.
That is a huge benefit that nobody on the market has offered until now.
This IKEA prefab home will allow you to set up in 3 hours with simple tools that are included with the packaging.
You can place doors and windows where you want them in the construction because everything about the house is modular. You can even connect more than one to another to make an even larger living space.
This is a simple, but effective, way for you to get a tiny house without breaking the bank or needing to have a lot of special skills or abilities as a builder.
If you can assemble IKEA furniture, you can assemble this off-grid tiny house.
Why Do You Need An Off Grid Tiny House
There are many reasons why people choose to go off-grid or to live in a tiny house.
Some people are finding prefab houses to help them with disaster relief, people displaced by war and conflict, or even for someone suffering from homelessness.
This tiny house from IKEA can be a great temporary emergency shelter and it will meet the basic needs for:
The best part? It’s only around $1100! How awesome is that?
If you’re looking for a bug out location, to go off the grid, or just to have an emergency backup home, this may be a solid option for you.
We’re going to dive a little deeper into what it comes with, how you set it up, and what you need to know about this IDEA off-grid tiny house and other tiny home options for you.
How Does It Work
Each one of these Better Shelters are built with a rigid steel frame with fire retardant walls and ceiling pieces that match up to US and European guidelines.
This housing option has been very popular for emergency agencies and is developed by IKEA who already for years has been producing affordable prefab modular houses for the retail market. There are already thousands of people living in these $1100 housing units purchased by government agencies around the world.
The structure starts with a steel frame that comes in a big bag.
The pipe, connectors and wires all come together to give the home a sturdy frame and solid skeleton to build on. The panels are thin but firm and have a small layer of insulation. The panels fit into the steel frame easily with no special tools other than what comes with the home.
Additionally the prefab home comes with a shade cloth that helps cool the home during the day by keep the sun off of the roof. It reflects the suns rays and helps to retain the heat coming from the home at night.
These are really affordable tiny home options for homesteaders getting started.
Many homesteaders really want to buy raw land and build at their own pace and have a reliable and affordable living option during this moving and building process.
How To Assemble A Tiny House Cabin
Setup time is estimated at three hours. Again, your times may vary.
If you’re really great at putting things together, you might even do it faster. If you have assistance, it will definitely go quicker.
Your three-hour assembly could take a little longer if you’re new to this, but all in all, it’s not terribly hard work. That’s part of what makes this IKEA better shelter a great option.
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