Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get some of these beds?

By making them! This is the only way we can get these beds out to homeless people. This is because the emphasis is on providing a free resource. You have all of the instructions on here so just get a craft knife, lots of card and have a go.

How can they be useful if it rains?

By getting large pieces of plastic sheets from packaging or from DIY stores, which are then wrapped around the bed to protect it from the rain. If the card still gets wet and damaged, replacement pieces can be made and given out as a simple solution.

Where can I get the card and what kind do I need?

Ask at your local shops, especially bike shops. The boxes that bikes are delivered in have been found to be the best as they are big and very strong. If looked after well enough, they could then last for many months.

Can I sell these beds?

Absolutely not! These are to help people who have next to no money and this is the only limitation on this design. The plans are free for anyone to use but they must only be given out for free.

Please let us know how you get on, as well. Go to the contact page for this information.

How should we give the beds out?

It is strongly recommended that you link up with groups who already provide a service to homeless people or refugees, e.g. soup kitchens, homeless charities, outreach groups that take round food and clothing to homeless people. This is because homeless people suffer a lot of abuse from some members of the public and they understandably don't trust some people.

If you link up with a group in your area, they will help you to get the beds given out and you can get to know the service users this way.

Where should we make the beds?

The best scenario would be to set up a workshop that is linked with a homeless service. This makes it easier for the users to get a new bed and any replacement parts. Ideally, the users can be taught to make the beds themselves, which is very helpful for developing their well-being; people prefer to take care of themselves rather than depend on others so if you think they should be invited to a workshop, do that.