The Cot Project works with the Upper Valley Haven, a local homeless shelter, to design a more durable cot for their Seasonal Shelter. The Haven currently uses camping cots that must be set up and taken down every night and morning. They are heavy, difficult to assemble, and break often from over-use. The Cot Project team hopes to develop a better alternative to these cumbersome cots.

So far, the team has designed and built full scale prototypes of two potential solutions to The Haven’s problem. The first is a simple structural improvement to the existing camping cots, which helps stabilize the legs for increased durability and comfort. The second is a stackable cot that the team designed to be quick to set up, durable, and easily storable. The team is currently testing these prototypes at the Upper Valley Haven.

  • Milling holes in steel plates for the stackable cot prototype.