How To Build A Bamboo House In The Wild | Survival Life Shelter

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September 18, 2023 / Comments (7)

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Want to build a bamboo house or shelter? Whether for leisure or for insights, this building guide with tips will help for sure!

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Building a Bamboo House as a Survival Shelter

Materials You'll Need:

  • Bamboos (sturdy, mature, and columnar)
  • Machete
  • Paracord Grenade
  • Vines
  • Basic construction tools

Step 1: Pick Bamboo to Build a Survival Shelter

Sturdy and columnar, bamboos are great materials to build a survival shelter. If you have a sharp, reliable machete and a paracord grenade, you can make a fairly decent shelter from bamboos.

dendrocalamus giganteus giant bamboo | bamboo house design

You also don't need nails to join bamboos together, which is quite convenient. You can either use vines for rope or stakes from bamboo.

Step 2: Find a Good Spot to Build a Bamboo Shelter

Set out into the wild and find a good spot where you can build a shelter. Make sure this place is close to a potable water source. Bear in mind the ground has to be firm, even, and dry.

beard man backpack map searching direction | bamboo tree house

The flatter the surface, the easier the construction. It has to be dry as well to keep the bamboo in a good state longer.

And, since you're making a bamboo house, you might as well choose a spot near a grove of bamboo for building your shelter.

Step 3: Prepare the Materials

To build a bamboo house, you need basic construction tools. If you don't have them in your survival gear and toolbox, well, you'll have to improvise.

cutting green bamboo tree by handheld | bamboo tiny house

Just make sure you have something to cut bamboo with. Now, when it comes to choosing bamboo, make sure you get the ones that are sturdy and mature.

You can treat bamboo to make it sturdier and last longer but if you don't have time to do this, simply work with what you have.

Step 4: Decide on the Bamboo House Design

Your bamboo house does not need to be big or have a complicated design. A simple 10 by 8-foot shack is enough to house a single person, with a bit of space left for storage.

Traditional bamboo houses in Asia are often raised from the ground. If you want to follow this design, decide how high you want your house to be.

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Step 5: Build the Bamboo Shelter Foundation

Choose four of the largest and sturdiest bamboo poles. These will be the four corners of your bamboo house.

Dig holes, about a foot or so, on where these columns will be. They have to be large enough to hold the bamboo columns. Before inserting the bamboo columns into the holes, make sure you cover the tips with plastic.

began construction wooden house woods | bamboo house designs

Also, line the hole with dry stones. It is key to make sure the bamboo column does not get exposed to moisture when placed on the ground.

Step 6: Create the Wall Frame in Grids

Now, with the four corners set, start to build the wall frame. Fill the gap between the four corners with columns (repeat the previous process), using slimmer bamboo poles.

five bamboo sticks were tied stick | house made of bamboo

Each column should at least be a meter apart. After the columns are set, proceed to construct the top plate or upper wall plate.

Step 7: Cover the Walls

Choose thin bamboo poles, preferably much lighter than the columns, and nail them horizontally to the columns. The rows should at least be a meter or more apart.

bamboo wall pattern background | bamboo house construction

Leave out space where the door and windows are meant to be. After this, seal the grids with woven bamboo or bamboo splits.

Step 8: Construct the Roof

The supporting structure of the roof does not have to be complicated. A basic truss and an ordinary gable roof will do for a simple survival shelter.

bamboo constructed building details eco friendly | how to build a bamboo house

After the roof frame is done, add the outer layer of the roof. Depending on the materials available, the outer layer of the roof can be made from thatch, tree bark, slate, sheet metal, tarp, etc.

Step 9: Add the Floor, Doors, and Windows

Finish your bamboo house by adding the floor, doors, and windows which you can make from bamboo as well. Again, as it is a simple survival shelter, there is no need to go crazy with the design.

dry weave door bamboo wall copy | building a bamboo house

As for the floor, you can use bamboo poles or split bamboo.

Watch this video by Survival Instinct on how to build a bamboo house with only a machete, plus other survival tips in a tropical rainforest:

A bamboo house is just one of the many types of survival shelters you can build. But, practice making one in your backyard anyway.

A simple DIY project, for example, a tiny home or shed, would surely enhance your skills in handling bamboos. You'll never know when they will come in handy.

Do you have any other ideas on how to make a bamboo house? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 5, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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7 Responses to :
How To Build A Bamboo House In The Wild | Survival Life Shelter

  1. Aparna says:

    Bamboo house is really good plan it helps to reduce deforestation .bamboo house should be encouraged to promote Eco-friendly environment.In Hyderabad Bamboo House India is providing bamboo houses and bamboo products. To know more visit

  2. chuck cochran says:

    Good Article, but very regionally oriented, which makes it of little worth to those living where bamboo doesn’t grow. I would suggest a future article on Wattle & Daub construction techniwues might be appropriate for those of us who don’t reside in Bamboo Friendly Zones. Sod House construction, Dugout construction and other options are alk of equal worth.

    1. Miguel says:

      What an idiot. “Here is an article on how to repair a teacup”, You – “This article is good if you have a teacup, what about fixing a light switch?”

  3. julian says:

    that is cool

  4. Divine says:

    it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen

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