The Morrison Table Shelter

Protect windows of the shelter room with fabric netting or cellulose film stuck to the glass (as recommended in “ Your Home as an Air Raid Shelter”). The sides of your table shelter will not keep out small glass splinters.

Wherebouts in the room?

The best place is the middle of the room, so that you can get out on any side. If you must put the shelter against a wall, put an end rather than a side there, and choose a good solid inside wall rather than an outside one. Do not put the shelter in a corner so that only one side and one end are free.

Make a rough plan showing just where the shelter is and in which room, and give it to your Air Raid warden.


Study the list of parts at the end of this leaflet. Notice that there are three different lots of bolts and nuts-32 of the larger ones, 5/8 in. in diameter and 1 1/2 ins. long; 16 of the smaller ones, 3/8 in. in diameter and 3/4 in. long; and the studs, 48 of them, ¼ in. in diameter and 1 in. long, with washers and distance -pieces as well as nuts.

The pictures and explanations which follow will make the job quite easy. Two of you will find it very much simpler than one. Read the words and study the pictures carefully to get the idea; sort out the parts; then set to work.

First stage

Fix the 48 studs into the holes in the four rails (marked 2 and 4) which form the top frame, and the four rails (marked 3 and 5) which form the bottom frame of the shelter. In each case the studs must be put into the holes in the side of the rail which has the two large bolt holes at each end. Each stud has to be made up from four pieces; first, put the stud-head through a washer, then through the short length of tubing (called “distance-piece “), then put it through the hole in the rail,

then fix the on the inside and tighten with the spanner. Take care to fix the stud-heads on the outside of the rail.