Picking out the perfect gun safe for yourself from the plethora available in the market is no doubt an achievement, but next you’ll be wondering where is the best place to put a gun safe in your house. If you’re not, you should be and here’s why:
A lot of thought needs to go into the placement of a gun safe – it has to be remain inconspicuous and secure from burglars and other unauthorized individuals, while also letting you conveniently access your weapons whenever they’re needed. And if at all possible, it should be able to blend in with the rest of the décor!
I’ve moved houses several times over the course of my adult life, and on almost all of these instances, I’ve also had to find a good spot to put my safe in the new house. Having become well familiar with the factors that go into this decision, I’ve written this guide to help you in doing exactly this.
An obvious choice for placing your gun safe is the bedroom: it will be private, so no guest or visitor will stumble upon it. It will also let you access your gun quickly in the middle of the night when you hear a noise downstairs!
However, I would recommend that you go a step further (if possible), and put the safe in your bedroom’s closet. Not only will this make it a lot more discreet, it will also distance it from potential fire hazards.
Make sure that your bedroom’s floor can handle the weight of your safe prior to installing it, if you’re not on the first floor.
While this may seem like an unorthodox place for placing a gun safe, it is surprisingly practical: it will be less prone to damage from a fire, and it will probably be the last place where a thief may search for something valuable.
The bathroom will also be readily accessible from your bedroom, so you’ll be able to take out your guns quickly when they’re needed.
A basement is the safest spot for your gun safe if you’re concerned about environmental hazards such as fires, hurricanes and earthquakes that could cause the building to collapse.
However, if the basement doesn’t have thermal regulation (which will probably be the case), your safe will be exposed to excessive moisture that could ultimately cause your weapons to develop rust.
Once again, don’t leave any tools such as hammers and crowbars lying around, since you’ll be doing the burglars a solid by providing them with the means to break into your safe!
If you don’t have space anywhere else in your home, you may be tempted to put the safe in your garage, but this is not recommended unless the garage has some mechanism in place to get rid of / prevent the accumulation of excess moisture.
Furthermore, the garage is a place that can be seen into by passersby every day so discretion will be out of the window. An unattached garage will have the advantage of being safe from a fire in the main house, but even so, it will put your weapons so far away from you that it isn’t practical for those with a genuine security concern.
I’ll recommend that you stay away from this placement option unless you’re confident about the security of your home: the safe will be visible to all visitors, and if a burglar breaks into your home, this will probably be the first place they search for valuables.
Not only will this make it very difficult for you to get to your weapons, it will also give the home invader a distinct edge over you if they manage to crack the safe. Living rooms are also more prone to damage from a fire, because of an abundance of flammable items and potential electrical / gas connections.
That being said, if your only intention is to showcase your weapon collection, this is a good place to put the safe.
Having reached the end of this guide, you will probably be wiser about where to put a gun safe in the home. Obviously, all homes are unique (if not in design and furniture, then at the very least, in terms of the people who reside in them), which is why there isn’t a single spot that will work for everyone.
For instance, I prefer to keep the gun safe as close to my person as possible while I sleep, which is why I keep it stashed away in my bedroom closet – safe from prying eyes and only accessible to myself. However, for someone who doesn’t foresee a home invasion scenario, having their safe carried up to the second floor may not even be necessary!
Ultimately, the key is to work out what matters to you the most: theft protection, safety against environmental hazards, ease of access, ease of transportation and so on – and compromise on the other factors as much as you can.
Don’t hesitate to leave your comments and queries below, I’ll address them as soon as possible.
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