A gun safe doesn’t only carry firearms, you can also put other valuables like currencies, documents, or jewelry in it. A store-bought gun safe can be an expensive option, especially if you’re planning on a customized one. Besides, you won’t get the thing as you want it due to the obvious limitations of the manufacturers. However, knowing how to build your own gun safe can save you on the investment, big time.
On top of that, you can customize it just the way you want as everything is in your hand. But making one isn’t a piece of cake; there are many technical aspects to look upon. Well, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! This article will give you an overview of how you can make a gun safe. Stick with me, you’ll find it way easier than it might seem when you think about the daunting process.
How to Build Your Own Gun Safe 2021
A readymade gun safe might be just fine for some, but making one yourself has an impeccable appeal to it. Here is how to build your own gun safe, steps you’ll follow, and the things you must not overlook:
What Kind of a Safe do You Need?
First things first; you must determine what purpose the gun safe is going to serve. Then, you can decide what type of gun safe you need and step forward for making one. If you have a revolver or jewelry to keep safe, there’s no point in turning a room into a safe.
However, if you’re planning on a safe room where you can keep your valuable belongings safe, go for a safe room. Besides, if you need a size of only a secret stash, don’t bother for a big safe. Other than that, as you might not have industrial rigs, it’s better to turn an existing room into a safe.
Choosing the Room:
The first step to making a gun safe room on your own is choosing the room itself. Your next steps of the process rely mostly on this step because it plays a vital role. Choose a room where there are no fire starters so that you can save your precious items before losing them.
It should be away from the most visited area of the house where people come in and go regularly. Better if you go for an underground room where it’s out of sight, but not damp as hell.
Door for the Gun Safe:
Name one thing that comes into your mind while breaking into a safe; that’d be the door for sure. You must pay keen attention to each part of the door of your gun safe and keep a good budget. The most vulnerable places in a safe door are the door material, hinges, and the lock. First, pick a sturdy thick door; it can be metal or strong wood such as Oak.
Don’t forget to match the frame and jamb of the existing walls, or you may end up cutting them all. Now the lock is the most important among all other things; select the one you’re confident about. You can go for a biometric, electric keypad, or traditional combination lock and be wide for the budget here.
The Walls of Your Safe:
While the door of a gun safe is the most important part of a gun safe, the walls don’t’ fall short! Especially, if you’re making the gun safe in a room that has outer walls of the house. Burglars and thieves are keen about making a way in except the doorway.
If they find a weak wall, they’ll just break in and take advantage of your negligence. Be sure to have sturdy walls on all the sides of the room you’re using as a gun safe. Furthermore, don’t forget to treat the walls with proper insulation and proper plasters to strengthen it from the inside.
Floor and Ceiling of the Room:
If you’ve selected a room in your basement for your gun safe, the ceiling not be a big issue. You might already have a very good ceiling that’s basically is your ground floor or so. However, when it comes to the floor of the gun safe room, dampness or humidity shouldn’t be a usual thing.
The floor must be dry from under the ground; go for a concrete renovation if your floor isn’t already. It’ll keep the inside dry and save the guns and other sensitive materials safe from moisture. You can go for interior water drainage and avoid an area where you need a sump pump for water drainage.
Ventilating and Lighting:
Proper ventilation is necessary for an enclosed area such as a gun safe under the ground floor or anywhere else. It’s a must thing especially if you’re planning it for a bunker as well; just in case of emergencies. Be clear; ventilation is a secondary thing as the safe isn’t usually a place where you’ll stay for long.
However, it’s necessary to keep a natural environment to keep your possessions in top-notch condition. But beware, never let this secondary thing compromise the foremost important thing; the integrity of your safe. You can just open the door once in a while and let the room have adequate ventilation.
Space Allocation Inside:
While allocating space inside the gun safe, you have to be very selective. Beware about whether you’re wasting space or using it properly by allocating the right space for the right thing. Have a place for everything you must protect and don’t replace a thing with another to keep it optimal.
Only a proper deviation for each thing can get you the right allocation for your possessions. Have a secret stash inside the safe and a table if the room is big enough. The table will help you manage, organize, or clean things inside without taking your guns out of the safe.
So, now you know how to build your own gun safe, at least how not to make mistakes while building one. However, there are other things that go by when you’re making your own little arsenal. The first thing to keep in mind is law enforcement; if your state government doesn’t allow it, don’t break the law.
Have your gun cabinets placed properly, and make them fire and waterproof if possible. The walls also have to be fully sealed and shouldn’t have any leakages or sneaky places where it’s compromisable. And the final piece of advice is, have a fake door to the safe like regular life-size wall paint or a traditional “bookshelf door”.