Standard gun safes are definitely the most secure method of storage for your personal firearms. Unfortunately, they are not the best solution for every situation. One drawback is that you cannot access a gun quickly should you have an intruder in the house, especially at night when you are in bed and the safe is in another room altogether. Another is that they are heavy and big, occupying space in plain sight. Because of this, they are automatic targets for thieves when you have a home break-in. Many gun owners are choosing to purchase hidden gun safes instead or in addition to your traditional ones to solve these problems.
The Best Hidden Safe Ideas
Hiding your weapons in plain sight also keeps them out of sight and unavailable to children and others who should not have them. These safes are generally designed as a hidden wall gun safe, designed to be standard home décor pieces with a little something extra, or constructed as hidden gun safe furniture. The wall safes are mounted in the wall between two studs with their doors mounted flush to the wall. Often these are installed in closets for extra anonymity.
A Safe Hidden in a Shelf
A hidden gun in a safe bookshelf is one clever and convenient model. Choose from either a set of shelves in which can be found a secret compartment or others allow the compartment to slide out of the shelf from one or the other side, or both. While discreetly storing your guns, you may also display family photos and favorite mementos or décor items on top.
A Gun Safe Hidden in Furniture
Coffee tables, end tables, beside tables and nightstands as well as ottomans, bookshelves and box springs on beds are all available as hidden safes for your guns. Table tops lift up, sides open out, fronts serve as facades or secret drawers are designed to pull out from these items. Both handguns and rifles plus ammunition and accessories may be stored within furniture safes.
A Safe Hidden in an Item of Home Décor
Picture frames, mirrors, books and clocks are some of the regular and unassuming items that may be used as hidden storage spots for guns. Mantle clocks with a wide body do not attract suspicion. Books with a locking metal box inside are an age-old favorite and the least expensive choice of secret safes. A hidden gun safe mirror is both a grooming and décor necessity and can be used for either handguns or, in the case of a full-length or cheval model, long rifles and shotguns.
The advantages to hidden safes for your firearms are that they are effective, efficient, close at hand and easy to access. But of course the cost will ultimately depend on the type and size you choose.