Best Place to Put A Gun Safe At Home

We get a lot of questions about gun safe placement.

  • Is okay to put gun safe in a garage?
  • Should I put my gun safe in a closet?
  • Can I put my gun safe in the basement?

We tell our Steelhead Outdoors customers that safe placement is a personal preference – there isn’t one ideal place. We’ve found that some customers are excited to show off their gun safe and gun collection while others opt for taking maximum security measures to conceal their safe. Here are some things everyone can consider when making a gun safe placement decision.

Placing a gun safe in a garage

It’s hard to hide a gun safe in a garage. Every time the garage door is opened you risk someone seeing that you are storing valuables in a safe. Why advertise to thieves that you have something worth stealing? Building a surround or closet to disguise the safe is a workaround.

Garage doors are also relatively easy to open or breach. A thief could use a tow strap to haul away a gun safe. Bolting the safe to the floor makes a thief work harder than they’d like.

Many flammable items are stored in a garage which increase the chance for fire or could increase the intensity of a fire. Cars, lawnmowers, paint thinner, cleaning chemicals and excess lumber are often stored in garages.

High humidity levels in garages can also harm items stored in a traditional gun safe. The threat of rust is a problem that most safe owners must handle.

Storing a gun safe in a bedroom closet

Concealing a gun safe in a closet makes the safe less visible and conspicuous which is a huge plus. Storing guns near your bedroom could provide you with easier access in an emergency situation. But realistically, is there enough extra room in a bedroom closet to stow a safe? Data also suggests that one of the first places burglars go to search for valuables is the master bedroom. If the bedroom isn’t located on the ground level, will the floor support the safe and its contents? Could the floor succumb to an intense fire?

Putting a gun safe in the basement

A basement can be a good place for stowing a gun safe. Keep nosey contractors, babysitters and housekeepers from knowing where valuables are stored by placing your safe in a workshop or another room that can be locked. A concrete slab reduces fire hazards underneath the safe. A basement is usually away from potential fire sources like a kitchen. Keep safes away from other potential fire sources like a fireplace. Humidity and water can damage gun safes, guns and other contents. If you reside in a flood A dehumidifier is necessary with most traditional gun safe designs. Steelhead Outdoors’ unique design and construction materials don’t trap moisture which reduces the need for a dehumidifier that takes up space within the safe and requires a power source. Thieves would have to work hard to haul a heavy safe up a staircase. Definitely consider housing your safe in the basement if you have one.

Steelhead modular gun safes can be assembled on site where you want to place your safe. The modular design allows for 1-2 people to disassemble the safe and move it to another location without requiring a specialty safe moving crew.

Steelhead Outdoors offers a variety of standard safe sizes and colors along with the opportunity to create a custom safe to fit your space and collection with a vast array of custom color finishes to blend in or stand out.

Contact Steelhead Outdoors if you want help determining which safe is right for you and the best place for a gun safe in your home.