Looking for a gun safe/vault that will slide under my bed. I am short on closet space and do not want it out in open. Not worried about fire or theft as much as just keeping kids out of it. Need something that will hold about 6-8 long guns and a few handguns. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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April 1, 2005, 08:09 PM
Those guys make one. I looked into it. However, didn't buy one. Thought about making one myself. Wouldn't be as neat at theirs, but since no one will see it no big deal.
Some 2x4's, plywood, and a lock (I'm making it overly simple). Shouldn't be too hard. Lock it shut and slide under the bed, if that's not enough then cable lock it to the bed frame so it can't be slid out.
You could also make one to slide under the sofa :D That idea was better for me due to the way my bed frame set. There are many options.
Good luck with it!
April 1, 2005, 08:26 PM
Consider going to a Railroad Salvage where damaged goods are sold cheap. Many times the Chain Stores such as Home Depot and Lowes have a damage goods section as well.
Damaged in shipping handling and cannot sell for new, many are minor problems and easy to repair. Those Flat pantries ( Jelly cabinets) with a door, are easy enough to beef up and add locks to.
Damaged truck tool boxes , the long ones that run the length of the bed...well I'll be darned if they just happened to work just fine for a fellow needing something...now the dust ruffle his wife chose was a bit much for my taste. :p
April 1, 2005, 08:46 PM
> Underbed Gun Safe?
I must be more tired than I realized. I was trying to figure out what "derbing" was and how to underb something. :eek:
April 1, 2005, 10:16 PM
Glad to see that others are thinking about this. Take the advice of the guy that said build your own to keep the kids out. It was easy enough. Under the bed it does not have to look like Mom's Kitchen Cabinets.
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April 1, 2005, 10:26 PM
I made one once, depending on the bed room it might work, or it can be a major pain getting to it and then getting the guns in and out. You might be better off using a clothes closet and putting a strong lock on it.
April 1, 2005, 11:37 PM
If you own your home you might consider what I did. Cut a hole in the flooring and hinge one side, install a lock on the other, and fasten carpet back to both the lid, and the floor beside it. If you vacuum after opening and closing no one will see where it is, so even if your lock is substandard it is a lot less important. My old house has 2 X 10s above a concrete slab. The joists are 16 inches apart. Four long guns laid flat, and about six suspended above them. You can do the same with an interior wall just as easily. Wall studs are commonly 2 x 4 with 16 inches in between them.
No one knows to break a lock and steal them if they can not see the lock, and do not know they are there.
April 2, 2005, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the information. I have looked at the one offered by truckvault, but I can't see spending that much money on what looks like it would only hold about three long guns with scopes. I have also thought previously about building my own, which I am capable of, but very lazy. I will probably go that route though as I have enough room on one side of my bed to easily slide one in and out. Maybe put some carpet or felt on the bottom of it to not scratch the floor. I also thought about the built in ones in the wall, but thought better of it (laziness again), and my wife would never let me cut a hole in "her" hard wood floors. Thanks again.
April 3, 2005, 08:43 AM
Check The Sportsman's Guide, www.sportsmansguide.com , they sell some military locking cans, some big enough to hold several guns, yet flat enought to go under most beds. usually cheap, too. Their Liquidation store in S. St. Paul, MN, sells dent 'n scratch Homak and GunVault safes cheap.
December 21, 2010, 01:16 AM
Okay maybe I'm thinking overly cheap here but if it's just to keep kids out, why not use plastic gun cases and lock them?