Camouflage a safe in plain sight?


January 11, 2003, 01:46 PM

This is my first post on THR; I was an occasional poster (very occasional, mostly lurking) at TFL.

I've got a gun safe sized about 60"x30"x24". Although it is bolted to the concrete slab in an alcove in the basement, it is out in plain sight for anyone that enters the alcove or even just walks by it.

I'd like to hear what ideas you all might have as far as camouflaging it given that "out of sight is out of mind".

I've considered walling off that portion of the alcove along with some sort of hidden door but I thought I'd see if someone had a clever, simpler solution.


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January 11, 2003, 01:49 PM
Well, I cover mine with the original cardboard box it came in - I cut out the back of the box, flipped it inside out so it didn't have the safe label on it, and took a black magic marker and wrote, "XMAS TREE" on it. Cardboard slips off like a sleeve. And then I pile storage junk on top, including old smelly sneakers, etc.

Greg L
January 11, 2003, 01:55 PM
You could get an old refrigerator door and build a frame to mount it on to make it look like an old fridge. Runt's idea sounds easier though. :D


January 11, 2003, 01:55 PM

That's pretty brilliant.

January 11, 2003, 01:59 PM
runt...I'll be, didn't know anyone else had done that;)

buddy of mine took the table tennis table no longer in use, and broken, the way its suspended its looks like the typical packrat he is, his wife added the busted Chinese folding screen for her small your step...;)

Gila Jorge
January 11, 2003, 01:59 PM
Run: just love the part about the old dirty sneakers....I do similar and pile dirty laundry on a horizontal safe with other crax on top as well.
Its in the back of my closet and is a hands and knees affair to get to. Nevertheless...

January 11, 2003, 02:06 PM
If I hang clothes on the hanger rack in front of the contents inside:

But the padlock I normally put on the hasp would probably be a dead give-away. :(

January 11, 2003, 02:21 PM
Now, if you're really creative and have some time... :p

If your safe is stored in a closet or or other convenient "storage type" area, you can cut up lots of smaller boxes instead of one big one like I did - and tape/tack your "faux stack of boxes" together so you can easily slip off your "sleeve". I figure lots of smaller boxes will look less noticeable than one gigantic one.

Out the corners, tops, etc. of these "stacked boxes" you can have little bits of tinsel, a smelly old sock, and other nonvaluable items you'd normally keep in storage. Label the boxes "old clothes", "Xmas decor", etc. What burglar would go through all that garbage?

January 11, 2003, 03:04 PM
I kinda liked your first suggestion but this one is even better....
Not bad, not bad at all.....

January 11, 2003, 03:13 PM
Well I think this thread also gives us a reason NOT to throw out old dirty sneakers, socks, boxes and whatnots?

Q: I thought you were going to clean up and oranize this...this mess?

A: This isn't clutter-it's camouflage. I mean would YOU dig through this junk to find something valuable? :D

See, rationalization and procrastionation has a useful purpose.

January 11, 2003, 06:58 PM
What kind of stock is that on your Yugo?

Warmest Regards

January 11, 2003, 07:02 PM

It's a fiberglass SKS stock, that I fitted to the Yugo action. The pattern is East German Rain. I was too cheap to buy a Yugo SKS in the mint, unfired condition. The wood on the gun had seen better days, unfortunately.

Here's a better look:

January 11, 2003, 07:16 PM
I thought it might be a nouglyguns stock, I was checking them out for my Yugo, just plain tan for mine being a desert dweller. Mine was/is in unissued perfect condition, and I don't want to thrash the wood ya know.

Do they offer a new gas tube cover as part of the stock? I don't want to alter the original.

Sorry for taking this off topic.

Warmest regards,

January 12, 2003, 01:53 PM
BrokenPaw posted his real cool solution over on TFL a while back.

a quick search turned up this thread:

Ok, I have some pics of the vault. Please forgive my webserver; it's only living on a 144k DSL connection.

Two views of the vault door, here ( and here (

With the door open (

And a one-megabyte mov file of the vault opening (



Not sure the link to the video still works though.

January 12, 2003, 01:56 PM
Easy to change out, much like an AK in that respect.;)

Dan Morris
January 12, 2003, 01:57 PM
Before I bought steel ones, I had a couple of old uprite frezers in the guts, just guns. Three sets of fangs slept with em.

January 12, 2003, 02:11 PM
Don't need to. I have a German Sheperd who thinks she's a wolf.

January 12, 2003, 02:49 PM
half high wall built into end of closet, covers safe.
lacks being painted.

January 12, 2003, 10:22 PM
A friend of mine replaced his metal bed frame with a nice looking wooden "safe" that the mattresses fit on. He's a cabinet builder so it looks very nice.

He has to take the mattresses off to get to into it from the top, but he keeps his "excess" guns in there that may only come out once a year or less.

I'd seen the bed on several ocassions and never suspected what it held until I help him move a few years ago.

January 12, 2003, 10:31 PM
Someone else on another thread said to install it in an old shower stall and keep the curtain closed.:D

January 12, 2003, 11:33 PM
Get Some Plastic and Fashion it to look like a Refrigerator. Give the Plastic Covering "Doors" that your can open up and get access to your Door of your Gun Safe. why in the hell didn't I think of that!.

Thanks for the Question..combined with a little Wine, it allowed me to have a creative thought.

January 13, 2003, 01:54 AM
Fridge box over safe. Cut corner down and just remove weight "junk" from top to open cardboard and then unlock safe. I bet over 100 people have walked right by my safe and never gave it a second look. :)
BTW I took out floor support to see what else I need to move safe up on main level/bedroom. :)

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