Gun Room in Progress - Suggestions?


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robMaine
May 30, 2011, 08:12 PM
I was given permission from the significant other to turn a spare bedroom into a gun cleaning/gun storage/man cave room. I built a bench for cleaning(and reloading if decide to peruse it), and turned a closet into storage.

I need some suggestions for some decor, things to fill the room. It feels a little empty to me.

Rob

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Spammy_H
May 30, 2011, 08:34 PM
You need this: http://www.redriderleglamps.com/images/products/Deluxe%20Lit%20Leg%20Lamp%20medium.jpg

No man cave is complete without the fragile leg light!

Vaarok
May 30, 2011, 09:32 PM
Depends on your gunroom. Some people like it to look like a shop, with worktables, tools, and pegboard everywhere. I go for the "TR study" vibe, with bookshelves and high quality luxurious furnishings. A good table lamp, a sturdy desk, bookshelves, nice mahogany...

With the sloping ceiling you can get a lot of good light-bounce and make it very warm with floor and table lamps, especially if you angle something at the surface and use it as a giant reflector. This will also provide you a tremendous advantage for photography, especially if you put something against the inner wall to serve as a platform or worktable.

I advise against covering the ceiling with gun-diagram posters or the like. It'll make it look like a teenagers room and kill your light.

Ohio Gun Guy
May 30, 2011, 09:51 PM
I like the sports bar theme. Go to your local sports bar that is decorated nicely. Sit and eat..... Look around and then change the decor in your mind to guns, military, etc. To me shelves with stuff stacked on them is not the way to go. If you have any historical items from your family, give them a prominent spot. I used pictures from a ww2 coffee table book and framed them. I looked for items in the pictures that I have. In my opinion, if you decorate this way, the stuff looks good, but doesnít prohibit the use of the room.

Mine is still in progress, but itís getting there. POST PICTURES! Itís a subject that is hard to find on google.

robMaine
May 30, 2011, 10:04 PM
Thanks for the replies, I think I am leaning more towards the "shop look" mainly because I don't think I can justify the cost of a full remodel to give it the nice "study" look. Any pictures you all have if much appreciated.

joshk-k
May 30, 2011, 10:11 PM
A more secure door on the closet where the guns are?

Just thinking out loud. I assume the room door locks, but it probably would be nice to have another level of security in case of a burglary.

Josh

Ohio Gun Guy
May 30, 2011, 10:11 PM
many of the reloaders here have posted, search for pictures of reloading benches, reloading room, etc.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=218720

btg3
May 30, 2011, 10:16 PM
Does Cabela's (or other) offer a calendar?
Fridge
TV
leather chair and/or sofa
deadbolt on door
file cabinet

What happens when you soil that purty carpet, or your wife gets a whiff of those gun cleaning solvents (she's NOT pregnant, right)?

robMaine
May 30, 2011, 10:25 PM
Does Cabela's (or other) offer a calendar?
Fridge
TV
leather chair and/or sofa
deadbolt on door
file cabinet

What happens when you soil that purty carpet, or your wife gets a whiff of those gun cleaning solvents (she's NOT pregnant, right)?
In terms of the carpet, I am thinking about buying one of those manufacturers area rugs/mats you see in gun shops. I also have a window to the right of the bench that I can put a fan in for ventilation. Good ideas on the fridge and tv, already have a sofa which you can see in the corner of the closet photo(Dog is sitting on it).

bannockburn
May 30, 2011, 10:49 PM
I would add some bookshelves for any gun related books or magazines you might have; also some other shelving units to hold cleaning supplies, parts bins, tools, etc. so the bench doesn't get overcrowded with clutter. Have plenty of decent lighting as well as good ventilation for when you're cleaning. Maybe in the future you might want to add a small gunsafe in the closet space along with a solid door for that area.

rogerjames
May 30, 2011, 11:11 PM
I'm Jealous!

I don't see any security though. I would scrap all the fancy stuff until you install a good gun safe. That man cave is worthless the minute someone breaks in and takes all those beautiful guns. Protect your investment first, then have fun :)

12131
May 30, 2011, 11:14 PM
Nice. If you don't already have a gun safe, may I suggest that's next?

ms6852
May 30, 2011, 11:18 PM
Gotta agree with rogherjames. Get at least a safe door as a minimum but a gun safe would be best.

http://rhinovault.com/ballistic_doors.htm
http://rhinovault.com/

Lex Luthier
May 30, 2011, 11:40 PM
You will need to design a few task specific areae:

1) Media: computer, stereo, tv, commo,
2) Work: bench(es), stool or chair, storage for parts and materials,
3) Ambience: posters, collections, mini-fridge,

Try drawing the room out to scale, using different layouts. This only helps you understand how the room works AND how it does not. I have had great success using solid core blank slab doors for work table tops and building frames from nice 5/4 lumber. Stain and varnish to match the casings. Avoid old metal file cabinets.

Start with the safe. it is the heaviest and will probably stay in the same spot forever. Add duplexes now, if necessary. Consider potential hiding places. And the last thing: lighting, lighting, lighting.

Good luck.

ffr1910
May 31, 2011, 12:47 AM
this would not work in your current room, but, the wife an i will retire to some land we have in the country in tn in a few years. i am going to build/have built a tornado room onto our house that has access from inside the house. it will be concrete walls, ceiling, etc and i will put one of those six panel vault doors on it(they have them at midway, look like a regular interior door except they are steel and have a remote combo lock). i will make that the gun room except in tornado situations we can spend the night in it on an air mattress. also doubles as a panic room if we find ourselves overrun by zombies ;) bill

robMaine
May 31, 2011, 01:11 AM
this would not work in your current room, but, the wife an i will retire to some land we have in the country in tn in a few years. i am going to build/have built a tornado room onto our house that has access from inside the house. it will be concrete walls, ceiling, etc and i will put one of those six panel vault doors on it(they have them at midway, look like a regular interior door except they are steel and have a remote combo lock). i will make that the gun room except in tornado situations we can spend the night in it on an air mattress. also doubles as a panic room if we find ourselves overrun by zombies ;) bill
Our next house we will most likely build and I am thinking of doing something similar in the basement.

OldChemSoldier
May 31, 2011, 03:33 AM
For those who have mentioned the desire for a safe room whether it be to protect your arms or butts from a tornado or zombie, plans are available for free at this FEMA site:
http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/saferoom/shplans/

You may even be able to get "Uncle" to fund it: Fed funding programs that provide funds for safe room construction include U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Block Grant funds, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insured financing, and the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Same site as above.

Claude Clay
May 31, 2011, 02:07 PM
carpets and powder are a poor combination--unless you have a vacuum with the motor behind the collection bag. rather get the padded shop mats from home depot. package of 6-yard square are generally $20. and leave the sneakers you wear in the room; no need tracking 'stuff' into the outer home areas. the bench will gain weight when you stock up on bullets. closing up the closet helps you to have company for loading and keep he guns seperate--which is a good idea even when working alone. as to security, the walls are the weak point even if you put in a solid core door.
looks nice so far, good luck

youngda9
May 31, 2011, 02:17 PM
A more secure "safe"

Wall to Wall home built workbench. You can't have enough room for reloading and working on firearms.

Line that closet in Cedar and turn it into a big humidor.

Ventaillation fan so as not to PO the wife.

ambidextrous1
May 31, 2011, 02:33 PM
Don't buy a safe: Reinforce the 'under the stairs' enclosure and add a sturdy safe door.

Some welding will be required; do it yourself if possible. Second choice is a trusted friend. The Yellow pages are not an option for this.

O C
May 31, 2011, 03:06 PM
DO NOT USE CARPET! Make the floor light colored, lineolumn, wood, tile, ect. If you work on guns, small(expensive) parts will fly around and get lost in carpet. Make it easy to find. Also, if you can, replace the door frame with a metal one and hang a fire rated solid door that opens out, with a comercial lock set. That way you slow them down or at least make them buy better tools. Have the door open out so it can't be kicked in.

Red Cent
May 31, 2011, 03:18 PM
Needs lotsa good light.
Shelves (bunch)
Bins (ditto)
Surround sound
TV
DVD
Roku
Small fridge
Dillon calendaar
Bullet trap
Add more as I remember.

dirtykid
May 31, 2011, 03:49 PM
1)more secure gun-storage
2) lighting , can never have enough (espically as your eyes age)
3) ventilation fan, my wife HATEs it when i use kitchen table for cleaning,kitchen-range hoods work awesome for this purpose and install easy over work-bench
4)necessary man-cave items including but not limited to: TV,reclining chair,fridge,posters of old-movie trailers like Stallone's "Cobra" or anything with Mopars on it !!

rogertc1
May 31, 2011, 04:45 PM
Here is a thread from APRIL on Man caves...my gun room pics are in there on page 3. Lots of Ideals from others pics.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=589283

robMaine
May 31, 2011, 08:30 PM
Thanks for the link, some great ideas.

Owen Sparks
June 1, 2011, 01:49 AM
A friend has a gun room in an upstairs bedroom at the end of the hall. The door is actually a book case that is mounted with barn door hinges. You would never expect anything to be behind it if you did not know to look.

nosbocaj
June 1, 2011, 01:54 AM
Maybe it's just because I'm a cinemophile, but I'd throw up any movie posters that had gun related themes. Or manufacturer banners and logos. That kinda stuff always ties the room together IMO.

achttung
June 1, 2011, 03:38 AM
If the door opens out... the hinges are on the outside... This is harder to enter than kicking it in?

If it were a metal door and frame (fire door), I really don't see that getting kicked in very easily, but it only takes a few seconds to pull the hinge pins out (as far as I know).

Friendly, Don't Fire!
June 1, 2011, 07:45 AM
In the exterior door, you can insert hardened steel rods on the hinge side that go into holes in the hinge-side jamb when the door is closed. This will prevent any opening of the door if someone removes the hinge pins. Take a look at certain safes and even bank vault doors the way these rods are angled to fit into openings in the door jamb.

Also, steel rods can be used in the same manner to support the lockset-side of the door, if they are rods that are placed into position after closing the door. With enough rods, someone would need to break the door open in small pieces which still may not guarantee entrance if the rods are plenty and they are close enough to one another!

achttung
June 1, 2011, 11:51 AM
Ahh, I get it.

Thanks

Talin342
June 1, 2011, 12:36 PM
I've always been a fan of secret compartments. Maybe you could try stashing one somewhere easily accessable and hide a gun there, or better yet a thank you present for the wife.

BigN
June 1, 2011, 12:57 PM
A lock on BOTH sides of the door :-)

robMaine
June 1, 2011, 01:10 PM
A lock on BOTH sides of the door :-)
I like it:D

Owen Sparks
June 1, 2011, 02:34 PM
It does not really matter if it locks or not if the thief does not know it is a door. It just looked like a built in book case at the end of the hall.

stonecutter2
June 1, 2011, 02:54 PM
The rifles resting on the carpet can be bad. Get a wood board or something to keep the rifle butts off of the carpet. I've heard that buttplates resting on carpet over time can cause rust.

I envy your room, i have a corner of a storage room in the basement...but it's mine :D

I would suggest some various gun signage from a gun show. They usually have stuff like that at all sorts of price points.

Scour ebay for deals on signs, too. Repros look cool without costing a lot:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Colt-Guns-Pistols-Revolvers-Logo-Vintage-Metal-Tin-Sign-/230577954188?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35af845d8c

I do agree some more security would be good for your storage, but I don't think you need to build the room into Fort Knox. Be safe about making the closet lockable. Pretty much any determined thief is going to get through whatever you devise, so make sure your insurance is up to date and use reasonable protection against theft or intrusion.

Toaster
June 1, 2011, 03:54 PM
How about a bookshlf with plenty of firearms related literature.

Rorke's Drift
June 1, 2011, 05:42 PM
I built a gun room in my basement. We used an exterior door,reinforced the striker plate and deadbolt cavity and used cement drywall lined with sheetmetal. As for decor, I used concrete stain on the floor, got some kitchen cabinets to hold ammo, holsters, etc., and went with a western theme, but tried to blend both TR leather-bound study and a shop motiff. It was a great project, but I'm sure glad it's done! Congratulations on your man cave!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/roarksdrift/Copy_of_DSC07298.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/roarksdrift/Copy_of_DSC07297.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/roarksdrift/Copy_of_DSC07305.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/roarksdrift/Copy_of_DSC07263.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/roarksdrift/Copy_of_DSC07261.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/roarksdrift/CopyofDSC08574.jpg

Apocalypse-Now
June 1, 2011, 05:54 PM
beer tap.

THe Dove
June 1, 2011, 06:10 PM
Wall art!!! You need wall art...... Girly calendars..... Dillon models, etc.....

Puleeeze!!!!!

The Dove

MtnCreek
June 1, 2011, 06:18 PM
Mr. Drift,
You Sir have a cool Gun Room!

OP,
How about a copy of Catcher In The Rye? No gun room is complete without one of those!
Sorry! Couldn't help it.

Mudinyeri
June 1, 2011, 06:19 PM
1. Better security or a gun safe
2. Dehumidifier
3. Computer
4. Storage
5. Bigger bench

CWL
June 1, 2011, 09:35 PM
First thing that came to mind was better security. Second was, rubber flooring.

If you decide on mounting a steel door, don't forget to reinforce the walls of the gun chamber. Pointless to have a vault door but walls made of gypsum board.

I've always liked the look of interlocking rubber tiles.

http://www.rubbercal.com/files/puzzle_lock_color_swatch_200x150e_a.jpg

longknife12
June 1, 2011, 10:18 PM
Converted down stairs office I no longer use. Shelving on 2 sides, loading bench on 3d side with presses. 2 safes against the 4th wall. Walk out to fireplace,laundry room and bar.Locked door with inside hinges. Nothing elaborate but it works.Also, protected by 2 sets of fangs.
Dan

kingcheese
June 2, 2011, 05:26 AM
in your closet you could make a false wall, basically you could keep your regular plain guns in the open in the closet, and keep the more valuable just on the other side of the wall, kinda like a jewlry box with a false bottom in it

id recomend a wall rack for the long guns so if you had several guns you where working on you could put them on the wall, take one down work on it, put it up, then grab the next

and the most important thing, i didnt see a sofa, or a large tv in your room

BIGGBAY90
June 2, 2011, 05:31 AM
i'm jealous!

I don't see any security though. I would scrap all the fancy stuff until you install a good gun safe. That man cave is worthless the minute someone breaks in and takes all those beautiful guns. Protect your investment first, then have fun :)
i agree

Apocalypse-Now
June 2, 2011, 05:40 PM
kathy ireland cardboard standup :D

Ramone
June 2, 2011, 07:55 PM
While a gun safe is the ideal, a fair amount of security can be acheived with a few well placed eyescrew set well into studs, and a few long shackle padlocks through the actions.

Of course, it won't stop a prepared and determined thief, but it'll slow down the run of the mill housebreaker.

DON"T make the bone head move my brother did when he set something similar up on my advice, and leave a friggen BOLTCUTTER in the same closet. ;-)

Pate
June 2, 2011, 09:51 PM
"If it were a metal door and frame (fire door), I really don't see that getting kicked in very easily, but it only takes a few seconds to pull the hinge pins out (as far as I know)"

You can buy hinges that have non removable pins. It's a option on most decent hinges.

Check Hager BB1279-NRP or Stanley FBB179-NRP.

I sell security hardware and they are very common.

robMaine
December 18, 2011, 10:09 PM
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I wanted to add pictures of my room currently, have added some shelving, painted, bought a few more guns and a reloading setup.

http://i436.photobucket.com/albums/qq81/rsalomon13/IMG_0271.jpg

http://i436.photobucket.com/albums/qq81/rsalomon13/IMG_0269.jpg


Just thought this might be helpful for anyone looking for ideas like I was,

Rob

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