Placing your gun safe in the right place is extremely important, both so that you can stay safe, but also so that you don’t damage your home.
If you are in a home that can’t quite handle the weight of your gun safe, you probably are wondering if you should just put the safe in the garage and not worry about it.
While there are some great reasons to do this, like ease of bolting it down, and allowing it to be hidden more easy. It also has some downsides like temperature issues.
Let’s dig into all the reasons you may, or may not want to keep your safe in the garage!
Upsides of keeping it in the garage
Of course, there are plenty of reasons to keep your safe in the garage! Here is why.
1. Easy to bolt the safe to the ground
Most garages have a floor that is primarily concrete. This is great for anchoring the safe to the floor, as it is much more secure than attaching to wood like you would inside the home.
2. You can easily find a place for it
Most homes have a lot of stuff in them, and it can be difficult to find a place to put your gun safe. In a garage it tends to to be easier to move things around to find a place for it to rest.
3. Out of the prying eyes of visitors
You will also find a version of this point on the downsides as well. This really depends on the home.
Some people will never take their friends, or acquaintances into the garage, if this is how you are, this may be a great place for it.
If you are someone who likes to show off their classic car in the garage, maybe this isn’t for you.
Downsides to keeping the safe in the garage
1. Most garages are not the same temperature all year round
Garages tend to have temperatures that range heavily depending on the time of the year. This can be detrimental to whatever you are keeping in the safe.
Make sure to keep a good dehumidifier in the safe if you are doing this
2. The giant garage door may be open
Yes, garage doors tend to be open a lot. You don’t want any random person walking their dog to be able to look into your garage and see you have a huge safe in it.
If you have to keep it in the garage, maybe take a look at a cloak for it, it will make it look like a refrigerator or a cabinet. You’ll find this on my best accessories to have for your safe.
Your firearms won’t be super accessible
If someone breaks into your home, will you be able to make it to the garage? Most garages aren’t exactly next to the master bedroom.
Make sure if you are doing this to keep a bedside pistol safe next to you. The Vaultek VT10i might be a good solution.
There are of course many reasons to or not to put your safe in your garage. These are just a few reasons to make sure you think about.
If you are buying a safe for your home, make sure you sit down with your family and discuss what is needed, and plan accordingly.
Also, if you plan on having insurance cover this, please talk to them as well.
If you still aren’t sure if you should even buy a gun safe, you might want to read through this.
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Editors Note: This article was originally posted on April 22nd 2019 but has since been updated to further discuss the subject.