There is nothing like having a space set aside in your home just to take care of firearms. Everything from storing, cleaning, maintaining, repairing, changing sights and definitely reloading ammunition! If you have a gun, you must keep it clean and occasionally perform maintenance on it. If you have several different guns and practice various shooting sports from hunting to competitions, then you will find yourself frequently replacing scopes, sights, building up new loads, changing stocks, etc. The changes one makes to their firearms and the care of these critical tools becomes a very personal endeavor. Even if you do not have a space now, the time will come when you will realize that you NEED a space to properly care for your firearms.
Let me tell you about a gun-room one of my friends built-in their new home for their firearms. The home they purchased was in a nice upper middle class suburban neighborhood, the type with manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, kids riding bikes and people walking dogs. The basement was mostly finished, except for the room where the water heater and furnace was located. This room is about 17’x 7′ rectangle.
To start out, they finished the walls, hung drywall, painted, and covered the cement floor in epoxy coating. All along the longest wall, they framed out a workbench, added supports for a shelf below the bench and an overhead shelf.
Along the wall with the furnace and the water heater they made a shorter bench, this would eventually become the reloading station. They framed out an upper and lower shelf for the reloading bench as well. One of the most versatile organizational materials for a workshop of any kind is a pegboard back splash. You will see in the photo below, they framed the wall for pegboard.
No workspace is complete without good lighting and accessible power:
Once the room was finished, I helped them move into the space. I thought moving a kitchen was bad, but moving a room like this is a serious undertaking!
The water heater was in the corner of one long wall, but they finished the rest of that wall with a short workbench. This bench would become the reloading bench. The entire length of opposite wall is one very long work bench. This bench is set up on one end with a vise and other tools for working on firearms. The other end is set up with all the chemicals, implements, and tools required for cleaning various types of firearms. My favorite part is the ammunition reloading station on the left hand side of the view, and the Dillon Square B press on the right side of the photo below.
This room did take some carpentry skill, and about a weeks worth of time and effort – but, when you have a room like this in your home, you are ready for just about anything! Have you designed the perfect gun-room? Give us ideas of how YOU would make the perfect gun-room!