How to build a gun room in your home

Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 8.28.49 PMThere 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.

Gun Room 1

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.

Gun Room 2

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.

Gun Room 3

No workspace is complete without good lighting and accessible power:

Gun Room 5

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 finished room stocked and ready for almost anything!
The finished room stocked and ready for almost anything!

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.

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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!

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  1. Lil,
    Personally I would not build that where access is required to outsiders. Serviceing the water heater and a/c systems means some of the valuable stuff might have to be taken out to prevent possible theft.

    1. John,

      That is a really good point, luckily this exact person builds houses for a living and would likely do his own repairs. Still, you bring up a very important consideration when choosing a space for something as important as this.

      ~Lil

  2. Agree with John, and the other issue is moisture in any area with a water heater. But one does tend to use the space one has, and they did an excellent job!!!

    1. Old NFO, I agree with the possibility of moisture. Also, someone via Twitter brought up the point that the solvents in a room where there is heat and flame could be dangerous as well. In this instance, they have the cleaning station on the opposite end from the water heater, but people should consider that as well when taking on this project.

      1. My Mom burned our house down when I was 12….spray painting a Christmas ornament in a room like that….she forgot about the pilot light in the water heater…
        Scotty

  3. Quote: “This room is about 17”x 7” rectangle.” Seems a bit small for a gun room. It might hold a couple of pistols.

    1. CI – You and I think alike on this one! I like ALL your suggestions. I do have another friend who is having a home built and it will have a concrete room with a vault door, and that will be his gun room. I want THAT kind of gun room, and one that is big enough for all your suggestions too.

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  5. Nice job if that’s “what they had”.
    Points to consider; I’d get the ammo cans off the floor. Epoxy or not concrete slabs wick moisture like a straw. Direct contact with the ammo cans won’t be good long term.
    – even if the homeowner IS capable of FIXING that hot water heater if Mr Murphy keeps residence in that house it WILL go at some point and whatever’s in that room will swim first. I wouldn’t want anything of value of import on a floor that has the potential to flood.

    Consider putting the lower shelf higher and using pallets or some type of system to “float” those items but get them off the floor.

    Having said all of that; I’m jealous of this space. I have a very old house that has a fieldstone foundation built on ledge so the moisture in the basement makes it virtually useless for storage.

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