If you need a place to conceal your firearms and you’re also shopping for quality decorative furniture (or you live in a country like the United Kingdom which has very strict firearms regulation), then you’ve come to the write review article.
This gun concealment furniture review guide will introduce you to some of the best options for one of the most popular household furnishings among gun owners / collectors — concealment shelves.
What Exactly Is A Gun Concealment Shelf?
So what exactly is a concealment shelf (aka secret compartment or gun concealment furniture)? Well, it’s a display shelf / mounting hardware for hanging on your wall that also has a secret compartment for storing firearms (or valuable items) using foam mats or brackets. Sounds neat, doesn’t it!
The shelf looks like any other shelf you would buy from a home goods store to mount on your living or bedroom wall. Except it has a hidden, retractable gun compartment that you pull down to gain access to your pistols or rifle.
The gun compartment typically has a height / depth of 1.5″ to 5″. Gun owners like to order a custom-made Styrofoam place holder mat that conforms to the contour of the firearm(s) / accessories they want to conceal (if not provided by the shelf manufacturer). The ones that do provide foam storage mats will laser cut the insertions based on the standard dimensions of your gun model & ammunition (they will not laser cut extra space for custom designs or add-ons). You can also install bracket mounts against the secret compartment for hanging your firearm(s) and valuables.
Many of the best firearm concealment shelves will be big enough to store 1 or 2 handguns, 1 shotgun, or 1 fully assembled AR / M4 rifle (plus other items like ammo). Some are big enough to hold multiple submachineguns and pistols together. Others are ideal for popular handguns.
Note: A fully assembled AR rifle is roughly 35 – 42″ in overall length, and roughly 7 – 9″ in height. The overall dimensions of your firearm depends on its model and accessories (e.g. stock, muzzle attachments, rail, magazine). Know your guns! Along with a depth of 1.5 – 5″ for most gun shelves, you will probably need shelf compartment / concealment dimensions of at least 36″ (length) x 10″ (width) x 3.5″ (depth) to store an assembled rifle.
Of course, the added benefit of this type of gun concealment furniture is that it’s decorative and functions as a practical display shelf. People fill these shelves up with pictures, clocks, books, plants, mementos, keys, and trinkets. In our opinion, an avid gun owner (or anyone serious about protecting their household), should have 1 or 2 of this great product situated around their home. They are highly utilitarian, discreet, and provide easy access to your firearm incase of emergencies.
Keep in mind, The Gun Source doesn’t create any shelves of their own (although we do design a beautiful and spacious concealment table that can hide multiple firearms in your living room), but the following quality products listed in this guide have good reviews and represent a bestselling list of gun concealment shelves.
Let’s have a look at some of these awesome gun accessories:
The Bestselling Gun Concealment Shelves On The Market
Stow Shelves Concealment Gun Shelf w/ Hidden Trap Door
The Stow Shelves Concealment Gun Shelf is a perfect addition to your bedroom or living room decor. It is handcrafted from high quality natural wood and functions perfectly as a typical designer wall shelf for pictures, ornaments, or personal items. But it also includes a hidden trap door with RFID or Bluetooth lock for stowing handguns and ammunition.
Its ornate design is what makes it stand out as a concealment gun shelf. There’s no way that anybody would assume there is a hidden storage compartment built into this beautiful, well-assembled piece of wall decor. The design and craftsmanship will exceed your expectations.
The molding is made by Stow Shelves and is perfectly square on the inside to ensure the safe storage of your firearms. Stow Shelves artisans focused on quality when handcrafting this gun shelf with its storage hardware and advanced RFID lock.
Installation of this concealment shelf is quick and easy, as is setting up the RFID or Bluetooth variations. The storage compartment can be accessed instantly. Battery backups are included and the lock can be powered with a USB cable.
Dimensions: 23” x 11.5” x 4” / Weight: 13 lbs.
LAPTAIN Rustic Floating Shelf w/ Hidden Compartment for Gun Storage
The Laptain Floating Shelf is a functional wall shelf with a discreet, rustic look. Its robust and minimal rectangular design with dark pine wood makes it an ideal gift for any sophisticated yet modest man. It will blend into any space in a home or office.
It has a well-designed hidden compartment shelf that is accessible with an RFID card placed at the bottom of the shelf. It also features a motion sensor battery-operated light. The hidden compartment is able to store up to two full-size handguns with magazine clips. The storage compartment comes with slow-motion hinges so that you can quietly and safely open and close the trap door.
This inconspicuous hidden compartment shelf comes with a pre-cubed foam insert for simple adjustment, meaning you can easily remove foam blocks to match the size of your firearms without any tools. Easy installation requiring less than 10 minutes to open and secure to your wall.
Dimensions: 22” x 10” x 4” (exterior)
LOCKDOWN In Plain Sight Shelf w/ Discreet Design
The LOCKDOWN In Plain Sight gun concealment shelf is a sleek and affordable home decor piece for your home or business that comes with a customizable hidden compartment and mounting space to store a PUCK security device that detects tampering and notifies you via WiFI.
LOCKDOWN is a serious company that specializes in vault accessories and security. Their high quality, innovative products are designed to improve organization and enhance accessibility while providing a climate-controlled environment for your firearms.
As its name suggests, the discreet design of this concealment shelf allows for storage in plain sight whether in your living room, bedroom, or office space. The shelf is constructed of high quality wood and feels sturdy when secured to a wall. It has an external depth of only 3.25 inches.
It features easy magnetic access using a magnet that releases a hidden latch to open the customizable hidden compartment. By rearranging a unique peg system, you can customize the storage area based on what types of handguns and valuables you want to secure. There is also an internal LED light for illumination in the dark.
Dimensions: 17.5” W x 7” H x 1.5” D (interior)
Tactical Traps Liberty 35s Gun Shelf w/ Trap Door
The Tactical Traps Liberty 35s hidden gun is a heavy duty hidden gun shelf with a beautiful rustic design handcrafted of country pine hardwood (and also available in other wood finishes). The superb craftsmanship of this high quality shelf offers quick accessibility and secure handgun storage to keep you and yours safe in an instant.
Tactical Traps was founded by master carpenters and is known for their high end concealment cabinets and hidden storage decor. You can install this shelf anywhere in your home or office in less than 10 minutes without the need for additional supporters or sheetrock cutting. Its elegant design will blend in nicely with your other furniture.
The hidden compartment is completely inconspicuous and fashioned smoothly into the bottom of the shelf. It features an advanced RFID locking mechanism that lowers the trap door extension dampers in one second. It also has built-in emergency lock out protection.
The storage compartment is capable of housing up to two full size handguns using 1” customizable foam which can be trimmed to fit handguns, magazine clips, and optics of various sizes. An LED lighting system illuminates your firearms in the darkness.
Dimensions: 30” x 8” x 3.75”
More Information On Select Concealment Shelves
Lockdown In Plain Sight Shelf with Discreet Design, Easy Magnetic Access, Customizable Compartment and PUCK Integration for Home, Business and Security
This is a fantastic concealment shelf for hiding your valuables in plain sight. It’s sleek, discreet, and unassuming. People will barely even notice it. Its minimalist design makes it perfect for displaying simple items like your car keys, books, or a clock.
Magnetic Locking Concealment Shelf Hidden Secret Compartment
This rustic, handmade wood shelf (with chain hinges) is perfect for storing your favorite handgun. It has additional space for ammo clips. It also features a magnetic locking mechanism.
Peace Keeper Quick Click 24″ Tactical Gun Concealment Shelf for Hidden Storage
This sleek and minimal tactical handgun shelf is made of light-weight, solid wood and comes with removable storage Styrofoam to conceal up to 2 pistols plus muzzle attachments. This great product is truly an efficient use of space.
Tactical Traps Freedom 52R Gun Shelf with Trap Door | Long-Barrel Gun, Rifle, Shotgun Storage with RFID Lock | Secure & Safe Hidden Gun Compartment | 46″ X 13.5″ X 5″ Dark Walnut
This classy, professional-looking wooden gun shelf will naturally blend in with the décor around your home while effortlessly concealing a heavy duty item which will not — your long-barrel gun, rifle, or shotgun. This awesome hidden storage shelf, measuring at 46″ x 13.5″ x 5″, is one of the longest on our list. It also features a RFID locking system.
Tactical Traps Liberty 35s Gun Shelf with Trap Door | Handgun Storage with RFID Lock | Secure & Safe Hidden Gun Compartment | 30” x 8” x 3 ¾” Country Pine
This is basically the same shelf as the Tactical Traps Freedom 52R, except with a narrower and thicker design for storing tactical pistols. It also has a RFID locking mechanism and LED lighting system. Tactical Traps, a U.S. business made up of master carpenters, tends to offer the same technological / security features for all its shelves.
CASTLECREEK Gun Concealment Wall Shelf with Hanging Hooks, Shelves with Hidden Secret Storage Compartment, Dark Cherry Wood Finish
This is a uniquely designed concealment wall shelf that’s unlike the others in our review. First of all, this Castlecreek wall shelf measures 28″ x 5″ x 10.5″ and has a drop-down panel to conceal a vertical storage area for handguns and personal valuables (e.g. wallet, notebook, keys, watch). There are no foam padding inserts. It’s concealment area measures at 21.5″ x 4.5″ x 7″. You might able to lay a compact handgun flat on the secret compartment’s surface (depending on gun’s height). For example, a Glock 43 will lay flat, but not a Berretta 92FS or Glock 34. You may also need to install some brackets to help stand your firearm upright inside the compartment.
Secondly, this is one of the few shelves that comes with decorative hooks for hanging coats and keys, adding to its overall usefulness.
Other than that, this shelf has a rustic and classy “American frontier” look to it. Keep in mind the shelf can support about 17 lbs. of weight, so you’ll probably want to store a lightweight polymer-framed pistol that weighs 1 – 3 lbs.
We hope this review guide of gun concealment furniture has been helpful in simplifying your search for the ideal concealment shelf. Please consider that concealment shelves can be used to store firearms as well as valuable items such watches, documents, or jewelry.
Concealment shelves are some of the coolest home decor pieces for securely storing firearms in your home or office. All of them are built to serve as functional shelves for displaying decorative items or photos while blending in with your other furniture and offering wonderful aesthetics.
They feature state-of-the-art trap doors and locking mechanisms for concealing handguns and personal valuables using customizable foam inserts. Nobody will know the difference except you, and that’s what makes them so useful to keep in your home or office if your a serious gun owner.
Don’t forget to shop through our other product pages for all the in-stock guns and accessories you desire for any function or activity. Thinking about adding some other cool concealment furniture to your home decor? Check out these concealment flags and concealment picture frames.