The Best Under Bed Gun Safes

What are the best under bed gun safes available?

Storing your guns safely is arguably the primary responsibility of any gun owner. However, you also want your guns to be relatively close at hand in case you need them for a self-defense situation or if you’re visited by an unwanted house guest while asleep in your bed.

An under bed gun safe is an ideal solution – it’s a compromise between keeping a firearm locked away in a closet and keeping your self-protection on your nightstand. These safes still allow you to keep your guns locked away from kids or guests, but make them readily available should the situation arise.

As with many home defense products – there are almost too many to choose from, so we consulted with home defense experts to break down the critical criteria for ensuring your next under the bed gun safe offers the best mix of safety and performance.

Quick List: The 5 Best Under Bed Gun Safes

  1. Best Overall: V-Line Quick Access Gun Safe
  2. Best Handgun Under Bed Gun Safe: RPNB Gun Security Safe – 
  3. Most Size Options: SnapSafe Under Bed Safe
  4. Best for Nighttime Retrieval: SentrySafe Gun Safe
  5. Best for Multiple Firearms: Monster Vault Dual Lock Under Bed Safe

Best Overall (Top Choice):

V-Line 31242-SA Quick Access Keyless Long Gun Safe (Black, 42-Inch)
  • MADE IN THE USA
  • Front/Top Opening - can be mounted upright or hanging on a wall or door.
  • Genuine KABA Simplex Mechanical Lock

What we liked:

  • Fits all kinds of firearms
  • Works as a vertical or horizontal safe
  • Has up to three locks
  • Opens at the top or front
  • Easy to mount

What we didn't:

  • Less pry resistant than other options
  • Can be difficult to fit a rifle with a mounted optic 

The V-Line 31242-SA Quick Access safe is a great choice for most, as it’s not too expensive, provides capacity for a single AR-15-sized rifle or shotgun, and offers the kind of durability you’ll want. It’s a keyless gun safe that uses a high-grade combination lock, although it also comes with two additional keyed locks for even greater security, as well as a backup key. 

You can have up to three locks protecting this safe to make sure that your kids don’t get their hands on your firearms.

The safe can either open from the top or the front depending on how you orient it and works just as well in a vertical or horizontal orientation. Plus at 3.5” it’s plenty small enough to fit beneath almost any bed. 

It’s not the thinnest safe on the market, but it’s compact enough that you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a home for it.

We liked how the safe comes with pre-punched mounting holes, which means no need for additional mounting hardware. You can secure this safe to your floor or wall to prevent any would-be thief from making off with it when they realized that they couldn’t break through the tough steel exterior.

Best Handgun Under Bed Safe:

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RPNB Gun Safe, Quick-Access Firearm Safety Device with RFID Lock, Home & Personal Safe Series
  • GUN SAFE - If you have young children who don’t understand the potential danger of firearms,...
  • 4-POINT ENTRY - with the unique NEW RFID KEY FOB/CARD with immediate access mode, rapid fire backlit...
  • TOUGH & RUGGED - Expertly crafted using sturdy steel construction, the RPNB handgun safe will...

What we liked:

  • Compact and easy to store
  • Excellent price
  • Biometric lock option
  • Has a fast access mode
  • Keys are backlit

What we didn't:

  • Can’t fit larger weapons

The RPNB Gun Security Safe is an excellent purchase for anyone looking to store a pistol or two under their bed. It uses a non-biometric keypad lock by default, although it also comes in a slightly more expensive version that does use a biometric scanner for even more security and speed of entry.

This might be a great choice if you live with kids, as the biometric scanner means there’s only one way to open it – your fingerprint.

It also offers entry via RFID key fob or card as well, allowing you to program a quick access mode for rapid retrieval of your weapons in a home defense situation. The keys are backlit so you can easily see the numbers even in a dark environment. The door pops open automatically to make things easier for you in a tense situation.

The outside is made with sturdy steel, and the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty. All in all, it’s a high-quality safe even compared to the more expensive varieties on the market and a consistent top seller.

Most Size Options:

SnapSafe Under Bed Safe 75400, Matte Black, Gun Storage and Security
  • HEAVY-DUTY & EASY TO INSTALL: Constructed of 14 gauge heavy-duty steel, with pre-drilled bolt holes...
  • MULTI-USE CAPACITY: Large slide-out drawer accommodates firearms, jewelry, documents, and more. Can...
  • PROVIDES PEACE OF MIND: Pry resistant door keeps children and unauthorized users from gaining...

What we liked:

  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Has key and combination entry modes
  • Steel is super heavy duty
  • Has a pry-resistant door
  • Comes with pre-drilled holes

What we didn't:

  • A bit heavy at 150 pounds

The SnapSafe Under Bed Safe is another long gun variety, constructed of heavy-duty 14-gauge steel. The inclusion of pre-drilled holes is great as drilling holes through 14-gauge steel has been known to kill a drill bit or two, and they make it easy to permanently install the safe, essentially making it impossible to steal.

The safe works with a large, slide-out drawer that you can use to store firearms and any other valuable items in your house.

It comes in a wide variety of sizes as well – from 26” wide to a full 48” and up to 7” tall – so you can choose the size that works best for your bed or storage needs. You open the safe using a keypad combination – and while the keys aren’t backlit, they are quite responsive and easy to use. There’s also an optional physical key if you prefer a manual entry mode.

The door is pry-resistant to stop kids and thieves from getting inside, and the unit comes with a three-foot security cable that allows you to anchor it to another object (like your bed) which is great if you don’t want to drill it into your floorboards or wall but still want to prevent someone from walking off with it.

Best for Nighttime Retrieval:

SentrySafe QAP2EL Gun Safe with Digital Keypad and Interior Lights Two Handgun Capacity
  • Gun safe provides secure storage for two standard handguns or one larger pistol and extra...
  • Gun safe features a gas strut to instantly and quietly open safe door for single-handed access to...
  • Gun safe is constructed with solid steel and a pry resistant door for strength and handgun security;...

What we liked:

  • Certified by California DOJ
  • Has keypad and key entry methods
  • Automatically lights up on the inside
  • Very small and lightweight
  • Made of very durable steel

What we didn't:

  • Relatively low storage space
  • Handguns only

The SentrySafe QAP2EL Gun Safe is a smaller gun safe that can fit up to two handguns and is ideal for those who want to use a smaller safe for home-defense situations. More importantly, the safe comes with an interior light that automatically lights up as soon as you open the main safe door. This is invaluable if you need to retrieve your handgun in the middle of the night.

This pistol safe comes with an electronic keypad for easy access to your firearms. The 4 button keypad is backlit and very easy to operate, using a linear orientation instead of a traditional nine-digit keypad. You can also use a physical key instead- or in conjunction with – the keypad for added flexibility.

The safe material is 12-gauge steel, which is slightly heavier than our long gun safe recommendations but the size of the safe prevents it from being overly heavy. That thick steel, however, adds strength and security – making for an incredibly pry-resistant door. When locked this thing is a little brick of steel.

As a handgun safe certified by the California Department of Justice, it’ll be a favorite choice for many pistol owners.

Best for Multiple Firearms:

Monster Vault Dual Lock Under Bed Safe
  • Dimensions: 7" H x 48" W x 28" D
  • 140 pounds of "cold rolled" steel construction
  • 3 cubic feet of storage with 100 pounds of capacity

What we liked:

  • Very durable
  • Storage for many guns
  • The drawer is impossible to open without the combination
  • Has a customizable electronic keypad lock
  • Tons of space on the inside

What we didn't:

  • A bit heavy for some
  • At 7″ might be too tall for some beds
  • Probably too much room for just a single firearm

This last under bed gun safe is 140 pounds of 12-gauge “cold rolled” solid steel.

You trade maneuverability with the Monster Vault Under Bed Safe for virtually impenetrable durability and peace of mind. It offers 3 ft.³ of storage space and up to 100 pounds of capacity, making it perfect if your weapons are particularly heavy or large – it’s also an ideal shotgun safe.

It utilizes a huge, horizontally oriented slide-out drawer. You get inside using a digital programmable combination lock that can be set with a code between three and eight digits. There’s no physical key included, so keep that in mind if you prefer a traditional safe opening method.

The drawer itself is practically impossible to pry-open, short of a stick of dynamite. The weight also adds to its theft deterrent qualities and if you use the pre-drilled holes to anchor it to another object this thing isn’t going anywhere.

Things to consider when choosing an under bed gun safe

No two gun safes are exactly alike, so it’ll be helpful to keep the below criteria in mind when looking for an ideal gun safe.

Locking Mechanism

First off, always consider the locking mechanism. Most gun safes will come in one of two types: key safes or combination/electronic entry.

The latter is more traditional and only requires you to keep track of your physical key if you want to open your safe in a hurry. Combination safes can be a mechanical combination lock or an electronic combination lock/digital keypad.

Battery life with these isn’t much of a concern, as their low power usage means even a couple aa batteries can last for multiple years before needing to be replaced. They also tend to alert with either flashing lights or beeps when the batteries are low enough to need swapping.

However, combination locks, while they are essentially impregnable, may be more difficult to open in a hurry during the darkness of night without a backlit keypad. Of course, backlit keypads are visible to both you and a potential intruder, so there’s a balance to strike of concealment vs ease of entry.

Either option certainly works – just consider your preferences to avoid an unwanted learning curve.

You’ll also occasionally see safes that have key fobs, which use sensor-based RFID chips to pop open the safe. Just place the fob near the lock and you’re all set. These are becoming more popular and potentially a good alternative to a traditional key, which may be easier to lose and slower to open.

Capacity

Next, consider the capacity for a given gun safe. Capacity refers to how many guns it can store. Some gun safes are engineered for pistols – either due to size or loading orientation – while others are designed for long guns.

Safes designed for multiple guns are great for longer-term storage, but might not be the right choice for an under bed gun safe, as your primary concern with keeping a safe under your bed isn’t capacity, but rather speed and availability. You don’t want to have to sort out which shotgun to grab – you just want a single firearm – and fast.

Size

Of course, the size of a gun safe also matters a great deal and needs to accommodate the kind of firearm you want to store. The size also determines whether a given safe will be a good fit for the available space beneath your bed.

Measure how much space you have between your bed frame and the floor before pulling the trigger on a purchase or you might unintentionally end up with a closet safe. 

Steel Gauge

Remember, even if the gun safe is locked, it still needs to be made of durable materials and engineered to prevent forced entry. Steel and similar materials in the 16 to 14-gauge range are the way to go as they offer durable theft protection without being unnecessarily heavy.

Conclusion

Overall, we think that the V-Line Quick Access Gun Safe is a phenomenal choice for an under bed gun safe.

It offers plenty of capacity and up to three different locking mechanisms. Plus, it comes with multiple opening panels – while it’s a great under bed safe, it’s also a good choice if you need a vertical gun safe for your closet. All in all, there’s a lot to like. Consider this safe and the others before making a final choice. Thanks for reading!

Sources:

  1. Chip Lohman, Selecting a Gun Safe. January 16, 2018

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