Tactical Walls and Furniture: How to Hide in Plain Sight
If you are like most of us, you cut your teeth on stories riddled with tales of hidden rooms, doors, and walls that move. Since ancient times, rooms built behind tactical walls, as well as tactical furniture and doors have served as an extra sense of security for those who built their homes and tombs. Fear of grave robbers and others up to no good have inspired many builders to include such spaces in their home plans. In modern times, we have seen a resurgence of homeowners choosing to build these structures into their homes. There are also many homeowners who purchase their homes only to unexpectedly find a hidden tactical room included in their new purchase. Having a space hidden in plain sight can add a special sense of security and excitement to any home. Tactical rooms, hidden doors, and well-designed tactical furniture may be costly, but if one is either building a new home or doing massive renovations to one they already own, the added expense can save much more than the money spent, it can possibly save your family’s life.
Tactical Rooms and Walls
Tactical spaces, also known as panic rooms, have grown in acceptance and popularity in the past few decades, and there are many reasons for this new interest. There can be no doubt that we are living in a dangerous world where criminals are choosing to intrude on our personal sense of safety at an alarmingly increasing rate. Some of these offenders are choosing to commit home invasions regardless of whether the residents are at home, and many are armed with weapons. The result is that many homeowners are choosing to make those old stories from the stories they read in childhood come true to help protect their belongings, themselves, and their loved ones from their worst nightmare, an assailant breaking into their home during the night while they sleep.
These homeowner concerns for their family’s safety are supported by government statistics of what can occur when burglars attack. A whopping 61% of the criminals who commit home invasion do so while the occupants are home, and a large number occur while the occupants are asleep (38%). There are an estimated 3.7 million burglaries that occur each year, meaning that seven homes in the United States are attacked every minute. Out of these break-ins, 1 million homeowners will become victims of violent crime. Fortunately, 38% of the time when a home invasion occurs the homeowners is confronted by an unarmed burglar, but many use brute force to overcome unsuspecting and unprepared families. Another 23% of home invasion victims are faced by an armed criminal, usually by one holding a gun, who can kill or maim even the largest of men. Ladies, here is an even more frightening statistic, (if that’s possible). Homes that are composed of a single woman with children have the highest chance of becoming victims of home invasion, especially if you rent your home.
So, as one can see having a panic room securely hidden behind a tactical wall in your home can save the lives of yourself and your family.
Panic rooms are often located in a lower interior part of the house that is easily and quickly accessible for the entire family. These havens can be as simple as an interior closet with its normal door, made from material normally used for the interior of your home, having been replaced by a heavy solid core door with a deadbolt. They are surrounded by reinforced tactical walls that protect the occupants from a burglar entering. This type of tactical room can help protect from home invasion, and some panic rooms are built with enough space for the family plus shelves and cabinets in which to store survival items.
If one has the budget, a safe room can also be elaborate having been built with reinforced steel tactical walls and a fortified door. Safe rooms can also be built in a basement with reinforced concrete walls and can include an air shaft. Some choose to have independent ventilation systems built into their safe rooms, however, this is cost prohibitive for many.
Another wonderful use for a safe room is protection from tornadoes. These storms are the most violent on our planet, with winds ranging from an EF 0 with winds of 65-85 mph which do minimal damage, to monster EF 5 tornadoes with violent wind velocities of 300 plus mph which leave total devastation in their wake. It is imperative to have a family plan of escape to a safe place from this monstrous weather phenomenon, that is quick to access and large enough to accommodate the entire family. When used for a storm shelter, a safe room can fulfill all these requirements. When used for protection from tornadoes, this space must be solidly anchored to the foundation of the house to prevent winds from getting beneath it and lifting it off the ground. The walls, ceiling, and door must be made of strong tactical walls able to withstand enormous air pressure changes and be able to stop airborne objects from entering the room. The connections between the tactical walls must also be strongly reinforced to keep them from being penetrated by the strong winds of a tornado and ripping the room and its occupants apart. There should also be a separation of the walls of the safe room from the walls of the residence so that it will remain intact regardless of what happens to the rest of the structure.
If you live in a part of the world prone to tornadoes, there can be no doubt that a structure such as a safe room can and does save lives.
A Tactical Fun Room
Tactical rooms can have other uses than protection for those who have the means and to build them. Among the many uses for these spaces is adding a hidden room for your children to enjoy. A secret room can send them on a wonderful adventure of imaginary discovery. Concealed behind a bookcase or a mirror, the space can be a brilliant playroom, offering children an inspiring place for their minds to enjoy wonderful games of hide and seek, as well as pretend adventures into the hidden passageways of castles. Even teenagers would love the privacy that a hidden room would afford them.
How about a concealed private office? This hidden space would give a person who works from home a quiet and private workspace which is unimpeded by the family or guests. When not being used as an office, the room disguised behind a secret bookcase can double as a private getaway for the adults in the home, even incorporating an elegant bathroom complete with a sauna. In any case, a secret room adds an air of mystery to your home with uses only limited by human imagination.
Hiding Your Tactical Room
There are many ways to conceal your tactical room from sight. There are bookcases that look solid to the passive viewer but are really hinged doors leading to a hidden reservoir where you have your weapons or spare food hidden. They can be mirrors which can be pulled open or staircases that lift. There is truly no end to the ways the entrance to a tactical room can be concealed.
Where do you hide your weapons to protect your family? In the closet? A drawer beside your bed? A gun safe? All these choices may give a piece of mind, but they have drastic drawbacks, especially if you have children in the house. Not only this but if you hear a burglar break a window at night after you have retired, how well would you be able to get to your gun safe and remember the combination when you are frightened out of your wits? If you have children in your home, these problems are compounded with the fear that your children may access your weapon and harm themselves or others. These are sobering conundrums. However, there are some creative tactical solutions that will allow you to hide your weapons where you can reach them quickly and in plain sight.
It is easy to guess that a gun owner’s primary concerns are ease of access to their defensive weapon(s), and the safety of their storage. When a home contains children, this trepidation can be especially challenging. There are many traditional ways to keep your weapons handy such as placing it within or under your pillow, or in a nearby bedside table, but neither of these options affords the safety needed if one has little ones running about. The answer to this problem can be the purchase and installation of a tactical space specially designed to solve these problems.
There are many products on the market to help conceal and keep handy your defensive weapons. They come in several clever designs, with the most popular being tactical mirrors, and shelves.
Using a mirror as a disguise for your weapons is a unique and brilliant idea. Such tactical mirrors, like the ones built and marketed by the company Tactical Walls, are comprised of a hidden compartment secreted behind a classically designed mirror chosen by you in the size and design of your choosing. The frame of the mirror visible to everyone is made from hardwood, with the secondary wood being of good grade plywood. To the casual observer, it appears to be an elegant mirror placed to accentuate the room in which it is hung.
Underneath the beautiful exterior of the mirror lies a secret. Using a specialized magnet to slide up the mirror, the owner can open the tactical unit to expose a hidden compartment made from ABS plastic in which you can securely place your weapons. The models sold by Tactical Walls has an insert that is mounted flush to the wall by cutting a hole in the drywall and placing the unit inside and securing it firmly between the studs. In this way, a person’s personal weapon is concealed behind the deceiving beauty of a mirror.
In a home break-in, the criminal’s most likely first target is the master bedroom, and their first choices of places to look are your closet and table that sits beside your bed. So, if mirrors aren’t your thing, there are other choices such as a tactical shelf or nightstand. If you transplant into your home tactical furniture, you can give yourself an extra layer of protection.
Tactical furniture looks like any other piece of furniture found in a bedroom, except they have hidden compartments in which to hide weapons, money or other valuables. This means they any weapon you may keep nearby will be quickly available and safely locked away from your children. As with the tactical mirror, many models come with a radio or magnetic key that would not make an impression on someone who did not know what it was for, thus reducing the fear of a child or stranger having access to your weapon or valuables.
As can be seen, there are many benefits to adding tactical rooms and furniture to your home. The assurance of safety from any disaster, whether it be a burglar or a storm such as a tornado, can give the head of any family greater peace of mind. Also, another great benefit to building a tactical room of any sort into your homes resale value. A potential buyer would love to be greeted on the tour of your home by a secretive room hidden beneath a staircase or behind a built-in bookshelf. The purchase of tactical furniture allows you to have the extra security of knowing you can have your firearms and other valuables near at hand in a secure location. Although the costs of each of both tactical walls, rooms and furniture are not cheap, the sense of security, as well as the increase in your home value, make the cost worth it.