Gun Cabinets: Choosing the Right One

A house for your handgun, a mansion for your musket, a pied-a-terre for your pistol and a roost for your rifle. For those avid gun collectors out there, a gun cabinet is essential in storing, preserving and of course, displaying your prized collection. It’s time to get organized and I’m here to help by walking you through some of the things that you should consider when purchasing a gun cabinet.

1, 2, 3, 4….

The first thing you’ll want to consider is size. Dig to the very back of that closet of yours and pull out all of the guns that you would like to display. Count them up! Do you have 2? 10? 20? The last thing you want to do is buy a cabinet that is too small and then have to “stuff” it. This does not make for a very appealing display nor will your guns be happy about it. Also, do you plan to add to your collection in the future? If so, up your current count a little to make room for additions down the road.

Where Am I Going to Put This?

Now that you have the size figured out, consider what layout you would like to have for your display. Gun cabinets don’t just come in one shape, there are several to choose from and each provides a different way to view your guns. Along with layout, determine up front where in your home you will be placing the cabinet. Will you be placing it along a wall or in a corner? You’ll want to choose a straight back cabinet if you’d like to place it flush with the wall, or a specially made corner cabinet if a corner display works best for you.

To Swivel or Not To Swivel? That Is The Question

Besides the basics of size and shape, there are several other features to choose from that can add to the exuberance of your display. The swivel feature is both functional and aesthetically appealing. It will allow you to easily access your guns, just spin and you’re there. And it’s also a feature that you don’t see a lot, making it that much more intriguing and unique. Some cabinets also feature shelving, typically along the side. This is a great feature if you have other items in your collection that you’d like to display, such as casings from that memorable hunt or other gun accessories. Lower unit drawers or displays are another option and are perfect for displaying smaller guns and other items.

Display vs. Storage

Perhaps you’re looking for more discreet gun storage rather than a full-fledged display. If so, a hidden gun cabinet is a great option. These pieces are often disguised as other items, such as a clock or curio cabinet, and have a hidden door or pocket to store your guns. From rifles to hand guns, these also come in a wide range of sizes. A hidden cabinet is a great way to store your collection while adding a functional piece of furniture to your home.

There’s How Many Colors to Choose From?

Ok, you’ve got the size, shape and features, now let’s look at color. Do you want to match the existing wood that inhabits your home or do you want to be daring and break the mold? It’s your call. If you’re in the market for a wood gun cabinet, there are several stains to choose from including Dark Cherry, Natural, Fruit Wood, Golden Oak, Dark Oak and Nutmeg. Along with color, you will have the option of etched or decorated glass. Most decorated glass features an outdoor scene (very fitting) with yours truly; prey of choice.

Money, Money, Money, Money…MO-NEY

You’ve got a budget, stick with it. You can get a great gun cabinet no matter how much you have to spend. A large factor in determining how much a gun case will cost is material. Some woods/materials cost quite a bit more than others. However, going with a cheaper wood or material does not necessarily mean that the cabinet will look any less appealing.

Post time: 09-20-2017