Building Essentials – Why and How to Build a Safe Room in Your Home

How safe is your home, really?

The home is often a place that makes you feel safe and secure. But there can be threats from intruders and other emergencies that can make the need for a safe space within its walls even greater.

You can take your home security a step further by building a safe room that is accessible to the occupants of the house but unknown to outside entities. Read on to find out how to build a safe room, and why you should…

Why Build a Safe Room

If someone gets into your home uninvited with the intention to steal or harm, you only have so many options. Confronting them can be dangerous, especially if they’re armed.

Building a safe room allows a safe harbor for your family, giving you a chance to call the police and hide out until they arrive. The safe room can be made soundproof, giving greater protection than if you hid in a closet, for example.

But home invasions are just one reason why people would want a safe room in their house. Natural disasters are becoming increasingly common, and a reinforced safe room is a place that can provide greater protection than a standard room.

How to Build a Safe Room

When building a safe room, there is a number of factors to consider. But one of them is to choose a place in the home that’s easily accessible by everyone in your family, young or old.

Basement safe rooms are ideal to protect against natural disasters. However, you may want something on the main level that people can get to quickly in the case of a break-in.

Think About Entrances/Exits

You should ensure there’s only one safe room door. It’s helpful if there’s a window inside as a secondary way to get out, and also to provide natural light.

You could also make it large enough for your family to escape from if needed. But at the same time, don’t make it too inviting as a way for intruders to gain access.

Consider the Materials

Next, you’ll need to consider what you’re going to build the safe room from. Obviously, you’ll want materials that can withstand a blast (as well as being well-anchored) from Mother Nature, and you’ll also want to effectively deter invaders.

Consider a concrete enclosure for a room that’s not already enclosed. However, if you’re converting an existing room into a safe room, you can add steel framing inside. You should also think about soundproofing so intruders can’t easily trace your voices.

Stock It

You may be spending a lot of time in the safe room. Unlike an escape room game where you can break for food, you may not have this luxury.

Make sure there’s plenty of non-perishable food and clean drinking water that can last for days if needed. Adding a portable toilet is never a bad idea either.

Play It Safe

Building a safe room can provide an added layer of security for your family against natural disasters and intruders. Just make sure you build it right to maximize its effectiveness.


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