Our most frequently asked question is, “Is it possible to install a safe on the second floor?”
I would say yes. In terms of where your safe will be installed, it is entirely up to you.
In theory, it makes sense to store your safe on the second floor of your home. After all, a safe in your bedroom is easy to access at night. There are, however, some risks involved.
It is not uncommon for a solid gun safe to weigh more than 1,000 pounds. On your second-story floor, that’s a lot of weight.
The last thing you want is for a safe to fall through the ceiling. You should ensure that the floor and ceiling below the safe are strong enough to support a safe on the second floor.
How About A 400 Pound Safe? Is It Okay To Put It Upstairs?
As long as you follow the steps correctly, it shouldn’t be a problem most of the time. Knowing something about the safe’s dimensions (particularly the base’s dimensions) and the house’s construction would be useful.
It shouldn’t be a problem if your sub-floor is 3/4″ plywood and your floor joists are on 16″ centers.
The Weight Of Your Gun Safe
There has probably been at least one instance of this issue in a high-rise apartment or a two-story house where guns are kept.
It can be difficult to get a large safe up the stairs. Aside from the time involved, one has to wonder whether the roof of their home will be damaged.
Is it heavy to have a gun safe upstairs? Gun safes vary in weight according to their levels, but some can weigh as much as half a ton.
Your home is built to withstand thousands of pounds of weight, so it might seem risky to store such a heavy furniture on the second floor.
There are some issues you may not have to deal with if your gun safe is lightweight. Choosing the smaller one costs less, and you won’t need to hire a moving company to bring it upstairs.
It may be possible to eliminate some concerns and save money by investing in a small-size gun safe.
For those who want to keep their guns and valuables secure, heavy safes are the best choice.
Even though they may require more investment in terms of purchase price and installation arrangements, they are definitely worthwhile in the end.
How Heavy Can You Go with a Second Story Gun Safe Installation?
A gun safe installed on the second floor must be light enough to be installed without causing any problems with weight. There is no problem with this. Especially when it comes to large, fire-rated safes, gun safes can be considerably heavy.
You should also take a moment to think about the other very heavy things that are located on the second floor.
Bathtubs are the most common example. In average, bathtubs are 30-inch wide and 60-inch long. They hold about 80 gallons of water. The size of this safe is also one of the most popular safe sizes as well.
Up to 110 gallons of water can be stored in extra-deep tubs. The weight of a gallon of water is just over eight pounds.
With this in mind, the average tub can weigh anywhere from 700 to 1,000 pounds – and that’s not including the person who is using it.
Take This For Example:
Downtown Bellevue is home to Bellevue Square, a large mall popular among residents of the Greater Seattle area. On the second floor of the mall, Tesla opened a storefront in 2011.
Its main attraction was an actual Tesla displayed in the store, where visitors could sit and explore it. Depending on the model, Tesla vehicles weigh between 3,500 pounds and 5,421 pounds.
Can A House Floor Support A Gun Safe?
The weight of the safe, the square footage of the room where you intend to put it, and where the strongest area to support its weight are things you should consider before keeping a gun safe upstairs.
Did you ever wonder how a gun safe is supported by the floor of the house?
- It is possible to store heavy furniture in upstairs rooms.
- Most houses are built to code when it comes to weight.
- The flooring in some areas is stronger than in others.
Consider how much furniture you’ve already placed in the room where you intend to store your gun safe when inspecting it.
There are usually beds and dressers in second-floor rooms. It is estimated that generic furniture weighs as much as one ton on average!
Thus, the house floor is capable of supporting one ton, but it is not capable of supporting two. To make this work best, you should store your gun safe in a room without too much furniture!
Several rules and codes must be followed by a construction contractor to pass inspection when building a house. For a two-story house, one of these is how much weight the second story can support.
There is no problem supporting 4,800 pounds in a 120 square foot room. Obviously, you don’t need to worry about storing your gun safe upstairs, but you still need to watch out for floor beams and weak spots.
In order to support a gun safe, it is best to use a strong and durable material such as concrete. It is important to know the exact location of the support beams in an area where there are wood floors, so the new safe can be placed securely there.
Consider placing your safe in a corner of your bedroom or under a cross beam to provide more support. Despite the fact that the middle of the room can hold it, we tend to place furniture there, such as a bed, a dresser, and a bookcase.
It is also recommended by the gun owner community that you notify the fire department once your safe is kept upstairs. When a fire breaks out in your house, they’ll know where the one-ton gun safe is located.
Safety Tips For Moving A Gun Safe Upstairs
You would benefit from using a dolly in your process. You can transport your heavy loads safely while resting if necessary thanks to the durable and secure nature of this tool. The following tips will help you stay safe:
- You should measure the dimensions and weight of your gun safe.
- Make sure the safe’s weight can be supported by a heavy-duty hand truck or dolly.
- Your gun safe should be wrapped in thick cloth and tight ratchet straps should be tied tight to your dolly to better secure it.
- Take the firearms out of the safe. If the door of the safe is removable, remove it to make the safe lighter.
- Make sure you wear protective gloves and clothing when handling the dolly.
- Ensure the goals are cleared with helpers. In this way, you can ensure that you are not at risk.
- Make sure to identify narrow gaps, bumps, and sharp turns during the process so that the way is clear.
Does it make sense to put a gun safe upstairs? While moving a gun safe can be challenging, with the right information and preparation, it can be done.
Before moving up, you should inspect your house floor to see whether the weight will cause problems.
It’s also a good idea to remove any furniture that is in the way before the installation. If you want to move your gun safes safely, keep these things in mind!