Headboard that hides an AR-15

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-03-2018 12:52 PM 3009 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometime concealment is the best protection. If a thief doesn’t know somethings there then they don’t know to take it. That is what I’ve done with this headboard. I like to call this the Covert Sliding Bookcase Headboard. I built this one in October 2017.

What I did was to start with a headboard that I’ve  built several times (mostly in a waterbed) and change it up a little. This Sliding Bookcase Headboard has three compartments and sliding doors on the front. Most bookcase style headboard has what I call a Pillowstop. This Pillowstop at the base of the headboard is where I did the modification. I added a hidden door behind where the pillows would be. The pillows cover it and I also took great care to make sure the wood grain continues between the door and the rest of the base to make it even more concealed.

We added a keyed lock. Since it is made of wood it is not a safe, but the lock is there to protect if there may be children in the home and to keep “honest people” out. 

This customer needed forty inches for their weapon so we made sure there was plenty of room for that. We also added some more hidden compartments for them. On the sides of the secret compartment, we have false panels that slide out for smaller items. 

Future Design Ideas
Most of our projects are designed for specific customers and sometimes we don’t get to just make something for the fun of it, so here are a few ideas we’d like customers to choose in future projects

-RFID lock that unlocks the compartment with an FOB to open

-Thicker dividers between the 3 compartments that open to revile enough room for money or handgun storage (Since the sliding doors will cover the divider at all times it would be hard to tell how thick it is)

Video of how it works

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Wood Type: Oak Finish: Special Walnut form Minwax and Pre-cat. Lacquer

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 02:20 PM

nice design but if you need an AR15 to protect your home, you probably live in the wrong country.

btw – gun control (in my opinion) is hitting what you aim at

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 05:15 PM

That a great looking headboard.

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 07:31 PM

Nice headboard. Now when the alarm goes off you can either hit the snooze button or shoot it off the night stand!

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 07:38 PM

Thanks, guys. I like your way of thinking.

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#5 posted 01-03-2018 07:46 PM

This is a very nice and practical headboard. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-03-2018 07:46 PM

Thanks Charles.

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#7 posted 01-04-2018 04:21 AM

Cool. Thought of something similar but with touch latches. Just a bit more discrete.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#8 posted 01-04-2018 01:27 PM

Nice idea. I agree, concealment is a good thing. I know a few people who live in very safe towns, but have some protection right next to them at night.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#9 posted 01-10-2018 10:45 PM

It’s a good idea, but once the pillows are out of the way the keyed lock screams “open me, good stuff back here” rather than “nothing to see here, move along.” A hidden RFID lock would go a long way to solving that conundrum. The concealed compartments on the side are great, and the overall execution looks to be top notch as well.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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