For the last couple of months, a spammer has been sending me unsolicited emails with links to the BedBunker gun safe, suggesting that I discuss their product on this website. I’m more than glad to do so now, although I get the feeling that this review is not what that spammer was hoping for:
The BedBunker is basically a bed gun safe, which goes under a mattress, replacing the box spring. Prices range from $2,700 for the twin size model, to $5,200 for the king size model (plus a hefty shipping charge). The doors to the Bed Bunker open outward, meaning that accessing the safe requires lifting and/or removing the bed’s mattress. The hinges are also exposed on the outside, rather than being securely hidden away on the inside of the safe.
My opinions of the BedBunker
Even without laying hands on this product, and only going by their marketing information, I’m not the least bit impressed, and wouldn’t recommend this product for the reasons discussed below:
Firstly, I don’t like the exposed hinges, which can be weak points for a safe cracker to exploit, notwithstanding their claims to the contrary on their website. Internal hinges, as used by most high quality gun safes, eliminate this avenue of attack.
Secondly, I don’t like how it is necessary to remove, or at least lift, the mattress in order to access the safe. This is inconvenient at best, and may prevent those with limited physical strength from using the safe at all. It may also make the safe less convenient to use, encouraging gun owners to not store their guns safely.
Thirdly, the box spring on a bed serves a useful purpose by absorbing energy with its springs. Replacing a box spring with a solid gun safe seems to undermine this purpose. While I’ve never slept on a mattress with the BedBunker underneath, I imagine it feels like sleeping on a mattress that is placed directly on a very hard floor. Also, every once in a while, I’ll manage to bang my shin on my bed’s box spring. Since the box spring is not too hard, such incidents are not painful. I imagine that inadvertently banging my shin on a heavy metal gun safe box spring would hurt quite a bit.
Fourthly, the price seems rather high. For under $1,000 (including delivery charges), I bough a traditional gun safe that has a high quality combination and key lock, a good fire rating, and non-exposed hinges. I would have to spend an extra $1,700 (plus shipping) just to get the cheapest BedBunker gun safe. For the cost of the most expensive BedBunker gun safe, I could buy an incredibly nice gun safe, which has a better fire rating, a better lock, and security features which the BedBunker doesn’t even offer. In fact, I would even have enough money left over to buy myself another shotgun to put in that safe.
Fifthly, I don’t really see a need for a gun safe that is hidden like this. Few criminals are sophisticated enough to crack a high quality safe in the time that they have during a burglary. The criminals that are sophisticated enough to crack safes tend to already have guns, and won’t generally waste their time cracking a safe in order to steal some easily acquired guns. Even if criminals were to break in looking for guns, they would surely check under the bed for guns and valuables. Upon finding that the box spring is a gun safe, the stealth benefits of the BedBunker would compromised.
Sixthly, I would be worried about purchasing any product which is advertised via spam, especially when the cheapest version of the product costs nearly $3,000 with shipping. Instead, I would go to my local gun store, or a trustworthy online gun store, and purchase a well-known brand of gun safe from them.