The Best Items to Put In Your ForgeSafe Gun Safe

by Darren Looker

Forgesafe's beautiful bench-safes are designed primarily for storing your guns safely – protecting them from theft, damage, and preventing them from getting into the hands of the hands of children or any person untrained or unauthorized to use your gun. The unique design features allow your Forgesafe gun safe to act as a safe storage for a plethora of items that require safekeeping.

Many gun safes, especially those designed for longer guns such as rifles, are constructed in a vertical design. This means they must be narrow, to avoid jutting out too much into the spaces where they're kept, and it also means there's little space to store items other than guns to avoid making the safes overly tall. (Items that are tall, narrow, and heavy all at once are, of course, at greater risk for tipping over unexpectedly.) Because our safes double as benches, they provide maximum storage space relative to their volume. Shelves and gun lifts can be added to the design, allowing for stacks of papers or flat items to be placed beneath guns, and the horizontal orientation of the safe allows for items to be placed all the way to the corners of the space.

So what all should you put in your space besides guns? Here's a handy guide, based on advice from a Consumer Reports article on home safes, for items that commonly need to be protected from theft and/or fire:

Birth and death certificates end up being necessary for a surprising number of things in life. They should be kept forever. Estate-planning documents, such as wills and living wills, anything related to a power of attorney designation, or revocable living trusts, should also be kept forever. Copies should be given to whomever you've designated as the future executor of your estate (unless they know how to get into your safe), and copies should also be on file with your attorney. Life insurance policies should be retained until the term of their coverage ends. Savings bonds should be kept in a safe until they reach maturity and are cashed.Savings bonds issued before 1980 were either Series E or Series H; in 1980 they began issuing Series EE and Series HH bonds, which should be kept for thirty or twenty years, respectively. There are also inflation-indexed Series I bonds (since 1998), which reach maturity after 30 years. Stock certificates should be kept until you sell the stock or have it converted to direct or street-name registration. Tax returns should be retained in a safe for at least seven years, in case some discrepancy or other problem arises down the road. Precious jewelry, rare coins, and other valuable collectibles are often kept in a safe deposit box at a bank, but if you need to access them frequently, you can store them in your home safe as well.

Committed to the protection of your home and your valuables, Forgesafe crafts the best gun safes in Texas. Contact us today if you have any questions about design or storage options!