Introduction: Cheap and Easy Bed Holster

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I was looking for a bed holster for my home defense pistol and found them to be ridiculously expensive ($30) considering most of them consist of a bent piece of metal.

Instead of buying one I went down to the basement shop and whipped this up in about 10 minutes using a 4"x18" piece of 1/4" plywood, a saw, a 1" drill, a 1/2" wood chisel and some 100 grit sandpaper.

It's pretty self-explanatory but feel free to ask questions.

The wood is relatively soft so won't mar the gun's finish unless you take the gun in and out a lot, but if you're concerned you could slit a short length of aquarium hose or similar and line the inside of the hole.

I'll probably paint it brown soon to match the sheets.

Obviously if you have children or a likelihood of unauthorized people having access to your bedroom, you'll want to store the gun someplace secure when you're not actually in bed.

Hope this does someone some good. Save the $30 for a couple boxes of ammo and practice!

I find it fascinating that there have been a number of anti-gun people make posts here to ridicule me for making and posting this, but every one of them has deleted their sarcastic, self-righteous and mean-spirited posts after I've responded in a logical and non-hostile manner. That's why you'll see some apparent non-sequitur posts from me - they're responses to people who would not or could not entertain a civil conversation on the topic and subsequently deleted their posts. I leave mine here as a testament to the quality of the opposition.

The FBI Stats:
2,600,000 home invasions in 2011 - one every 12 seconds
3.5 million burglaries per year reported
Each year 13% of homes are burglarized
19.2% of rental properties are burglarized per year
85% of all break-ins are through the door
67% of all burglaries involved forcible entry
38% of all assaults occur during a home invasion
60% of all rapes occur during a home invasion
70% of burglaries involve residential properties
FBI stats show only 12% - 13% of burglars are ever apprehended.

From the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics Titled "Percent distribution of incidents where police came to the victim, by police response time and type of crime":

Crimes of Violence:
Within 5 minutes 31.0%
Within 6 - 10 minutes 24.5%
Within 11 minutes - 1 hour 32.4%
Within 1 day - 6.5%
Longer than 1 day - 1.9%
Time of response not known - 3.6%
Not ascertained - 0.2%

According to the American Police Beat website the **average** of seven same-sized city police departments response to a High-Priority 911 call is 11 minutes, 11 seconds.

But owning a firearm for protection is "vigilantism" and "paranoid" and "dangerous".


agarner1 (author)2016-08-23

Greetings from Australia :)

DconBlueZ (author)agarner12016-08-23

Funny as hell, but completely wrong and factually incorrect on almost everything he said. I could spend the next hour picking him apart piece by piece, but you're not interested anyway, your mind was made up by the talking heads on your TV and their political masters years ago.

I've personally saved my own life from a couple of attackers. Didn't even have to pull the trigger, but without it being there then I likely wouldn't be here now.

And they're only called "assault rifles" by people who have an agenda to ban them, trying to make them scary to the ignorant. Assault rifles require several hundred dollars in special taxes and background checks. My black rifle with a plastic stock is no more an "assault rifle" than a production sports car is a race car. But it's black, and it's plastic, and it has a cosmetic resemblance to what the military carries, and most importantly - it's *scaaary*!

Watch me make (author)2016-01-28

If every house in America had a gun and terrorist knew it the chances of a attack would be slim . But I don't think we should just give guns to just anybody

woodshd3 (author)2015-11-16

Very nice. Keep up the good work brother in arms.

zalobar (author)2015-11-07

If guns kill people, do pencils misspell words?

Punchabearinnamouf (author)2015-09-06

Hey man, just wanted to weigh in as another supporter. Glad to see your calm logical responses in contrast to the usual incoherent bumper sticker phrases thrown around by people who do not see the importance of gun ownership.
Anyway, great idea, keep it up!

Rayber (author)2015-06-19

Great idea. I have a 20" foam mattress and no box springs and a lip on the bed fram so nothing will just slide in but I have a couple of ideas that I might try. I'll put your instructable address in my post if I ever get to doing it.

You have don an excellent job of replying to the no con and the concern of guns in the house. Anti-gunners just have no viable reason. So of the comments were voicing uneducated concerns but you had some)(^*(*)&*^)( trolls. You have done well.

Some one made a comment about swimming pools...true. Several years ago and it may still be true.. The number one murder weapon in the US was the baseball bat. They should be banned. Texting seems to be moving up in popularity Ban cell phones. We can ban ourselves back into the stone ages and there will still be dangerous items in our lives. Ban stone too.

My comment to banning dangerous things is simple. Tobacco kills 210,000- 225,000 (depending on the year recorded) people a year not counting the10's of thousands crippled, miscarriages, dead fetuses, and hundreds of house fires also killing hundreds. Yet, the tobacco industry still gets millions of dollars in subsidies and there crop is covered by Federal insurance so if it fails the farmer still makes a profit. Might as well add the next biggest killer in the US.. Hospitals... 200,000 accidental deaths a year. Gun death are way down the list . Check the list on illegal drugs. We spend billions on the joke...opps war on drugs yet the number of death in minor. Legal Pharmaceuticals kill and injure many more people. (Not condoning drug use) Just give up the war and use the money to send kids to school. Just a thought....sorry for the long post.. It's actually out of place and will have very little effect on anyone life except one person may give up smoking and another may learn gun safety and arm themselves.

NudgeBert (author)2015-02-20

Would cutting the hole to match the outline of the trigger guard allowing it to pass through the wood make this more stable or do you think it would restrict your ability to draw it quickly.

BUT I MUST SAY I find it tragic that you defend the need to sleep with a gun next to you. To counter all your arguments it must therefore be more dangerous to live without the guns than with, yet countries around the world already do and we don't need to sleep with guns next to our bed!

grannyjones (author)2015-01-29

We live in a rough-ish neighborhood. I bought my son a locking gun cabinet so the local punks will have difficulty "shopping" at his house. They can have the TV, but let them look elsewhere for weapons. We lock all the doors, and the dog is very noisy!

TomStrickler (author)2014-11-05

Just my thoughts, take them or leave them. The primary job of a holster is not to provide a convenient or easily accessible location for fast deployment of a firearm when needed. It is to do those things WHILE ensuring trigger security. This ensures that the practice of locating the firearm in the convenient r easily accessible location for fast deployment is done so in the spirit of the fundamental rules of firearms safety. By adding a boxed in lower section that houses the trigger section...even with a cut off bottom half of a fabric softener or other household bottle or container you can improve the design. Again...just my thoughts and I certainly love the idea!

cerealfreak (author)2014-08-18

Great idea. I'm a Brit, I'm trained in firearms and hate the fact that handguns are banned in the UK. They are still used by criminals and if I wanted to do so I could easily pick one up illegally. The attempted comments that guns are bad and dangerous make me laugh. I can legally own a .50Cal rifle but not a 9mm pistol. Go figure the laws don't make sense and should be changed. The day they are is the day I open my own gun store with range.

As for you 'ible great idea, I've got some c02 pistols which are legal and I used to hang these from the bed frame in their holster. And yet this would be restrictive in case of a home invasion. I would recommend hooks in your design as opposed to the barrel hole in your design, a design which could then be easily modified for any size weapon including rifles and shotguns. Keep up the good work and apologies for the ignorance of Brits that have commented.

ajensen27 (author)2014-06-13

never thought using wood. I been looking for metal to fit in barrel of my g27.

premium13 (author)2014-05-25

love it. great idea! it amazes me that liberals fail to realize that humans will adapt to the circumstances of their environment in achieving their goals. if they were successful in banning guns, criminals would adapt to building bombs(Boston marathon) and stabbing their victims. what would they want to do then ban sharp objects... it terrible that it has to be that way but it is reality. if every teacher in america had a 1911 on their hip, I bet it make some dork that's tired of being picked on think twice before bring a gun to school because it wouldn't be helpless people anymore. the dork would know they are going to face immediate opposition and its natural to second guess physically attacking hostile opposition. think if you were bitten by shark/lion or what not, you are supposed to punch them in the face letting them know you wont go laying down but It shouldn't be a fight between for guns or against guns. we should be working together because this isn't working and banning them or a large scale creates the same bad situation every where. one of my best friends was in the movie theater in Co. thank god he was able to run out the side exit. but now I Dont leave the house without carrying because if someone in the theater had been carrying and even returned fire it could have saved a lot of lives that night... (not to mention he had also built a bomb in his apartment.) anyways great idea keep em coming!

hogthrob (author)2014-05-02

Hope you are well,

still not sold on gun ownership!

you need to work on your reasoned response.

DconBlueZ (author)hogthrob2014-05-03

Again, you cite a single instance of one fool as a broad brush to paint 80,000,000 gun owners. You also totally neglect the overall positive affect on society of gun ownership. You can't produce a logical opinion being selective with the facts. You have to look at ALL of the facts.

Are there places and situations where gun ownership would be a bad thing? Certainly! I think people shouldn't drink with a gun in their due to the possibility of judgement being impaired. Likewise when under sever emotional stress.

Are there fools and criminals who misuse guns to cause harm? Of course there are, but overall I believe the vast majority of gun owners are honest, responsible people. I've lived with them all around me all my life. I see people in the grocery store, restaurants and other public places that are armed (there are signs if you know what to look for).

In 1988 my wife used a gun to stop two attackers who were kicking in
the front door to our apartment. They knew she was there but didn't stop
until they saw the gun through the window on the door. They were coming
after her and my (then) infant son. She had overheard them describing
her as they were preparing to attack, so there's not much doubt what
they had in mind.Up until that day (and it was broad
daylight) my wife had barely tolerated my owning a gun. She felt as you
do. After that day she made sure there was always one somewhere in the

Leaving work late one night in 1992 I used a gun to (I believe) save my own life. Two men were coming at me, one with a brick raised over his head to hit me. All I did was show I was armed and they ran. I was still shaking when I got home, but I was unharmed and I didn't have to shoot anyone to do it. Hopefully my attackers may have learned something, too, and just maybe they stopped attacking others.

Neither of us had to actually shoot anyone, I'll note, and neither instance was reported to authorities as the criminals were gone. Studies have been completed which show that the vast majority of legitimate gun uses are never reported because people don't want the hassle of talking to police.

When people say that I and my family shouldn't be armed because of some nebulous and disproven idea that guns (inanimate objects) somehow cause crime, what I "hear" is that I and my wife and son should be dead or seriously injured because...guns are scary to people who have had virtually no contact with them, don't understand them and their legitimate uses, and are irrationally frightened by them.

Please view the following and feel free to contact me if you wish to continue a discussion.

hogthrob (author)2014-04-24

Hi I came across your instructable and read the comments below - Im not trolling you I just disagree with owning guns. I live in the UK we have the same per capita incidence of 'home invasion' no one gets shot (or very rarely) as all hand guns are banned. We had a school massacre in 1996 and got the message that guns are bad in the general population. If you guys stopped defending your constitutional right which is a historical hangover to form militias to protect a then fledgling nation and worked at removing guns from your population you would not need guns either. sorry to all the gun shop owners! PS guns are really bad in your bedroom -

I hope this is positive and constructive

DconBlueZ (author)hogthrob2014-04-24

I appreciate the calm, logical response. It's refreshing, and I thank you for it.

However, I disagree with you - there are a number of factors that do not lend your opinion credence in this situation. I'm at the job right now and can't elaborate but will try to get a reasoned response together in the next couple of days.

I will note however that pointing out one case of criminal murder (or reckless homicide by an inexperienced and untrained fool) does not make a good argument for exposing millions of others to unnecessary risk of murder and mayhem. :-)

gilgoul (author)2014-03-05

thank you for this "how didn't I think of that" amazing instructable. I have been struggling with several complicated and ultimately poorly perfoming gizmos, and now I have your great Idea to get inspiration from.

I guess I just need to add to it a spot for my led light and I am set :)

Thanks again from Israel.

Danzigs MISFITS (author)2014-01-18

I may try this out. easier to get to them my nightstand. My lady shoots as well and we do not have kids in the home. Sorry about all the lame comments people are leaving....why are they trying to learn to make a bed holster if they hate guns so much...?....trolls.

I don't let it bother me, every time some fool trolls they just serve to point out the quality of the opposition. That's why I quote the better ones, because they usually delete themselves. The latest one from Denmark wasn't worth even that much effort, though.

mrasmussen8 (author)2014-01-14


DconBlueZ (author)mrasmussen82014-01-19

Wow, how witty!

rachel (author)2013-09-19

Dang, I thought this was gonna be a holster for a bed, some kind of Murphy holster. Alas it was not to be!

DconBlueZ (author)rachel2013-09-19

I like it - but taking the bed out would be a pain.

vpajak (author)2013-02-17

Nothing to judge here or whatever, I just don't know much about guns, being European and all; these are mere questions out of interest and in no way judgemental whether it's right or not to own firearms.

Can't you accidently set it off while your sleeping? Not necessarily hurting anyone but still shooting in the floorboard isn't exactly a nice thing. Or when quickly reacting from getting up shooting one of your loved ones by accident?

DconBlueZ (author)vpajak2013-02-17

I understand, and I very much appreciate your asking questions rather than drawing conclusions based on incorrect information.

Short answer - there's not a chance in the world for either of your concerns happening.

To fire the gun I would have to move the safety lever to the OFF position, pull the hammer back, then pull the trigger - IN THAT SEQUENCE. Obviously not possible to happen by accident.

As for your second concern - anything that causes me to pick up the gun will, by definition, mean that I am very much awake and alert. No chance of shooting something or someone by accident.

While there ARE accidents with guns, I believe they a result of the irrational fear and ignorance of guns rather than a problem of the guns themselves.

For example - I know in Europe that driver training is much more thorough than in the USA. A driver is in control of a very dangerous machine. What if anyone could drive with no training at all? It's the same with guns.

A gun is just a machine with the capability of doing great good or great harm, depending on it's use and the skill or lack of skill of it's operator.

I have owned and shot many guns since I was 14 years old. I have been educated on safe handling and shooting under stress. In my opinion, my guns are MUCH less a threat to the public than the average car.

Again, thanks for your reasoned response! Mostly what I get is the irrational fear of the ignorant who get all their information from movies and politically biased "news" liars.

Rambo556 (author)DconBlueZ2013-06-10

I agree 100% ! Great 'ible. You could even adapt this to hold a rifle or shotgun.

Magee324 (author)2013-05-23

Where's the flashlight holder?! Since this is for sleeping that would be cool to incorporate a flashlight holder since going for a lamp or something might take to long and require the fine motor skills you'll lose when you hear that sound in your house. Great post though. I'm going to make a couple of these!

aarcuda (author)2013-01-17

Nice and simple. I like and will use this. Too bad clowns are jacking your thread up.

DconBlueZ (author)aarcuda2013-03-08

Oh, once you get in the spirit of things it's kinda fun to...shoot them down, so to speak. They have no factual basis for their arguments, only "feelings" and impotent rage - which they seem to project onto gun owners at large, for some reason.

digitallyinsane (author)aarcuda2013-03-08

I wish this sight would incorporate upvotes and downvotes for comments. You sir, would get an upvote regarding the clowns.

digitallyinsane (author)2013-03-07

100 times more kids die in home pools than kids die from gunshot wounds in homes of firearm owners.

Neat post, but I'm totally bolting this quick access handgun safe behind my headboard or building it into my headboard...

I like that a lot. Might save up my lunch money and buy one. Thanks for the link!

RAIKEKL (author)2013-01-30

This is an ingenious idea...and I will make more than one!

Covert Koala (author)2012-11-09

Great! I've trying to figure out something similar for a shotgun. I'm not sure whether to mount the holder off the frame or use some sort of small trolley beneath the bed.

DconBlueZ (author)Covert Koala2012-12-12

Sorry for the delay in reply - that's an interesting idea that surely must have a relatively easy solution - let me work on it. I'll get back to you.

electridanger (author)DconBlueZ2013-01-08

Set it up as 'hooks' as opposed to a 'hole'

DconBlueZ (author)electridanger2013-01-08

Good idea.

shaman5188 (author)2013-01-04

Really? Get a life

DconBlueZ (author)shaman51882013-01-04

shaman5188 says: Jan 4, 2013. 12:50 AMReply
Really? Get a life

Got one, thanks. Planning to keep it, which is kinda the point of this instructable.

litma (author)DconBlueZ2013-01-07

just one simple question, in Georgia you sleep with the pistol on the bed? Is it so bad the situation?

DconBlueZ (author)litma2013-01-07

Oh, absolutely. I also have my house surrounded with an 8 foot electric fence topped with razor wire. Here's a picture:

DconBlueZ (author)DconBlueZ2013-01-04

Oh, and thanks for proving my point.

rickyd1013 (author)2012-12-12

every night I wrap my belt to a brass knuckle

DconBlueZ (author)rickyd10132012-12-12

This is an obvious witty of you.

rogermyers (author)2012-12-09

Is this kind of thing necessary? Where do you guys live?

DconBlueZ (author)rogermyers2012-12-09

Do you have insurance policies? Why?

shootr (author)2012-10-29

Simple, elegant - CHEAP! Excellent!

meddler (author)2012-10-16

I like that idea. Simple and effective.

abadfart (author)2012-10-15

i keep a bowie knife in the bedside table and a crossbow on the back of the door

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