As with all construction, the design of a Panic Room responds to particular criteria, in this case relating to the level of risk that is anticipated. The design must also respond to such practical matters as costs and available space. There may be a difference between the design of a Safe Room for an important leader and that of an fearing individual. A modest Panic Room may be resistant to handguns and physical attack only, whereas a more elaborate Panic Room may be designed to resist greater forces such as chemicals and gases.
The end user(s) of the Panic Room meet with one of our security consultants to evaluate the potential risks at the specific location where the Panic Room is to be located.
Once the level of risk has been determined by the Security Consultant, a set of design criteria can be established. Typically an Architect is then called in to provide the detail design and documentation of the Panic Room itself.
In the case of the double-function Panic Room, security features, including bullet-resistance, sound-proofing and surveillance equipment, are built into the room as required. The room is then designed and finished normally around the protective features. An Architect plays an important role in disguising the security features, and integrating them into the design.
Because closets tend to be relatively small, they can be a relatively economic space for conversion. However, if an attack is prolonged, an end user who suffers from claustrophobia may find the size of the enclosed space to be as troubling. Bathrooms are another common room that does double-duty as a Panic Room. Bathrooms also have the advantage of having water and other plumbing fixtures that may be beneficial during prolonged occupancy.