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Safe Desk

Bullet resistant protection for reception desks, information desks, and judge and jury benches.
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Bulletproof desks offer protection in any scenario. This workstation type is outfitted with modular armor plates that overlap to protect the area below a desk. Depending on metal thickness and weapon type, a ballistic security desk can prevent single or several rounds of bullets from piercing its surface. Retrofitted frame and panel designs allow soft and hard armor to be mounted to the furniture’s interior and exterior surfaces, providing an excellent fit for optimal protection.

Ballistic Security Desk

Our ballistic security desk solutions provide unparalleled, inconspicuous protection in various settings. Active shooters, terrorism and other threats can target storefront sites, recruitment stations, courtrooms and any other public facility with an open space. Our ballistically certified workstations are an essential part of a multilayered defense. These solutions address critical vulnerabilities exploited in past instances.

We recognize that investing in careful testing and achieving ballistic certification for our furniture is critical. Our goods undergo rigorous, evidence-based processes at an independent, acknowledged ballistic testing laboratory.

Our ballistic certifications ensure that our furniture can operate in high-risk circumstances. Advanced testing techniques uncover all potential risks, so you can be confident that every inch of our furniture is designed to safeguard personnel. Paired with proper training and a plan of action, our equipment can reduce fatalities when confronted with an active shooter or another violent scenario.

Test Standards

Bullet-resistant panels are tested by shooting a rifle into its surface in a specific pattern from a distance. The material is rated for various levels of protection depending on its ability to stop bullets at different speeds. The depth of the dent left on impact may be measured and correlated with the projectile’s velocity and the material’s thickness.

Numerous methods exist for determining degrees of bullet resistance. Government institutions and other organizations uphold the following standards:

  • UL: Underwriters Laboratory (UL) developed a methodology that distinguishes eight categories of bullet resistance based on material weight and capacity to sustain firing at specific velocities.
  • NIJ: The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) uses a slightly modified, 10-level method for measuring bullet resistance.
  • State Department: The United States Department of State assigns a bullet resistance classification based on particular guns tested against the material.

Establish a Secure Reception Area With a Bulletproof Front Desk

Defenshield will provide tailored solutions to safeguard reception areas while preserving a modern, welcoming appearance for everyone who enters the building. What a protected reception room should look like depends on the company, threat level and operational requirements.

While protecting admission may work well for enterprises that allow employees and visitors one at a time, more prominent office buildings, municipal centers, city council chambers and medical institutions may rely on bulletproof reception desk inserts for further protection. These products enable large lobbies to handle the movement of people throughout the day more safely.

Our unique bulletproof security station solutions might feature freestanding bulletproof desk inserts, shields and windows, allowing you to keep vital everyday operations running without making your staff feel trapped. When you collaborate with our custom design team to improve the security of your existing lobbies, you will receive extensive information on the finest options available. Contact us today to learn more about purchasing bulletproof desks and other ballistic defense solutions.


Protection Level:
NIJ Level IIIA (44 MAG)
NIJ Level III (7.62 NATO)
NIJ Level IV (30-06 AP)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0108.01 Ballistic Level Breakdown

Rating Ammunition Weight
Number of
Level I .22 long rifle high velocity lead 40 2.6 320 +/- 12 1050 +/- 40 5
Level I .38 special round nose lead 158 10.2 259 +/- 12 850 +/- 50 5
Level IIA .357 mag. jacketed soft poin 158 10.2 381 +/- 15 1250 +/- 50 5
Level IIA 9mm full metal jacket 124 8.0 322 +/- 12 1090 +/- 40 5
Level II .357 mag. jacketed soft poin 158 10.2 425 +/- 15 1395 +/- 40 5
Level II 9mm full metal jacket 124 8.0 358 +/- 12 1175 +/- 40 5
Level IIIA .44 mag. lead semi-wadcutter gas checked 240 15.55 426 +/- 15 1400 +/- 50 5
Level IIIA 9mm full metal jacket 124 8.0 426 +/- 15 1400 +/- 50 5
Level III 7.62mm (.308 Winchester) full metal jacket 150 9.7 838 +/- 15 2750 +/- 50 5
Level IV .30-06 armor piercing 166 10.8 868 +/- 15 2850 +/- 50 1

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The following items are some basic questions to ask when preparing your Defenshield order.

What is the nature of the threat – small arms, rifle rounds, armor piercing, IED blast?

Will the unit be used indoors or outdoors?

Will the unit be used for riot control or hostage negotiations?

Do you require conspicuous deterrence or camouflage?

Will the unit need to match the aesthetics of it’s surroundings – wood or stone finishes?

Will you need traffic control signage, unit logos or law enforcement badges displayed on the unit?

What is the size of the space where the unit will be used?

Will the unit need to fit through doorways, into elevators?

What are you protecting – people, objects?

(For maximum blast mitigation, units must be secured or lagged.)

What surface are you using the unit on – gravel, dirt road, finished concrete, wood floor?

Will the unit be frequently relocated?

Will you be transporting the unit over long distances or within a few feet?