Your home is your castle. It can also be a well equipped Fortress. While I'm sure it's a repeat of topics elsewhere, it's something that came up in a conversation w/ a regular reader recently. What do you do if there is no firearm in the home and someone is trying to break down your door besides calling 911? Assuming they're coming after you and not just a 'smash-n-grab'.
If you're expecting trouble, it adds to the effectiveness. Locking/bolting the doors and windows are obvious but there are other things you can do. The classic chair up against the doorknob and irregular shelving/furniture underneath windows can add critical minutes to entry.
Any heavy or sharp object can be turned into a weapon. Heavy jars, mugs, glasses and knives can all be projectiles.
High pressure aerosols, especially wasp/hornet spray, give you a range of over 10 feet. Oven cleaner, other bug sprays, hair spray etc. will also work but have a lesser range.
If it gets to the point of close in, then you want sharp/pointy or real heavy. Kitchen knives, pencils/pens, keys, screwdrivers, etc along w/ the classic frying pan.
The issue of panic also came up. If Joe Dirtbag is busting down your door, odds are good you're going to be scared and forget what to do. It's kind of hard (and would probably look silly) to do tacticals w/ a frying pan. But if you come up w/ a plan and review it in your mind from time to time, just like you would a fire drill in the home, it increases your chances of recalling what to do if that situation ever occurs.
What other suggestions/ideas do my readers have for good (primarily improvised) home defense w.o a firearm?