Wall Safes at Home
A wall safe is a slightly more advanced option for home security when compared to the typical in-home safe. A wall safe can be concealed inside the wall, with the opening hidden behind a painting or photograph. A more standard home safe just sits on the floor, pretty much out in the open. It’s true that a safe that sits on the floor is still difficult to break into; but if a safe is hidden in the wall, burglars are not likely to know they are there which will help protect your prized possessions.
Keeping valuables stored in a bank’s security deposit box offers protection but is certainly not as convenient as having them stored in your home. You have to visit the bank when it is open, and provide proof of identification. If you need something you’ve stored in your home safe, you can simply go to the wall safe, spin the combination or unlock with the key, and retrieve your valuables. A wall safe provides a high level of security with the convenience of having your belongings at home.
Wall safes are usually mounted permanently inside the walls, in between the studs. They can be installed when a home is being built; or afterward. If installing a wall safe after the home is already built, you will need to cut an appropriate sized hole in the wall between the studs to slide the safe inside. Measure twice, cut once! Luckily, most wall safes are easy to mount as they come with “flange”, which means you don’t have to re-cover any of the walls you’ve cut (unless you cut the hole too large, so take very careful measurements!)
Here are some considerations for buying wall safes:
The Price of a Wall Safe
There is a wide range of prices for wall safes, mostly depending upon the materials used to create the safe, the size of the safe, or the dealer supplying them. Safes are not all created equal, and some offer higher levels of protections than others, therefore costing a bit more. Consider your budget when comparing safes, but try to keep in mind that generally, you get what you pay for. You can get a high security wall safe in the ballpark of $ 200 to $ 500.
Wall Safe Ratings
Take a look at the safety and security ratings of the wall safes you consider. Know whether or not they will protect your documents and possessions in the event of a fire and if they are waterproof from the outside.
The Size of a Wall Safe
Since the safe is to be installed between your studs, you’ll want to make sure you know what the distance is between the studs in the wall you intend to install your wall safe. Most are a standard 16″ apart, and most wall safes are designed to fit this width. Another consideration is the depth of the safe – and that it will fit inside your wall. Be sure to choose a wall that doesn’t have electric wires or pipes running through it, or be prepared to hire professionals to help you relocated wires and pipes.
A wall safe is an excellent way to keep your jewelry, money, and important paperwork safe from burglars, accidents, and fire