Installing a Safe in Your Home
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated March 23, 2020)
If you have some valuables that you want to be kept safe, or have a few guns that you don't want laying around, or maybe some important paperwork you want secured, then you really should consider installing a safe in your home. The thing is that many safes, particularly the larger models and the ones designed to be hidden, typically require a bit of work to make them viable. Here are some rather simple instructions that you can use to ensure that you are installing a safe in your home correctly.
- Which model will you have? The first step in installing a safe into your home is to decide on which model you will be using. There are quite a few different models, all of which will suit a different need, so be sure that you do your homework prior to just picking one out at random.
- Choose the right spot. Once you have chosen the safe that you will have installed in your home, you need to figure out where it will be going. Take a careful look around the home, and decide on the best possible place. Considering that most standing safes are somewhat heavy you will want to choose a location that is as structurally sound as possible. A good location for may types of standing safes are, believe it or not, in the corner of a room.
- Prepare the room. Prior to the delivery of the safe, prepare the room for the work that you will be doing. It would be a good idea to remove any large, or possibly fragile, items that are in the room. This way you will be able to move the safe around without damaging anything, and also have an easier time of working around the safe.
- If necessary, prepare the spot. Double check the area that you plan on using for your safe, and make sure that it is structurally sound enough to hold the often prodigious weight that comes with a full safe. It may be necessary to help reinforce the spot prior to installing the safe itself. One common example of this is to lay down some plywood 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick plywood, and attach it to the floor. You can cover this additional wood with either the same or similar type of flooring that is in the rest of the room to help it blend in a bit more.
- Carefully move the safe. Using the proper tools, move the safe carefully throughout the home and into the room that you want it stored in. If necessary, have several people help you to move the safe, and also use the proper tools for the job. Some examples of the tools that you will want to use are things like a dolly, or even powered tools that you can simply guide around. Oftentimes, when the safe is delivered it will also be dropped off into the proper room by the people delivering it.
- Secure and clean up. When you have the safe in the proper position, you can begin securing it to the platform you made earlier. Often standing safes have places on the feet where you can pass bolts through. Use these opening so and secure the safe (using the proper tools and bolts to do so) to the floor. Once you have the safe secured, you can begin cleaning up the room, and bring back everything that used to be in the room
Now that you know the basics of installing a standing safe in your home, you can begin working on the project. If you are looking to have a more "secured" version such as one that is hidden in the wall or floor, then you will have to do a bit more work to get the job accomplished. In fact, depending on where you want the safe to be installed, you may want to consider hiring a contractor to do the work for you.