Whether you have some old family heirlooms you’d like to keep safe, or want to securely stash some emergency cash away, installing a safe in your home is a great way to keep burglars at bay. But simply having a safe isn’t always enough. Experienced burglars can crack many household safes with relative ease.
Therefore, it’s important to keep your safe hidden as well as secure. Below, we’ve come up with our top 7 places to hide a safe in your home.
In the Wall
We couldn’t resist adding this classic trope to the list, but there’s a good reason. It actually does work when installed properly. A safe hidden in the wall cavity can be large enough to hide bigger valuables if required, or kept small. However, camouflage is key, and if you plan to hide it using a picture frame, it’s important to hang several paintings or photos rather than just one fairly obvious one.
Alternatively, and perhaps safer, though harder to reach, hide a wall mounted safe behind heavy furniture, such as a bookcase, or appliances such as a fridge or oven. This is best if you don’t need regular access. Another option is to create a hidden door, using built in shelves or a mirror as a disguise, a good idea for larger, or even walk-in safes.
A floor mounted safe is a great option. The main advantages are that they’re almost impossible to remove entirely, and they can be large enough to hide a stash of valuables. They can be fitted inside or outside, within concrete or more simply under floorboards. Once installed, they can be hidden by placing furniture or a heavy rug on top.
Within the Stairs
You might not need a large safe; indeed, sometimes you can store all your valuables on a single hard disk or digital cryptocurrency wallet. For such valuables, you only need a small hiding space. Stairs have a large cavity behind them, which can be accessed either through a removable tread or riser. One method is to build a secret shelf behind one of the risers, which can either be removed entirely, or has a secret door cut into it, hidden by a carpeted stair runner.
Inside Common Household Items
In the same vein, hiding your valuables in plain sight is sometimes the most effective way to keep them safe. Any unassuming object can be used as long as it has a large enough cavity to hide a small safe in. Some great examples include old computer towers, vacuum cleaners, printers, telephones, etc. Or, try hiding a safe in a plant pot fitted with a false bottom hidden by a thin layer of soil, and a fake plant.
Behind a Drawer
Another good tip for those looking to hide a small safe is to customize one of your kitchen or bedroom drawers. Simply add in a false bottom or back edge and keep your safe hidden in the gap between. While this may reduce the capacity of your drawer, it can be very difficult to detect, especially in a drawer that is crammed full of clothes or utensils.
Inside an Air Vent
A false air vent is easy to install, and an effective place to hide a small safe in plain sight. Simply cut out a section of the wall between 2 studs, pop your safe into the gap, and fix an air vent cover in place. An even more cunning alternative is to put a fake electricity outlet as a cover, although this only allows you to hide very small safes.
In the Attic or Basement
An attic or basement that are difficult to access is a pretty strong deterrent in the first place, as most burglars prefer to be in and out as soon as possible. For the attic, keep ladders away from the hatch, and perhaps fit a padlock. You can hide a fairly large safe, disguised as a cardboard box labelled with something interesting such as winter clothes. This works well if there are lots of other cardboard boxes that are filled with similar stored items.