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Best (and Worst) Places to Install a Safe

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So you’ve got a private stash of loot you’re looking to conceal. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us. Now you’ve probably accomplished the first step of acquiring a safe, but now you are at a loss for where you should put this metal banister of secrets.

Well, we got you covered. We’ll go over the best places to install a safe so that you can keep your collectibles secure, protected, and out of sight!

Not So Fast! Important Considerations

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Now before you go installing your safe in any old spot, first you should stop and ask yourself the following 5 questions:

1. Is my safe accessible here?

In the case that you needed to access your safe’s contents in an emergency, it would be hard to do this if your safe was in an area such as your ceiling or attic. When picking a location, keep in mind the accessibility of the safe to avoid any potential problems with retrieving your items.

2. Is the location secure?

You want your safe accessible to you. You don’t want your safe accessible to burglars or thieves. So when picking a spot, think about as to if it will be easy for others to access or notice your safe.

3. Is the climate ideal in this location?

Keeping a safe with important documents in a humid location is just asking for trouble. Make sure you consider the temperature and humidity of the proposed location before you install a safe.

4. Will it fit here?

If your safe is large, it only makes sense that you’re going to need a larger area to keep it in. If you haven’t gotten a safe yet but have an ideal location, be certain to get an accurate recording of the location’s size when choosing a safe.

5. Will it be concealed?

Perhaps you want your safe not to be concealed if it is to act as a decoy. Otherwise, if there are important contents inside, pick a spot where your safe will be efficiently hidden.

Best Spots

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Naturally, there are many more aspects to consider, but the previous five should help you get a better idea of where to put your safe. To further help you better decide on a spot to store your safe, let’s discuss some of the top recommended areas to keep your treasure trove.

1. Master Bedroom

Being one of the rooms that you are likely to spend a great portion of your day in, this may be one of the best places to install a safe. The entirety of the room is generally accessible to you, and the climate usually stays fairly regulated in the master bedroom.

If you do choose this location, it is important to pick a good hiding spot for your safe. If you have a jewelry safe, keeping it in this area is advised because it will always be near to you. However, a master bedroom may be the first place a thief would look, so it may be wise to get a wall or floor safe to conceal its whereabouts more effectively.

2. Basement

Provided that your basement is well-maintained, this serves as another ideal area to install a safe. The basement is generally not frequently visited by those living in the house, and it’s even more difficult to access for potential intruders.

However, in some regions, basements can have a damp atmosphere full of moisture, so evaluate the climate conditions of your basements before settling on this spot.

3. Home Office

If you have a home office, this would also serve as a good location to keep your safe. The great thing about this is that, with a diversion safe, you can even have your safe disguised as an ordinary filing cabinet or, if it’s small enough, have it installed within a desk.

If your home office is modest in size, make sure to consider this if you plan to install a home safe here. Since this area may contain more entry points, it may be worth using a burglar-proof safe in this location.

4. Closet

It may seem a bit cliche, but a closet can serve as a practical spot for a safe if done correctly. Now we’re not just saying you can just leave it on your closet floor and consider the job done, but with the proper concealment, this area can similarly be a great way to store a safe.

As mentioned above, if you have the space to do so, investing in a floor or wall safe may prove to be a good way to conceal a safe here. If you have firearms, the closet also makes for a good location to keep a gun safe.

Worst Spots

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Now that we’ve gone over the best places to install a safe, it would only be right if we included the worst spots as well. When installing a safe in your home, try to avoid these spots as best as you can.

1. Kitchen or Dining Room

Although it may seem convenient to have it installed here, you have to think about the potential downfalls of installing a safe here. A kitchen typically has various entry points such as windows, making it vulnerable to thieves or intruders.

Alternatively, let’s say that there’s a spillage of water in the kitchen and it manages to seep through your safe. Anything important that was in your safe is now covered in water.

2. Living Room

This is another potentially bad area since, as with the kitchen, there are many, if not more, access points for burglars. Added to this, many accidents typically occur in this area. If you have children, your safe or its contents may be at risk of being damaged.

3. Garage

The garage is typically less secure than other areas of your house, and can be the first area home intruders would enter. On top of this, the temperature in the garage is not often regulated, meaning the contents of your safe can be damaged by climate conditions.

Key Takeaway

Having a safe in the house is always great for storing sensitive items, but its location for installation should not be disregarded. If you take the time to carefully consider where to store your safe, its protection, and that of its contents, will be protected for the years to come.

Hide your safe with confidence with the help of Alpine Lock and Safe!

Come inquire about our residential locksmith services in Vail, Colorado to get your safe securely installed by a professional!

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Chris Dangler

Chris Dangler, the owner of Alpine Lock and Safe, has nearly five decades of locksmith expertise, proudly serving the Vail Valley, Roaring Fork, and Summit County areas since 1972. As a certified locksmith company, Alpine Lock & Safe offers comprehensive residential, commercial, and automotive locksmith services. Their CRL-certified and registered locksmith team ensures top-notch security solutions, from installations and repairs to emergency lockouts, using premium brands like Schlage and Rocky Mountain Hardware.​

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Chris Dangler

Chris Dangler, the owner of Alpine Lock and Safe, has nearly five decades of locksmith expertise, proudly serving the Vail Valley, Roaring Fork, and Summit County areas since 1972. As a certified locksmith company, Alpine Lock & Safe offers comprehensive residential, commercial, and automotive locksmith services. Their CRL-certified and registered locksmith team ensures top-notch security solutions, from installations and repairs to emergency lockouts, using premium brands like Schlage and Rocky Mountain Hardware.​

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