DIY hideaways for your home safe

A safe, properly mounted to the wall or floor of a home, is the best place to store valuables outside of a vault or bank deposit box. Most burglars will find it impossible to remove a safe that has been properly bolted down. For added piece of mind, however, a hideaway can be easily constructed in most homes, stopping robbers and nosy visitors from even knowing a safe is there in the first place.

Hiding a safe within your walls or floor

The most effective solutions for hiding a safe involve adapting the structure of a house to fit it in. This can either mean digging out part of the floor to insert the safe or mounting it inside the wall itself.

The size of wall-mounted safes is limited by the depth of the wall and the space between floor studs, but even large home safes can be installed in the floor. The installation is a matter of digging out enough space in the foundations of the house to fit the size of the safe. A flat surface for the safe to sit on is then made by pouring a little concrete into the hole. Once this sets, the safe can be installed and set in place with more concrete. Hiding a floor safe is easy to do with removable floorboards or other suitable camouflage.

Camouflaging a safe

It's not always necessary to cut a hole in your wall or floor to hide a safe, though. There are numerous hiding holes in any home that can be adapted to baffle burglars.

If your DIY skills are good enough to tackle building your own furniture, this can be a great place to hide a safe in plain sight. Beds, cupboards and the classic trick bookshelf can all disguise a safe with a hidden panel. A hollow bench or sofa fitted over a safe is unlikely to be opened by anyone looking for valuables. Of course, if you decide to rearrange your furniture, you may end up revealing your hidden secret.

An easy way to hide a safe without needing a hammer and saw is to install it in a child's bedroom. Criminology experts found that burglars were unlikely to look for valuables in children's rooms -- in fact, they rarely go inside at all. In a closet, under a desk or behind a child's toy storage are all places intruders won't expect to find a safe. For more tips, you may want to contact a local safe company like Safes Warehouse