Best Places to Install a Safe in your Home
When purchasing a safe, it’s a good idea to have a plan for where you will install it once you bring it home.
Just because you have some extra space in a room doesn’t necessarily make it an ideal location. There are several factors that make one location better than another at preventing threats like theft or damage from water or fire.
So, if you’re wondering where the best place is to install your home safe, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. There will be benefits and disadvantages to each location, depending on the size, strength, and features of the safe.
We’re going to review some of the optimal areas in your home to install a safe and why, as well as the factors that will play a role in determining the best option for you.
Where is the best place to store a home safe?
At Surelock Security, our goal is to help you protect what can’t be replaced. When we say that, we don’t only mean your weapons, personal records, or other valuables. We’re also talking about your loved ones.
Therefore, it’s important to think about any children, pets, or older people living in your home when determining the right location for your safe.
Your safe should be installed in a location that is secure and out of sight. However, you may also want it to be accessible in the event of an emergency.
To Avoid Theft
One important way to avoid theft is to keep your safe out of sight, because it is more secure when potential thieves don’t know it even exists.
For this reason, the best place to store your safe is the basement. Statistics show that thieves typically target the living room, master bedroom, office, and garage during a burglary.
Those rooms are known for storing valuable items and electronics, making them a usual target for theft. The contents of a garage are exposed each time you open it to enter or leave, and the doors aren’t too difficult to open.
If you must store your safe in your garage, we recommend bolting it down and keeping it out of eyesight when the garage door is open. One way you could do this is by building a closet around it.
To Avoid Fire or Water Damage
You should always avoid installing your safe near any potential source of fire, like near a kitchen or fireplace. This includes rooms that open to the kitchen or are located above or below the kitchen.
Those rooms run the risk of being affected not only by the fire or collapsing structure, but also any firefighting efforts.
The garage is once again a no-go because flammable materials are typically stored there, such as paint thinners or lumber.
Your best option to avoid fire damage is to place your safe in a concealed area on the first floor of the home above a crawl space and away from the areas mentioned above. We also recommend investing in a fire-rated safe.
Water and humidity are also a nightmare for your safe. Using a dehumidifier will help prevent damage to your firearms and your safe, especially if you live in a humid climate. To avoid damage due to water or humidity, consider storing your safe in the basement or first floor of your home.
Best Options for Accessibility
While we recommend the above locations for installing your home safe, we realize that accessibility is often an important and necessary factor for many people.
To get the best of both worlds – security and accessibility – a Surelock Security QuickTouch Vault could be the answer.
With your safe tucked away for security purposes, you could install a QuickTouch Vault in discreet locations in your home.
Both the slide and drawer vaults can securely hold a handgun and feature stealth opening technology for quiet access. They’re designed so you can mount them under the desk in your home office, on your nightstand, or any other area where you can easily access them in case of an emergency.
Simply input your entry code or scan your fingerprint to gain access and keep others out.