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DIY: How to Secure a Safe

DIY: How to Secure a Safe

Dan Cartwright
Written by Dan Cartwright
Placed on 28 May 2020

Positioning and securing a safe yourself is possible with the right knowledge and tools . The lighter safes in particular are not that difficult to position and bolt down yourself.
Read on for supplies and step-by-step instructions.

Supplies needed to install a safe yourself

  • Impact drill
  • Concrete drill
  • Socket wrench
  • Plastic hammer
  • Level
  • Air syringe
  • Fixing anchors (with or without delivery with safe)

Secure your safe in 7 steps

1. Take the safe out of the packaging and dispose of the packaging material in an environmentally friendly manner.


2. Place the safe in the desired location. Check that the safe is level and if it has enough room for the door to fully open. Remove any flooring elements so the safe is placed directly on the concrete.


3. If necessary, fill the space under the safe until it is level.


4. Insert the key or operate the electronic lock and open the safe.


5. Mark the anchor holes on the floor with a pencil. Depending on the safe 1 or more holes.


6. Drill the marked holes. Depending on the size of the safe, the safe will first be removed to drill the holes. Make sure the holes are free of grit.


7. Postion the safe on the mounting holes and follow the final steps.

  • Place the anchors through the inside of the safe in the pre-drilled mounting holes.
  • Drive the fixing anchors completely into the holes using the plastic hammer.
  • Tighten the bolts using the socket wrench.
  • If supplied: place the cover over the hole.

Tips & tricks for placing and fixing a safe

  • Always make sure that there are no pipes in the wall or floor in which you want to drill. Drilling is not possible with underfloor heating. Use a pipe finder to be on the safe side.
  • It is necessary to use the correct drill diameter for maximum strength.
  • Adjust the mounting anchors to the type of floor or wall to which you want to attach the safe.
  • Positioning a safe is specialist work. It is particularly difficult to maneuver with heavy safes. Always ensure a safe working environment.
  • Always have a flat floor and wall; make sure that there are no crevices or cracks, so that a crowbar can easily get 'grip'.
  • Remove the existing plinth to get a good connection between the back of the safe and the wall against which it is placed.
  • Make sure you have the correct tightening torque with the anchors and used screws.
  • Close or operate the lock with open safe door. This way you can check whether the closing mechanism is functioning properly.

Have the safe installed and secured by Simplysafes.co.uk?

Perhaps you prefer to have the safe installed and secured by experienced and skilled technicians. We are happy to be of service. We have a professional and experienced installation service with years of experience and know which measures must be taken to place and anchor a (heavy) safe safely, correctly and in the desired location. If you want a standard installation and fixing, you can select it directly at the product page when you place it in the shopping cart. A standard installation is delivery, positioning and anchoring on the ground floor or on a floor with an elevator. There are no thresholds at the 1st door or front door and the route to the place where the safe should be located is flat.

For more information go to  the installation page or contact us directly for placements under special circumstances, such as in a basement, on a floor without an elevator, etc.

Dan Cartwright
Written by Dan Cartwright
Placed on 28 May 2020

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