15 Mar 2018

Protect your valuables: 3 easy steps to installing a home safe

by Emma Broughton Turner

Keeping valuables protected, from jewellery, bullion and cash to personal documents such as wills, passports or land registry documents, can be done relatively simply by installing a home or small office safe.

If you’re a dab hand with a toolbox then you can install one yourself or use our fitting team to ensure a professional finish.

Here are three key steps to have in mind before you start.

Step 1: Choosing your DIY safe type

For DIY fitting we would suggest choosing a freestanding or bolt down safe.

Freestanding are the easiest to install. As the name suggests, you simply place the safe in its chosen location and you are good to go. A bolt down (or wall fixing) safe will require fitting, so some DIY skills will be necessary.

Do remember that to meet insurance regulations any safe weighing less than 1000kg must be anchored.


Step 2: Choosing your location

Generally speaking placing your safe out of view is more secure. Popular choices include inside a fitted wardrobe, under the stairs, a boiler room, secure garage or in a basement. If you intend to fit it in a garage please check with your insurer first to ensure they will cover you. If you choose a basement then do check that it is not damp as any moisture could make an electronic lock rather unhappy!

Choose the location carefully to ensure that the safe weight can be supported and you have strong anchor points from a concrete floor, floor joists or a brick wall. Check that where you are drilling there are no electric wires or pipes.

Concrete is the recommended surface for fixing, after this a solid wall and if there is no other choice, a floor joist. If your only option is a joist then we recommend contacting your insurance company to confirm this is acceptable and get it in writing to ensure you do not encounter any problems should you need to make a claim.

TOP TIP! Safes as standard are hinged on the right so you should place it in a location that allows you to open the door fully. Also note the dimensions on our website will be the depth of the safe, any handles, hinges or locks will be an additional amount. This is particularly important to remember when you are fitting a safe inside a cupboard or wardrobe.


Typical fixing bolts for home safes


Step 3: Choosing your installation kit

For a bolt down or rear wall fixing safe you’ll need a 10 – 14mm masonry drill bit and of course, that DIY friend, a sharp pencil or pen to mark the holes! Having a hoover to hand will also be helpful to clean up after drilling. You will also need a high powered drill to get through concrete.

Your safe will normally be supplied with the correct bolts for concrete but you may require alternative bolts depending on the surface you are fixing too.

Take the time to put the safe in position, mark the holes and then move the safe away while you drill the hole or holes. Once you have drilled and hoovered you will then be ready to reposition and secure your safe.

TOP TIP! If you are securing your safe to a solid wall and there is skirting board present you would need to remove that to ensure the safe is flush with the solid wall. Some modern homes have a skin of plasterboard before you can get to the block wall, in this instance a floor fixing would be our receommendation.

DIY skills are required for installation of a home safe


Check out our FAQ’s for more information on choosing the right safe for you and any queries regarding installation.


Together we’ll keep those burglars at bay!