Do you worry about the security of your valuables? Are you wondering how to hide a safe in a closet? Check out these tips and increase your overall home security with secret locks and safes that fit discreetly into your closet.
How to hide a safe in a closet and other closet security tips.
You can adapt your custom closet system as a place to secure valuables. When you use a closet safe in combination with hidden drawer and door locks, you provide security for important papers, jewelry, and more. Best solutions for hiding closet safes include the installation of hidden drawer locks and mirrors that double as secret doors.
The type of safe you choose will determine the best way to hide it. Some safes are relatively big and must sit on the floor. Other closet safes are designed to be mounted to standard depth closet shelves. Either way, you should hide the safe behind a cabinet, mirror, or secret door.
Small Closet Safes
Small closet safes are easier to hide because of their size. The trick when buying a closet safe is to choose one that is made to fit on closet shelves. This means no more than a 14-inch depth and 18-inch width since this is the size of most closet shelves. The safe also needs to be able to be secured to a fixed section of the closet in a manner that cannot easily be undone. Bolts should go through the safe into the closet, not vice-a-versa. Only people with access to open the safe door should be able to loosen or dislodge the safe from its shelf.
Read the safe’s specifications before you buy. Try to choose a safe made of steel. The door should be a minimum 4mm thick and the walls 2mm thick. Two bolts on the door will provide better security than one. Also, make sure your closet safe has an electronic keypad with emergency keys in case the battery goes dead. Never store the emergency key inside the safe because you won’t be able to retrieve them if you are locked out!
Floor Safes for Closets
Some homeowners prefer large floor safes. This type of safe is usually quite heavy and does not need to be bolted to the floor. In fact, getting it up or down the stairs and into the closet is often a trial. With average weights of 250 pounds and up, you won’t want to move this safe very often. You’re better off concealing its location than trying to relocate it.
One way to hide both small and large safes is behind a locked cabinet door. If you can, style the door to look like something else. (Similar to the movies where a wall safe is always hidden behind an oil painting). You could go traditional with a large oil painting to hide the safe. But a fancy painting may look a bit odd inside a closet and attract exactly the kind of unwanted attention you wish to avoid. On the other hand, a secret door camouflaged to look like a full-length mirror mounted to the wall is a good choice to hide any size safe. Mirrors are common accessories in closets and draw little attention. Other ideas include disguising the door within a bank of shelves to look like a drawer front or file cabinet.
Use Hidden Locks on Your Cabinet Doors & Drawers
Use hidden locks on the doors/mirrors that conceal your safe. This will make it less obvious that you have something valuable hidden behind the door. Don’t drill a hole and put in a traditional lock with a key. No matter where you put it, an experienced thief will spot it almost immediately. It’s like putting up a sign that says “valuables hidden here.” For a lock to truly be hidden, it must be completely invisible on the outside. This usually means some sort of radiofrequency locking system rather than a keyed solution. One of the best radio controlled cabinet and drawer locks available is Stealth Lock®. This type of lock can be used on either cabinets or drawers. Several doors and drawers can be controlled by a single receiver/passcode if desired.
Hidden locks also work well to secure your closet jewelry drawers. As long as the drawers themselves are sturdy, the Stealth Lock® will prevent them from being opened. Another advantage of this type of lock is that a large collection of jewelry spanning several drawers can be locked or unlocked simultaneously using a single transmitter. Put a set of these locks on all your jewelry drawers and you’re set.
How to Make Your Closet Safe Invisible
Still wondering how to hide a safe in a closet? Start out by buying the right size safe for your needs. If you want to keep a small safe for papers and jewelry on your closet shelf, dimensions are critical. Make sure your closet safe fits a standard 18-inch wide by 14-inch deep space. That way it won’t stick out from your closet system and you can cover it with a cabinet door. A larger safe should also be concealed behind a door. Even better is to use a secret cabinet door disguised as a mirror or other common closet accessory. This goes for both floor safes and shelf models. Lastly, use a radiofrequency controlled hidden locking system on your cabinet doors like the Stealth Lock® so that they don’t open without a passcode. Follow these tips and no one will suspect you’re hiding anything in your closet.