How To Install A Safe, Wall Safe


Unfortunately, today, the problem of security is deeply felt, the safety in our streets is just an utopia and even our homes are certainly not safe and burglaries have increased dramatically. Most of this intrusions occur often during daylight hours when residents are away at work or when the families are away from home for few days for vacation.

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These burglaries are typical smash and grap intrusions and the thieves try to stay as little as they can inside the house, grabbing cellular phones, pc, jewelry, watches, some cash and whatever they may find soon and easy to carry and then get out fast. Very often the homeowners make the thief ‘job’ even easier leaving many valuables items in plain sight and unprotected exactly where a thief expects these things may be.

For these reasons, although we have wisely taken steps to install a good alarm system, although we may have built a gate on our windows or a security door and we have entered into an insurance against theft, despite everything we may have done, to install a wall safe is always a good solution to secure things we care most against burglary.

Not necessarily it must consist of valuable objects, maybe it is something that does not have significant market value, but for us maybe they have a particular emotional or sentimental meaning.

Take for example a ring, a bracelet of gold, or a little watch given to your children for their first good placement at baseball junior league or the marriage rings of your grandparents, all objects of limited material value, but that are very important to us and we do not want them falling into others’ hands. So we need a safe place to store them, a security wall safe.

According to the Police, less than 10% of homes have a secure place to hidden valuables and if you consider that the thieves usually spend less than 15 minutes in the home, a safe or vault installation is definitely a good investment.

Install a safe it’s one of those jobs that, if you are able to do, is highly recommended to do by yourself. The reason can be easily imagined (even with all due respect to the companies experts to do so and that certainly do the job better than us). In addition doing it by yourself it is also a great money saving, which is not bad!


There are many types of safe on the market and you must consider various aspects while choosing the most appropriate safe for you. Moreover the real point that you must take into due account is your real needs as well the quantity of items or documents that you need to store and, of course, how much you have in mind to spend.


  1. to be installed in cabinets (such as those now used in all hotels of a certain standing),
  2. to be embedded into wall


  1. safes with mechanic lock
  2. safes with combination
  3. safes with electronic lock
  4. safes which have both mechanic and electronick lok system
how to install a safe


One of the key factor when you install a safe is the choice of the proper location where the safe should be installed.

First you must carefully check all the walls of your house to understand if they are strong enough to ensure good security and good fastness.

We ignore for a moment the safes to be installed in the cabinets. For those to be embedded into the wall you must verify that the wall is thick enough, deep at least as the whole safe’s deep (add also a further depth of approximately 2 inches to ensure the integrity of the wall).

This means that almost always in our homes, only the outer walls will have the characteristics to fulfill this purpose (and not always, it depends on the depth of the safe that we intend to embed).

installation of a safe



All safes sold in the market are provided with at least 5 holes on the inner walls (actually in some cases there are only a few points just marked and signed in order to reduce thickness, where they can be easily drilled according to the needs). By using that holes we may sign the wall where it should be drilled.

Even if it may seems obvious, we want to underline the need to check carefully that there is no wires or pipes under the surface of the wall where we have decided to install our safe.

Needless to say, and ‘better to choose a corner point, perhaps resting on the floor or a surface having the maximum possible anchor.


For sure, between the two, this is the system with a higher level of security but, obviously, it’s a little more complicate to put in place.

First it is necessary to draw the safe’s dimensions directly on the wall by tracking its contour lines, increasing them by about a couple of inches on each side in order to provide sufficient room where pour the mortar into which will be embedded the safe.

Obviously we need to have everything perfectly horizontal and perpendicular by simply use a level. This could seems not so important, but it’s not, in fact the lack of it may result in a bad working of the safe lock system.

It is better to apply masking tape to the outer edge of the box we have drawn on the wall to avoid chipping the plaster in the demolition phase. On the tape you can also put a nylon cloth around the wall for extra protection.

Now we may begin to engrave with a chisel along the line drawn and slowly we proceed inward.

Another system more practical can be to make a sequence of holes with the drill and then, with a chisel, connect the holes and make up a large recess in the wall which then gradually aquires a more square shape.

For the preparation of the mortar, you can buy at any DIY center few packages of powder-based hydraulic mortar, ready to be dissolved in water and mix until the mixture is creamy.

After laying a first layer of mortar is uniformly distributed on the bottom and on the side walls, we have to gently slide the safe into the recess that we created, by using two strips of wood.

The space between the lateral side of the safe and the wall must be filled with mortar which must be pushed deeply with the aid of a stich of wood or a trowel.

When the mortar base is almost dry, remove the strips of wood and fill the gap left by them with other mortar or grout.

Trying to bring the safe to the wall surface’s level and then proceed with the finishing work and plastering.

A beautiful whitewashed will then be necessary to duly complete the work.



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