Buying a safe for your home is no longer a challenging project as there are so many available at very reasonable prices. Installation is often straight forward for those disposed towards DIY.
DIY v professional installation
Whether to install your newly acquired safe yourself or have it fitted by professionals is a personal choice. For those with basic DIY experience and a willingness to tackle a new project the installation of a basic safe in an uncomplicated location may prove simple. Ask yourself if you feel confidant about doing it. Are there likely to be unforeseen difficulties or if making plasterwork or other structural features good afterwards will be an issue. If the answer to these questions is yes it may be better to go for professional installation. If in any doubt it is best to consult a professional company such as Secure Safe
Installing a simple floor safe
Perhaps the most simple and, dare it be said, easy type of installation is when the safe is secured to a floor and covered by a piece of furniture. These types of safes and installation are referred to as “bolt down”. The bolts that secure the safe to the floor are located within the safe so that when it is locked they are not easily accessible. Fitting means drilling holes into the floor – usually one that is concrete but floor joists will do – below the safe. The floor needs to be flat and solid. The holes to be drilled can be marked by placing the safe where it is to sit and marking through the holes the bolts go through.
Installing a wall safe
This is almost identical to installing a bolt down floor safe except that the safe is fixed to a wall. The same process used for a floor bolt down safe will apply, but assistance may be needed to hold the safe up whilst holes are marked and the safe attached to the wall. It goes without saying that the wall needs to be solid enough to take the bolts and the weight of the safe.
Floorboard safe and under floor safe installation
The floorboard safe will be set into the floor below floorboard level. It is basically set into concrete that is poured into a shuttered area around it.
An under floor safe is set into an already existing concrete floor. This requires a cavity to be cut into the existing concrete to contain the safe.