A floor safe can represent one of the most effective ways to defend your valuables against theft, fire, and other disasters. Floor safes don’t take up extra room, they’re difficult for burglars to detect, and they can offer impeccable protection. After all, even if an individual was to discover your concealed safe — removing it from the floor would represent a significant challenge.
Often recommended as a permanent security feature because of its complex installation, the average floor safe can be as large, small, modern, or traditional as you like – with digital and analogue options for any homeowner.
What Kinds of Floor Safe Are Available?
Floor safes are often an affordable, and convenient method of securing valuables within the home. As concealed vaults within the foundation of a home, floor safes can be effectively invisible to the average person when carefully installed — offering fantastic burglary protection. Your perfect floor safe will depend on your individual needs, but there are a range of high-tech and reliable options to choose from, including:
- Lift-Out Door STAR Tubular Body Floor Safes: Simple and effective, this type of safe is manipulation-resistant, and comes with a removable dial, along with a drill-resistant spindle for perseverance against burglary. The body has a “heavy” construction, with a “B-rating”, and it comes with an available dual-key inner compartment.
- Lift-Out Door STAR Rectangular Body Floor Safes: Designed with the same robust “B-rating” construction as the tubular body safe, these floor safes are water resistant, manipulation resistant, and available with a range of security features for optimum protection.
- Rectangular Hinged AMSEC SuperBrute Door Floor Safes: Created using state-of-the-art equipment, Brute safes come with the AMSEC ESL5 Electronic lock on a “B-rating” door. Strong and secure, they also come with an extra relocking device, spring-loaded and activated by a “punching” impact.
- Valuegaurd Floor Safes: For security on a budget, these floor safes offer exceptional value, with “B-rating” strength and a lift-out door for convenience. Ideal for seamless concealment, these safes also feature a simple 3-number combination lock.
Keep in mind that when installing your floor safe, it’s best to choose a remote area with a limited amount of foot traffic. A corner of your basement, or in a patch of cement beneath the stairs to the cellar might be the ideal location.
What do You Need to Install a Floor Safe?
Though it is possible to install floor safes in wood — the best housing for these security items is concrete. Because of this, fitting your own floor vault and encasing it in concrete can be a difficult DIY task – many prefer to leave the challenge in the hands of a professional.
If you do choose to attempt the job yourself, the materials required may depend on the type of installation you have in mind, and the kind of floor material you will be installing the safe into. Generally, you will need:
- Your chosen floor safe
- Tape measure
- Various levels
- A concrete saw, jack hammer, or core rig
- A means of transporting broken concrete
- A trowel, water bucket, and tools for mixing concrete
- A shovel
- Concrete mix, and clean sand or gravel in excess for mixing
- Safety glasses and gloves
The Benefits of Floor Safes
The fact that floor safes can be so difficult to install may lead you to ask why you should choose this type of safe over the various other options available. The answer to this, is that floor safes come with a unique and impressive range of advantages, such as:
- Versatility: Unlike with wall safes and other free-standing safes, you aren’t limited in size with your floor safe. While your chosen wall thickness may determine which wall safe you choose, you have far more room to play with when installing a floor safe. On top of that — you’re not taking up any valuable room in your home with your safe!
- Concealment: Perhaps one of the most significant benefits that a floor safe offers is that it can be easily hidden. Located within the floor, and concealed beneath a mat, rug, or piece of furniture; chances are that burglars would never even discover your safe.
- Security: Besides their inherent “hidden” nature, floor safes have various other security perks too. Usually, these safes are fire-resistant because they’re encased in concrete. What’s more, because the safe is encased in concrete, it would be difficult for a criminal to remove in a timely, or quiet manner — limiting the actions a burglar can take to access your valuables.
The best safe for you will depend on your specific needs, but floor safes can represent a fantastic option for home security.