What Are the Worst and Best Places to Install a Safe in Your Home

Fatima Buzdar

December 14, 2022

A hidden safe embedded in a wall, partially concealed by a picture frame. The frame is swung open, revealing the safe's door and combination lock behind it. The wall, painted a muted green color, might require the expertise of a skilled locksmith to access its secured contents.

After considering various factors like size, protection type, locking mechanism, etc. you finally buy a safe that is perfect for your home. However, before you place your valuables inside the safe and deem it all ready to be placed somewhere, hold up! There is one more factor you definitely should not ignore. And that is the placement of your safe.

There were 125,500 reported cases of breaking and entering properties in Canada throughout 2021. This makes it crucial to protect your valuable a within a safe in case you are an unfortunate victim to a break-in. However, while the right safe provides robust deterrence and protection against burglary attempts, it still does not completely prevent a persistent and experienced burglar from breaching your safe. A burglar can also scoop the safe and scram with it to be able to find more time to find ways to breach the safe.

This is why it is important to consider where to install a safe in house! A well-hidden safe serves as an extra security layer that is certainly worth it. By choosing the right place to install and hide your safe, you can potentially save your valuables being stolen. There are many places in your home to install the safe and make it hard to be found, as well as the locations that are best avoided.

Best Places to Install Your Safe in Your Home

We recommend these places where a home safe can be hidden and be hard to be discovered by burglars.


If you have a concrete floor, then the safe can be securely mounted within it. To make the floor fitting even stronger, you can secure the safe in the corner. A safe with dual fixing points can be chosen for this kind of fitting. This will enhance the strength of safe attachment, because it will be anchored to both floor and wall.

While it is possible to mount a typical safe to the floor, it is recommended to choose a safe that is specially designed to be anchored into the floor. Their structure is more suitable for being fixed into the floor and they also have mechanisms that make it easy to interact with them in the floor.

This nature of placement offers excellent ways to make the safe discreet. For example, a floor safe concealed by a thick carpet and rugs is extremely likely to miss the burglar on search! The furniture can also be arranged to be placed upon the safe fixed into the floor, cleverly hiding it from the view. Additionally, even if the safe is found, the attachment of the safe adds an extra layer of security. Because it is very difficult to pry it out. The burglar would likely be unable to remove the safe from the floor in order to run away with it.

The downside to it is that the installation can be more complex due to its nature. For example, not all types of floors are optimally compatible with floor safes. For example, wooden and tiled flooring can have compatibility issues with floor safes. A safe expert can assist with deciding whether a safe installation is appropriate for your floor.

Another pitfall to consider is whether you would like the safe to be waterproof in addition to deterring burglary. In the case of flooding, the water can get into the ground surrounding the safe and get into the safe, damaging any valuables vulnerable to water within it. Make sure that the safe is waterproof if you are going to store such valuables inside a safe.

Photo frame moved to reveal a hidden safe


You can also secure the safe into the wall. Anchoring a safe into the wall offers excellent inconspicuousness. It can be easily concealed behind large and heavy furniture pieces, mirrors, wall decorations like picture frames, behind a sliding door and so forth. If the safe is properly installed into the wall and the concealing objects are arranged well, then it is hard to be found by someone who is not aware of the location.

As the safe would be securely fixed into the wall, it would also be very difficult to detach it. Hence, even if the burglar manages to locate your well-hidden safe, they would likely be unable to pry it out to run off with it.

Mounting a safe into the wall also provides water protection. If your stored valuables are sensitive to water damage, then placing your safe high above the ground level is recommended. By installing it high on the wall, you can enjoy this extra layer of safety for your valuables.

However, due to its nature of installation, it also has drawbacks to consider. The biggest concern is its limited dimensions. As your wall would need a hole to be formed into it in order to accommodate the safe, the wall must be thick enough. The hole depth and overall dimensions should be reasonable as well. As a result, the wall safes do not offer a large space for storage. Hence, a small safe is the best suited to be fit into a wall.


What is expected from a typical attic? Of course, it is likely to be the home to clutter of old and random items with little monetary value. Since it is such an unconventional place for keeping notable valuables, the burglar may be not quite tempted to take the single entrance leading into the attic through the ladder. And even if a burglar decides to check there, how easy would it be to find the safe amid the clutter?

And that is what you can take advantage of. These factors make it an unusual and secure place which makes it hard to find the safe. Place your safe into the attic and conceal it from the view by taking advantage of other items in the attic. Obviously, make sure to make note of the location so that you yourself do not end up having to fumble to find your safe!


Basements are well-hidden areas in your home. It follows that they also help with concealing your safes and make a good hiding spot. They also tend to provide a large space to leverage, so if your safe is large to accommodate a big volume of your assets, then it is all the more suitable to install your home safe in a basement.

It is also difficult to be moved out of the basement, deterring the attempts to flee with the safe. This is especially the case if the safe is installed into the basement floor. As basements tend to offer large space, even big safes can be easily mounted to the floor.

However, you need to keep the humid atmosphere of the basement in mind. Excessive moisture accumulation can rust the valuables in the safe, as well as corrode the safe exterior and encourage mold formation. The humidity can also disrupt the proper operation of the electronic safes. In order to prevent the moisture-caused damage, you can place a humidifier within the safe to control the moisture levels.

There is also the risk of your valuables getting damaged that you need to consider, if your valuables would be vulnerable to water. Basements are vulnerable to flooding and this can threaten your safe valuables if the safe is not adequately waterproof.

Under Sink

If your safe is small enough, then hiding it under the sink can cleverly conceal it. The burglar would be unlikely to expect anything but an invaluable clutter under your sink, if that spot even comes to their mind at all.  This makes the area a good location to install the safe.

Kitchen Cupboards

A burglar would only expect the kitchen cupboards to have cookware and utensils, neither of which are items that would be worthy of the burglar’s goals. Hence, these would be unlikely to be searched by a burglar and make excellent places to hide your safe. 

However, keep in mind that a large amount of house fires start in the kitchen. Should such a disaster occur, it can threaten your safe and its contents. Hence, it is smart to be extra cautious and choose a fire-proof safe to ensure your safe to protect valuables from fire damage.

Worst Places to Install a Safe in Your House

Along with knowing the best choices for where to install a safe in house, it is also good to know the worst places to install a home safe so that you can avoid them. It is ideal to avoid these places if you want to be cautious.

A safe placed in a wooden closet


A closet is a very obvious place for hiding items. Hence, it is no wonder that a criminal would be very likely to search the closet for valuables and stumble into the safe. Even if there are items concealing it, the thief can quickly discover the safe inside the closet merely by quickly rummaging through the items.

Within the Staircase

You might consider hiding the safe under the stairs, since you expect it to be an excellent and unusual hiding place. However, the same is expected by so many people to the point that it is quite predictable to criminals. It makes this area to be likely to be checked by a burglar that breaks into your house.

Under the Bed or Mattress

Bedrooms are among the most common places that burglars search to find valuables to steal. The areas under the bed and mattress are especially the places that a typical burglar would not miss checking, since these are predictable locations to hide valuables.


Unfortunately, your garage is an easy and even a common target for burglars to break into. Its protection is generally not sturdy enough, so it is not too difficult for the seasoned thieves to be able to intrude into the garage.

On top of it, garages are a tempting target, since they generally have valuables and tools that catch burglars’ interest. This can lead the thief to discovering your safe and stealing it. Hence, it is not the best place to keep your safe hidden.

Call Our Experts to Install a Home Safe For You and Consult You

To add an extra layer of security, you can keep your safes concealed from view so that a burglar can not get their hands on it. There are various places that are best for hiding your safe from view. By choosing hidden places and anchoring your safe to floor or wall, you can have the peace of mind that your valuables are completely secure.

Our safe experts can provide consultation for choosing the best safe for your house, as well as assist with deciding where to install a safe in house. We will also make the process even smoother by delivering the safe to your house and installing it on floor or wall if you would prefer that. Give us a call now and secure your valuables from the hands of burglars!

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