The process of building and obtaining a custom safe provides a safe space for personal assets or belongings. While the exact time required to build and receive the safe may vary significantly, certain common factors contribute to the actual time required for the process. By understanding the factors involved in creating and obtaining a custom safe, you can have a rough estimate of the number of days required for your safe to arrive.
The Dimensions of the Safe
One of the most common reasons for purchasing a custom safe is due to needing custom dimensions to fit in a specific space. Before estimating the time required to build a custom safe, an individual must provide the dimensions of the interior and exterior of the safe. Dimensions on the exterior of the safe may include factors like the handles, hinges and lock.
When ordering a custom safe, you provide the details about the space available for the safe. If you want the overall dimensions for the depth to include external features like the handle, then mention the fact during the order to avoid complications with the process. Generally, a larger safe may require more time to make than a smaller safe; however, other details also impact building standards.
The Steel Used on the Safe
Materials can impact the requirements for time when building a safe. You will want to decide how much security you want and that will determine how thick the steel is. A B-Rating is a 1/2″ steel door and a 1/4″ steel body. A C-Rating is 1″ steel door and 1/2″ steel body. The thicker the steel, the higher security you will have. We can also build custom TL-15 and TL-30 safes as well. You can read up on the different burglar ratings and what they mean to help you determine which one to select. Expect some variation in building times when evaluating the rating of the safe and the steel materials.
The Location of the Hinge or Hinges
Another common reason to purchase a custom safe is due to needing a left hand hinge. The hinge location may not seem complex, but the actual placement can impact the building time. When you order a custom safe, we ask for details like the location of the hinge, or how you prefer to open the door of the safe. Depending on the location, the difficulty of installing the hinge may vary and impact the time required for the building process. Typically this only adds about a week to the total process for a non-standard hinge.
Fire ratings refer to the resistance to heat and fire in an emergency situation. You can choose for your new custom safe between having no fire rating (just a steel safe), a 1 hour or 2 hour rating. The longer the rating, the heavier your safe will be as more fire material needs to be used. This also can impact the build time of your safe.
The Type of Lock
Locks range from traditional key locks or dial combination locks to modern digital locks. We also allow you to select a lock with multiple users to put in different combinations for businesses that have multiple employees. There are also other digital locks available such as audit trail locks which allow you to see who got into the safe and at what time. If you want to put in a complex locking system on your safe, then it may impact the amount of time required to build your safe.
Interior details refer to the shelving or storage solutions used inside the safe. While a small safe may not have any interior details, larger safes often provide organizational tools like multiple shelves to help keep items or paperwork separated. Other interiors include drawers with organizers for jewelry (watches, rings, necklaces). For businesses, we can offer interior lockable compartments to keep things separated and only the manager or owner would have access with a key or combination. If you need a custom interior, then expect the safe to take longer to build. If you have a simple safe without shelves or organizational details, then we may be able to complete your order in a shorter amount of time.
Ultimately, the amount of time required to build a custom safe depends on the details and specifics associated with the project. As a general rule, we take the information and then send the details to a safe manufacturer to obtain a quote. Quotes typically take about 24-48 hours to get back. We will ask you for your name, e-mail address, phone number and shipping address so that we can provide you with the quote. Once you have the quote, you can make a decision from there.
Check out this custom safe that was built to our customers exact specifications.
In most cases, a custom safe is completed within four to six weeks; with the ship time taking another 3-5 business days after that. Depending on the manufacturers back log and the season, it could take a little bit longer to build your custom safe. If you decide to cancel your order, then you must cancel within 48 hours. Any damage to the safe upon delivery is reported via the delivery receipt and you can refuse the safe at the time of delivery if you notice extensive damages. You will need to wait the four to six weeks again if the safe has to be rebuilt.
If you would like to get a quote on a custom safe or order one today, please call us at 800-207-2259 with the details! We would be happy to provide you with a custom quote.
Share this post