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Wall safes can be a great choice to secure your valuables if you have limited space and want to add a layer of concealment to your home or business safety plan. They're compact, lightweight, and easy to install anywhere!


2022 Wall Safe Buying Guide

Keep your valuables safe and securely out of sight by installing a wall safe. If you're a homeowner or business owner looking to not only protect but also hide your valuables, a wall safe is an excellent home or business safety solution.

 

With advances in safe technology and an increase in robberies both residential and commercial, choosing the right safe might feel overwhelming. So we've broken down some features you might want to consider when deciding which wall safe best fit your needs.  


Questions we will answer in this guide:

 

1.What to consider when buying a wall safe

2. What is burglary resistance?

3. Where should I install my wall safe?

4. What size wall safe should I buy?

5. Biometric or electronic?

6. What about fire resistance?

7. How much should you spend on a wall safe?

8. What should I consider when I buy a wall safe?

 


What is a Wall Safe?

A wall safe is a small metal box that mounts directly into the wall or floor of your home or office. Some models are designed to be placed inside of a closet or cabinet, while others work well as freestanding units that can be hidden away in any room of your house or office building. Wall safes are designed to blend in seamlessly with your home's decor so they don't attract attention or appear out of place.

 

 

 

The Advantages & Disadvantages

 

  • The main advantage of a wall safe is that it can be installed (concealed) in any location within your home. This makes it an ideal storage solution to stash cash, important paperwork or jewelry. You can also use it to put your items you use every day while your other valuables are stored inside of your main safe.

 

  • One disadvantage is that they cannot be bolted down or anchored into concrete floors like other safes can. This means IF someone discovers where it is, and they have the right tools, it can be cut from the wall with a saw or pried off with pry bars.

 

Note: To counter the disadvantage of someone being able to cut the safe from the wall; keep in mind that a wall safe can be hidden behind anything, such as; artwork, mirrors, bookshelves, headboards, and it can be installed deep in any closet. Your security increases by where you choose to install the safe, the more stealth the better.  

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How much do you want to spend on your wall safe?

Sometimes, the most important consideration when buying a wall safe is the amount of money you want to spend. While we know there are plenty of wall safes on the market under $100 dollars, you will want to consider a few things when purchasing any safe and more importantly when choosing a safe at a "cheap" price. Your valuables and your budget deserve the best protection possible.

 

Considerations when choosing a safe under $100: quality, customer service, warranty, brand reputation, seller reputation, how long you want the safe to last, and always read the reviews, both good and bad.

 

 

What to Consider When Buying a Wall Safe

When you're shopping for a wall safe, there are a few things that you should consider.

 

  • Size of the safe: This is important because it's not always easy to find an empty space in your house where you can fit a sizeable wall safe. Also, wall safes can only be as deep as the wall they are in. If your walls are made with 2 by 4 studs like many American homes, your safe will be just under 4 inches deep.

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  • Strength of the safe: The sturdiness of the structure can prevent burglars from using tools to break through the walls and access what's inside. Remember, most wall studs are made of wood, so if a burglar finds the safe they can saw or pry the safe away from the wall. Unlike a floor safe, or a safe bolted to the foundation of a home.

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  • Fire resistance: Your items will not always be protected from prolonged fire damage inside this type of safe! Some wall safes do offer fire protection.

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  • Burglary resistance: These types of safes are burglary rated, they are meant to withstand attacks by criminals who want access to whatever valuable possessions are kept within them. Because of the nature of wall safes, they will not be as resistant to sawing, crowbar and other tool attacks as a floor safe or other large safes.

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Fire Resistance

Fire rated safes are a great way to protect your valuables in the unfortunate event of a fire. The following is an explanation of Underwriter’s Laboratories’ fire resistant container testing standards.

 

30 minute fire rating — Class 350: Protects valuables for up to 30 minutes.
1 hour fire rating — Class 350: Protects valuables for up to 1 hour.

If fire is a concern for you, then it's important to choose a wall safe that can withstand fire for at least 30 minutes.

 

  • Here are a few of our fire rated wall safes:

 

Safe and Vault Store's Staff Picks

Best fire resistance in a wall safe

 

Here are the standout picks for best fire rating in a wall safe.

 

WHY: These safes feature a good Fire Rating that will protect your belongings for 30 minutes or greater.

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Burglary Rated Wall Safes

The first and most important step to ensuring that your wall safe will protect your valuables is to install your safe where it won't be found. Because, if the burglar can't find the wall safe they can't break into it.

 

Burglary resistance is determined by how long it would take for someone with tools or brute force (such as a crowbar) to break into the safe. Some wall safes carry a B-rating which tells you the safe has at minimum a 1/8" steel body, 1/2 inch door. The B-rating is an industry rating, which means it is not verified nor are there any formal written standards to which manufacturers must adhere to.


Safe and Vault Store's Staff Picks

Best Burglary Resistance in a wall safe

 

Here are the standout picks for best bulglary rating in a wall safe. These safes do require at least 10" of depth behind your wall.

 

WHY: These safes feature 1/2 inch steel door or greater.

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Lock Options for Wall Safes

Manual Safe Locks (Key Locks):

This is a popular type of lock for safes, and is also the least expensive. This type of lock uses a key to open the safe, which you can use to lock and unlock the safe at any time.

 

Combination Safe Locks:

This type of lock is more secure and advanced than key lock. The technology for this lock has been around for over 100 years and is one of the most reliable locks on the market. It does not require any batteries or keys that could get lost. You do need a locksmith to change the combination if you ever would like it to be different in the future.

 

Electronic Safe Locks:

This type of lock allows you to choose your own combination so that no one else will know what it is. Simply program your own personal code. It also give you quick access to your contents when you need them. These locks do require that you change the batteries about once a year.

 

Biometric Safe Locks:

Biometric safes have a fingerprint scanner so that only those who have registered their fingerprints with the lock can access them. These are very secure, but they are also more expensive compared to other types of safe locks available today.


Popular Wall Safe Brands

Some of the most popular and highly reputable manufacturers of wall safes include: American Security (AMSEC), BlumSafe, Barska, Gardall, Hayman, Hollon, Mesa Safe, Perma-Vault, Protex, SnapSafe, Stealth Safes, Tactical Walls, Viking & V-Line.

What size wall safe do you need?

The size of your safe is an important consideration. It should be proportional to the amount of valuables that you wish to store in it. If you are storing documents and small valuables, a small safe will do. However, if you are storing a lot of jewelry, firearms, or other items that take up more room, then it might be best to invest in a larger model such as one that can hold larger or more items. Make sure to measure the depth behind your wall to see which wall safe will fit. If you have a place with more depth behind your wall, you will have more room to fit more valuables inside.

 

What else to consider?

There are a few other things to consider before you buy a wall safe.

 

  • Will you outgrow the safe? Make sure to buy a safe that has enough room to grow with your needs.
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  • CDOJ Rating: Will the safe be in California? And, will you be storing a gun in it? California-approved firearms safety devices, such as safes, need to meet the requirements of California Penal Code Section 12088 and the regulations issued within. You can find CDOJ rates safes here.  
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  • Check the warranty on any given model; generally speaking, longer warranties indicate better quality or durability in terms of construction, materials used and overall design.
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  • Are wall safes waterproof?No, wall safes are not waterproof. We recommend putting your items in zip lock bags or Tupperware containers if you want to keep them 100% waterproof. You can also buy a fire- and water-resistant bag to put your items inside.

 

 


Questions? Our safe professionals have decades of experience and they are ready to help answer any questions you may have. So please reach out to us by; phone, chat or email if you need assistance!

 

 

CDOJ Rated Wall Safes | Gun Storage

As of January 1, 2002, no firearm may be sold, transferred, or manufactured within California unless that firearm is accompanied by a DOJ-approved firearms safety device (California Penal Code section 23620, et seq).

 

Safe and Vault Store's Staff Picks

Here are the standout picks for California shoppers.

 

WHY: These are California-approved firearms safety devices that meets the requirements of California Penal Code Section 12088 and the regulations issued thereunder.

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Need More Space? These runners up are taller to accomidate long rifles.

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Hiding your safe

      • Leaving your safe in plain sight is the easiest way for burglars to find it, so don't do that.
      • Don't hide your safe in a place that would be obvious to burglars. If you store it in a closet, for example, they can easily look there first and just keep looking until they find it.
      • If you have a safe with some kind of electronic lock on it, make sure you know what the code is (and don't write it down anywhere!).
      • You should also not hide your safe where guests are likely to be during house parties or gatherings with people who live nearby or visit. They may think "Hey! All I need to do is come back another time!" And then next thing you know—your valubles are gone forever!

Where should you install a wall safe?

You should install your wall safe in a place that is not easily accessible to children or burglars. You should also consider the possibility of fires if you live in an area with high winds and lots of lightning.

 

Walls are typically made from drywall, which will burn if exposed to excessive heat. The same goes for cabinets where you might keep emergency supplies like food and water—these can be damaged by fire just as easily as your wall safes can be destroyed.


Before You Install Your Wall Safe

  • Make sure you have the right tools.

  • Make sure you have the right space.

  • Make sure you have the right wall.

  • Make sure you have the right size wall safe.

  • Make sure you have the right wall safe installation kit.

  • And finally, make sure you have all of your instructions in one place and follow them carefully!

How to install a wall safe

 

Tools needed to install a wall safe:

 

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Drywall saw
  • Drill/driver

Safe and Vault Store's Staff Pick

Most storeage area in a wall safe.

 

Here are the standout picks for most room in a wall safe.

 

WHY: These safes feature an adjustable back or a fixed deep back making them far deeper than your typical wall safes*

*Note: this means you will need a deep wall or the back of the safe will appear in the ajasent room!

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Did we leave anything out?

With these considerations in mind, we hope it helps you make an informed decision about which wall safe is right for you. If you still have questions or would like to talk to a safe professional, we are here! The team at Safe and Vault Store can help you through the decision making process!



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