"Wall Safes" are safes that are designed to be installed between standard wall studs spaced 16" apart on center. (The term, "on center" means when measured from the center of one stud to the center to the adjacent stud. 16" on center studs are approximately 14-1/2" apart when measured from the edge of one stud to the edge of the adjacent stud.) When installed, a wall safe is flush with the surrounding dry wall and can easily be concealed by a picture or a mirror....[Read More]
Wall safes have a few advantages over free standing safes that make them a popular choice among homeowners. For one, they can be installed in areas that are convenient to access, such as in a bedroom closet. A second advantage is that they do not take up valuable living space because they are installed in unused space between wall studs. A third advantage is that they can be hidden behind a picture or a mirror.
Wall safes have some disadvantages when compared to free standing safes. First, wall safes tend to be smaller and relatively shallow when compared to free standing safes. Second, wall safes are not as burglary or fire resistant as many higher-end free standing safes, such as Premium Fire/Burglary Safes.
In recent years there have been several innovations in the design and construction of wall safes. The first is the introduction of the adjustable wall safe depth feature. Wall safes with this feature have telescoping bolts on the sides that can be loosened to allow the back wall to expand to accommodate the full depth of your wall [See, for example, item# HW2070A or item# 1700] Another recent innovation is the introduction of Fire Resistant Wall Safes. Although these safes provide a fair amount of fire protection, they also tend to have a much larger depth dimension than traditional, non-fire resistant wall safes. For this reason, fire resistant wall safes are usually only installed in very deep walls or, more often, in walls that face a closet or stairwell where it is less problematic to have the back wall of the safe protrude through the rear side of the wall. These safes have a large depth dimension to accommodate the fire resistant material built into the walls of the body of the safe. There have been a couple other innovations in recent years, such as the introduction of wall safes with optional biometric locks [item# 9570], and, wall safes with push button mechanical locks [item# 1175].
Installing most wall safes is very straight forward. The first step is to check the operation of the safe to make sure it is working properly. The second step is to choose a suitable location for the installation, including locating and measuring the distance between the wall studs, and making sure there are no hidden pipes or electrical wiring behind the drywall at the installation location. The third step is to cut out the dry wall so that the safe may be inserted between the wall studs. The fourth step is to insert the wall safe into the installation location and mark holes from inside the wall safe through the centers of the pre-drilled anchor locations with a pencil. The fifth step is to remove the safe from the installation location and drill holes through the pencil marks. The last step is to anchor the safe to the wall studs from inside the safe. Most wall safes have a flange that will eliminate the need for any dry wall touch-up after installation, resulting in a clean and professional installation appearance. Of course, you can always have your wall safe installed by a professional, such as a licensed contractor, a general contractor, or a carpenter.
Wall safes are available with a wide variety of locking mechanisms. The most popular lock on wall safes is an electronic lock with a back-up key override. Commercial grade electronic locks, while more expensive, are also an excellent choice and highly reliable lock option for wall safes.