The Best Way to Mount a Home Safe

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A home safe is a necessity to protect your valuables, including money, documents and jewelry. Safes may be purchased in many sizes and with a variety of security features. Some safes are designed to be mounted in the wall or the floor, allowing for extra security. If a safe is unmounted, a burglar may be able to lift the safe from the home and steal the contents. Mounting a safe provides an extra layer of security, since the safe is not easy to remove from the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Compact wall-mount safe
  • Stud sensor
  • Level or measuring tape
  • Drywall saw
  • Shims
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Purchase a compact wall-mount safe. Many home improvement and hardware stores offer safes for sale. Choose a safe that is large enough to house your valuables, but small enough to mount in an inconspicuous area of your home, such as a closet.

  • Find the studs in the wall using a stud sensor. Choose an area of the wall to install the safe so that it is between studs.

  • Measure the back of the safe that will be inserted in the wall. Use a level or other straight edge to cut into the wall using a drywall saw, creating an opening that matches the dimensions of the back of the safe.

  • Insert shims, or thin pieces of plywood, on the sides of the opening. The shims will create a tight seal so that when you insert the safe it is snug against the sides of the opening. Secure the shims using nails and a hammer.

  • Place the safe in the wall by lining it up with the opening and gently pushing it in. Use even, gentle pressure to slide the safe into the hole.

  • Open the door of the safe to gain access to the inside of the safe.

  • Screw the safe into the wall using screws and a drill. Read the manufacturer's directions to determine the size of screw necessary for securing the brand of safe that you are mounting.

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