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
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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