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Get Discrete Protection with a Wall Safe


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Wall safes can be an excellent solution for protecting valuables within your home and office. Unlike large gun safes or smaller fire safes, these safes don’t take up any floor real-estate. Rather, they can be discretely mounted within the cavity of your wall. This can limit the attention they attract, helping to provide additional protection.

Due to their ability to be installed with little to no impact on the square footage of your space, walls safes can be an ideal option for those with small office and living spaces. 

Wall Safe FAQ

How Big is a Wall Safe?

Wall safes can vary in size, typically ranging from 3.5-inches deep to 5.75-inches depth. If you need to store just a few valuables, such as a handgun and a few pieces of precious jewelry, a smaller safe may suit your needs.

Larger options, like the Closet Vault II can hold substantially more, including long guns, ammunition, and pistols.

Is It Possible to Install a Hidden Wall Safe?

Yes, it is definitely possible to install a hidden wall safe. These are safes which are concealed by a picture or mirror. There are two keys to installing a hidden safe. The first is to purchase a safe with a recessed door, so the lock, handle, and hinges do not stick out beyond the wall.

The second is to make sure you select a location with enough room behind your wall. It’s common that recessed safes need more space.

What kind of locking mechanism do wall safes have?

They can be outfitted with a variety of locks, many of which are similar to the locks you would find on a traditional gun safe. These include:

  • A key lock
  • A combination lock
  • An electronic lock (such as a  biometric lock or a digital keypad)

Generally, we recommend you get a wall vault with a combination lock, as these are the most reliable locks that can be easily programmed and quickly opened when needed. 

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Will a wall safe fit between my studs?

While every manufacturer lists different dimensions, traditional wall safes are designed to fit a standard wall construction of 24-inches. If you have an odd size wall width, models like the LD5001 - 46" Wall Safe can be expanded or contracted to fit. Call or email us with any sizing questions. We can also provide live video calls to help you consider your options virtually.

Can I get a fireproof wall safe?

The term ‘fireproof’ is a misnomer. There is no safe on the market that can withstand the hottest fire indefinitely. That being said, some safes are more fire resistant than others.

Fire resistant wall safes are typically 12-15-inches deep and feature thicker walls and a thicker door. This increased size means you’ll need a deeper wall cavity, but it also means your safe will better withstand a house fire or office fire.

How secure is a wall safe?

The primary benefit of a wall safe is its discretion. A burglar can’t steal what they can’t find. And when your safe is hidden behind a mirror or piece of art, it’s less likely to be discovered.

However, if a burglar does find your safe, and they have the time and resources, they may be able to cut or pry it from your wall. This is why as a rule of thumb we always recommend buying a safe to match the valuables you are storing. The more valuable the items, the higher quality the safe should be.

Where’s the best place to install a wall safe to keep it hidden?

The best place to install your wall safe is a place burglars are not likely to look. As convenient as the later closet may be, it’s one of the first places someone will head off they break into your home.

A better location is a secondary bedroom closet or a storage room.

Is a wall safe waterproof? Will it survive if my house is flooded?

No, wall safes do not feature watertight seals and are therefore not waterproof. Generally speaking, we don’t recommend installing a safe where it has the potential to be submerged in water. However, If you are worried about water reaching your safe, you will want to store your items in watertight containers. These containers might include:

  • Ziplock bags
  • Tupperware 
  • Dry Bag 

Can Moisture Get Inside My Wall Safe?

Yes, moisture can get inside your wall safe. However, because wall safes are generally installed within homes or offices, moisture isn’t an extremely common problem. If you’re worried about moisture, you can add a dehumidifier and/or a desiccant can to cut down on moisture that may build up in your safe. 

How Do You Install a Wall Safe?

In most cases, it is relatively easy to install an electronic wall safe or mechanical wall safe. Successfully installing a wall safe starts with selecting the right model to meet your needs and fit your space. Make sure to take stock of how deep the cavity of your wall is and the spacing of your studs. The exterior dimensions of the wall safe you purchase will need to fit within those dimensions. 

Once you have purchased your safe, you will need to carefully cut a hold in your wall, large enough to accommodate your safe. It’s best to always start out cutting small, as increasing the size of a hole is substantially easier than filling it back in. 

Insert your wall vault into the hold you’ve created, keeping the door open. Mark the mounting holes with a pen on your studs. Remove the safe and drill holes into the stud. Replace the safe and fasten screws into the holes you have drilled. 

Once the safe is securely fastened to the studs, insert the shelves and check that the door shuts securely. 

Can You Install My Safe for Me?

Yes, we offer professional installation of your desired wall safe. Our team will identify the location of installation and check for any electrical/plumbing interference. We can cut your sheetrock and safely install your wall safe in between your studs. 

Can My Wall Safe Be Bolted to Metal Studs? 

Wall safes are typically designed to bolt to the wood studs within your wall and are therefore not designed to bolt to a metal stud. There may be alternative ways to secure your wall safe to a metal stud. If this is something you would like to do, you can speak to one of our gun safe experts about your options. Our professional gun safe installation team is highly skilled at finding creative ways to install a safe precisely where a customer wants.

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Are the Shelves in My Wall Safe Adjustable?

Typically, wall safes are outfitted with removable shelves, but the placement of the shelves can not be adjusted. The shelves are positioned to provide the maximum amount of storage for the most number of people. However, there are some wall safes which offer adjustable shelving. 

Will a Handgun Fit Inside My Wall Safe?

Most wall safes are designed to secure a handgun of other small home defense weapons.. To ensure your handgun fits, it’s always best to compare your handgun to the interior dimensions of your safe.

Will a Rifle or Shotgun Fit Inside My Wall Sage?

Rifles and shotguns can fit within a wall safe, if the safe is big enough. Traditional wall safes are much smaller than a long gun. As with purchasing a safe to hold your small personal firearm, we recommend comparing the rifle or shotgun you wish to store to the Sade’s interior dimensions. If you plan to store your gun with a scope, you will also want to take these dimensions into account.

Are Wall Safes Designed to Hold Extra Magazines?

Wall safes are designed to hold anything that will fit within their interior square footage. Depending on the size of your extra magazines, the size of your safe, and the other valuables you wish to secure, your discrete wall storage vault could hold additional ammunition. 

Do you live in the greater Seattle area, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah and Tacoma? Our extensive collection of safes and wall safes for sale can be viewed at our Edmonds retail store. You can also view our online collection or request a virtual walk-through of our inventory.

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