An underfloor safe should be installed either on the ground floor, in a closet, adjacent to a semi-permanent fixture, remote corner, or other low traffic area. The greatest consideration to bear in mind is that the location should be in a space where foot traffic is minimal. If not, you risk having the safe discovered and the safety of your contents jeopardised.
To best identify the location of your underfloor safe, contemplate the floor plan of your office, residence or retail establishment. Since a portion of the safe may protrude above the floor level it’s critical to take into account the layout and natural foot path of incoming and outgoing guests. Also be aware of any elements which could interfere with proper installation like main water pipes, electrical wiring, gas pipes, sump drainage lines, etc.
In this post we’ll discuss the following concepts:
- Where are the top locations to install an underfloor safe?
- What structural components should you look out for?
- Which size and grade are ideal for your needs?
The Ground Floor is the First Choice
To begin your search, it’s relevant to note the type of establishment the underfloor safe will be placed in. For example, if your underfloor safe is intended for a multilevel home, the best place would be on the ground floor as far away from foot traffic as possible.
The ground floor is always preferred because it requires a less invasive approach when it comes to installation. Steer clear of areas where electrical wires, gas pipes or water lines may interfere with the safe. If you’re unsure where the plumbing or sewer lines run throughout your floor, it’s best to consult a licensed professional before exposing the foundation.
Select a Spot in the Closet
A spot in a closet is also a great location since foot traffic is rare. Again, do your best to identify space between floor joists or the timber/steel support in the building’s structure. If for whatever reason the ground floor is not a viable option and you have to place the underfloor safe on a higher level, it’s recommended you first consult an expert since reframing the structure may be required.
Choose a Semi-Permanent Fixture That Doesn’t Obstruct Access
Another location for your underfloor safe may include the base of a semi-permanent fixture like a cabinet. However, be aware of the weight which the fixture carries and whether or not you need access to a deposit facility that’s present on some models like the Securikey Housesafe Extra Deposit Floor Safe.
Select the Correct Size and Grade
Selecting the proper size and grade is the last factor to consider. The grade equates to the cash rating and valuables rating of each particular safe. Match the estimated value of your belongings with the correct grade. Also review the measurements located in each product description to determine the space allotment in your floor.
The perfect spot for your underfloor safe is largely dependent on your home or office’s floor plan as well as the level of traffic. Again, always opt for a spot on the ground floor or in a remote location. For all invasive installations, it’s best to seek the advice of a professional.