Underfloor safes come with a host of benefits including their discreet appearance, wide range of cash ratings, quality construction and versatility. Whether for residential or commercial use, an underfloor safe is appropriate for those who are confronted with limited space or a preference for underfloor storage.

Underfloor deposit safes come in a variety of sizes and can be fitted with an array of door choices (square, rectangular, round). Some models are even designed with a deposit facility to quickly and securely deposit small treasures and coins. Since underfloor safes aren’t generally waterproof, it’s recommended to keep cash and jewellery in the compartment as opposed to paper documents. You can however select some models that have a water-resistant dust cover, but double check to make sure. In this post we’ll explain:

  • Why underfloor safes are perfect for small or cramped spaces
  • The do’s and don’ts of installing an underfloor safe
  • Which accent pieces can be placed on top?

The Ideal Solutions for Small Spaces

Many homeowners and business professionals want the peace of mind that accompanies a high quality safe as well as the safety protocols, but more often than not, they struggle to find enough space to install it. With that in mind, underfloor safes are a perfect option. What you’ll first need to do is locate a spot, preferably on the ground floor, to install the safe. Also be aware that if you select one with a deposit facility it may protrude slightly above the ground which may be a safety hazard if it’s too close to the room’s footpath.

The Burton Watchman Deposit Combination Underfloor Safe is one example of a deposit version that’s great for pubs, bars and shops. The re-locking, 12mm steel door has a built-in device which secures the door in case of an attack. Plus it has a flock-lined interior to provide additional protection to the contents.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Installation

Installing an underfloor safe is a delicate process, considering that if the right place is not selected you may need to reframe a portion of the room. The ideal spot would be on the ground level (if a multi-level structure) in a remote corner or at the base of a semi-permanent piece. Locate the floor joists that run parallel to each other and measure the space in between them. Depending on the size between the joists, weigh your options for safes. Also take into account the amount of space you’ll need to store your possessions. Avoid purchasing an underfloor safe without first identifying the size/cash rating you’ll need as well as the room’s floor plan.

Accent Rugs and Furniture Indirectly Increase Security

To further reduce the visibility of an underfloor safe, add a decorative rug or small piece of furniture like a table. Remember to place it away from incoming or outgoing traffic to avoid detection.

Overall, an underfloor safe is a great way to make use of the limited space you have available. They’re suitable for both commercial and residential use because of their wide ranging features and their snug fit within the floor.