Are wall safes worth it?
February 24, 2023
One of the hardest things to figure out when wanting to buy a safe is “What kind of safe do I want to buy?” There are SO many kinds of safes you can buy for yourself! Depending on what you’re trying to keep safe, you could buy a normal, small home safe, a gun safe, a portable safe to bring around everywhere, or a safe that looks like a dictionary! So, what kind of safe do you want to buy for your home?
A big option for most people is a wall safe. A wall safe is a safe that is installed into your wall. Pretty straightforward, right? However, there are things that set wall safes apart from other kinds of safes that make some people love them, but others do not even think of one as an option. Let’s look at reasons YOU could choose to buy a wall safe, or decide not to.
Advantages of a wall safe
1.More difficult to break into
One of the biggest advantages of wall safes is that they are much more difficult to break into than other types of safes. Because they are installed into the wall, would-be thieves have a much harder time getting to the contents of the safe. They would need to either break through the wall or find a way to remove the entire safe from the wall, which is no easy feat.
2.Difficult to be found by thieves
Wall safes are also much harder to find than say, a floor safe inside your closet. Because your safe is installed and almost flush with the wall, you can hide it in numerous ways thieves would never think of, such as behind a painting, behind a mirror on your wall, behind a piece of furniture, or behind a bookshelf.
3.Better security features.
Another advantage of wall safes is that they tend to have better security features. This is because they are designed to be more difficult to break into. Many wall safes come with multiple locking mechanisms, such as keypads and combination locks, which make them even more secure.
4. Can be fireproof and waterproof.
Another benefit of wall safes is that you can also buy one that is fireproof. This means that your valuables will be protected from the damage that can be caused by a fire. Floor safes are not always fireproof, so this is an important consideration if you have valuable items that you want to keep safe. On the flipside, wall safes are also water-proof, being basically a big metal box with no holes, so there is no chance of water getting into your things inside.
5. Safe from insects.
Wall safes are also safe from any insects getting into your things inside. Because there aren’t any holes or openings in your safe, you are 100% guaranteed safety from bugs or insects eating up or getting into anything inside your wall safe.
6. Very customizable.
Wall safes are also very customizable, and you can buy one to meet your every need. Whether you need a big safe or small one, a safe that’s more fireproof or more waterproof, or a safe that’s digital or more traditional with a key or crank.
7. Much more inexpensive.
Finally, wall safes are usually much less expensive than floor safes. This is because they are not as big or as complex, making them less expensive to produce. If you are looking for a safe that provides good security without breaking the bank, then a wall safe may be the ideal option for you.
Disadvantages of a wall safe
Now we’re at the turning point. These cons for wall safes might make you decide not to buy one, or let you know when you buy one what to take into consideration. Make sure that if you do decide to buy a wall safe that you take all of these into consideration and either remedy them in some way or keep them in mind.
1. Requires relatively thick walls.
Let’s start off with the biggest con. If you don’t have relatively thick walls, you will either have to buy a wall safe that is very thin, or you can’t buy one at all. This is the biggest downside as it all depends on how thick the walls of your house are and where you’re putting it. If you don’t have thick walls anywhere in your home or where you’d like the wall safe to go, a wall safe might not be for you.
2. Needs professional installation.
Another big downside is that installing a wall safe requires a professional to come and install it properly, which will take a bit more money and time to do. Thankfully, it isn’t hard to find someone who can do it, but if it’s not in your budget or you’re not comfortable with someone doing it for you, this safe might not be for you.
3. Usually not fireproof.
One smaller but still obvious con is that wall safes are usually not fireproof. Because the walls of the safe have to be thinner and lighter than a normal safe to be able to be in your wall and not collapse anything, it is generally not as durable as a normal floor safe. You can easily purchase a fire-proof safe, but it might not be exactly the safe you wanted.
4. Not very spacious or big.
The last disadvantage to having a wall safe is that they are generally not very big or spacious as a traditional safe, normally being 3.5” deep. You can buy a bigger safe, but it might not be able to fit into your wall or be flush with it. People that make wall safes try to remedy shallow wall safes by making them taller so there’s more space horizontally, but you might not like how this looks or how it stores your various items. Wall safes also only hold typically $5,000 in valuables, as they’re so small and can’t fit many things. If the things you are trying to store are relatively big, you might only be able to fit a couple of them or none at all depending how big they are.
All of these things in mind, when it comes to home security, wall safes offer a number of advantages over other types of safes, but also a good amount of disadvantages. If you are looking for a safe that is more difficult to break into and offers better security features, then a wall safe may be the right choice for you. If you are looking for a safe that is less expensive and easier to hide, then a wall safe may also be the right choice for you. Whatever your needs, there is a wall safe out there that can meet them.