Install a safe later - does it make sense?

Again and again, the desire for a wall vault emerges, as you know it from movies: flush with the wall, hidden behind an image or the like invisible. However, if the building is already standing and retrofitting is required, it can be difficult. Why, read in this post.

Installation and wall thicknesses

Safes for installation in the wall are very popular in private households. Although they do not meet particularly stringent security requirements (these vaults are usually only available up to security class 1), in most cases this is sufficient.

Difficulties in retrofitting are mainly caused by wall thicknesses and wall materials:

wall thickness

Usual walls are only 24 cm thick. Assuming that a wall-mounted vault must be encapsulated with at least 100 mm reinforced concrete, it can be seen that there is very little space left for the vault in flush-mounted installations. In this way only very small safes can be retrofitted into the wall.

wall materials

In general, it is sufficient if a wall has at least a certain carrying capacity. For the installation of a vault in the wall and brick walls are sufficient, unlike the anchoring of a free-standing vault.

In many cases, the materials used, especially in interior walls, but not sufficiently strong, and to build into supporting walls on the outside of a corresponding niche may be difficult statically under certain circumstances.

In addition, the reinforced concrete with the masonry must also be able to connect sufficiently, so that a stable installation of the vault is guaranteed.

Double walled safes

If you use a double-walled model, you may be able to do without a concrete jacket. This leaves more space for the vault contents.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to buy a vault later, it is usually worthwhile to rely on a vault or a furniture vault. Be sure to consult extensively.

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