Furniture Safe: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our large furniture safe test 2020, where we present all the furniture safes we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best product for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a furniture safe.

The most important facts in brief

  • Furniture safes are built into a piece of furniture and anchored in the wall next to it and thus offer a good opportunity to provide more security in the household.
  • Among the most important quality features are the lock, the fire protection and the security level of the safe.
  • So that you really have more security for your valuables, you should inform yourself extensively and not consider the price as the main criterion when choosing a safe.

Furniture safe test: Favourites of the editorial team

  • The best furniture safe with electronic combination lock
  • The best furniture safe with electronic combination lock and manual key
  • The best furniture safe with electronic combination lock and interior lighting

The best furniture safe with electronic combination lock

The BURG-WÄCHTER HomeSafe H 1 E is a safe for the storage of documents and valuables. It is awarded security level B, has an electronic combination lock (battery operated) and is one of the safes of higher quality and therefore more expensive.

Buyers particularly like the fact that the safe makes a stable impression, offers space for files and therefore fulfils its purpose well. The easy operation of the combination lock is also highlighted.

One of the points of criticism mentioned several times is that the safe is occasionally damaged during delivery and the safe is not delivered in neutral packaging.

The best furniture safe with electronic combination lock and manual key

The HMF safe is a little smaller and therefore does not offer space for files. However, it is a very inexpensive and good option to protect valuables from ‘quick access’ by unauthorised persons. With the combination lock you can also choose how long the code should be (between three and eight digits). However, this safe is easier to crack than more expensive products, also due to the price.

Customers appreciate the good price-performance ratio and that HMF does not make false promises. Many emphasise that it functions perfectly

The best furniture safe with electronic combination lock and interior lighting

The Deuba furniture safe is a very spacious safe, ideal for storing documents. This safe is also not really suitable for storing large sums of cash or similar valuables due to its low price. This safe also uses a battery operated lock with a freely selectable 3 to 8 digit numerical code.

Buyers often use the safe for storing weapons or documents and are very satisfied with the size and ease of installation. The good price-performance ratio is also often emphasized. Unfortunately, it seems that there are also problems with the delivery of this product from time to time. Against determined burglars the safe also does not offer sufficient protection.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a furniture safe

What is a furniture safe and for whom is a furniture safe suitable?

A furniture safe describes a safe that is located in a piece of furniture, such as a cupboard, and is anchored in the wall behind it.
In order to distinguish safes, different criteria can be used. You can categorize them according to their contents, the installation technique used or the locking system.
So you can distinguish between these types of safes:

A furniture safe is a safe that is hidden in a piece of furniture and, unlike a wall safe, is not built directly into the wall or floor of a building.

Nevertheless, the safe should always be anchored to the wall behind it to prevent burglars from simply taking it out of the apartment in its entirety.

Also, most safes have a relatively high dead weight and you should therefore make sure that the piece of furniture is large enough and also has sufficient stability.

Due to their easy installation and size, furniture safes for private households are a very good solution for more security.

If you are thinking about buying a safe to protect your valuables and documents, then the furniture safe is definitely a suitable option.

Especially because of the simple installation it is very suitable for private households. In contrast to the wall safe, it is not necessary to break open the walls or floors and let them in, for which in any case the permission of the landlord must be obtained.

In what size should I buy a furniture safe?

The size of your furniture safe depends on what you want to store in it on the one hand and on the other hand on how big the piece of furniture is that you want to store in it.
So before you buy, be aware of how much you want to store in your safe, and then buy one that offers a little more space than you need. This is a good idea, as you will surely find more things you want to store safely over time.
You should also keep in mind that the walls of a safe can be very thick. This means that the storage space will sometimes be very small compared to the overall size.
You can calculate the capacity of the safe with the internal dimensions. For documents in DIN A4 format, the internal dimensions should be at least 27 x 40 x 37 cm.

How much does a furniture safe cost?

The price of the furniture safe depends on the size and other quality features. Basically you get a safe from about 40 €.

However, since it is a product that should protect your valuables or cash, it is a good idea to invest a little more money in quality. You can get higher quality products for about 200 – 350 €.

However, it is important that the quality is guaranteed because it is often the case that cheaper safes can be cracked in 2-3 minutes.

You should think carefully about what you want to protect, if it is something very valuable then pay a little more money for your safe.

The following table shows you the costs of the individual closure systems:

This table is only an approximate value, with furniture safes there is practically no upper limit, but if you want to buy a furniture safe as cheaply as possible then this table is very helpful.

Where can I buy a furniture safe?

You can get a furniture safe in any hardware store, such as Bauhaus, Obi or Hornbach. Or you can order it in the online shop and have it delivered to your home.
Some of the portals where you can buy a safe include

Amazon.com
Idealo.com
safe.com
Rottner-tresor.com
Eisenbach-tresor.com

What alternatives are there to the furniture safe?

An alternative to the furniture safe are wall and stand safes. Compared to the cabinet safe, these have the advantage that they offer more security, as they are either very heavy or embedded in the wall.
These safes also pay out higher insurance sums in the event of theft. The disadvantages of wall and floor safes include a higher purchase price, and either high installation costs or a minimum weight of 200 kg.

Decision: What types of furniture safes are there and which one is right for you?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a furniture safe with double-bit lock and key?

The double-bit lock is considered a very secure lock that can only be opened with a specific key.

Usually second and spare keys are also supplied. This of course leads to the problem that you have to store the key safely and you can misplace or lose it.

Advantages

Secure locking mechanism
No batteries required

Disadvantages

Key has to be stored safely by yourself
Burglars will look everywhere for the key

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a furniture safe with electronic lock and numerical code?

This lock can only be opened by correctly entering a 3- to 8-digit code. You can choose the code and change it as often as you like.

Furthermore, there is always an emergency key for this safe in case you forget the numerical code. A disadvantage, however, is that the lock must be powered.

Advantages

Access code freely selectable
Cylinder lock for emergency opening
No keyhole and therefore more difficult to crack
Can be connected to burglar alarm system

Disadvantages

Batteries must be replaced
You must remember the numerical code

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate furniture safes based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate furniture safes. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular furniture safe is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Size
  • Thickness of walls and doors
  • Type of lock
  • Security level and maximum sum insured
  • Material and quality characteristics

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for the individual criteria.

Size

The right size of your furniture safe depends on what you want to store in it.

As mentioned in the guide, you should know what items you want locked up and then choose a furniture safe that offers a little more space.

Thickness of walls and doors

The thickness of the walls and doors is an important factor when choosing your furniture safe. To ensure safety, both should be at least 2.5 mm thick.

The walls should be able to prevent the burglars from opening the safe with welding torches and other tools.

The thicker the walls, the heavier the safe is, of course. In terms of weight, furniture safes range between 3 kg and 20 kg.

Type of lock

As has just been mentioned, a distinction is made between two options for closure systems:

  • Double-bit lock with key
  • Electronic lock with numerical code

Security level and maximum sum insured

The security levels of the safes are relevant for the maximum sum insured.

If you plan to keep large sums of valuables in your safe, then an appropriate security level is recommended. Most furniture safes do not have such a security level.

ATTENTION: Safes weighing less than 1,000 kg must be anchored in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Whether and to what extent your safe is insured, you should also always check with your insurance company.

In principle, safe manufacturers use these two seals of approval to determine the security level:

  • Association of Property Insurers (VdS) and
  • Europäische Zertifizierungsstelle (ECBS)

In addition to these seals of approval, there is also a construction regulation of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) with which safes are often advertised.

The VDMA classifies safes according to security level A and B. A safe that is awarded one of these security levels fulfils the prescribed building regulations, but is not necessarily covered by insurance.

Material and quality characteristics

Normally furniture safes are made of fireproof iron or steel. Depending on the size of the safe and the thickness of the walls, it is possible that a layer of plastic is also used for insulation.

However, one of the most important factors when it comes to material and quality is the fire resistance of the safe.

Fire protection of the furniture safe

A safe is called a fireproof safe if it complies with one of the standards EN-1047-1 or EN15659.

In both standards, the safes are tested and exposed to fire for a certain period of time. A safe is only considered fireproof if the temperature inside does not rise too much.

Refractory, in contrast only states that the material is not combustible. If a fire should occur, you should therefore always have a fire extinguisher nearby.

The most important difference between the standards is that EN-1047-1 protects data media such as USB sticks and CDs as well as paper, whereas EN-15659 only protects paper.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about furniture safes

Where should I install my furniture safe?

When choosing the right location for your furniture safe, there are a few things you should consider: You need a solid wall to anchor the safe securely.

Note that the vault should not be easy to find. So choose a place that is not easy to find.
Due to the weight of the safe, you should install it as close to the floor as possible.

Make sure that you install the safe in a dry place to avoid water damage to your valuables.

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How do I install my furniture safe correctly?

When installing your furniture safe, it is important that you find a place where the safe can be connected to a brick or concrete floor.

Due to the low weight of the safe, it would be far too easy for burglars to simply take the entire safe with them without an anchor.

We have a short overview of the most common assembly steps for you. However, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions if possible.

Make sure that your safe is supplied with the necessary mounting hardware and that it has pre-drilled mounting holes.

If this is not the case, you have to make the holes yourself (usually a template is supplied) and get heavy duty anchors for the anchoring

When installing in a cabinet, you will probably also need to cut the back wall of the cabinet to the required dimensions using a jigsaw.

In any case, the safe should be anchored directly in the wall. Then drill the holes in the floor or masonry.

The best way to do this is to use an impact drill for walls or a hammer drill for the floor.
Now you can align the opened safe on the holes and anchor it with the supplied fixing materials.

Drill
Percussion drill

What do I do if I have lost the key or forgotten the numerical code?

Numerical code forgotten

If you have forgotten the numerical code for your safe, there are several ways to still get the locked valuables.

Safes with electronic locks always include an emergency key. If you don’t have it or can’t find it, it is possible that your safe can be opened with a master code.

The last resort is to have the vault opened by a specialist.

Key lost

With safes with a key, there is on the one hand the problem that you have to keep the key safe and on the other hand that the key can get lost.

Safes with keys are always supplied with a spare key. If you cannot find one, you can try to contact the manufacturer.

Especially if you can prove that you were the buyer, you could be helped. Safes with keys can also be opened by a specialist company.

Did you know that chests were considered the forerunners of a vault?
As early as the Middle Ages, chests were used to protect treasures from pilferers. The first safes appeared about 200 years ago, but of course they are not comparable to today’s safes.