Smart Places to

Hide a Safe in Your Home

6. Inside Stair Steps

After removing an existing stair tread, slip your safe inside the step, and re-attach the tread with a piano hinge so you can lift and lower it.

8. Behind the Mantel

Thwart thieves by hiding your safe behind cleverly designed mantel trim. The center panel can double as a door to a secret compartment for hiding a small safe.

10. In the Kitchen Pantry

One of the last places thieves are likely to check for your safe? Near your canned goods.

12. Under the Stairs

Creating an opening in the walled-in space under the stairs is a more involved DIY project, but the larger space can secure a bigger safe.

More on

Get the Newsletter

Sign up to receive the best tips and tricks, the latest news and giveaways, and the most inspiring home improvement ideas from Bob Vila, America's Handyman since 1979.