Residents in the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, SC, areas have lots of stuff that need hiding or concealment. Everything from hand guns/ammo, rifles, passports, wills, insurance papers, jewelry, etc. need a secure place that’s hidden, fireproof, and easy to access in case of emergency.
Most people use their master closet because it’s close, handy, private, and not in a high traffic area. In the past few years, South Carolina homeowners have requested that hidden compartments or bolted-in- place safes be included in their new custom closet renovation.
Keep the Honest People Honest
Safes come in many sizes, shapes and weights. A small unit measuring fourteen inches wide by fourteen inches deep by twenty inches high will fit on a secure shelf above a bank of drawers. At Closet & Cabinet Experts, aka The Closet Specialist, the safe is bolted to the unit and the wall studs beyond. Put a door in front and you keep the honest people honest. Bad guys entering your home with crowbars will tear the closet apart, remove the safe entirely and open it at a remote location.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
For smaller valuables, a hidden compartment with an illusion front totally hides the space which only you know. This is often custom built into the trim or toe kicks. These fronts can be locked using magnetic locking hardware so no handles, slides or hinges are exposed. Other illusion fronts could be false walls, closet partitions or alcoves behind the custom closet shelving system.
Vaults Inside Your Closet
When converting a guest room into a master walk-in closet, the existing reach-in closet can act as a vault behind the hanging systems. Recently on Hilton Head, Closet & Cabinet Experts created a full length mirror with hidden hinges that pivot open to expose the large safe beyond. From the front, no one realizes that the mirror can pivot. Other options include shoe shelf towers that separate apart on heavy duty slides to reveal the vault beyond.
Weapons Secure but Readily Available
A man’s home is his castle. It must be protected along with its contents and especially its occupants. Responsible adults will protect their kids and grandkids by hiding their firearms. The master closet is the most secure and private area in a home. Gun safety is paramount but, when and if the weapon is needed, there can be no hesitation. The unfortunate reality is that “when seconds count, the police will be there in minutes”. Not good enough if your family is faced with imminent danger.
If you happen to own the ‘Star of the Ocean’ (Titanic movie) or a Ming Dynasty vase, Closet & Cabinet Experts suggest you rent a bank safety deposit box. If, however, your loving husband is taking you out on the town for an anniversary, you want to dress for the occasion. If it’s a three day weekend and you pull your valuables from a bank on Friday, it’s comforting to know that a hidden closet compartment is available until Tuesday morning when the valuables can be returned to the bank.
For a free in-home consultation and design review, contact Closet & Cabinet Experts, aka The Closet Specialist, at 843-837-9944 or 912-691- 2626. Serving Low Country SC since 1984 with over 26,000 custom closets and storage systems designed, built and installed locally.