Keeping your stuff safe from potential burglars is important. Whether you have a security system installed in your home or not, there is nothing wrong with a bit of extra protection. Instead of heading out and buying the most expensive safe on the market, you can actually hide your things strategically around the house and burglars will never find them.
If you have jewelry, cash or any other valuable that you want to keep extra safe, there are many DIY ways to hide those things from burglars. Incidentally, you can use some of these ideas to hide Christmas gifts from the kids as well. If you want to keep certain things out of sight, take a look at our collection of easy DIY hiding places for your stash.
Some of the ideas are products that you can purchase from most hardware stores or Wal-Mart. Others are things that you can do yourself to create a secret storage area in your home.
Stash Cash in the Door?
You can actually create a great hiding place for cash in the top of any interior door. You just have to drill a hole and insert a metal tube that will keep cash and smaller items out of view. This is a great place to hide jewelry and anything relatively small and you can stash away some extra cash to save for a rainy day.
Make Your Own Hide-A-Key
You can buy those little hollowed out rocks for hiding your spare key but you don’t necessarily have to spend money to keep that key secure. You can just glue a real rock to the top of a small plastic bottle, like an old prescription bottle and then bury the bottle so that just the rock is showing. Plastic rocks look so fake but this one will fool even the most intelligent criminal because it is actually a real rock.
Oversized Art Storage
You can create great looking art on your walls and hide your electronics at the same time. You just have to cut the hole to make the storage area and then drill holes for the cords. This is a great way to keep those wires and cords hidden and gives you the opportunity to add new art to your walls as well.
Floating Shelf with Secret Storage
This shelf looks great because it seems to float on the wall. That will impress people enough but when you add the secret drawer for storage, you get something that is impressive and a great place to hide your stash. The bottom of the drawer drops open to give you room to store just about anything you want.
Picture Frame Hidden Storage
Whether you want a picture of your child, a celebrity or anyone else hanging on your wall, you can use that large picture to hide a hidden medicine cabinet. Just install the medicine cabinet in the wall and then cover it with the picture. No one will ever believe that you have storage behind the print and you can use this anywhere in the home.
Hidden Jewelry Box
Make your own hidden jewelry box to keep those valuable gems safe. You just have to have or build a small jewelry holder and then hide it behind a relatively large picture. You can build up the frame on the picture so that no one knows there is actually jewelry hidden behind it.
You read that right. You can actually buy a small safe that looks for all the world like a head of lettuce. You just keep it in the fridge and hide your most prized possessions in it. Even if a burglar looks inside your fridge, he is not likely to think about looking inside the lettuce. The bottom of the lettuce snaps off to give you a hiding place for valuables.
Hidden Bookcase Storage
No one would ever guess that behind that built-in bookcase is a storage area where you can keep your valuables safe. You can easily create a storage space that you hide with a bookcase. When you need into the space, you just pull the bookcase out and then push it back when you are finished.
Secret Storage Sofa
You can build your own sofa and put some extra secret storage in it at the same time. Whether you need a new sofa for the living room or you want something for a sitting room, this is a great sofa and the fact that it has secret storage is just icing on the cake.
DIY Hollow Book
You’ve seen those old hollowed out books in movies that people use for storage. Well, you can make your own and it is really easy to do. You can pick up an old book (if you don’t have one to use already) at most bookstores really cheap and then you just have to hollow out the inside for keeping your valuables safe.
Bathtub Hidden Storage
If you have a tub that is encased, you can use the encasement to create hidden storage. No burglar would ever think to look under or around your bathtub for valuables and this is a great way to keep things organized as well. You just create little storage areas in the wooden base of the tub.
Hidden Stairway Storage
Whether you have a small landing on your staircase or not, you can use a step or the landing to create a hidden storage compartment that is perfect for storing safes or just about anything you need to hide. Depending on where you choose to build your storage, you may have room to hide larger items in this one.
Computer Keyboard Storage
There is a great hollow keyboard that allows you to store things underneath. Of course, this won’t help during burglaries if your burglar takes your computer but it is a good place to hide certain items from the family and a good way keep your desk a bit more organized. Jewelry and extra cash will fit perfectly inside.
Hidden Outlet Safe
Okay, we have all seen these cute little fake outlets that act as safes so you just know that a burglar has seen them, too. Of course, no burglar is going to go around and check every single wall outlet so they do offer a bit of protection. You can keep smaller items like jewelry and cash in them and they install very easily into the wall.
Bathroom Tile Storage
You can create hidden storage in your bathroom by simply remove a tile or two and making a hole. You then replace the tile and you have the perfect place to hide valuables that no burglar would ever think about looking in. You just have to remember which tile is the secret hiding place.