As flatscreen TVs become an increasingly common feature in hotel guestrooms, designers are working to incorporate safes into locations other than the now-scarce large casegoods that used to hold old CRT TVs.
“For the last six to eight years, flatscreens have been the driving force behind the design in the guestroom,” said John Foley, VP of sales, Safemark Systems. “With flatscreens becoming more popular, credenzas are going away, so integrating safes into low furniture pieces becomes critical.”
“Currently, we see more safes going into drawers in night stands or desks than before, as large case goods are going away,” said George Winkler, VP of sales / North America for VingCard Elsafe. “Closets remain popular, with a safe on a shelf or pedestal.”
Foley also says many hotels are opting to install safes inside the closet or in guestroom walls, as this means hotels will not have to change the safe’s position if they change the room furniture.
“In general a safe is going to last two renovation cycles,” Foley said. “It has to be reconfigured for new casegoods, whereas if it’s in a closet it’s separated from all the changes when you renovate.”
Safes installed in the wall go in the cavity space between guestrooms, generally at shoulder height to ease accessibility for elderly guests.
Without a large piece of furniture under the TV to display the room safe, hoteliers need to make sure that room safes remain easy to find.
“The one thing I always ask the hotelier before they decide to hide a safe in the drawer or behind a case good door is to think about how they will tell a customer where the safe is so that they will use it,” Foley said. Originally written on 8 Oct, 2012By: Adam Leposa