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Hide your STUFF! These 8 Diversion Safes Are the BEST

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The best diversion safe you can buy right now has to be the Issue Box by Tactical Walls. It is a simple design that blends into any environment and is exceptionally cheap. However, much like most diversion safes, it doesn’t truly lock and is easily accessible if someone does realize it is safe. If you want a lockable diversion safe, take a hard look at the Konig Home.

With that said, here are all nine diversion safes that I personally recommend!

1. Issue Box

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  • Looks just like a normal tissue box
  • Actually works like a tissue box
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Would work well as a conversation piece if you don’t use it for true valuables
  • People actually use and touch this diversion safe
  • No locking mechanism of any sort
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The Issue Box has a base, the foam insert, tissues, and the top component. If you are hunting for a fun gift or something to keep on your coffee table, nightstand, desk, or likewise, this is an excellent option!

I have had extensive experience with these, as Tactical Walls was kind enough to send one out to me years ago, and there may be better solutions out there for lockable storage. Still, they are of great value and most effective in what they were meant to do, which is to draw the eye away.

Essentially, this is everything you would expect a standard tissue box to be. However, you utilize a half-size tissue box, and the other half is a foam cutout that you can custom-fit anything you want to have in there.

While most people will likely use this for firearms (which I don’t recommend), it can also be used for more fun purposes like knives, remote controls, a bit of cash, or anything you can think of that is smaller. These would make an excellent Christmas gift, as they are definitely within a great gift’s quality, usefulness, and budget.

The biggest downside to this unit is that it doesn’t lock and is something people physically touch (to get a tissue). Generally speaking, I want to keep my valuables out of reach, even if hidden.

2. Wall Clock 1410

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  • High quality workmanship
  • Fits into any room easily
  • Very quick access
  • Large storage area behind the clock face
  • Doubles as a clock
  • Diverts attention
  • High quality build
  • Not everyone wants a large clock on their wall
  • No locking mechanism
  • Lock: None
  • Dimensions: 24" Diameter by 5" Deep
  • Fire Rating: None
  • Steel Gauge: None
  • Weight: 5 pounds
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Safes that look like clocks are some of my favorite options on the market today; they are spacious, look fantastic, and have quick access!

That said, this 1410 Wall Clock from Tactical Walls is one of the best of the best. Yes, this is the same brand that made the Issue Box above, and they will be mentioned again, as they are one of the companies that make a variety of high-quality, diversion-specific products.

This wall clock, in particular, comes in 3 different face styles, meaning you can choose the one that fits the room that it is in in the best way possible. Making a wall clock fit into the room makes it much less conspicuous.

Sure, this wall clock looks fantastic, but it is also incredibly functional! You can easily access the ample space behind the face of the clock by pushing on the edge of the face, where it will tilt forward and give you access to the inside. If you need more access, you can remove the face entirely without issues.

One of my other favorite features of this wall clock is that you don’t have to modify your home to use it. You can hang it anywhere, making this an excellent option for people who move a lot or rent their home.  

3. Tactical Walls Shelving

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  • Can handle a lot of items
  • Is kept out of the way
  • Actually usable as a shelf to keep things on
  • Many different size options
  • You have to put small holes in the wall
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If you want a diversion safe that is more usable for other items than the rest, then a diversion shelf is for you! These shelves not only hide your valuables or firearms but can also double as actual shelves, keeping picture frames, keepsakes, and more for people to see.

There isn’t a better company to get your diversion shelf from than Tactical Walls (yes, I know, again). Some of Tactical Wall’s most well-known products are their shelves. These come in 1242 Full Length (pictured above), 825 Double Pistol, and 812 Single Pistol shelves. Each is a different shelf length, meant for a range of rifles, pistols, and other valuables.

You can also choose from top-locking and bottom-locking magnetic-style locks. This means you put a provided magnet on a specific place over a metal pin, and it unlocks the shelf. 

You can choose from 9 different wood finishes, 2 trims, and two magnet styles. These are such an excellent idea, and they fit into any home and can generally be installed into rentals, as they don’t require much installation.  

4. Tactical Walls Diversion Mirror

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  • Very usable as a mirror
  • Looks really nice
  • Different finishes to choose from
  • Can be options with an actual safe installed
  • A large hole in the wall is required for installation
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Mirror safes are also an excellent option for really any home! Tactical Walls offers some excellent choices ranging from smaller mirrors for entryways, bathrooms, and more, or you can opt for a longer-length mirror for bedrooms.

This means that they offer these diversion mirrors in 50″, 40″, and even 20″ with a wide range of options for the interior of the mirrors to be laid out.

These (like many other diversion safes) are not technically locked, and instead utilize a magnet that pulls a pin to allow the mirror to slide over. However, you can opt for your diversion safe to come with a wall safe installed into the mirror, making this not only a diversion safe but also a wall safe.

If you like the idea of this mirror, with its sliding design, but don’t want a mirror, they also offer a version with pictures instead of the mirror, making it fit into any space.

That said, these are also some of the most expensive options in this article as well! However, you get what you pay for, as they are high quality and a great choice.

5. Konig Home

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  • It looks high-end, and high quality
  • Many ways to access the safe
  • No phone access
  • Anchor cable not included
  • Lock: Keypad, Fingerprint, RFID
  • Dimensions: 2.7" High by 10" Wide by 11.6" Deep
  • Steel: N/A (Aluminum)
  • Fire Rating: N/A
  • Weight: ‎5.63 pounds
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I am familiar with the Konig Home (and the GunBox 2.0 that preceded it), as the brand has gifted me a few units over the year to review. They have always been among the highest-quality pistol safes today, representing the best.

The stand-out feature of the Konig Home is its aluminum finish and styling. It looks nothing like any other safe on the market, and instead resembles computer hardware, meaning that it hides away, even in the open.

You can access the safe via RFID, a Keypad, and a physical key, making it highly flexible. Additionally, it has built-in lighting and a cable tie-down.

6. Barska Portable Diversion Book Safe

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  • Can very easily be hidden
  • Looks like a true dictionary
  • Has a lock on the inside
  • Not everyone has books in their house to hide this with….
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It’s hard to find the right words to describe the Barska AX11680! That may be because there aren’t words in this dictionary (see what I did there?). This hidden dictionary book safe is your standard book safe; however, it has a lock on the inside! Most of these diversion books tend to open right up to the contents; however, with the lock on this one, it is one of the better book safes on the market today.  

7. San Tan Woodworks Wood Concealment Flag

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  • Doesn’t get much more patriotic than this
  • Handmade
  • Great quality
  • Expensive
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Suppose you have been anywhere on the internet. In that case, you probably have seen those wooden American Flags and have more than likely wanted one yourself! However, can you buy one of those wooden American Flags that is also a diversion safe?

This more miniature flag offers a foam interior that is 11.25″ by 21.5″ and can be custom-cut to fit whatever you want (within those dimensions, of course).

Like many other options on this list, it uses a magnetic open; that way, it is locked unless you know to use a magnet for opening. If you are patriotic, want one of those flags anyway, and like to keep things hidden, this is an excellent option!

8. Browning Six Panel Door

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  • Works for panic rooms
  • Has true steel
  • Looks like a normal interior door
  • Is made by a great manufacturer
  • Not everyone can put this in their home
  • Crazy heavy
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If you have far too much stuff to hide in a standard diversion safe, why not just turn a whole room into a diversion room instead?

Browning created this 10-gauge steel, 20-chrome bolt, and fire-resistant vault door that looks just like a standard interior door in a home. This would be perfect for people who want to create a panic room or for someone who wants to keep all their valuables in one place!

One thing to think about is that you will want to make sure the walls surrounding the door are reinforced, as anyone can easily break through ordinary drywall if they discover this door is not what it seems.

That said, in conjunction with its S&G Locking mechanism, this door is an excellent all-around choice if you can afford it.

These doors come in right-hand swing only and are 83″ high and 36″ wide. They are also equipped with an internal release in case you get stuck inside the room.

So, what do I look for when shopping for a diversion safe?

Shopping for a diversion safe differs from a full-size safe, as you don’t get nearly the security features a normal safe will have. Instead, I look for these things when shopping for a diversion safe.

1. Quality of the build

One of the significant issues with most diversion safes is that they are made cheaply! Not only is buying a cheap product a bummer, but it also makes your house look cheap. Diversion safes tend to be furniture, decorations, or the like, and no one likes to have something that looks cheap when decorating their house. It also is a big deal because it will be (generally) hiding high-value items, which is worth investing a bit of funds into!

That said, I did my best to put together some high quality options for this list, so you at least have some options to choose from.

2. How much does it look like what it is meant to?

After mentioning the quality of the build, it is essential to make sure that what you are buying actually looks like what you want it to look like! For example, the Issue Box at the top of this article seems like a Tissue Box. This means that people are less likely to have their eyes drawn to that item and think it is something it is not.

Another great example is the clocks you found in the list above; they look like accurate clocks, yet they carry your valuables.

3. Is it something that people won’t touch?

One big downside of some of the diversion safes you find is that people are touching them! Generally speaking, you want to find a safe diversion that not only fits into its surroundings but also that people won’t regularly touch (visitors anyway).

This is why things like the shelves, clocks, and mirrors are so great. They are things that fit into their surroundings and are usable, but also something that people won’t regularly touch and find out what it is.

4. Is it quick access?

This is definitely an essential factor to keep an eye on! If you can’t quickly access your items or firearms, the diversion safe isn’t doing its job. Otherwise, it would help if you were looking for an actual safe.

5. What is your budget?

I always recommend that everyone comes up with a budget for your diversion safe before you ever start the hunt for one! That way, when you find a safe well out of your budget, you can easily walk away from it and move on.

There are plenty of excellent diversion safes at any budget, and you should be able to find one within what you want to pay.

What is the downside of a diversion safe?

The biggest concern about a diversion safe is also one of the upsides! The fact that these safes are generally within sight of visitors, thieves, and even family members can be a considerable drawback. The likelihood of someone discovering your hiding spot is relatively high, especially if someone is regularly in your home.

Once this happens, that item is no longer nearly as effective as it once was, as that secret is out. This can result in that person telling friends (well, meaning, of course), and it gets out that you have this excellent hiding spot where you keep your most valued possessions.

This is also compounded by the fact that most of these safes don’t truly lock, depending on their hiding spot as their “lock.

To get a diversion safe for yourself, you must think through this! Otherwise, I recommend getting something like a full-size gun safe.


Buying a diversion safe can be a lot of fun! There are so many different options and ways to make your items more accessible and more hidden! These safes may be an excellent option for those in apartments, as most apartments don’t allow for people to have gun safes that are bolted to the floor. Can’t bolt a safe down? Hide your stuff instead.

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