Safes and design

The new LTX-3 safe from Safemark has a custom finish on the front.Design in many guestrooms, especially for upper-tier properties, is shifting to an open concept—and that’s forcing guestroom safe manufacturers to take a closer look at design, said John Foley, VP of sales at Safemark Systems.

“That forces us to look at the aesthetics of our product,” Foley said. “We’re seeing a drift to surface-mounted safes in the closet, because with flat-screen TVs, often there’s no more bulky armoires in guestrooms with space to house the safe.”


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The new LTX-3 safe from Safemark has a custom finish on the front.

To dovetail with the new emphasis on design, Safemark is debuting a safe with a carbon finish on its display that offers hotel designers different types of finishes that can be textured to match the room’s decor.

“As more international tourism comes to the U.S., we’re seeing more and more brands specify safes in their guestrooms,” Foley said. “That means an earlier integration into the design process. We want the finish to be complimentary to the design and color scheme in the guestroom.”

Bill Oliver, president for North America, VingCard Elsafe, said that VingCard has seen safes increasingly move into more hidden locations such as cabinets or desk and dresser drawers.

“What’s really interesting is that you’re starting to see more drawer safes where it sits in a dresser drawer,” Oliver said. “We introduced our drawer safe at HITEC the year before last and it has gained significant interest.”

The shape of the safe, however, remains a limiting factor on design innovation, Foley said.

“Laptops are still a big driver of the size of our product,” he said, “so there’s not a lot we can do with the outside dimensions. All the new design is incorporated into the door.” 

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