While one wants to promote a culture of trust and independent decision making in one’s home, an open, unlocked liquor cabinet poses certain challenges. While your own teenager might not be inclined to take liquor from your cabinet, his friends very well might be. You do not want your home to become known as the house with the abundant, unlocked liquor cabinet.
While preventing teen drinking requires a lot more than a locked liquor cabinet, the old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind,” does apply. Closed, locked and out-of-the-way will give you the baseline security (and legal defense) that you at least attempted to control and restrict access. Here are a few liquor cabinet options that work with various home aesthetics:
Adding a Lock to an Existing Cabinet
I don’t suggest that you simply chain and padlock your console or buffet. Such a modification could insult your teen, or incite exactly the kind of curiosity that you aim to prevent. It’s also not aesthetically pleasing. If you currently store your liquor in a buffet, the securest option is to install a pin tumbler lock on the cabinet door. These locks are similar to the lock mechanisms used in U-shaped bicycle locks, and can be installed to fit in fairly seamlessly with your cabinet facing.
Biometric locks, also known as “keyless locks,” are a higher-tech option. In lieu of a key, they read your fingerprint. Much like a standard deadbolt, they stick out from the surface of the door. Therefore, a biometric lock would make it quite obvious that you are storing something valuable inside of a cabinet. Such a technologically-advanced lock on a liquor cabinet could possibly draw attention to your cache, but it does offer keyless convenience.