The Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing the Best Letterbox

It helps to keep your home safe, it is the first thing that greets visitors when they arrive, and it can display your aesthetic preferences to the world. It is, of course, your letterbox.


If it is time for you to upgrade this vital home appliance, then do read this

In almost every part of the world, a letterbox is an essential component of a home. For centuries, homeowners have reaped the benefits of owning a letterbox as they are used to guarantee that packages are kept shielded from weathering and vandalism

1. Recognize the importance of a letterbox for safety.

Additionally, a letterbox is an essential part of a home security system as the right one restricts strangers from obtaining valuable mail and precious items that are delivered. For this reason, over the years, the technology behind mailboxes has evolved to the point where they are now considered quite high-tech pieces of equipment.

For example, some mailboxes have become so advanced that they can be programmed to allow couriers to use a one-time-only code for leaving packages inside. This translates to more secure letterboxes than have ever existed before.

Even if you don’t purchase a high-tech letterbox, you certainly want to get one that is lock-secured to ensure you have peace of mind whenever you leave home or you don’t have your eyes fixed on the end of your driveway.

2. Consider the aesthetics of your letterbox.

As with most home additions, functionality is no longer the only thing that needs to be considered. When it comes to letterboxes, you can find a variety on the market to fulfill all aesthetic needs and desires.

Letterboxes are regarded as a pivotal extension to the style of your home as they improve your house’s curb appeal — something that needs to be given significant consideration when (and if) you choose to sell your home in the future.

When it comes to choosing the right style for you, consider whether you want a more traditional looking letterbox or a contemporary one — or where your home style fits on that spectrum. Additionally, ask yourself how much you want the mailbox to be seen, or if it would be better if it entirely blended in with your exterior.

This is an important distinction to make because it will help you narrow down the style of letterbox that is right for you. For those looking for one that captures attention and declares the vibe of the house, then consider purchasing one of the unique freestanding letterboxes that are available as they come in many different styles.

On the other hand, a post-mounted letterbox is going to assimilate more with what is currently outside your home.

3. Appreciate that materials make all the difference.

It isn’t just the style of letterbox that you need to consider, but also the material from which the mailbox is made. The material of your letterbox is going to make all the difference when it comes to its ability to withstand the elements and protect your mail, especially if you live in a location that experiences extreme weather conditions.

Many homeowners like to go with a stainless steel or black stainless steel letterbox to bring a  contemporary feel to their exterior. Plus, metal or stone are suitable materials for mailboxes thanks to their sturdiness. However, if you prefer a more natural style, then a galvanized steel letterbox may be more up your alley.

Luckily, there are plenty of styles available for you to consider, so you are sure to find one that works for you, whether that is a freestanding letterbox, a fence letterbox, or something else. Whichever one you choose, keep in mind that you want to prioritize safety while also allowing some of your personality to shine through in the style and placement of the letterbox.

When was the last time you updated your letterbox? Is it something that is on your radar to look into this year? Let us know your thoughts concerning this essential home addition in the comments below!


Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career. Beau Flavell has been a Product & Account Manager for Sandleford Holdings since July 2017. He completed his VCE at Brighton Grammar School and also holds an A-Class Electrician License. Beau has been working on developing a new range of innovative letterboxes and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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