How Easy It Is To Install A Wall Mounted Fireplace
How easy is it to install a wall mounted fireplace?
The answer: Very easy.
If you are planning to switch from a traditional chimney fireplace into a wall mount fireplace, it doesn’t take more than an hour to install one. With the right tools and know-how, it can be done in half an hour. It’s almost like hanging a large picture frame or mirror, but instead of looping wire over a set of screws, this type of fireplace is attached to a mounting bracket.
First things first: check first if the outlet and cord are near the location of your fireplace wall mount. For safety purposes, move the outlet in the wall so that the cord is well hidden behind it. You can also secure the cord using paintable wire covers. Not only is it cheap and effective, but you can readily change the color of the cord to match it with your wall.
The Basic Three-Step Process
Each individual electric fireplace wall mount may have its own set of installation instructions, but basically, installation involves three general steps:
- Attaching the mounting bracket to the wall
- Attaching the firebox to the mounting bracket
- Attaching the screen to the firebox
Typically, an electric or bio-ethanol wall mounted fireplace is delivered in two separate containers. One box contains the screen of the wall mounted fireplace, and the other box contains the mounting bracket, hardware and firebox. Some models instruct you to attach the screen to the firebox and place it to the mounting bracket.
However, we recommend that you put the bracket on the wall mount using wall studs. If you are going to do it this way, make sure that you don’t lift the fireplace by the glass screen. If you do, you might pull it off. Make sure to lift the fireplace by the firebox. In case it’s too heavy, ask someone to assist you.
Here are the tools you’ll need for your fireplace wall mount:
- Electric drill
- Screwdriver (Phillips head)
- Spirit level
- Stud finder
- Yardstick or tape measure
Things To Remember When Installing Your Wall Mounted Fireplace
- Locate the studs. You can do this by tapping the wall and listening for a solid sound. You can also use a stud finder, a cheap tool that has a little magnet in it. Move the stud finder across the wall horizontally. Once it senses a nail, you already have located a stud. Typically, the next stud would be around 16 inches to the left or right.
- Before you make holes for your electric fireplace wall mount, use a spirit level to ensure that the mounting bracket is also level. Do this twice along with your measurements before drilling holes in your wall.
- Don’t forget to secure the mounting bracket to the studs for maximum strength. If the studs do not match up with the dimensions of the mounting bracket, you may secure one end into a stud and use an anchor bolt to secure the mismatched end. It is important that the anchor bolt can carry the weight of the electric or bio-ethanol wall mounted fireplace.
It may appear painstaking at first, but just follow our basic steps and you’ll realize how easy it is to install a wall mounted fireplace. Check out our list of wall mount fireplaces and see which fits your wall.
- Home Alley