If you’re looking to install an electric fireplace in your home, you’ve probably realized that installation can be a bit tricky. This is especially true if the wall space on which you wish to install the fireplace does not already have a frame. Building a frame for an electric fireplace is critical because it will help to support the weight of the fireplace, and also helps in ensuring that it remains stable and secure once installed. In this article, we’ll walk you through each step of framing a wall for an electric fireplace, as well as give some helpful pointers along the way.
Pick the wall that you want to frame for an electric fireplace.
First and foremost, you will want to determine where you want the electric fireplace to be placed. Remember that it should be close enough for warmth but not too close that it could cause a fire hazard.
When picking out the wall, make sure there is enough space for your electrical wires and any other compatible components of the fireplace such as remote controls or speakers. You also need to keep in mind how much space your TV will take up so that you don’t end up with an awkward arrangement of furniture around your new fireplace.
Grab your drywall.
Drywall is the perfect material to use when framing out a wall. It’s strong, it’s easy to work with, and it can be found at any home improvement store.
Before you start framing your electric fireplace box, make sure you have some drywall on hand so that you can cut pieces as needed. You’ll also need a few other tools:
- Drywall tape (for sealing joints)
- T-square or straight edge ruler (for making cuts)
- Utility knife (to score paper backing)
Place some boards on the floor.
To protect the floor, place some boards across it. To protect the drywall and electrical cords, place some other boards on top of those first board(s). To protect the electric fireplace, place still more boards on top of all that stuff. Be sure that each board is placed in a flat surface on every side so nothing moves around. Place these things near windows and doors (but not too close) to avoid disturbing your neighbors by letting them see what you’re doing in there
Frame the wall.
- Using a level and stud finder, make sure the wall is straight. If it isn’t, use a level to make it straight again.
- Use a pencil to mark the studs on your wall (you can see where they are). Marking them with a pencil is so that your saw blade doesn’t go through them when you cut them out later.
- Take your saw and cut through each of the lines you made on the wall with your pencil—this will be how we create an opening for our electric fireplace
Insert the drywall.
- Use a level to make sure the drywall is straight.
- Mark the drywall with a pencil, starting with the long piece of drywall and then moving on to the shorter piece.
- Use a drywall saw to cut the drywall.
- Hammer in screws until you reach your desired length (you may choose to leave some space between each piece).
Allow the sheetrock to dry.
Once the sheetrock is dry, it’s time to prime and paint. You can use a brush or a roller to apply primer and paint, but we recommend using a sponge to apply the paint because it’s quick and easy.
You’ll want to start with your primer coat so that any blemishes in the wall are covered up before you apply your final coat of paint. Once you’ve finished applying all three coats of primer (and sanding between each), move on to your final coat of color
Sand down the sheetrock.
You’ll need to use a sheetrock sanding tool to smooth out the rough spots in the drywall. The easiest way to do this is create a cross-hatch pattern by making four or five lines across the wall, then repeat again on an angle. This will help you get rid of any imperfections and give your wall a nice, even finish.
- Sheetrock sanding pad: A heavy-duty piece of material that’s used for roughing up sheetrock before painting or covering it with wall covering material like wallpaper or paneling. It can also be used as a polishing pad after the entire surface has been prepped with another type of sander (like those listed below)
- Sponge sander: A sponge filled with water and attached via Velcro strip so it can easily be positioned wherever you need it most while sanding down surfaces in preparation for painting them later on down the road! Ideal for corners and other difficult-to-reach areas where traditional tools might not work very well without special attachments due their lack of flexibility.
Electric fireplaces are really nice and they make a great addition to any room or home.
Electric fireplaces are really nice and they make a great addition to any room or home. Electric fireplace inserts are more affordable than buying a gas fireplace, electric fireplace logs are versatile, electric fireplaces are safer than real fireplaces and electric fireplaces also give off less heat than real fireplaces.
All in all, electric fireplace inserts can be the perfect way to get the feel of a real fireplace without all of the mess and hassle that comes with keeping up with one
If you have decided that you want to frame a wall for an electric fireplace, then we hope this guide was helpful. It can be a little overwhelming knowing exactly what steps to take if it is your first time doing this project, but hopefully everything has been made much easier. We also hope that you found the tips and tricks useful and they are something that you will take on board when working on your framing job.