Do-it-yourself drywall fireplace corner

Modern fireplaces are increasingly used not only for heating the home, but also as a decorative element of the interior. Their design is different: from standard wood-burning stoves to electrical systems. The first type involves the construction of a special chimney, which is almost impossible to do in the apartment. Replace such systems can be conventional imitation with an electric heater.

We buy materials

It’s relatively easy to create a corner fireplace made of drywall with your own hands, but for this you must first stock up with everything you need:

  1. Drywall must be heat resistant. Often this concerns the points of contact with the heating elements. Ordinary heat-resistant materials on this basis can also be used to form an imitation chimney.
  2. Metal profile to create a frame (rails, rack, etc.).
  3. Screws, countersunk tapping screws and other fasteners.
  4. Dowel nails.The purpose of this type of fastener is to fix the profile to the concrete.
  5. Tools for working with the above materials (screwdriver, metal shears, etc.).
  6. You also need to purchase a special abrasive mesh and parallel bars, which are used to clean up the plaster.

Creating a layout

The construction of electric fireplace begins with the planning and development of the drawing. This will allow to adjust the configuration of the structure to the specific parameters of the room where it is planned to be mounted. You can draw a fireplace plan yourself, or you can use existing blanks, which you only need to adjust to specific parameters.

When planning a false fireplace, you need to consider not only the size, but also a few additional requirements:

  1. Sockets and switches should be located in an accessible place. Also, when installing them, it is necessary to take into account the power of the electric heater and select the required cable type according to this value.
  2. If the fireplace is very hot, then in these places it is necessary to apply only heat-resistant drywall and additional insulation.
  3. The electrofireplace is surely equipped with special air vents in a framework to provide removal of hot air.
  4. When calculating it is necessary to take into account not only the width and height of the fireplace, but also its depth. This is especially important for corner structures, which may be symmetrical or asymmetrical, which is relatively rare.

Base marking

Installation of any structure begins with the layout of the frame and its subsequent construction. First of all, you need to transfer all dimensions from the drawings to the surface. Perform this with a pencil and specially made layouts. This will make it possible to precisely position the metal profile and make the system symmetrical.

If at creation of furnish for a fireplace formation of a pedestal is planned, then it needs to be mounted before performance of all other works. This process is carried out step by step in several stages:

  1. Initially, according to the drawing, the guide profile is fastened. Fixation is carried out on special dowels, holes for which need to be formed, both in the frame itself and in the concrete base with the help of a drill or a perforator.In the same way you need to sheathe the perimeter of the future stand under the fireplace.
  2. At this stage, the rack profile is attached to the previously installed element. Please note that if it cannot be screwed to the wall due to large irregularities, then experts recommend using direct hangers.

Algorithm for the construction of the main frame

After the surface of the walls and the floor is laid out according to a previously thought out drawing, you can start building the base for a false fireplace. This process consists of several sequential actions:

  1. The “UD” profile is attached to the floor. To do this, use special screws. The distance between the individual elements of the fastener should be maintained approximately 25-30 cm. All side elements are fixed in such a way as to exclude them from going beyond the boundary of the first profile.
  2. After that, a wall profile is screwed to the base wall. This operation is performed according to the markup, constantly monitoring the location of all structures. Then, using special fasteners, all horizontal elements are attached to the vertical frame to form the desired configuration.When performing such operations, it is necessary to use only high-quality fasteners so that the plasterboard construction on the wall can safely withstand the weight of the finishing material and the fireplace itself.
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Sheathing metal profile

When the frame is ready, you need to sheathe it with drywall. It is relatively easy to do this by following a few simple rules:

  1. Sheathing is made both outside and inside the structure. To simplify this process, you first need to cut the drywall pieces of the size you need.
  2. When forming corners, it is desirable to use special metal corners, which will allow you to create even planes at the desired angle, as well as prevent premature destruction of the structure.

Fixing sheets of drywall is performed using special screws, which can be found in almost any hardware store.

Decorating the fireplace

Exterior finish of such structures is the final stage of construction. Today, more and more often, several types of facing materials are used to carry out such processes:

  1. Moldings and decorative stucco made of polyurethane.These products can only be used for fireplaces that do not heat up much, and there are no direct effects on them of these factors. Perfect for creating columns, arches and other unique elements. To give originality, stucco can be painted for interior design.
  2. Decorative tiles. The segment of these materials is very huge and versatile. There are products that are perfectly heat tolerant, which allows them to be used both in imitations and standard fireplaces. The design of the tile is very diverse, but today elements imitating natural stone, brick, marble, and many others enjoy great popularity.

Corner fireplace is a unique design that brings warmth, comfort and original beauty to the house. Creating them, do not be afraid to experiment and use different materials, as this is the evidence of individuality.

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