How to Install a Fireplace Trim

A fireplace.
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 60-100
What You'll Need
Fireplace trim kit
What You'll Need
Fireplace trim kit

Fireplace trim is designed to give your fireplace a built-in look. When you add trim to your fireplace it adds a finish and polish to the fireplace, enhancing the entire room.

If you decide to add trim to your fireplace, it is best to contact the manufacturer. If they offer a trim kit for your particular fireplace, you should purchase it. It will fit your fireplace perfectly and will probably be easier to install. If your fireplace manufacturer doesn’t offer a trim kit, check your local home improvement store or an online retailer. Before you make a purchase, you should consider the dimensions of your fireplace and the surface that the trim will be attached to.

Step 1 - Attach Adhesive

Your fireplace trim kit will come with some sort of adhesive, two-sided tape, or magnets. Magnets are most common with trim kits that will fit onto a metal fireplace. Before you begin the installation process, you should make sure that the fireplace is off and cool to the touch.

You will need to place the adhesive. If your kit came with magnets, attach them at the location specified. If your kit came with some other adhesive, follow the manufacturer’s instruction for application.

Step 2 - Place Side Channels

The side channels are going to be pieces of metal that will fill in the space between the fireplace and the side wall. They will not be visible once you place the trim panels. Some fireplace trim kits don’t include side channels. It depends on the design of the fireplace itself.

Slide a side channel on each side of the fireplace. You need to make sure that the side channel extends to the bottom of the fireplace and is flush with the base.

Step 3 - Attach Side Trim Panels

The trim side panels are the pieces that you will be able to see once the trim kit has been installed. These pieces will also have to be installed with some sort of adhesive. Many trim kits will provide two-sided tape. You will need to apply the two-sided tape to the back of the two side trim panels. This, and sometimes an additional magnet, will keep the trim panel in place. Press the trim panels firmly in place.

Step 4 - Hang Top Panel

The top panel will also be installed with two-sided tape. You will apply the two-sided tape to the back of the panel and press it in place. Depending on the type of trim kit you have, you will need to place the corners of the top panel behind or in front of the side panels. Press down the corners of the panels.

That’s it. Your fireplace trim is installed, and it is finished with a polished, built-in look.