Cabinet Surround Assembly

Assembly Instructions for Cabinet Surrounds

Congratulations on your new Fireplace surround purchase. You have purchased a premium
product that will undoubtedly add beauty and warmth to your home. These instructions will
show you the proper way to assemble your surround for installation.

Premier Woodwork produces surrounds to accommodate several types of facings, such as
tile, Gallery Stone, 3/4" marble, 3/4" slate or Heat-N-Glo's Versatile surround. These facings must be set after your surround is attached to the wall. If a raised hearth will be used, the hearth must be set before the surround is installed.

All surrounds are pre-assembled at our facility to assure a correct fit. Next, the craftsman
signs the surround. Then the cabinet surrounds are dis-assembled for shipment.

CABINET ASSEMBLY - This should take about 2-15 minutes

  • STEP 1: Unpack your surround and make sure that all the components are present.
  • STEP2: Place the mantel top with the valance on the floor, with the valance in the upright positions. (SEE FIGURE 1 for reference). Insert each leg into its place in the mantel top and attach them with the 1 1/4" screws. (Note: be sure to line up the pre-drilled screw holes in the legs with the screw holes in the mantel top.) Backer boards, (FIGURE1) create a surface to fasten non-combustible facings to. Marble, tile versatile, etc. can be glued directly to this surface. We will be adjusting the backer boards (see Back Boards below). Once the legs have been fastened in place, the surround is ready for installation. Set the sticking and non-combustible or wood filler kit aside until the surround has been installed on the wall.

Now you are ready to install your surround!

CABINET INSTALLATION - This should take 15 to 60 minutes.


  • Electric or Cordless Drill
  • Drill
  • Nail Set
  • Belt Sander (if Scribing)
  • Phillips Bit
  • Hammer
  • Pencil

The first step is to remove the screws or anchors that fasten the fireplace to the floor. They will be replaced later. This allows for small movements of the fireplace, to achieve a perfect fit.


FIGURE 2 shows the assembled surround centered over the fireplace. Holding the surround in place, mark the outside of the legs, top and bottom, with a pencil. At this point, check the fit of the surround to the wall. Is it making the desired contact to the wall? If so, proceed to the next step, NAILERS. If not, use a compass or pencil to mark the difference between the wall and the surround for the removal of excess material called tolerance. Typical tolerance is 1/2". This is the amount of material that can be removed easily with a belt sander for a correct fit. (Note: No wall is "true", that is, no wall is perfect plane. Scribing is used to adjust for any discrepancy between the wall and the surround.


FIGURE 3 shows the placement of the nailers included with the surround. From the mark
made during the dry fit, measure towards the fireplace 13/16". Using the nailer strip as a
straight edge, connect the new marks with a pencil line. The outside edge of the nailer will be attached flush with this new line, as shown in FIGURE 3. Drive 2 1/2" screws (provided)
through nailer into the wall, staying 4" from ends to avoid splitting. If solid material is not
present, back the screws out of the wall and insert wall anchors (provided) into these holes
with a screwdriver. Then remove the nailer strip and insert the wall anchors provided into the holes you have previously drilled. Be sure the anchors are flush with the sheetrock and take care not to over tighten the anchors. Put the nailer strip back in place and drive the 2 1/2" screws into these anchors.


Before attaching the surround to the wall, you must move the backer boards to their desired location. We include 2 backer boards with all cabinets and corners. These backer boards are moved inward for shipping purposes. To move backer boards, unscrew the backer boards from the surround, but do not remove the screws from the backer board completely. Move the backer boards into their desired location. We recommend having the backer boards no closer than 1/2" from the fireplace. Reattach by screwing the backer boards back into the surround (Backer boards are attached to a 3/4" spacer, and must be reattached to this spacer). Make sure not to over tighten screws. Your surround is now ready to be fastened to the wall.


Replace the surround over the nailer strips and fasten through the legs into the nailer, using a nail gun, trim head screws, or finish nails. Be careful to be close enough to the wall to attach the strips. Also, it is important that you have the surround pushed securely against that wall to remove any gaps that are present. Recess the nail heads with a nail set and use color putty (not provided) to fill these holes and match your desired finish. This step will secure your surround to your wall.


There are three inside trim pieces with every surround, one header and two legs. This trim
finishes the inside of every surround and makes up the difference between the surround's
inside edge and the outer surface of the non-combustible or wood filler kit. The inside trim
pieces are mitered at the corners and made full length. If there is a raised area below the
fireplace the inside trim pieces will have to be cut down to fit. Set the inside trim pieces into place and secure them to the surround by using a nail gun, trim head screws or finish nails. FIGURE 4, shows the finished product. Use a nail set to recess the nails and color putty (not provide) to fill the holes to match to the desired finish.

Thank you for choosing our product.