This morning I was sat having a treat for breakfast (peanut butter and jam on toast), while enjoy the breakfast my eyes were wandering around the room and I happened to look at our fireplace. In our living room we have a Bedford 48" surround and a matching mirror which even after 5 years looks as good as the day it was installed.
At the time when I installed the fireplace and mirror we didn't supply concealed fixings so I simply used brass mirror brackets which is what we used to recommend. Normally you would cut the brackets into the plaster and fill over them, but we had just decorated so I just installed them on top of the plaster. After looking at these mirror brackets I thought to myself I wish we had concealed fixings when I had installed the fireplace.
We now provide a free set of concealed fixings with all of our wooden fireplaces so that nobody has to sit in front of their fireplace thinking the same thing as me. We also supply the fixings separately if you have any other jobs you might need them for, you can find them here.
I referred to the Concealed fixings as "magic" in the title and that is because I believe they are absolutely fantastic, easy to fit (when you know what you're doing), give a solid fix, allow you to remove the wooden surround without having to remove any brackets and you do not see any fixings.
The fixings work in the same way as a French cleat it compromises of two fixings; one mounted to the wall and the other to the back of the surround and when you lower the surround onto the wall the fixings engage each other and sit tight. When you lift the surround up by around 1" the surround will come free from the wall again, magic!
Although I would say fitting concealed fixings is easy, that is because I have used them many times myself. For somebody looking at them for the first time they don't appear as simple as they are. So what we have done is compiled a set of instructions for anybody to use which you can download here, feel free to have a look and if you do get stuck at any point just give us a call.