Whether you’re buying a fireplace for the first time or looking to update your current one, a cosy fire makes for perfect homely addition. Often acting as a focal point, the fireplace you choose can completely transform the look of a room. To help you out, we’ve gathered our favourite styles and everything you’ll need to consider before buying a fireplace in this modern fireplace ideas guide.
Things to consider before buying a fireplace:
What size do you need?
First, you’ll need to consider the overall size of your room, ceiling height and whether the fireplace is being fitted onto a flat wall or chimney breast. If you have a chimney breast, ensure your new unit doesn’t overhang on the corners.
Are you looking for an electric or gas fire?
This will depend on your needs. A gas fire will provide a stronger heat output. However, if you have a small and well insulated room, an electric fire might be more suitable.
Will you be replacing an existing fire?
In some cases, replacing an existing fire is as simple as removing the existing unit and installing a new one. If you have an old fireplace that’s been blocked, it can usually be reinstated – but it’s important to have the chimney and flue checked thoroughly by a specialist first.
Low maintenance and versatile, electric fireplaces are a popular choice. With no risk of burns due to the flame-effect and glass pane, an electric fire is ideal for family homes or those with pets.
Generally easy to install, an electric fireplace doesn’t need a flue or chimney, and requires little upkeep as it doesn’t produce smoke or soot. You may also find electric fireplaces to be more energy efficient than a traditional wood-burning fire.