Nothing matches the cozy atmosphere that only a traditional fireplace can create with its crackling logs! However, why not enjoy it in a safer way while also helping diffuse its heat evenly and making a consistent decorative statement?
A fireplace screen can truly upgrade your room, creating a red-hot fire experience.
However, it's important to take some time to choose a fireplace screen that works both with the fireplace itself and the rest of the room.
1. Decide what type of fireplace screen you need
Fireplace screens come in all sorts of sizes, styles and materials. While that's great news, it can also make it harder to choose the right one.
That's why the best way to start browsing them is to first figure out which type would match your needs the most:
Traditional freestanding fireplace screens are a simple, versatile solution. Consisting of a single panel, they can either be flat (usually coming with legs and resulting in a more streamlined look) or bowed (to add a subtle three-dimensional vibe);
Paneled models mainly range between three and five sections. As well as promoting safety by minimizing direct access to the fire, they also result in a more decorative look;
Fireplace screens with doors have risen in popularity over the past few years: because they allow you to reach the logs through them without having to physically move the entire thing, they're particularly recommended for people who struggle to lift large items or suffer from back problems. Needless to say, they're also incredibly cozy, rustic and traditional;
Folding fireplace screens are a more flexible option. They still result in a three-dimensional look and can sometimes be similar to paneled models, but they can be stored away during warmer seasons without taking up much room at all. They also allow you to reach the fire more easily by moving just one side of the screen;
Finally, spark guards (either as freestanding models or curtains) are simpler, lighter options usually made of mesh. As the name suggests, they focus on stopping sparks and embers from leaving the fireplace area. This makes them a better option if you usually sit right by the fire to make the most of its heat and are not particularly interested in the decorative side of things.