When it comes to buying a fireplace screen, the decision can be tough and intimidating. There are so many styles and sizes to choose from! Because a fireplace is a focal point to the room, choose a screen that complements your interior design scheme. We'll help you make the right choice!
What to look for in a Fireplace Screen:
Types of Screens
Antique screens call to mind images of elegant Victorian parlors and other welcoming settings. These are generally finished in brass or gold. They frequently feature scrolls, swirls, or floral accents, along with soft, rounded lines. This look fits well in rooms that are classic yet comfortable. They work best when paired with coordinating fireplace tools and log racks. A hearth like this is guaranteed to catch the eye of all who enter the room.
Classic, simple, and timeless are all ways to describe our traditional fireplace screens. These work with most any interior decor. Whether you want a single-panel or five-panel design, copper, brass, or wrought iron construction, you'll find it in our selection. We proudly offer a variety of styles, sizes, and finishes.
Contemporary screens are an increasingly popular choice in modern apartments and newer homes. These pieces employ crisp, clean lines and subtle finishes that draw attention without being overbearing. Whether you're putting the finishing touches on a modern living space or simply want a refreshing update, contemporary screens are a fine choice.
Scenic fireplaces are perfect for cabins, lodges, and countryside retreats. These artistic pieces capture the beauty of the outdoors in their rustic designs. They work wonders in the home, too, bringing a touch of natural charm that is sure to bring a warm, casual element to any setting.
Fireplace Screen Sizes
How do I know what size to buy?
Screens, like fireplaces, come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Single-panel screens are easiest for determining proper size because they stand across the fireplace opening in a straight line.
Multi-paneled screens have a curved effect, which makes things more complicated. To determine the proper screen size, add 10 to 12 inches to the width of your fireplace and 3 to 5 inches to the height. This allows sufficient positioning angles, which keep the screen securely upright. Compare your dimensions to the dimensions listed on the product page or use our convenient "Shop By Width" feature.
Both width and height are important on any fireplace screen, as you need complete coverage for maximum protection and safety. Remember, measure twice and buy once!
Some of our screens feature doors, which come in two types: freestanding and built-in. Freestanding doors are built into the screen itself. The dimensions of these screens indicate the dimensions of the entire piece, rather than the dimensions of the doors alone. You will find the door dimensions listed separately on the Product Details page. Built-in screens fit directly onto the fireplace, so the door dimensions and the screen dimensions are the same.
Tips for a Safe Hearth
A crackling fire in your hearth does wonders to cozy up a home. But to get the most out of your fireplace and screen, make sure you are prepared to use it safely.
Of course, the fire should stay inside the hearth, but you should take steps to prevent children and pets from gaining access to the fire. Keep items that could be attractive to kids or pets away from the hearth and be sure your screen blocks the fireplace on all sides.
Be sure you have proper ventilation and a clean, clear chimney. We advise having your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned yearly. Test all smoke detectors in your home to be sure they are working properly. Also, always have a full set of tools nearby to tend your fire and clean your hearth properly.
Glossary of Terms
Andiron: Fireplace andirons are not only beautiful, but also practical. This fireplace accessory will add beauty and functionality to your hearth. Andirons can be used in place of a fireplace grate. More commonly, andirons are used in addition to a grate.
A fireplace bellow is both decorative and useful. Bellows draw in air through a hole in the bottom and force it out through a nozzle. This eliminates the need to blow directly into a fire, thus reducing the risks for burns. They also add a lovely finishing touch to a fireplace.
Damper: The fireplace damper is found in the throat of a masonry chimney, directly above the firebox. Both wood burning and gas fireplaces use a damper. The damper needs to be closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep heat from escaping up the chimney.
Damper Pull: Damper hooks or pulls are a practical and decorative fireplace accessory. Use the hook to open the damper, and then hang it from a fire stool stand, mantel, or screen to serve as a reminder that the damper is open.
When closing the damper, leave the hook hanging from the damper handle as a warning that the damper is closed. This is great way to avoid filling the house with smoke.
Fender: Fenders have been used as to deter people from getting too close to a fire. This safety device, commonly used in houses with children, is also a beautiful decoration. Fireplace fenders are available in several designs and add beauty to your hearth.
Fireback: A cast iron fireback protects your fireplace's back wall and reflects heat back into the home. This piece is the secret to a well-appointed hearth. Historically, the fireback was a centerpiece of the hearth and home.
Log Holder: A log holder will temporarily store wood to be placed in the fire. This accessory is not only practical, but also a beautiful decorative accent. These log holders can also store newspaper and other fireplace essentials.
Fireplace Screen: The screen offers functionality and design. Decorative screens can be used year-round, and can be found in almost any design imaginable. A screen protects your home from flying sparks, hot ash, and logs, which could possibly escape the fireplace and cause damage to your home.
Gas Logs: Modern advancements have made gas logs appear very realistic. Today's designs must be studied closely to determine that they are not real. Gas logs are an easy way to create a cozy environment without the cleaning and maintenance of a wood fire.
Hearth Rug: A hearth rug is a safety-conscious decision. Hearth rugs are non-flammable. When placed in front of your hearth, they prevent fires and damage to your carpet or wood floors.
Log Carrier: The canvas or leather log carrier is used to carry logs indoors cleanly and efficiently. If used with a log rack, a carrier can store wood or newspaper for later use.
Log Grate: A log grate holds the wood inside the fireplace. A log grate stands inside the firebox and is an essential part of every wood-burning fireplace.
Log Rack: The log rack is both practical and decorative. Log racks temporarily store wood, tools and newspaper.
Log Tote: A log tote is a practical device for transporting logs.
Tool Set: The fireplace tool set is an essential accessory that is often overlooked. When handling a fire, it is important to use an approved set of tools to ensure safety. A tool set can also add an attractive decorative element to any fireplace.
Wood Basket: A wood basket is a decorative log holder designed for indoor use. Due to their design, wood baskets are not used to carry wood. These pieces can be used to hold newspaper, kindling, and other fireplace accessories.