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Bedroom fireplaces are a luxurious addition to any bedroom. Nothing beats cuddling in bed in front of a cozy fire or reading with the warm glow of a fireplace. A modern bedroom fireplace is often designed for both heating and decoration purposes.
Most models have been designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible, so they can blend in with the rest of the room rather than stand out. From sleek glass to traditional brick fireplaces, there’s a fireplace for every style.
People used to think that a fireplace in the bedroom would be a waste of space. However, these days, more and more homeowners are deciding to have a fireplace built into the bedroom as an additional way of warming up on those cold winter nights.
A fireplace can warm up the space, while adding an aesthetically pleasing focal point to the room. With so many options available, it may be difficult to determine which type of fireplace would best suit your needs. Let’s explore the pros and cons of having a gas, wood, or electric fireplace installed in the bedroom.
A wood-burning fireplace needs to be placed in an open space with a chimney, where you can burn wood and the fumes will safely be released through a chimney. Unfortunately, you’ll need to have firewood regularly available if you opt for this option. This can be inconvenient, and storing wood can take up space in your room.
Wood fireplaces are large in size and are built into the structure of a wall. You may need to consider smaller options, like electric fireplaces, if you have a small room. The structure of the fireplace needs to be made of non-combustible materials such as bricks, rocks, marble, or concrete.
Operating on burning wood, the fumes produce emissions that can pollute the air and be harmful. As a result, it is recommended to choose this fireplace only if you have a lot of ventilation or a spacious room. Having a wood fireplace is fairly expensive because of the high maintenance costs. You’ll need to regularly clean the chimney to prevent creosote buildup because excessive creosote can create fires.
Gas fireplaces still offer a level of realism but are more controlled and can easily be turned on and off, without using wood. However, you may still require a vent with the fireplace to get rid of any emissions. Ventless gas fireplaces are mostly small in size and are mostly used for decor rather than heating.
Some gas fireplaces are very meticulously designed to replicate a wood fireplace, but without its downsides. This type of fireplace operates on gas, and since gas is somewhat inexpensive, it’ll cost less than a wood fireplace. When turned off, it’ll cool down on its own and it wouldn’t have the flickering embers that are associated with burning wood, making it safer. Additionally, gas fireplaces emit less pollutants than a wood fireplace, which makes it a better alternative.
They require easy maintenance and offer a better range in temperature control. You can adjust the fire level according to your desired warmth. This will prevent the room from getting too stuffy and can quickly heat it up when needed.
An electric fireplace is the healthiest and least expensive option for a bedroom fireplace. Electric fireplaces operate solely on electricity. They’re available in compact or large sizes and you don’t need to build them into a wall. There are standalone designs and with some designs, you can simply mount them onto the wall. You have better control of the temperature with this type of fireplace, and unlike gas or wood fireplaces - it doesn’t release any dangerous emissions.
The downside of this fireplace is that you won’t get the realism of a gas or wood fireplace. However, some high-quality fireplaces manage to capture the gentle glow and visually-appealing sight of sizzling firewood.
An electric fireplace preserves all of its heat and can quickly warm up a room. On the other hand, a gas or wood fireplace releases some of its heat through the chimney. An electric fireplace is also the cleanest choice because it doesn’t require any maintenance and doesn’t produce smoke or fumes.
Nothing beats the soothing ambiance or the crackling sound of burning wood in a fireplace. But even though a wood fireplace is more aesthetically pleasing than a gas or electric fireplace - it isn’t the best option for a bedroom.
Gas fireplaces are somewhat popular in homes where bedrooms are often cold or have windows that do not offer much ventilation, light, or warmth.
A gas fireplace can help provide some warmth and ambiance while also improving air quality by removing harmful particles from the air with its vent system, which is especially helpful for someone who has asthma or allergies.
However, an electric fireplace is considered the most energy-efficient option and since it is low maintenance and doesn’t release any pollutants into the air, it is considered the perfect choice for a bedroom fireplace. If you’re considering a gas or wood fireplace, be sure to place it away from any combustible materials like bed linens or curtains.
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If you have an open-space plan or a spacious bedroom, you can use a gas or wood bedroom fireplace. However, it needs to have a chimney or an adequate ventilation system because the emissions from the fumes can be dangerous. It is safer to consider getting an electric bedroom fireplace. It cools down quickly, isn’t dangerous near the bed, and doesn’t emit any harmful fumes.
There are many things that you can try to style your fireplace without spending too much money. A few of these ways include painting it a different color, accessorizing by adding wood logs in front of it or photo frames on the mantel, changing the mantel completely, or hanging wall art on top of it. You’ll be surprised by how a few small tweaks can make a big difference in style.
An electric fireplace is actually the safest and most efficient fireplace type to be placed in a bedroom. They don’t emit any harmful pollutants and they’re low maintenance so you won’t break the bank caring for it all year long.
Depending on your room’s design, your bedroom fireplace can be a modern electric fireplace or a traditional brick wood-burning fireplace. You can use the bedroom fireplace as a focal point - a rustic brick structure can be used for a traditional feel, marble for a luxurious aesthetic, or a built-in fireplace for a modern flair.
Most importantly, a practical bedroom fireplace can be used as a shelf by placing things on top of the mantel or as a divider in a spacious room. You can easily find a bedroom fireplace with a structure and colors that blend into your room’s style.