How to Buy an Indoor Fireplace Cover

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Fireplace accessories, like a fireplace cover, keep your fireplace in mint condition during the months you don't use it. With a fireplace cover, you prevent dust and other flammable materials from collecting inside the fireplace. Fireplace accessories also protect young children from harm.

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    Decide what type of cover you want to purchase. Most fireplace covers fall into two categories-soft or hard. Soft covers cost less and provide a flexible cover. While hard covers cost more, most experts agree they work better than soft covers.

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    Make the cover part of your interior theme. A decorative accessory cover allows you to blend the fireplace in with your décor. You can find hand-painted or custom designed fire place accessories in a wide variety of styles.

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    Accent your indoor fireplace with a glass cover. Most glass fireplace covers use a fire-resistant coating to protect the glass from the heat. The glass allows your fireplace to function as a piece of furniture in the room.

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    Get a custom designed fireplace cover. Corner fireplaces and arched fireplaces make it difficult to find an off-the-shelf fireplace cover that works with your design. Custom manufacturers build covers to your specifications and install to ensure a flawless fit.

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    Use a fireplace cover to make cleaning your fireplace easier. Covers designed for cleaning have an access hole for your vacuum's hose. The cover keeps the dust and ash from blowing into the house as you clean.

Tips and warnings

  • A decorative fireplace screen changes the appearance of your fireplace, but won't prevent dust from entering.
  • Glass keeps children from climbing into the fireplace, but collects heat and can burn if touched.

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