Electric fireplaces and fire stoves can add warmth and light to your home without the expense of installing a traditional fireplace or wood stove. Many electric fireplaces and stoves are also environmentally friendly, because they do not add wood and smoke particulates into the air. Choose your units for efficiency by looking at the power consumption and heat output on each model you like, then selecting the model that best balances high heat output with low energy usage.
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- Measuring tape
Measure each room where you want to add a decorative electric fireplace. Multiply the length by the width of each room to get its square footage.
Measure all available spaces in the rooms that might work for your electric fireplaces. A corner is an excellent place for a fireplace or stove unit, as many models are designed specifically for corner areas. Also measure the distance between the space where you want to place the unit and the nearest electrical socket. Keeping the unit next to or over an outlet prevents ugly cords from showing.
Look at the electric fireplace models that will fit into your available spaces. The packaging should tell you how many square feet each unit will heat.
Choose models that match your home's decor, such as those with similar wood types to your furniture or flooring, or those with stone or metal casing, if that fits your colour scheme best.
Place one fireplace per room in a location that is out of the way, yet easily draws attention. For living rooms, this should be along a wall or in a corner facing the main seating area. In bedrooms, place the fireplace in a corner opposite the head of the bed.
Place a small electric fire stove in your kitchen eating nook or dining room at one end of the table to create a homey atmosphere.
Hang wall-mounted fireplaces so they are eye-level with anyone sitting in the furniture.
Sit in each piece of furniture in your home, including beds if you have fireplaces in the bedrooms, and note whether you can see more than one fireplace without turning your head. If so, move one of the fireplaces out of your view so they do not complete with each other and make the area feel too busy.
Place decorative items on top of each fireplace that has a mantel. Fireplace mantels are traditionally decorated with high-quality wood clocks or photo frames with family photos. Candlesticks also make excellent mantel decorations. Fill them with candles that colour-coordinate with your decor to tie the fireplace into your surroundings.
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