Having a hearth in your home is such a welcoming and ornate option which can really enhance the look, feel and style of any home. There are a number of accessories which you are going to need if you do have a fireplace in your home, and small fireplace screens are a must. Admittedly there are other aspects which you will need, for example you’ll need fireplace tools such as a poker, bellows and a brush for the ash, as well as an ash bucket.
Beyond these items however, a small fireplace screen will really transform the hearth.
Of course the main reason as to why these screens are necessary is that they protect the room and the floor from any sparks which may shoot out of the fire. As the logs crack the sparks can fly and if you have a carpet or a rug nearby, you will need a protective screen to ensure that they stay inside the fireplace. This is the principle function of a fireplace screen.
Whilst the purpose of having a fire in the room is of course to heat it up, managing the temperature is not always easy. In most cases you don’t want all of the temperature that a fire offers and that is why losing some up the chimney and some to the screen will help you to maintain a good temperature in the room. Few realize it but the screen does absorb and throw back some of that temperature to the fire.
There is also a real sense of style that you get with these screens and beyond their function they do give a classy or rugged look to the fireplace on the whole. These screens really compliment the fire rather than blocking the view, they can sort of act as a frame for the hearth and has that feeling of introducing you to the flames. There are hundreds of different options that you can choose from which will fit into whatever look you have in the home and whatever style you are looking to achieve.
The choice of screen that you make will be based upon the style that you already have in the room as well as the type of fireplace that you have. If the hearth is deep then you will have to make a different screen choice than if you had a shallow one. The prices range too so budget will play a key role here when you make your choice for a new fireplace screen.
Your first priority here should of course be the function of the screen itself, beyond that however you ought to pick one which looks great in the room and which really adds something to the fireplace. The dimensions are all important as you want a full covering so before you head out looking for the perfect screen, always ensure that you have fully measured before looking for a new screen.