Things to Consider When Shopping for A Fireplace
The width of standard consoles with built-in fireplaces is between 64 inches and 72 inches and the height can be 30 inches to 40 inches (our Artesian Mantel w/ Fireplace is 43 inches high), so measure carefully to ensure you have enough space in the place of honor you’ve selected and that your current TV will fit above. Keep in mind that your TV should be placed or wall-mounted at or just below eye level to minimize neck strain.
Electric fireplace inserts typically use either infrared or forced-fan heating. If you’re mainly interested in ambiance over warmth, you won’t need to worry too much about wattage. But if you are planning to use the fireplace as a heat source, you’ll want to have some idea of the number of BTUs the fireplace will have to generate to heat your room.
A rule of thumb is 10 watts of energy is required to heat one square foot. So, begin by multiplying the square footage of your room by 10 to get the number of BTUs necessary to heat the space. For a 10-foot by 12-foot room (120 square feet), your fireplace should generate 1,200 BTUs. If the room has high, vaulted ceilings you may need 1,500 BTUs to compensate for rising heat.
Our Wright 3 Piece Entertainment Center infrared fireplace can put out 5,200 BTUs, providing zone heating for up to 1,000 square feet! Forced air heaters can only heat up to 400 square feet, but that may be sufficient for closed floor plans, where only the living room needs heat.
What kinds of cabinets, drawers and shelves do you need for your video game consoles, DVD player, speakers, discs and other family entertainment items? Adjustable shelves will give you the most flexibility when it comes to storing electronics that vary in size. If that’s not an option, most of our consoles include a mix of drawers, shelves and generous cabinets with solid or frosted doors or glass inserts that will show off what you’re storing. Make a plan for where everything will fit before you shop.