Last month we went to check out some new fireplace screens for sale, the first time in around 15 years. My old screen had really had its day and it wasn’t really doing its job anymore, which of course is a clear indication that you need something new, so as not to burn the house down. Despite the fact that it has only been 15 years since we last bought a screen, Iw as absolutely blown away by the incredible level of design and intricacy which today’s screens have.
Now of course I had originally gone in looking for something similar to the one which I previously had, but after visiting these new and improved fireplace screens, I found it more and more difficult to make a decision. If you too are in the market for a new fireplace screen then, based on my experience, are some important things for you to bear in mind when it comes to making your decision.
The Cost of the Screen
I genuinely never thought that I would have to budget for a new fireplace screen but given the cool options out there this is the first place that I would recommend you start. Seriously if you do not budget then you will find yourself being swept away by some of the designs and the materials that are used and before you know it you are dropping some serious cash on this household item. Pick a budget and stick to it.
Function Over Style
I have to be honest that I saw a great many fireplace screens which had absolutely no chance of blocking the meters or the ash which the fire blew out, but they looked so gorgeous that I wanted to buy them all. With this in mind I think another important piece of information which I can offer is that you should always focus on function and fireplace safety over style. In doing this you will ensure at the very least that after you have spent far too much money on this item, that it will indeed serve its purpose.
Large Item Importance
Now that I have seen the artistic takes which so many have looked to do with the fireplace screen I can honestly say that you should treat the purchase of the fireplace screen in the same way that you would treat any big item in the room. This means that your fireplace screen is now going to become a talking point, it is going to become a key aspect of the room, not just some piece which fades to darkness. Owing to this you have to buy the fireplace screen which fits in with the rest of the room’s color palette and which also matches up to the overall theme of the room. A fireplace screen which looks modern in a country-style space just doesn’t work.
You may not have realized it, but this is something which requires more consideration and more time than most other items at home.