It's easy to become bewildered by all the fireplace options that are out here.
Fireplace screens come in an assortment of styles designed to fit your lifestyle.
As a rule, a fireplace screen stands in front of your fireplace to block
pieces of ash and sparks that may come out of the fireplace. They also serve
as a reminder to stay at a certain distance for your own safety. While they
don't provide complete protection, they can certainly be helpful; and they
can look stylish as well.
Fireplace screens and spark quards are generally constructed of sturdy
fireplace curtain mesh that can be styled in various geometric patterns.
Generally, the wire should be black since that will entail the least
cleaning. The lighter the color, the more cleaning difficulty you can
expect. A common fireplace screen is mesh curtains that slide from the
center to either side. The wire mesh screens are woven like a chain link
fence and hang from a rod just like your curtains. This rod is mounted from
your lentil bar, the flat steel bar that supports your bricks at the top.
The simples design of spark guard fireplace screen is a rectangular, flat fireplace screen that sits in front of your fireplace. Even this design should have a couple of doors that can be opened to allow you to reach the fire without removing the screen. A simple wrought iron design over the
screen can add to the effect. Wrought iron can also be added to the top of the screen for an ornate look.
Single panel fireplace screens is a rigid mesh panel framed on all four
sides and is designed to lean against the opening but they can be free
The single panel screen is usually supported by feet on either side to keep
the screen from falling forward and supports that project from the back into
the firebox for stability.
A shallow arch beneath the straight top can add its own beauty. The arch
doesn't have to stay below a straight top. The top itself can form an arch.
Or dispense with the rectangular shape entirely. The entire
small fireplace screen can be in the shape of an arch.
Bowed fireplace screen is a free standing single panel screen that has a
gentle curve. The screen will sit on your hearth without the support of
front feet or rear stabilizer bars. Three panel folding fireplace screens
feature a center panel that is on average 30 inches wide and two side panels
ranging from 8 to 12 inches wide.
These screens can extend their versatility with a three or even four panel
design. With a three panel design, the middle panel is the widest and
functions as the main screen. The side panels can be bent back at any angle
to provide additional protection and support. With a four panel design, the
middle panel can also bend. The three panel screen is placed on the hearth
and the side panels are angled back to either side of the opening. The
screen is stabilized by the two side panels. Make sure you get a screen wide
enough so that it will cover your opening yet stand on it's own. If you have
an opening that is 36 inches wide and buy a screen with a 30 inch center
panel and 2 - 8 inch side panels the overall length is 46 inches. Folding
the side panels back to either side of the opening will allow the screen to
project around 4 inches onto your hearth giving it the stability to stand on
its own. A 10 inch wide side panel will give you around a 5 inch projection
and so on. Make sure you have the proper depth on your hearth to accommodate
the projection of the screen.
Four fold fireplace screens feature four fixed mesh panels that fold like an
accordion. This type of fireplace screen is easily folded when tending your fire.
Finishes are vary - from bronze iron fireplace screens to fireplace screen bronze finish
Designs could be as follows: ornate fireplace screens, fireplace screen fan...
Fireplace screens range from large fireplace screens to small fireplace screens ( in width from 31 inches to 52 inches and in height from 32 inches 36 inches). Many manufacturers offer custom sizes as well.