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Top Tips for Choosing a Built In Fireplace

If you have been daydreaming about adding a modern built in fireplace to your home, you may be wondering how to choose a style that flawlessly integrates into your space. Whether used in the living room, dining room, bedroom or even a bathroom or kitchen, this type of wood burning fireplace is modern and space efficient.

Here at Hydrofire, we offer an excellent selection of built in fireplaces that include three different styles to choose from: one sided, doubled sided and corner. Depending on where you plan to install the fireplace, and your general space requirements and preferences, you may find it a bit confusing to decide which style is best. In this mini guide, we’re taking a look at each style to see how you can determine whether or not it is the right fit for your home.

Choosing the Right Build In Fireplace

Compared to free standing fireplaces, built in fireplaces have a slightly different design. This fireplace typically requires a wall that enables it to connect to your chimney. Installation help is required in order to integrate the fireplace within your wall according to manufacturer guidelines. If your property has an old fireplace, it can be transformed into a modern built in fireplace. One major advantage is that it saves space in smaller rooms and houses, as the fireplace is set into the wall. Another advantage is that this style is typically modern and eye-catching, making it a worthwhile investment for your home.

One Sided

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These fireplaces have a single side, facing outward. This style works especially well against a large wall that opens out onto a room. For separate living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, this style works well. In a larger open plan room, it may be better to consider a double or corner sided fireplace to allow for maximum heat distribution.

Double Sided

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As the name implies, double sided fireplaces are open on both sides. This style is effective for open plan rooms, or rooms that are divided. In dining and living rooms, they offer the advantage of heating both rooms efficiently. In a kitchen, this style can also be effective, while modern master suites with open plan bathrooms will also benefit from this style.


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Similar to the double sided fireplace, with a slightly different design, this fireplace sits on a corner. This style is especially effective in modern, open plan areas that have corners, or unused structures. They work well in kitchens, helping to heat two or more sides of the room. They also work well in bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms and in smaller areas that are otherwise harder to heat.

One of the simplest ways to choose your built in wood stove is to consider your home’s current structure. If you already have an old fireplace, or you have rooms of uneven size or dimensions, you may find that certain styles will naturally suit the area more than others. For example, a semi open plan living and dining area with a short partition may be ideal for a corner or double sided fireplace, while a large room with a long open wall and existing chimney may be ideal for a single sided fireplace.

Planning to invest in a fireplace for your property? Browse our range of built in fireplaces to find the perfect match for your living space.