What Are Media Wall Fireplaces?

Feature walls have often been a technique used in interior design to give a room some more personality and style. Media walls offer the same benefits, albeit with some additional practicalities. 

A media wall fireplace is simply an electric fireplace that has been installed as a part of a media wall. These fireplaces serve as an additional feature to your media wall, and can oftentimes add some additional mood lighting to improve the look and atmosphere of the room.

If you are considering installing a media wall, or adding a fireplace to an already existing one, there are a few things to first consider. 

What is a Media Wall?

Media walls have gained popularity in the past couple of years due to their simple, yet striking design. They’re often the focal point of a room due to their appearance and practicality, and save room space whilst looking good.

A media wall is typically used to hang a wall-mounted television, store speakers and display gaming consoles or other media equipment that would otherwise need to be shelved or stored in cabinets. 

Media walls offer storage solutions for these items and keep them organised in one place. 

Benefits of a Media Wall

Media walls host an array of benefits, which range from cosmetic to practical. They can organise media gadgets including televisions, fireplaces, gaming consoles, speaker systems and can provide space for knick-knacks the same way that alcoves do. Whilst doing this, they also provide a sleek and easy way to hide cables and wires from view. Whilst media walls are built on a frame and will take up some floor space, they will not, however, take up any more space than a traditional fireplace would, and utilise the space much better. 

What are Media Walls Made From?

Media walls aren’t usually built into the house’s foundations, as they need space behind to mask whatever cables and sockets are behind them. As a result, media walls are often built in front of pre-existing walls that have functional wall sockets. 

Media walls are typically created with a stud wall, which operates the same way in which a chimney breast does. Constructed using a wooden frame and plasterboard, a media wall is designed specifically with the chosen television’s dimensions in mind. 

Do You Need a Chimney Breast or Fireplace to Make a Media Wall? 

Media walls don’t need a chimney breast or fireplace behind them to function as planned. Media walls, however, often take inspiration from the aesthetics of chimney breasts in order to provide a concave behind in which wires and cables are stored. 

One thing to consider when thinking about installing a media wall is whether or not you already have a chimney breast or fireplace in your room. If you do, you may need to consider the positioning of your media wall as having two chimney breasts or fireplaces may affect the interior design and aesthetic of the room.

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What Type of Fire Can You Have in a Media Wall?

Due to the composition the media walls have, the type of fireplace that is often installed is that of an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces offer several benefits when installed into a media wall. One of these benefits is that no additional changes to the house’s structure need to be made to accommodate a chimney, and that an electric fireplace is safer to house underneath a television due to the heat that it produces. In addition to this, electric fireplaces sometimes offer customisation, and can produce mood lighting which can accentuate the media wall setup and match the general atmosphere of the room. 

Choosing a Fireplace for a Media Wall

A fireplace is one of the most defining parts of a media wall. They’re usually placed just below the television, and are one of the more functional of the elements often incorporated into a media wall. As a result, it’s important to choose the best and most suitable fireplace for your media wall. There are a few things you need to ask yourself when choosing a fireplace for your media wall. 

Will it Fit?

The size and depth of the fireplace should fit in nicely with the rest of your media wall. If you’re planning on having a television above it, make sure that the fireplace and television are both suitable sizes for the project. There are different types of electric fireplaces, and include ones that are designed to hang from a wall, whilst others are designed to be placed in wall recesses. The latter are less viable when it comes to installing a media wall, as a fireplace which is designed to sit flush with the wall is more ideal. 

Heat 

The heat your fireplace produces is also important when choosing a model. Whilst all fireplaces produce some sort of heat, the output may be different depending on the type and model. The best type of fireplace to purchase for your media wall is one that will produce heat from a front heater, to ensure that the heat produced is radiated throughout the room, not out the back of the media wall to become trapped. 

Aesthetic 

How your fireplace looks in correlation to the rest of the room will help narrow down possible contenders. When it comes to the design of a room, it’s possible to find a fireplace that comes in every different style to match your needs. As the fireplace in a media wall is often installed below a television, make sure not to just consider the fireplace’s appearance in isolation. Think about how it will look next to the rest of your media wall’s appliances and the general feel and look of the rest of the room. Media walls are contemporary and often have a sleek, modern appearance which is best reflected through the different appliances which it plays host to. 

Clearance

At the end of the day, a fireplace’s main purpose is to produce heat, and each individual model is capable of producing different levels of heat. Heat can be potentially damaging to objects in a close vicinity, particularly cables. Make sure when choosing your fireplace to consider the clearance of it, to ensure that the television or other appliances that you’re planning to add to your media wall will be within a safe distance of your fireplace. You can check the clearance of your fireplace by checking the manufacturer guides. The risk is fairly low with electric fireplaces due to the way in which they produce heat, but it’s always worth double checking just in case. 

How is a Fireplace Installed in a Media Wall?

As established, the best type of fireplace to have installed in a media wall is an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces offer benefits that better suit the structure of a media wall, and they’re also easier and safer installed within them. Most electric fireplaces will have the ability to hang them from the wall, so there’s little difference when it comes to installing them in a media wall. If you’re intending to make your fireplace flush with the wall, it’s important to make sure that any heating outputs are uncovered and able to operate successfully. 

Mounting a Television Above a Fireplace

Televisions are significantly easier to install than fireplaces. One thing to be wary of when installing a television into a media wall above a fireplace is the heat clearance zone. Make sure that the wall you’re installing onto is capable of load-bearing, as the added weight of a TV could lead to a stud wall collapsing. Make sure to always double and triple check measurements, weight requirements and sizes when designing and creating your media wall.