The combination of an electric fireplace and a TV is the perfect marriage of aesthetics and functionality. More than almost any single piece of furniture, and electric fireplace TV stand dramatically transforms a living room, family room, entertainment room, den, or bedroom. Homes and Gardens describes electric fireplaces as “works of art” that pair well with a flat-screen television.
Fireplace TV stands or TV consoles come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, materials, and styles. There are lots of models to choose from ranging from rustic farmhouse chic to the sleek minimalism of a modern fireplace TV stand. Whether you are interested in classic white and black wood finishes or modern metal designs incorporating tempered glass, there is an integrated fireplace TV stand combo to suit every style of home.
The flames look and feel real, and, in some models, they can be customized (brightness, speed, size, and color). TV consoles with integrated fireplaces can also include a wide diversity of storage options, as well as LED lighting, backlit shelving, speakers, and soundbars. Here are five reasons why every home should have an electric fireplace TV stand:
1. Creates ambiance
A Fireplace TV stand adds to the look and feel of a home, it is more than a piece of furniture, it creates a cozy and comfortable ambiance. The warmth and soft light of a fireplace can make any room look and feel warm and snug. A fire-lit room is welcoming, and the warm glow is inviting. It is the perfect space in which you, your family, and your friends can relax, and nothing does a better job of creating a romantic mood.
Whether alone, or with others, there is something primal, something deeply soothing about watching the atmospheric flickering of a flame. This is one piece of furniture that will provide hours of enjoyment whether you are cozying up in front of the fireplace with a good book, gazing at the flames with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, or just watching television.
2. Establishes a focal point in the room
The eye naturally gravitates toward a fireplace as the center of attention and the locus of light, warmth, and comfort. Fireplaces and televisions are natural focal points in a room and when you combine the two their allure is amplified. Television screens are found in almost every home and when paired with a fireplace, the combination becomes more than just another design element. Fireplace TV stands are the main focal point of a room and the anchor of your décor.
3. Clean source of heating energy
The realistic flames in an electric fireplace do more than create ambiance, they also generate heat that warms up a room. Some models have digital thermostats, timers, and settings that can include visual flames with no heat. An electric fireplace is far more efficient and a far cleaner source of heat than oil, gas, and wood because the electric variant does not emit soot, smoke, or climate change-causing greenhouse gases. An electric fireplace costs less to buy and install than the alternatives and according to Bob Villa, an electric fireplace also costs much less to operate.
4. Offers extra storage space
Some fireplace TV stands come with built-in storage options. Many models are well suited to store the components of your entertainment system (gaming consoles, video games, controllers, PVRs,
DVD players, remotes, and sound systems). While other models provide lots of added storage space in the form of adjustable shelving, cubbies, closed cupboards and cabinets. Transparent glass doors are also available if you want to display objects.
5. Two-in-one design saves space
TV consoles with a fireplace save space by integrating two pieces of furniture into one. While it is difficult to install a traditional fireplace in a small room, compact electric fireplace TV stands can fit into areas where space is at a premium. Some integrated fireplace TV consoles measure only a few feet wide while others fit snugly into the corner of a room. A fireplace with an integrated TV stand also saves space because there is no need for a chimney.
Other reasons to consider an electric fireplace TV stand
Quick and easy installation and assembly
A fireplace TV stand is easy to install and there is usually no assembly required. Most electric fireplaces come pre-assembled in the package so after you connect the fireplace to the stand and mount your television, all you need do is plug it into a standard 120-volt outlet. Most models have wire management ports (cut-outs in the back of the unit for power cords and other wires).
Little to no maintenance
An electric fireplace can be installed almost anywhere, and it is easy to operate. There is no need to run gas lines, refill propane tanks, restock wood, empty ash, or have the chimney cleaned. An electric fireplace is usually under warranty for about 10 years, but it can last well beyond a decade.
Fireplace TV consoles are safe
Electric fireplaces are safer than traditional fireplaces and they can safely hold your television. Traditional fireplaces can be the source of deadly carbon monoxide, whereas there are no such fumes with electric fireplaces. If you have children or pets, you may want to consider cool-to-the-touch safety features or a built-in safety cut-off device that will automatically turn the unit off if it gets too hot.
While it will not ignite surrounding materials, flammable materials should be kept away from all heat sources. You should not place electric fireplaces in areas of high humidity (kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room). If your fireplace has an air intake and exhaust vent (ventilation ports) make sure they are clear.
Cost effective heat source
Heat is generated through either infrared or fan-forced heating coils. While the heating area is specified in square feet (sq. ft)., the heating capacity of a fireplace is expressed in British Thermal Units (BTUs). Some manufacturers use BTUs as a measure of heat, while others will list the entire square footage the heater is designed to warm. Most electric fireplaces range from 4,600 to 10,000 BTU and can heat a room of 150-1,000 square feet. A typical fireplace TV stand is around 5000 BTUs and can warm a space of around 400 square feet for pennies a day.
Available in multiple sizes
Before buying an integrated fireplace and TV stand, you will want to consider size, heat output, settings, storage options, material, style, and quality. Measure the space where the fireplace TV console will be located (the stand should be at least 2 or 3 inches wider than your Television) and make sure there is an outlet nearby. Choose models that work with the room and speak to your preferred style.
Trusted and recommended by experts
Some of the best TV consoles with a fireplace are manufactured by trusted furniture manufacturer Ameriwood Home. Their award-winning models have a reputation for reliable build quality, versatility, and budget-friendliness.
As rated by Bob Villa, Ameriwood Home ranks as the best in class in a few categories. This includes the Chicago Electric Fireplace TV Console, the Carver Electric Fireplace TV Stand, and the Lumina Deluxe Fireplace. Electronics Hub ranked the Farmington Electric Fireplace as one of the best electric fireplace stands of 2022.
A fireplace TV stand is not just a piece of furniture it is an investment your quality of life. Home and Gardens cites research that says a fireplace will increase the value of your home by as much as 12 percent. Installing an electric fireplace with a TV console is a great example of high-impact and low-cost home beautification. It offers great value while creating ambiance and improving both the look and feel of a room. A fireplace with an integrated TV stand may be just what you and your home need.