How do I select a fireplace screen to fit my fireplace?

There is quite a bit of flexibility in determining the best size of decorative screen for a particular fireplace opening. The following information is intended as a guide only - there are other factors to consider such as scale of the room, hearth size, mantle size, shape and location, etc. Let your own judgment be your best guide -"beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

Folding Fireplace Screens

  • Width
The measurements of the paneled fireplace screens are given when the screen is flat. Therefore, when it is standing you will lose 8-12" in the bend of the sides. So, if your opening is 40" wide, you would select a screen that is 48-52" wide or 8-12" wider than your opening. This will allow for ample bend of the screens' side panels. If you have a very wide fireplace opening, you may need to add panels to the screen - prices and sizes are given for this option also. We sell many four, five and even six paneled fireplace screens.

  • Height
There is also flexibility in how tall the screen should be. Some customers prefer them 2-3" below the opening while others prefer 2-3" above the opening. We are not able to change the height of our patterns, but sometimes can vary placement of feet on a French screen or even add feet to a paneled screen for additional height.

French Style Fireplace Screens

  • Width
For a flat French screen there is a lot of flexibility - historically these were simply placed on the hearth as decoration and did not have to be the same width as the opening. So they can be larger or smaller than the opening in both width and height.

  • Height
There is also flexibility in how tall the screen should be. Some customers prefer them 2-3" below the opening while others prefer 2-3" above the opening. We are not able to change the height of our patterns, but sometimes can vary placement of feet on a French screen or even add feet to a paneled screen for additional height.

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