We often see interior designers putting the TV and the fireplace together in one way or another, most often in the form of a rustic or a traditional fireplace and a TV mounted on the wall above the mantel. We love the look and the idea but at the same time we recognize the fact that very few homes actually have fireplaces. That, however, doesn’t mean this combo becomes impossible to achieve. We recently came across some pretty cool TV consoles with fireplaces built into them. We’re going to share some of our favorite models down below.
The things you should know about electric fireplaces
In order to decide whether or not an electric fireplace is indeed right for you and your needs, there’s a few basic things you should be aware of.
The advantages of an electric fireplace
Compared to gas or wood-burning fireplaces, the electric ones offer a series of major advantages. For example, you don’t need to buy or chop wood or to hook them up to a gas line. All you need is an electrical outlet. You also don’t need a permit to install an electric fireplace and you don’t need to install a vent or a chimney. Electric fireplaces don’t pollute and their surface doesn’t get hot, so they’re safe to touch and not dangerous if you have pets or children. Furthermore, they’re very low maintenance.
If you plan to use an electric fireplace to heat a room, efficiency is definitely something you should pay special attention to. Generally, a 120-volt fireplace can heat a room of up to 400 square feet. Some electric fireplaces can even heat up to 1.000 square feet. Some models have thermostats which make them even more efficient.
There are several different types of electric fireplaces and they’re each suited for certain types of spaces and needs. The wall-mounted ones for example are great for small rooms. They can be mounted on the wall or into the wall in order to save floor space.
Freestanding fireplaces can be placed anywhere as long as they sit against a wall. They’re easy to move around and they usually look similar to traditional fireplaces which have mantels. Some models are also designed to fit in corners.
There are also electric fireplaces which are combined with an entertainment center, resulting in a media console for the living room. They come in different styles, sizes and can have a variety of different configurations.
Electric stoves are designed to look like traditional wood stoves which gives them a distinctive appearance. They function just like regular electric fireplaces and they can be installed anywhere as well as moved around if needed.
Another option to consider is an electric fireplace insert. This is something that you can into the hearth of an existing traditional fireplace which is no longer functional. It’s a way to preserve the old original fireplace and to update it and make it functional once again but in a more modern way.
How to choose an electric fireplace
All electric fireplaces are more or less similar in the sense that they function the same and offer a lot of the same advantages. However, there are also numerous details and features that are unique to certain types of fireplaces or certain particular models.
How do electric fireplaces work?
In order to make an informed decision, it’s important to understand exactly how electric fireplaces work. They create a flame image by projecting LED lights onto a screen in a certain pattern. Some have more LED lights than others which can add more details to the flames and make them look more realistic.
Electric fireplaces also have a built-in heater and can be used all year round. They don’t need a vent or a chimney since they don’t create any smoke or real flames. They produce heat and in many cases the flames can be operated independently from the heater. They also offer several settings, allowing you to choose the intensity.
Some electric fireplaces also have built-in thermostats which allow you to maintain a constant temperature in the room, making them more efficient and cost-effective. However, not all electric fireplaces have heaters. Some are designed to only be decorative and to create flame images without producing any heat at all.
Generally, electric fireplaces can be installed pretty much anywhere. They’re even safe to install underneath the TV in which case it’s best to choose a fireplace with a front or bottom heater to avoid any damage to electronics placed in its vicinity.
Electric fireplaces can be installed both indoor and outdoor. Of course, if you plan on installing one on a patio or in an outdoor area you should be careful to choose an outdoor-rated model. Not all electric fireplaces are suitable for outdoor use.
How to choose a TV console
Regardless or whether or not you want your TV console to have a built-in electric fireplace, there’s a few things to consider before buying one. It’s not just the design that matters.
A TV console must allow you to feel comfortable while watching the TV. The viewing angle is very important. The screen should be positioned at eye level so the height at which it’s placed is dependent on the height of the sofa or the chairs. Make sure you make the measurements while seated in a comfortable and realistic position.
In cases where the TV is placed on a stand, it’s important to consider the voerall size that the stand should have in relation to the size of the TV. This ensures that it provides proper support and that the TV can’t be easily bumped. Also, make sure the stand offers sufficient weight capacity for the TV that you’ve chosen.
In some cases the overall size or layout of a room can pose problem when choosing a TV stand. If you find it difficult to come up with a configuration that allows you to be comfortable and that also complements the room layout, perhaps a stand that gives you more flexibility would be best. Consider a swivel stand that lets you adjust the angle of the TV.
It’s always useful to have a TV stand that offers you some sort of storage. Since we’re talking about a stand that also has a built-in electric fireplace, that reduces its storage capacity. Still, you should look for a model that has cutouts or a proper cable management system so you can enjoy a clean and tidy décor. Open shelves are also very space-efficient and extremely versatile which is why a lot of TV stands include them in their designs.
10 Best TV Consoles With Built-in Electric Fireplaces Choice
First on our list is this minimal fireplace TV stand with a charcoal grey finish. It includes an electric fireplace (4600 BTU) that can heat up a space of up 400 square feet (37 square meters). It’s easy to set up, no professional help needed. Just plug it in and enjoy. Also, the stand includes adjustable shelves and a cable management system that lets you gather all the cords at the back.
This elegant console is made from laminated particleboard complemented by metal accent details. It has a dark cherry finish and has a modern and simple design. It’s suitable for TVs of up to 70” and has a maximum weight capacity of 135 lbs (61 kg). The console includes an electric fireplace at the center, with storage modules on each side. It has open shelving at the top for various different gadgets and accessories.
Here’s another lovely entertainment center that has a built-in fireplace. This one is made from high-grade MDF and laminate boards and has a nice driftwood finish. The fireplace is positioned at the center of the unit, below the open shelves and in between two storage modules which have tempered glass door fronts.
A rustic TV console would work really nicely in combination with a fireplace. This one is a great example. The console comes with a 23” electric fireplace built into it. The fireplace can be controlled remotely and features LED lights. The overall dimensions of the unit are 29.125”h x 59.625”w x 15.6875”d. It’s suitable for TVs up to 60” and also includes two closed storage modules, one on each side of the fireplace panel and two open shelf sections at the top.
This TV console was specially designed to fit in corner spaces. That, in combination with its compact size makes it perfect for small rooms such as living rooms, dining areas and bedrooms. It has a solid and sturdy construction and a simple design, featuring an electric fireplace at the center and a series of storage cubbies and shelves around it.
Here’s another small and compact fireplace TV stand. This one features a simple and versatile design with a built-in electric fireplace at its center that has two switches. One is for heat and one is for the flame display. The dimensions of the console are as follows: (Left to Right) 58″ L x (Front to Back) 16″ W x 25″ H.
The design of this charming TV stand is inspired by the rustic look of traditional barn doors. The unit has a built-in fireplace with separate controls for the display and the heat. It has a white oak finish with metal hardware accents that give an authentic farmhouse-inspired vibe. It’s suitable for TVs up to 64” and has a cable management system that keeps all the cords hidden in the back of the stand.
If you’re looking for a fireplace TV console that has a more traditional feel, check out this one. It’s suitable for TVs up to 55” which makes it a nice choice for small bedrooms and cozy little living rooms. It has a dark cherry finish and a built-in fireplace. The heat and the flame display can be operated independently. There’s also built-in storage in the form of open shelf compartments at the top and closed vertical modules on the sides of the fireplace.
This 60” console has a really cool design. It features a metal frame complemented by wooden surfaces and it’s strong and durable but also has a lightweight and graphical look. The design is quite eclectic, being a bit rustic but also modern with a hint of industrial. There’s an 18” electric fireplace built into the center of the unit, with LEDs and faux logs.
The last fireplace TV console on our list is really cool too. It’s small compared to some of the other models but at the same time it has a more authentic vibe, being reminiscent of traditional fireplace surrounds. The electric fireplace can be controlled remotely and can heat up to 500 square feet (46 square meters) which makes it great for any living room or bedroom.