When Should You Consider A Wall Mount Electric Fireplace?
There are a few scenarios when wall mounted fireplaces are one of the best installation choices:
Apartment or rental property restrictions:
Apartment and rental property tenants have restrictions on what they can and can’t do to the dwelling since they don’t own it. Cutting into the drywall and installing a built in electric fireplace is almost always out of the question.
Along the same lines, it’s rare to find an apartment with a traditional fireplace. For safety and insurance reasons, even if it did have one the apartment owner will have surely closed it off making it unusable. An electric fireplace plugs into a standard 120V outlet, making it no more dangerous than any other household appliance.
Limited Floor Space:
If you live in a small apartment, condo, or home, floor space is a precious commodity. The benefit of an electric wall mount fireplace is that it takes up zero floor space. While a portable fireplace or corner media unit might look nice, it still takes up floor space. With a wall mount unit, you install it up and out of the way, as low or as high as you’d like on the wall.
You Want The Easiest Installation Option:
When it comes to ease of installation, a wall mounted electric fireplace is going to require the least amount of work and modification to your home to install it. Rather than have to frame in a wall (or have a professional do it) to accommodate a recessed, built in wall fireplace, a wall mounted option can usually be installed in just minutes.
Most of the time you simply locate the studs in the wall and mount the included brackets to the studs using a level to make sure they're even. From there you attach the fireplace to the mounting brackets and you're ready to go! This also makes for the least invasive option if it ever comes time to remove the fireplace. Simply remove the fireplace and brackets, patch the holes where the brackets were attached, and your wall is as good as new.
Warm Weather Climates:
If you live in a climate that is typically warm most of the year and rarely experiences cold temperatures, many apartment, condos, and even homes don’t have a central heating system. A wall mount electric fireplace is a great option for that rare chilly night, or for those rooms that always seem to be colder than the others.
In addition, if you own a vacation property an electric fireplace can be that extra wow factor to set your property apart from other options. An added benefit is that these units can be used with or without the heating element, creating ambiance even when the added heat isn’t wanted.
Things To Consider If Choosing A Hangable Fireplace
Proximity to other items:
While an electric fireplace is safer in the fact that it doesn't provide a real flame, it can still be dangerous in certain situations. The heating element inside it can get quite hot, and you'll want to take care not to place it too close to drapes, furniture, or your TV, depending on where the heat vents are located. Make sure to check the installation manual for specific guidance on this for your particular fireplace. Most will give you guidance like " we recommend placing your fireplace at least 20" below your ceiling, or 12" below a mounted flat screen TV".
Take time to really think about where the fireplace would look best in your room to avoid installing it multiple times. What wall will it go on, at what height, will you need to reposition furniture, etc. Many people buy a wall mounted fireplace to be a focal point in a living room or bedroom, so placement is key.
We already mentioned it earlier in the first point, but understanding where your fireplace vents heat from is very important. Many wall mount electric fireplaces vent from the top of the unit. If you were to recess the fireplace into the wall, you would need to disable the heat since it wouldn't have any way to vent properly. You can see an example of this below with the Touchstone Onyx and Touchstone Sideline Elite fireplaces.
Advantages Of An Electric Fireplace
Everyone enjoys the warmth and coziness a fire provides. There’s a level of comfort that can’t quite be described. Throughout history, fire has been used for everything from survival to cooking to simply being a way to bring like-minded people together.
In today’s world, an indoor fire is rarely used as a main heat source, or even for the purpose of cooking. Rather, it’s used to create a certain atmosphere and charm that only a fire can provide.
There are many people that swear by a traditional wood burning fireplace, and won’t accept anything else. But for a large percentage of the population, even if they have a traditional fireplace with chimney they choose not to use if for any number of reasons:
- -The need to buy and store firewood
- -Cleaning up ashes
- -chimney cleaning and maintenance
- -safety (the chance of something catching fire with a real flame)
- -air pollution from the smoke
For those that have ruled out a traditional wood fireplace, an electric or gas fireplace is usually the alternative. To help you choose between the two, here’s an article that may help: Gas vs. Electric Fireplaces.
At their core, most electric fireplaces use LED lights and a heating element to mimic a real fire. They typically plug into a standard household outlet (though some can be hardwired), and are the safest and most energy efficient option on the marketplace.
Our Top Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace Picks for 2022:
Our top pick for 2022 goes to the Modern Flames Spectrum Slimline series.
With it's new Hybrid-FX flame technology, the flame and ember beds can be independently controlled with 12 different color options.
Going with a sleeker look, this model has removed the large glass surround, and instead has opted with a smaller 5/8" trim to maximize the viewing area, allowing for hardwoods or tile to be finished right up to the opening of the fireplace.
Available in 4 different sizes, the Spectrum Slimline electric fireplace offers remote control functionality, variable and thermostatic heat, and comes with both acrylic crystal media and driftwood logs to allow for customization.
-Available in 7 different widths for any size wall
-Unique installation: Can be wall mounted OR built-in flush to the wall
-Unique color technology. Can change the flame color from orange to blue, to purple, violet, and more
-Heat is emitted from a single slot in the bottom front of the unit
-One of the most innovative electric fireplaces on the market today
-New temperature control system, LED light strips, and increased customization
-Available in 5 different widths for any room and wall size
-5 different face surrounds to choose from
-Available in 6 different sizes to fit any room
-multi-color flame options- a click of the button changes from orange to blue to yellow, and more
-Features a touchpad with numerical temperature control
-Heats 400-500 square feet
A Very popular brand, Touchstone has a number of wall mounted electric fireplaces that range in style, price, and functionality. Click the link above to visit our Touchstone collection.
Wall Mounted Fireplaces vs. Other styles:
Once you’ve narrowed it down to an electric fireplace, it’s time to decide what type of installation and style fits your needs. While this article focuses on wall mount electric fireplaces, here’s a brief description of the most common types:
Sounds exactly like what it is. Designed for easy installation, basically just like hanging a heavy picture or piece of art. Comes with a bracket that attaches to the wall, either using the wall studs or load bearing drywall screws.
Designed to be built into a recessed wall. While it requires more work on the installation, it makes for a more professional look as the fireplace doesn’t stick out from the wall.
These are designed specifically to “insert” into a traditional masonry fireplace. Many homeowners either don’t use their traditional fireplace for some of the reasons listed earlier, or they can’t do to chimney issues, flue not working properly etc. This is a perfect option for that scenario.
These are the easiest installations of all, because there is no real installation. Simply take it out of the box, plug it in, and it’s ready to go. Can be conveniently moved from one room to another whenever you choose.
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