If you want to create extra coziness in your home, there is one solution that will help you save both money and time, and at the same time create a very homely, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. And this solution is a handmade fireplace. It will look great in any home and decorate any interior. The fashion for fireplaces will never pass, especially for handmade fireplaces. Their relevance only grows every year.
Before you start creating an artificial fireplace with your own hands, you need to find out what kind of fireplaces there are.
The very first question that arises from those who want to make a fireplace is the design. What is it like? Which one to choose for building your fireplace? So, there are three types of them in total: biofireplace, imitation fireplace and electric hearth (backlight).
Let's take a closer look at each of them
The function of the combustion process in the biofireplace is performed by a burner. It is powered by biofuels. This is a great option for simulating fire, but very expensive.
In fact, in this case, it is much easier and more convenient to solve this issue on your own using improvised means and without much hitting the wallet. What kind of materials can be used here? Of course, this is drywall, a frame from old furniture, wood, or even an ordinary box.
As for the electric fireplace, it shows the visualization of the fire, as well as the sound of a burning flame, on a special screen.
The construction of an artificial fireplace made of bricks is very different from the construction of a real fireplace, where the lining is made only of high quality fire-resistant bricks. For the manufacture of a fireplace, you can use both facing and decorative bricks. There is no fundamental difference here.
As a result, it will only be necessary to make a mantel.
It is important to pay attention to such a nuance that the finished structure will weigh a lot and it is necessary to initially assess how reliable the made ceilings are, and, on the basis of this, already make a decision on the continuation of the planned installation work.
For lovers of vintage furniture, as well as those who prefer furniture made from environmentally friendly materials, we recommend using wood to create a fireplace. Both edged and unedged boards, as well as parquet, can be used as a material for construction. Once made, you can varnish it to make it look more attractive. A hand-made wood fireplace should be placed not on the floor, but on a site previously made for this purpose.
A fireplace made of this material has many advantages. One of them is the small weight of such a structure, which allows it to be made of any size and installed in any convenient and suitable place in the apartment.
From furniture boards
Such a fireplace can be made both from ordinary plywood and from ready-made furniture boards, which must be purchased in a specialized store. Making such a fireplace yourself will not be difficult. At the same time, the fireplace can be made of absolutely any size, having previously painted (if desired) the shields in any color you like or glue special colored wallpapers on them.
Thus, you can make a modern and colorful fireplace with your own hands, without much effort and without a large investment of money.
The scheme for creating a fireplace from boards, plywood, wood and furniture boards is the same.
What needs to be done first is to assemble the frame. A galvanized profile is best suited for this purpose.
It is very important to first draw up a plan or drawing of the fireplace that you plan to assemble, indicating, at least approximately, the main dimensions. After that, cut the profile using special scissors.
Next, you need to install the vertical racks of the frame, fixing well using screwdrivers and self-tapping screws. Then attach the horizontal racks to the vertical racks.
It is important to do everything in accordance with the size and width of the parts in order to avoid inconsistencies in the manufacturing process. In the next step, check all the cladding boards again. If necessary, all edges need to be trimmed. Using self-tapping screws, attach the sheathing to the frame. Screw in the screws carefully, the caps should be invisible.
At the next stage, it remains to put on caps on the fasteners, best of all decorative. And also paint it in a bright color or varnish the surface. And at the final stage, you need to install a shelf on which you can then put various souvenirs and decorations for the interior.
A home-made fireplace made of metal will look prestigious and very modern in the interior. But working with this type of material is quite difficult and is suitable only for those who have already come across a similar one and have experience and skill in working with metal parts and structures.
Parts can be of different sizes and shapes, depending on your tastes. A homemade fireplace made of this material will perfectly fit into a modern interior, especially if it is dominated by silver, brown and light gray tones.
As it was written above, not everyone can do an artificial fireplace made of metal structures. It is quite difficult to make it, therefore, all stages of its manufacture must be treated with increased care and responsibility.
So, the stages are described below.
As in the previous case, the manufacture of a fireplace should start with a small detailed plan or diagram indicating all sizes and dimensions. And you need to think over all the smallest nuances already at this stage.
After the plan is drawn up, you can start marking. Marks should be made on the wall in the places where the mounts will be placed. This work should be given special attention and be approached with full responsibility.
After that, we proceed to the assembly of the entire structure. The support in this case is an aluminum profile frame. It needs to be cut and then attached to where the marks were previously applied.
Next, it is necessary to install the protruding elements and sheathe the frame with aluminum sheets. You can also use metal sheets for this purpose. Different colors can be used.
At the penultimate, final stage, place an artificial hearth in the finished structure. If the fireplace is not only an interior decoration, but also a source of heat, do not forget to fix a layer of heat-insulating material on the inner wall of the metal structure with the side with which it is attached.
Even a beginner can build a fireplace made of drywall. It's the easiest to create. Although this type of material has its own characteristics. Difficulty may arise only at the stage of creating a metal frame, but this issue is also being resolved.
First of all, of course, you need to make a wireframe. Both metal profiles and wooden sticks can be used. Then assemble a box without a back wall from the profiles. Use a knife to cut drywall, and glue the parts with glue.
Prepare the base according to all dimensions and place it against the wall. It will be better and more stable if the box is attached to the floor, thus creating a solid base. Glue the assembled future fireplace to the prepared box. Place the mantel on top of the structure.
Glue the skirting board under the mantel. This must be done in steps. In order to make the transition smooth and beautiful, steps of different widths are used.
Now we install a homemade hearth.
At the end of the creation of a beautiful homemade fireplace, we make the decoration from the materials selected earlier.
In any apartment and any house, a fireplace made of stone looks really chic and expensive. Such decoration of the house speaks of the exceptional taste of its owner.
A stone fireplace can be made with your own hands. It is convenient to attach such material as stone to various surfaces, be it brick, drywall or any other material. But here it is important not to forget that the stone has a fairly large weight, and take this into account when planning the creation of such a heavy structure.
First of all, you need to prepare the stone for further work with it, namely, to clean the surface. In the event that the fireplace will be attached to a stone wall, it is necessary to make small indentations with the help of some sharp tool.
After that, fix the masonry net over the entire cladding surface.
Before proceeding with further steps, it is better to immediately try on (you can on the floor) all the details. Thus, many mistakes and inconsistencies can be avoided in the end.
After checking, we proceed directly to fixing the parts. You should start with the largest ones, since they are the best and easiest to fix. Next - all the other details.
We start gluing the parts from the bottom, and gradually we reach the very top. It is this method that can be considered more effective and correct.
After all the work done, it will be necessary to wait several days until the glue is completely dry, and then wipe the seams. Glue, as a rule, dries not one day, but much longer. This is usually indicated on the packaging.
A fireplace in your home will surely help create coziness, romance and comfort, especially on rainy days. It is no coincidence that such a picture appears in the minds of people when they hear this word. A real fireplace with real fire in it is undoubtedly very good, but sometimes inaccessible and irrelevant in our time. A do-it-yourself fireplace is another matter. And after all, the choice of materials is quite large, for every taste and wallet. You can make just such a fireplace that will reflect your individuality and harmoniously fit into the interior of your home. All in your hands!