The fireplace is one of the most functional and beautiful decorative elements, which has already ceased to be a luxury item. Previously, such models were used exclusively so that the hosts could emphasize their high status and demonstrate it to guests. This is due to the fact that the fireplaces were distinguished by a rather impressive cost, and not everyone could afford such a purchase. But today such models are among the most demanded and popular. Particular attention should be paid to electric fireplaces with a portal.
The main advantage of electric fireplaces lies not only in their beautiful design, but also in safety, since there is a minimal risk that ignition will occur during its operation. It should be noted that the structures can be installed both in private houses and in spacious apartments. During installation, additional arrangement of the chimney and overall elements is not required.
One of the main components of any fireplace is the portal. Such an element has been used in structures for a rather long period, and its main role is to ensure safety. Previously, to create a portal, special stones were used, which were laid out in the form of a circle. This solution basically prevented combustion. It is worth noting that the first portals for fireplaces were not very attractive and aesthetic, so over time these options were amenable to improvement.
As for the models that are being created today, in contrast to the old dimensional structures with volumetric portals, they look much better. Modern design, the use of high-quality and safe materials, a wide variety - all this allows you to choose a fireplace in accordance with your own preferences.
As noted above, the most popular options today are electric models. They do not take up much space and you can place the structure in any room. Another nice feature of fireplaces is that many people are engaged in the creation of the frame and decoration on their own. The work is not difficult, all that is required of you in this process is to prepare materials and clearly follow the instructions.
The advantage of electric fireplaces is the absence of open flames or the presence of heating components that could create an unpleasant situation by building up the heat. Modern manufacturers use a variety of protective parts and surfaces at the base, ensuring complete safety during use.
As for the choice of material for the manufacture of the frame, then in this matter you can safely rely on your own preferences. In order to determine the appropriate option, you need to compare several of the most common types.
The first, and most attractive in terms of external qualities, is a tree. The main advantages of this option include:
- combined with any direction in the interior;
- has environmental friendliness.
But when choosing such a material, keep in mind that with constant exposure to heat, the wood begins to dry out and deform. Over time, the frame can lose its external qualities and properties.
No less common material used for decoration is stone.It has a chic and rich appearance, which is why it is often used in the base. This option is best used to create a fireplace in a private house, since the material creates a large load on the floor.
The best choice for the manufacture of structures is drywall. It meets all fire safety requirements, is light in weight and lends itself well to processing.
It is worth excluding options such as chipboard, plywood and other types based on wood from the list. Compared to natural counterparts, these materials can provoke fire. This is due to the fact that there is glue in the composition of each type.
Outbreak: how to choose
An important point is the choice of a suitable hearth for an electric fireplace. This element is the main one in the internal design, so it is worthwhile to approach the purchase responsibly. You need to decide in advance on the style and size. Pay special attention to functionality.
When buying a hearth, be guided by the idea that you will implement while creating an electric fireplace for your home. A neutral look is a versatile option as it will suit any room style.
It is worth paying attention to the size of the hearth. If the room is spacious and you are planning to create a large fireplace, then the internal element must match in size. In the case of a small room, it is best to turn to compact models. A good choice for small rooms would be an electric fireplace that is built into the wall.
If this is your first time encountering such a process, then it is best to choose a simple portal form as a basis. In this case, special attention will need to be paid to the decorative design so that the structure has an attractive appearance and decorates the room.
First you need to create drawings that you can navigate in the process. In the diagram, indicate all the elements, their location and size. Calculate the amount of material required for the job.
After completing this point, you can start assembling the frame. This should be done starting from the bottom, creating a rectangle or triangle. On this structure, vertical elements are fixed, providing the top strapping. The finished portal must be installed in the chosen place, fixing it to the corner parts of the walls.
At this stage, it is necessary to install the material on the base using self-tapping screws. At the same time, you need to fix the top shelf. At the final stages, finishing work is performed: seams and joints are covered.
The last and important process is the installation of the hearth inside. After that, the manufacture of the fireplace will be completed. All that remains to be done is to decorate the base with decorative elements.