Feature walls might not be new, but media walls are certainly a more recent take on the trend of creating a focal point in a room. Media walls are ideal for adding character and personality to your Surrey property, and they provide a stylish yet multifunctional space.
What is a Media Wall Fireplace?
A media wall houses all of your home’s devices in one place, creating a focal point in the room that’s also practical. They first become popular in the late 2010s, when large flat-screen TVs became more affordable. Instead of using TV stands that take up a lot of floor space and can look bulky, more people started mounting their TVs to the walls, which led to the creation of dedicated walls to house their entire media systems.
But media walls today are more than simply mounting your TV to the wall – most designs will feature other elements, such as fireplaces, or recessed cupboards and shelving for extra storage. Many homeowners will install their flatscreen TV above a pre-existing fireplace, since many new build homes aren’t built with a traditional fireplace and chimney. This means that homeowners can build media walls around the more contemporary trend of insert electric fireplaces, creating a stylish and seamless look for your Surrey home. We offer a range of fireplace options and have experience helping clients create beautiful media walls for their home.
How to create a media wall around a fireplace
Apart from speaking to us; the first step to creating a media wall is to look at the wall where you’ll want to install the TV and fireplace. Most media walls are stud walls, which tend to jut into the room in the same way a traditional chimney breast would. You’ll also need to make sure that the necessary electric wires are run through the wall for your devices – stud walls are ideal for this as they hide the unsightly cables and wiring for a tidier finish.
However, your media wall doesn’t have to replicate a chimney breast – there’s an increasing trend in properties to create a wall that extends the full length of the room. You can tailor your wall to suit your individual requirements, such as shelving for books and DVDs, or an area for records and speakers. From Epsom to Farnham, Redhill to Guildford, you can ensure that you have a media wall unlike any other in the area.
Choosing the fireplace is another important step – you want to be sure that your fireplace fits the style of the room and your media wall, that is blends well with the TV you have, and that the heat output is appropriate. Some fireplaces are designed to hang from a wall while others sit within a recess or are freestanding – which you choose will depend on the type of look you’re aiming for. You will need to choose a fireplace that has a front heater, so the heat isn’t lost within the cavity of the wall.
Finally, consider how much clearance there will be between the fireplace and the other elements of the wall. There may be specific measurements outlined by the manufacturer so check this during the planning stage so you can adjust the layout if necessary.
We Can Create Your Fireplace Media Wall
At Wakefords Fireplaces & Stoves, we can offer advice on the best fireplace for the look of your home and the style of media wall you want to create. Get in touch today and we’d be delighted to offer assistance in any way we can.