Are Fireplace Screens Necessary? Answered

Are Fireplace Screens Necessary

Yes fireplace screens are necessary because while fireplaces are practical and offer warmth and improve the ambiance in the home, they can also pose some fire risk and cause a bit of a mess and become an eyesore because of the mess they leave behind. This is particularly true of fireplaces that use firewood.

This remark is not in any way a knock on firewood fireplaces. After all, because they are cheap to run if you are in an area with plenty of firewood, they possess an irreplaceable charm and rugged beauty.

But consider using a fireplace screen for safety  while also adding a decorative element into the mix.

There is no denying that a naked flame is a sight to behold, and as a result, most fireplace lovers may have reservations about adding a fireplace screen for fear that it might compromise the visual effect of the flames. 

But, that thought, in many ways, is a misconception. That’s because modern fireplace screens are made in a wide range of materials and designs that do not interfere much or obscure the visual effect of burning flames in a fireplace.

With material such as see-through glass and wrought iron coupled with minimal and gorgeous fluid designs, screens can  add to the aesthetics of fireplaces while offering other practical protective aspects when needed.

Fire Screens are Beneficial; 

  • For decorative purposes
  • They act as a protective barrier and add a layer of safety against fire
  • They ensure ash and debris remains hidden and in the fireplace

1. Fireplace Screens for Decorative Purposes

Whether you are building a new home with a fireplace or remodeling a fireplace in an existing home, you can easily make your fireplace a focal point with the help of a well–designed decorative screen. 

There are many fire screens designs to choose from made from a combination of metal or glass materials to suit every taste and theme for your décor.

They also come in different sizes, ranging from small to, medium-sized and others are large.

Depending on your needs the screen can be designed to hang on hinges such that they open like a door or be free-standing.

If your fireplace is free-standing with medium to large dimensions, it can have a middle section with a door and an opening handle that conveniently allows you to access the fire area. You can have easy access when adding more wood or when stoking the fire without the inconvenience of having to move the whole screen. Some free-standing options come with sections that fold into each other for easy removal and storage should there be a need.

Regarding decorative materials and designs used for making fireplace screens, materials can range from glass, wrought iron, cast iron, and meshes. Aluminum, copper, and brass are also used in moderation for paneling the frames and adding traditional or contemporary charm.

Decorative features in the designs can feature various tempered colored glass with patterns or geometrical shapes and motifs and scroll patterns made from wrought iron. Some designs may include a metallic mesh. 

For decorative purposes, fireplace screen designs can be elegant, sophisticated, artful, minimal, and even simplistic but beautiful to look at in the place of glaring and drab fireplace openings.

2. Protective Barrier

In the case of a wood-fueled fireplace, there is always a chance that a spark from the crackling wood will jump out of the fireplace and land on your wooden floor or a rug and end up causing burn marks or worse, a fire that can damage your property.

A fireplace screen with a mesh eliminates the chances of such an incident as all errant embers and sparks are contained within the fireplace area.

If your fireplace is powered by gel, propane, or natural gas, the fireplace screen will not only offer a beautiful traditional look. It will also serve to protect the kids in the household from getting too near to the flames or from venturing into the fireplace. 

3. Conceal and Contains Remnants of Fire

Wood burning fireplaces can accumulate soot, ash, and charcoal. A screen ensures that whether the fire is on or off, the fireplaces is attractive to look at. When the fire is out, the remnants of the fire remain in the fireplace and out of view depending on the screen design.

It also means that the area can have a neat look all the time and afford you longer intervals between clean-ups.

In the case of gas-powered fireplaces, the screen is usually for protective and decorative purposes. Such units produce no smoke or ash, and they rarely have sparks either.


If you are looking to add a touch of traditional yet practical aesthetics to your fireplace, it’s hard to go wrong with a fireplace screen. You will need to choose from a design and material that augurs well with your décor theme for the best outcome.

Fortunately for you, fireplace screens come in various options ranging from rustic designs to smooth, elegant, and contemporary options.

Are fire screens really necessary? No doubt they are. Thanks to their decorative and protective features, your fireplace area looks neat 24/7, whether the fire is going or not.


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