Boy, I sure am glad to have one of these this year!!
As I write this post from my living room, I’m feeling nothing but grateful toward my husband for buying me this new and toasty electric fireplace for my birthday. These warm and convenient pieces of genius have become quite the trend for those living in a chilly atmosphere for at least part of the year. This was my early birthday gift, and I couldn’t be happier!
The fireplace is actually a T.V. media console so it comes with extra storage space and shelves. It matches the color of my bookshelves almost perfectly, allowing us to now have a complete entertainment wall. I purchased the bookshelves previously from Target. This particular unit is 60 inches long. We needed a fairly large size because my husband Chris is quite a fan of electronics, so we do have a pretty good amount of equipment to accommodate.(Even AFTER he eliminated some pieces that he no longer was using!) The console does not actually hold all of it, but it works out for the better because we expanded a few pieces such as the receiver, Xbox One, and Cable box out onto the book shelves and I love the way it looks! Here’s a peek inside:
As you can see, I filled any extra space with candles and other household decorations. The items on the bookshelves came from Home Goods. The center speaker fits as snug as can be in the center top shelf. The inside spaces are 13in wide with shelves that are adjustable in height. The glass doors have slow close hinges which adds a very nice touch. The best part about it is there is plenty of room for our setup to grow. We can add plenty of extra pieces in the future without it becoming too cluttered!
We really had to do our research when it came to making this purchase. We had to measure how long of a unit we needed, the height, color, etc…and we were on what I think was a reasonable budget. It took some diligent searching online and finally in stores, but we eventually found this gem at Big Lots. It was actually the most reasonably priced unit of all! What I love most about it is it looks pricier than it is… at least in my opinion. I believe the unit is back to full price now, but at the time we purchased it, the sale price was $399. Compared to other units like this that also come with a remote control and a blower with 3 settings, I couldn’t be happier!
This console does come in a box so we did have to assemble it ourselves. It took maybe an hour or so. It was so worth it! We are going to replace the silver knobs with darker ones to match the bookshelves, and we ordered a wall mount to hang the T.V. This way we can lower the height of it and close the space between the T.V. and the console. (I don’t like when wires are showing.)
I have spent just about all of my free time in the past couple of weeks sitting in front of my new fireplace. We are expected to have some very frigid weather here in New Jersey in the next few days so you will know where to find me! If any of you are looking for an electric fireplace but don’t have the room, or you just want something nice to add to your furniture, I recommend looking into one of these devices. Stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry them also, and are decently priced. My research showed that the bigger furniture stores like Ashley Furniture had a few, but were definitely overpriced at around $1,000 + home delivery and assembly for another $100 or more. We didn’t feel it was worth it, but if you have the means why not? Try Big Lots if you have one near you. How many of you have an electric fireplace? Where did you purchase yours? I would love to see your setup! Until next time, I hope you are all warm and cozy!