What is an Electric Fireplace Entertainment Center?
An electric fireplace entertainment center is an electric fireplace built into an entertainment center. It provides an are for you to place your TV as well as storage space for gaming consoles, movies, video games, and books. They often have built-in heaters to heat up your space and many of them have heaters that work independently from the flames so you can use your fireplace all year round. They’re both beautiful and functional, perfect for a living room or family room.
Choose a Style
Contemporary electric fireplace entertainment centers are perfect for homes with more modern décor. They usually come in very sleek designs in contemporary colors such as black and white. Many of these fireplaces come with glass or crystal embers (also known as filler) to complement the design.
Traditional electric fireplace entertainment centers are great for those who want the look of a classic mantle but with added storage and functionality. They typically come in rich wood finishes to complement other furniture in the room.
Transitional electric fireplace entertainment centers combine elements of modern and traditional styles, allowing them to come together in a cohesive design. These models are great for blending different styles of furniture in your home.
Choose a Placement Option
Depending on the space available for your electric fireplace entertainment center, you have choices on the placement options so your fireplace can conform to your area.
The most common placement option. These fireplaces are usually flat against the wall right across from the seating area in a living room or family room.
Some entertainment centers have a pointed edge on the back that will allow it to fit in the corner of a room.
What Size TV Do You Have (or Wish You Had)?
Before you choose the electric fireplace entertainment center you want to purchase, you’ll need to take a couple measurements. First, you’ll want to measure the space where you want to place your new fireplace to see how big of a fireplace you can fit there. You will also want to measure your TV to see if it will fit on top of the entertainment center.
You will also want to keep in mind the number of movies, books, games you will want to store in the entertainment center. All electric fireplace entertainment center have different amounts of storage (such as shelves or drawers) so you’ll want to make sure it has enough storage for your needs.
These are the smallest entertainment centers and typically fit a television between 40 and 60 inches. Small entertainment centers are great for areas without a lot of extra space.
Designed to fit a variety of spaces and televisions, medium-sized entertainment centers are generally between 50 and 69 inches. They’re perfect for an average-sized living area and offer more storage options than smaller models.
The largest entertainment centers range from 70 to more than 80 inches and fit flat screen TVs up to 71 inches, depending on the style and model you choose. Several units have increased storage capacity for added versatility.
Electric Fireplace Filler Types
To add depth and realism to the fire, fillers such as glass embers and logs are added to electric fireplaces. These media pieces are placed behind the screen of the electric fireplace. Since they do not have to be placed in any particular configuration, the look of your electric fireplace is completely customizable.
- Flames reflect off the glass embers for a contemporary design
- Gives depth and texture to the flames
- Gives appearance of a wood burning fireplace
- Great for those who want a more classic look
Some electric fireplaces have extra features that make them stand out from the competition. Here are a few of our favorites!
Changing Flame Colors
- Change the color of the flame with the touch of a button
- Colors can include blue, orange, yellow, purple, and multi-colored
- Allows customization during each use
- Found in Napoleon electric fireplace entertainment centers
Vivid Flame Technology
- Found in Real Flame Electric Fireplaces
- LED lighting creates bright flames for an ultra-realistic look
- Remote control thermostat adjusts temperature
Cool to the Touch Glass
- Glass remains cool to the touch whether the heat is on or off
- Safe for children, pets, and the whole family
- Found in Southern Enterprises Electric Fireplace Entertainment Centers
- With a wave of the hand, turn the fireplace on and off
- Found in entertainment centers with Dimplex’s Multi-Fire XD technology, which simulates wood-burning and gas fires
If you need help deciding, call one of our electric fireplace experts at 1-877-743-2269!