4 Things You Can Do with a Non-Working Fireplace

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4 Things You Can Do with a Non-Working Fireplace

Staff Writer · Jul 8, 2010

You don’t have to let a non working fireplace go to waste. There are a number of things you can do with one that will help you with the décor or storage. Here are 4 ideas to get the most use of it:

1. Storage Space

If you’re more concerned about additional storage space than you are décor, a non-working fireplace has great storage possibilities. Use plastic tubs to store items in, and put them in the fireplace. It’s non-working (make sure), so a fire hazard is not a concern. Stackable plastic drawers also work well. You can store toys, stationery, DVDs and other items that are housed in the room where the non-working fireplace is located.

2. Bookshelf and Magazine Rack

The mantle of a non-working fireplace is well suited for an additional bookshelf. Reference books and other hardcovers can add to the décor, or you can stack any books you choose. For instance, shelve the books you want to read that year on the mantle. If you prefer, stack your favorite magazine subscriptions and turn it into a make-shift magazine rack. Beware of the temptation to overcrowd the mantle and make it look cluttered. This can add functional and aesthetic chaos to the room, which you want to avoid whenever possible.

3. Display Art and Collectibles

A non-working fireplace can house sculptures, wood and other artwork very well. You’re not limited to just the mantle when you’re dealing with a fireplace that doesn’t work. Take advantage of the interior space, by placing large objects that will catch the eye of everyone in the room. It makes for a unique focal point in the room, and you can use that to take attention away from any eyesores.

Collectibles of all sizes can make a non-working fireplace look elegant. Choose a theme and display items to match. For example, a collection of all glass items, such as vases and glasses can turn a bland living room into one that looks luxurious. A country styled theme might consist of fabric collectibles, such as antique dolls, quilts and hand-sewn crafts. Select the items that reflect you and your family’s personality and passions. The display will be interesting for guests to look at, and may generate conversations.

4. Light Candles

Set the mood by lighting candles in the fireplace. It’s not the same as a real fire, but it may give the same feeling, and you’ll enjoy the aroma that the candles produce. Even when the candles aren’t lit, they spruce up an otherwise boring fireplace. Make this idea shine by purchasing elaborate candle holders that have artistic characteristics. Browsing antique stores and checking out yard sales are great for finding treasures, but you can check online stores as well.

The most important thing to remember when deciding which idea to use, is that you want to keep it simple. Too many ideas and too many items will make your non-working fireplace look unattractive.

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