A freestanding electric fireplace offers the ultimate in ease and convenience when adding a fireplace to your home. By definition, a freestanding electric fireplace requires no construction or special installation. At most, some assembly may be required. These units offer the ease of plug-and-play – just plug them in and start enjoying your fireplace. At one time, this category seemed to be the most prevalent style of electric fireplace. More recently, wall-mounted fireplaces have taken over in popularity, but it’s still possible to find freestanding options. Outlined below is a range of freestanding electric fireplaces for you to consider for your next room makeover.
The Napoleon Taylor is a classic white mantel, with generous proportions that make it well-suited to be the focal point of any room. Faux black granite around the fireplace opening further enhances the realism of the Taylor mantel. Fine details like the dentil molding under a generous crown, and varying depths on the mantel top and base, separate the Taylor from box-store electric fireplace packages.Many electric fireplace mantel packages are dinky, and don’t mimic a real fireplace in any way. The Taylor is a full 55 inches wide by 45 inches tall, and features the Ascent 33-inch electric insert. The Ascent series is dual-voltage, so it can connect to 120 or 240 volts, for a heating range of 400 to 800 square feet.
Design Tip: Cut away the baseboards so that you can push the Taylor mantel right against the wall, for a more custom appearance.
The Amantii Cube is part of the Tru-View 3-sided fireplace family. This means that it has glass on the front and sides. It has been designed to be super-versatile. It may be built-in, like other Tru-View models, or wall-hung. To make it freestanding, Amantii offers 2 accessory options: a 4-legged base or a Bluetooth speaker base. With the 4-legged base, you get the effect of a modern woodstove. The speaker base is very sleek and perfectly fitted to the Cube. It’s also higher than the 4-legged base, giving the Cube a bigger presence in the room. You can stream your favourite music on the speaker, making the Cube multi-functional and perfect for tight spots. Note: While the Cube is indoor-outdoor rated, the accessory items are not.
Design Tip: Place the Cube on a narrow wall where the vertical nature of the design will be enhanced.
Amantii Lynwood Cast Iron Stove
For those who are looking for a fireplace for a casual or rustic space, of who just want to add a rustic element to a modern space, there’s a pair of cast iron stoves from Amantii. The Lynwood family comes in 2 sizes: E50 is more petite, at 23 inches wide by 28 inches high by 17 inches deep; E70 is larger, at 28 inches wide by 28 inches high by 17 inches deep. Both feature cast iron sides and top, for true woodstove authenticity. These stoves come in any colour you like, as long as it’s black. Popular birch logs come standard, and there are many other media kits that can be purchased separately, including ice crystal packages. If you prefer that things not get too traditional, flames change colour from yellow to orange to blue; canopy lighting casts 13 different colours onto the logs.
Design Tip: Position the stove close to floor level, to minimize the view of the heater at the bottom of the unit, and keep the emphasis on the fire.
It’s a toss-up whether or not we should include the Napoleon Stylus family as freestanding electric fireplaces. They are designed to mount to the wall, but you could also place them on a half-wall or table. Cara is the original Stylus, designed as an asymmetrical white cabinet with black accents. Steinfeld is the more traditional of the Stylus family, in burnished walnut finish. Both feature open hearth designs, with crystals and birch logs exposed. Like all Napoleon electric fireplaces, flames change colour from yellow to orange to blue, or a combination of these. There is a nifty USB charging port for your devices, and a side shelf with accent lighting, for displaying your treasures.
Design Tip: Be careful about centering a TV or art above the asymmetrical Cara. Embrace the asymmetry and go a little off-center.
Stoll Build-out Kits
As a nod to the growing popularity of electric fireplaces, Stoll has designed several packages to be fitted around your favourite electric fireplace. Stoll is a company known for manufacturing steel and glass fireplace doors for wood-burning fireplaces. They have leveraged their metal expertise to branch into many other fireplace products, with their build-out kits being the latest. In true Stoll fashion, the kits are made to order, in your choice of over 30 metal finishes. They are made to fit your choice of electric fireplace insert, so you aren’t limited to models from a single manufacturer. The designs include a very basic budget-friendly Essential kit, a trendy shiplap style Cottageville kit, as well as several media cabinets. Assembly is simple, with an extra pair of hands.
Design Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix and match finishes on the build-out kits.
Stylish Fireplaces knows that adding a fireplace to your home can be challenging. With an electric fireplace and their NFI Certified Hearth Design Specialists, it’s easy to create a space you’ll love to share with family and friends. Check out all the options and connect with their experts for help to find the perfect electric fireplace for you. You’ll live stylishly ever after.