Not many new homes have a working fireplace these days. Electric heating and air conditioning have made the humble fireplace unnecessary. However, if you own an old home, then you may have a fireplace or two tucked into your living room or bedroom. If you’re looking for some ways to re-purpose a non-working fireplace, and don’t want to remove it or cover it completely, then we have some ideas for you.
1. Fill it up
Stack your fireplace full of fire-ready logs anyway, and consider adding some fairy lights to the mix.
2. Use it for added storage
Artfully arrange some baskets and you have yourself some sneaky extra storage.
3. Use it as a pet bed
Fill it in and pop a faux-fur rug on the heart for your four-legged friend to rest upon.
4. Add shelves
An old fireplace can be turned into a bookshelf with the help of some well-placed shelves.
5. Fill it with candles
Set the scene with this romantic option, and fill your old fireplace with pillar candles.
6. Make it kid-friendly
Fill in the fireplace by boarding it up with a blackboard – and give the kids permission to draw on it!
7. Use it to display your favourite things
An empty fireplace is the perfect opportunity to showcase a few select items.
8. Cover it with an ornate screen
Cover the gaping hole with an eye=-catching ornate screen.
9. Go green
Fill your empty fireplace and mantel with indoor plants.
10. Turn it into a wine rack
Wine will always be close at hand if you fill in your fireplace with a rack.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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