Electric Fireplace Media Center

There is nothing like sitting in front of an electric fireplace on a cold day. Except for doing it while watching a great movie or sporting event, that is. Media center fireplaces emit warmth and an attractive flame from the same direction as the television. Experience the fireplace benefits without having to turn your head to another part of the room. Fireplace media centers come in many styles and sizes designed to fit standard to massive televisions.

Classic Flame offers the Brookfield Electric Theater for under $940. This unit measures a substantial 60 x 19 x 34 inches and features Mission styling. The fireplace can be operated with or without heat and the ember bed and logs look realistic even when the unit is not operating. Framed glass doors on both sides protect stored items and feature adjustable wooden shelves and stylish door pulls. With wire management channels and media cabinets built in, this truly is a media center.

For about $600, shoppers can find a smaller Classic Flame model called Cannes in either premium cherry or espresso. Dimensions of this item are 47.25 x 16.5 x 34 inches, making the mantel large enough for a nice sized LCD or plasma television. The sturdy box base features Scotia molding and the panel and frame style doors have a traditional fluted edge. Audio video components will find a comfortable home on the open center shelf.

The $480 Windsor media fireplace features a realistic flame and the ability to operate flame without heat. It measures 46.25 x 29.25 x 35.5 inches and has an espresso finish. A door on each side encloses a cabinet with a shelf. The center cabinet located under the mantel features an operable door. Open it to reveal two side storage compartments perfect for Blu-ray discs and a center compartment designed to hold a Blu-ray and CD player.

If a corner model is needed, consider the Corinth, which sells for about $560. The burnished walnut, cherry, or oak finish and carved leaf corbels featuring acanthus crown molding create an attractive piece of furniture. Dimensions are 42 x 25.75 x 40 inches and this unit assembles easily using a Phillips head screwdriver. Integrated wire management channels are designed for plug and play media setup. Place an LCD or plasma TV on top and store a DVD and CD player on the open shelf in the center.

Combining a fireplace with a media center is an excellent way to save space in a small room. It also permits heat delivery from the center of the room so it can reach occupants more efficiently. During warm weather, many of these fireplaces can be operated without heat, adding to the ambiance of the room without making everyone hot.