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Measuring Your Fireplace For A Fireplace Screen
By Plow & Hearth
2/19/2014 3:33:00 PM

There are no standard sizes of fireplace openings in the US, so it’s important to measure your opening size carefully to achieve a proper fit. Here are some tips for finding the right sized screen for your fireplace.


For Square Fireplaces:


Step 1.

Measure the width of the opening from inside the face of the opening at both the top and bottom.

Step 1

Step 2.

Measure the height from the hearth surface (where the screen will sit) to the top of the opening at both the left and right sides of the fireplace.


Step 2


If the measurements are different, go by the largest number to be sure the screen will cover the opening completely.


TIP: Measure the distance between any trim at the sides and top of the opening to be sure the screen will cover the opening, but not run into or overlap the trim pieces.


For Arched Fireplaces:


Step 1.

For an arched fireplace opening, measure the height of the opening at the center as well as at both sides of the arch to get a clear idea of how the screen will cover the opening.


Step 3


Step 2.

To ensure you have about an inch or more of overlap for the screen at the face of the fireplace opening, choose a screen that is at least one inch taller than the height and two inches wider than the width of the fireplace opening for a safe, attractive fit.


Step 3.

The two screen sizes most commonly available are 39” wide by 31” high and 44” wide by 33” high.  If your fireplace opening will not fit in the range of those two sizes, you may consider getting a custom screen made to precisely fit your opening.


TIP: Keep in mind that measuring for your fireplace screen will depend on whether you want a single or multi-paneled fireplace screen. Single panel fireplace screens should match the measurements of your fireplace’s firebox, with an additional 1 to 3 inches added to the total height, to ensure total coverage. Multi-panel fireplace screens need extra length to create the decorative, curved effect, so you should add an additional 10 to 12 inches to the total length and 3 to 5 inches to the total height when measuring the firebox.


Need help, or would like to review custom screen options? Visit or call 1-800-866-6072 for further information or to place an order. For help measuring your fireplace, visit your nearest Plow & Hearth Retail Store.


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