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How To Measure For Your New Fireplace Surround

Measuring for your new fireplace surround is actually quite easy. At Old World Stoneworks, we understand the importance of precision when crafting our custom fireplaces, mantels, and kitchen range hoods made from cast stone. Whether you have a masonry firebox or a metal pre-fabricated firebox, these fireplace measurements are the key to achieving the perfect look.

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The Basic Variables for Fireplace Measurements

To get started, you’ll need three basic variables:

  • Width (A): The horizontal measurement of your fireplace opening.
  • Height (B): The vertical measurement of your fireplace opening.
  • Bottom Height (C): The distance from the bottom of your fireplace opening to the floor.

These variables are represented on the fireplace surround below, and they provide the foundation for your custom design.

Precision Matters – Masonry Fireboxes

If you have a masonry firebox, precision is essential. Masonry fireboxes may not always be perfectly square, so it’s crucial to take multiple measurements from different spots for each variable. For example, when measuring the width (A), measure both the bottom and the top of the opening. Provide us with the lesser of the two fireplace measurements to ensure a square fit.

Dealing with Non-Flush Openings (Variable C)

It’s common for the bottom of the opening (C) to not be flush with the floor. If you encounter this, you have several options:

  • Custom Filler Stone: Similar to the image shown, you can use a custom filler stone to bridge the gap.
  • Tile or Granite: Opt for your filler material using tile or granite.
  • Raised Hearth: Depending on the height difference, you can use a raised hearth.
  • Flush Firebox: If your firebox is flush with the floor, set (C) as 0.

Prefabricated Metal Fireboxes

For prefabricated metal fireboxes, the variables may change based on the features of your firebox, such as vents or glass doors. Knowing the make and model of your firebox is helpful for us to determine the best fit. Please provide pictures or drawings of your firebox, whether it’s masonry or prefabricated.

Conclusion: Getting Started with Your Fireplace Measurements

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If you have a prefabricated metal firebox like the fireplace surround above, the variables change based on the features of your firebox.

Some have vents or glass doors that can not be covered. Knowing the make and model of your firebox can be quite helpful as we are then able to look your firebox up for you and determine how our fireplace surround can work with your box.

Providing pictures or drawings for your firebox, whether it is masonry or prefabricated, is very helpful for us to determine the best fit for your new fireplace surround.

Now that you have your fireplace measurements, you can take the next steps:

  • Fill out our online worksheet for a convenient ordering process.
  • Call us at 855-509-6905 to speak with one of our technicians. They will discuss your needs and help you determine what works best for you.
  • For further information on ordering, visit our how-to-order page.

By following these steps and providing accurate measurements, you ensure that your custom fireplace surround will fit seamlessly into your home.