If you like to keep up with the latest popular interior ideas, you’ll be no stranger to the media feature wall trend that has recently been storming social media and the world of interior design. Whilst feature walls have been around for some time, media feature walls (often just called media walls) are a relatively new idea that have recently surged in popularity. But just what is a media wall, and can you build one in your home?
Read on to find out.
WHAT IS A MEDIA WALL?
Media walls have been around for a little while but, if our sales of wall mounted electric fires and the evidence we see in photos from our customers is anything to go by, they are becoming a huge trend.
These are essentially a wall that is specifically built to house your TV, other media devices (such as Sky boxes, games consoles and speakers) and an electric fire.
WHAT TYPE OF FIRE CAN YOU HAVE IN A MEDIA WALL?
Electric fireplaces. These are ideal for this kind of set up as they negate the worry of adverse effects from heat to your TV.
Some even offer the option of mood lighting, like the eStudio electric fire, which can be selected with an option LED Mood Lighting System that can be easily installed around a TV for colours that match the selection on the fireplace below.
DO YOU NEED A CHIMNEY BREAST OR FIREPLACE TO CONSTRUCT A MEDIA WALL?
To put it simply, no, not at all! Advances in the design and aesthetics of electric fires, coupled with the slimline styles of TV’s a media wall no longer needs depth for installation.
An increasing number of new homes are being built without fireplaces, and this has taken the media wall trend to the next level. Rather than fixing a TV to an existing wall, homeowners are increasingly building walls specifically to house both their TVs and electric fires to create a focal point in their living spaces.
Often, though not always, the building of a media wall entails creating a fake chimney breast out of stud walls. This serves several purposes, including:
- Providing the depth to hide all associated wires within the wall.
- Allowing for appliances to be recessed, creating a neat finish.
- Adding character and a focal point to new-build living rooms.
HOW A MEDIA FEATURE WALL IS BUILT.
As mentioned above, a media feature wall is normally constructed from a stud wall. The stud wall effectively juts into the room in the way a traditional chimney breast would. It will usually be built from a wooden frame and plasterboard. The frame is customised to provide recesses that match the dimensions of the television and electric fire that will be inset within it.
All of the electrical work runs into the back of the stud wall so that the appliances can be plugged in and then slotted into place. The flush finish and absence of messy wires is one of the key attractions of wall mounted electric fires and wall hung TVs.
BENEFITS OF A MEDIA FEATURE WALL
We’ve already mentioned that you get to hide all the wires from the appliances out of sight within the wall. Another benefit is the space-saving potential. Yes, if you’re building a stud wall where there is currently nothing then it will take up some of your floor space. But if you want a fire and don’t currently have one, a media wall needn’t take up much more space than a TV stand but will tidily house the fireplace and a TV. And since electric fires and televisions tend to be slimline, there’s no reason for your new wall to have the depth of a traditional chimney breast. You can even incorporate additional storage into your media wall design integrating storage space such as shelves, cupboards and drawers.
If you are considering installing a media wall in your home and would like advise or more information, please contact one of our showrooms.
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