Is A Double-Sided Fireplace Worth The Cost?

Just about everyone agrees that fireplaces are beautiful additions to any space. Fireplaces add warmth, character, and a soft light while creating a more cozy atmosphere. Those who love an elegant and luxurious appearance may have thought about adding a double-sided fireplace to their home. Considered to be lavish as well as functional, these designer features are typically situated in the middle of two rooms and have visible flames on both sides. 

However, according to Homey Hearth, they are also quite expensive to install and maintain, sometimes even double the price of a regular fireplace. They can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000, while a standard one-sided model can be found for under $1,000. Because of this high price tag, some may wonder if this choice is worth it. Below, you'll find some of the major pros and cons, along with some things to consider when deciding whether this pricey fireplace feature is right for you.

Pros and cons of a double-sided fireplace

Homey Hearth says that double-sided fireplaces are seen as more appealing than standard fireplaces because they're unique and make a statement that is sure to look gorgeous. Additionally, while they are quite pricey, they're also a great investment, as they could increase your home's value up to 10%. They are better at distributing heat and can be used to warm multiple rooms at the same time. Modus Fireplaces adds that the typical glass enclosure of these fireplaces makes them very safe. 

However, there are also some cons to this design choice, besides the high price tag. Double-sided fireplaces will need adequate wall supports, since they will most likely extend from the ceiling to the floor; ensuring proper installation is important for safety reasons. Further, because they are surrounded by glass, they could decrease privacy if used to replace a wall, notes The Fireplace Studio. At the same time, they could also make your home feel smaller and more closed off, since you'll essentially be adding an extra wall between two spaces.

Things to consider before deciding

The answer to whether or not a double-sided fireplace is worth the cost will vary for each person. There are a few things to consider before deciding on this design. Those who have a large home with an open floor plan may benefit from a double-sided fireplace, especially if they want to add a cozy feel, per Nimvo. This is because these fireplaces will make your home feel literally warmer by distributing heat to multiple rooms, while also breaking up large areas of the home. Further, those who want an interesting focal point in a room would benefit aesthetically from this fireplace.

However, The Fireplace Studio says that those who desire a more traditional feel may want to steer clear of this option, as these fireplaces almost always provide a modern look. Additionally, those with smaller homes may not have the space needed for a double-sided fireplace. In the end, it may make an open floor plan feel cramped instead.