The World Cup is nearly upon us, and with it comes the opportunity to kick back, relax, and chill out in the comfort of your living room away from the chilly winter weather outside. If you want to create the ultimate World Cup viewing experience, then check out our top 10 ideas below.

1. Ensure you’ve got a fireplace in your media wall

Naturally, you’d expect the Direct Fireplaces team to put this at number one, but given the World Cup is taking place in late-November and early-December this year, you’re going to want to watch the football in comfort. 

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As we’ve previously written, a media wall makes for a fantastic feature in your living room, combining your television and fireplace into a single handy location.

By making sure you’ve got a high-quality electric fireplace as part of your media wall, you’ll be able to flick on the fire and take the chill out of your living room when needed. 

Guide - if you’re not sure what fires work best in media walls, check out our guide to media wall fireplaces.

2. Choose a fireplace with a remote control

You’ve been putting it off for 20 minutes… It’s starting to get chilly, but you don’t want to leave your sofa in case you miss that crucial goal. 

Well, if you buy a fireplace with a remote control, those awkward scenarios will be a thing of the past. 

Not only is it possible to buy dedicated media wall fireplaces that come with remote controls, but an increasing number of fireplace manufacturers now sell fireplaces that can be controlled from your smartphone!

Whichever route you take, if you’re able to control your fire via a remote or your smartphone, you’ll be sure to have a much more enjoyable World Cup viewing experience.

Guide - for more information, read our on guide on smartphone fireplaces.

3. Choose a fireplace with lights

Show your support for your favourite team by lighting up your fireplace and media wall in their national colours. 

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It’s possible to buy a wide range of media wall fireplaces which include multiple dimmable colour options, downlights, ambient LED lights and more. 

Many of these fires allow you to control their lighting effects remotely, too. So, it’s easy to add a splash of colour to your fireplace, and cheer on your team in style!

4. Upgrade your TV

Take your World Cup watching experience to the next level and upgrade the TV in your media wall. 

Upgrade Your TV for a Media Wall

As our friends over at Richer Sounds suggest, today’s OLED and QLED TVs are slimmer than ever, meaning they can integrate into your media wall as much as possible, offering a sleek profile.

5. Make your media wall ‘smart’

Thanks to brands such as Philips, Amazon, Google, Apple, Bosch and others, it’s easier than ever to make your home ‘smart’. 

What we mean by this, is the ability to control your home via your smartphone. 

Whether it’s programming your lights to come on at a certain time, or being able to turn your TV off remotely, smart devices are making it super easy to control and monitor your home from your phone. 

How to Make Your Media Wall Smart

Your media wall is no exception! Why not consider plugging your media wall TV into a smart plug? That way, you can program the TV to automatically turn on when matches are about to start. 

If you’ve got lighting built into your media wall, then why not switch to adjustable light bulbs (think Philips’ Hue range of bulbs)? Not only will you be able to program the lights to come on at certain times of day - for example, when a match has just finished - but you’ll be able to change the hue of your lights to match your team’s colours.

6. Add a smart speaker

Following on from the point above, in addition to making your media wall ‘smart’, why not add a smart speaker to your media wall? 

Add a Smart Speaker to Your Media Wall

That way, you can use your voice to search for information, shop for items, order takeaways, or anything else that takes your fancy whilst watching the World Cup.

Depending on the type of smart speaker you buy, you may also be able to use it to control other smart devices within your home (like lights, plugs, TVs, and even thermostats).

7. Add alcoves to your media wall

If you’ve not yet built a media wall - but are thinking of building one in time for the World Cup - then why not consider adding in some alcoves?

With some handy alcoves and shelves in your media wall, you’ll have space to display the kids’ football trophies, mementoes, footy memorabilia, and more. In other words, everything you need to create a truly memorable World Cup watching experience!

Guide - if you’re thinking about creating a media wall in your home, and are wondering what’s involved, read our step-by-step guide to building a media wall.

8. Incorporate a sound system into your media wall

Do you want to feel like you’re truly immersed in the action? Then consider adding a soundbar to your media wall set up. 

Add a Sound Bar to a Media Wall

A soundbar is arguably the most convenient way of enhancing your TV’s sound, as it acts as an all-in-one sound system. This compares favourably to the complexity and expense of setting up a home theatre receiver and surround sound system.

Guide - for more information about adding a sound system to your media wall, read our guest blog for Richer Sounds.

9. Add a games console

If you’re going to make a day of it, then you’ll probably want a way of keeping yourself entertained in between matches. 

So, why not add a games console to your media wall?

Add a Games Console to a Media Wall

Whether you place it in an integrated alcove, or on a shelf, adding a console like a PlayStation 5 or XBOX Series X, will allow you to play FIFA or other games and keep you in the football spirit.

10. Hang some flags

As media walls make for such great focal points in living rooms, they’re the ideal place to hang national flags, bunting, and other items that’ll help you get in the World Cup spirit. 

If you really want to go all out, you could even consider giving your media wall a fresh lick of paint in your team’s colours.

The best media wall fireplaces UK

We hope you’ve found our media wall ideas interesting and inspiring!

If you’re thinking of creating a media wall in your home ahead of this year’s World Cup, then check out some of our most popular media wall fireplaces below. 

These are electric fires which are specifically designed for use in media walls. Many of them include remote controls, multiple lighting and effects options, and even - in some cases - the ability to install them in one, two, and three sided configurations. 

We know that buying a new media wall fireplace is a big investment for many people, so if you have any questions, our fireplace experts will be happy to help! You can reach them on 0161 516 9898 or at: [email protected].

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1000 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire

Elgin and Hall Pryzm Arteon 1000 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1000 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire

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Elgin & Hall is one of the most recognisable media wall fire brands out there. That’s for a good reason. They produce media wall fires that combine 60 years of fire-building heritage, with the very latest aesthetics and technologies. 

As you can see from the image above, the Arteon 1000 has a striking and undeniably eye-catching design. It’s a design which is enhanced by the Arteon 1000’s shimmering fuel bed with multi-LED effect. Downlights also add to the effect, creating a fire that radiates warmth and character in abundance. 

On the more practical side of things, the Arteon 1000 puts out 1.5kW of heat - enough to take the chill out of your living room on a cold day. It also features a really useful seven-day programmable thermostat, which gives you advanced control over the fire.

If you’re looking for the perfect all-round media wall fire, choose the Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1000.

Celsi Electriflame VR 1100 3 Sided Glass Hole in the Wall Electric Fire

Celsi Electriflame VR 1100 3 Sided Glass Hole in the Wall Electric Fire

Celsi Electriflame VR 1100 3 Sided Glass Hole in the Wall Electric Fire

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Another brand name which has become synonymous with media wall electric fires is Celsi. 

This is a British fireplace brand which has taken the concept of media wall fires and run with it, creating truly unique fires that not only look incredible, but which are packed with the latest heating and flame-effect technologies. 

As a 43-inch, three-sided fire, the Electriflame VR 1100 will make a bold statement in any living room. 

The fire’s substantial presence is enhanced by its amazing flame-illusion technology, which creates a totally natural log fire effect over the silver birch log bed.

Although advertised as a three-sided fire, the Electriflame VR 1100 can also be installed in a two-sided or single-fronted configuration, giving you ultimate flexibility when it comes to the design and build of your media wall.

Gazco eReflex 150RW Electric Fire

Gazco eReflex 150RW Electric Fire

Gazco eReflex 150RW Electric Fire

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If you want a media wall fireplace that features the very latest flame-effect technology, then the Gazco eReflex 150RW is the one for you.

It features state-of-the-art Chromalight® technology, which creates undulating flame visuals which dance across a deep bed of realistic logs or shining crystals. This can be complemented by an optional mood lighting kit, which can be placed around your media wall’s TV or shelves.

From a practical perspective, the eReflex 150RW has a heat output of between 1kW and 2kW, and includes a remote control. The eReflex 150RW can also be used with the display only, without heat - adding further flexibility. 

Direct Fireplaces: top of the league for media wall fireplaces

Are you looking for the perfect media wall fireplace for your home? Then explore our range of media wall fireplaces today. 

Not only do we have one of the UK’s biggest ranges of media wall fireplaces online, but we make buying one as easy as possible. 

With FREE UK mainland delivery, 14-day no hassle returns, and a range of finance options (including 0% over 12 months), Direct Fireplaces is the best place to buy your media wall fireplace. 

Plus, if you require any assistance prior to buying your fireplace, our friendly, expert team is happy to help. You can reach them on 0161 376 4181 or at: [email protected].

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For more fireplace buying guides, advice and information, explore the Direct Fireplaces blog

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