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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Media Wall with a Fireplace?

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A media wall fireplace enables you to create a functional and ambient centrepiece to enhance your living space. Whether you’re updating your home, putting your personal stamp on a new home, or curious to find out if a media wall with a fireplace is the right choice for you, it often all comes down to the cost. 

To help you make an informed choice regarding your new investment, we’ve previously discussed how to create the perfect media wall with a fireplace and to further support your research, here, we’ll be breaking down the cost of building a media wall with a fireplace. We will also introduce you to some of our favourite media wall electric fires to serve as a source of inspiration for your media wall project. 

How much does it cost to build a media wall with a fireplace? 

Creating a media wall that includes a fireplace is an investment. However, the financial outlay may add value to your home, and it will undoubtedly benefit your everyday life. 

As with any home interior project, a number of contributing factors will influence the cost of purchasing and installing your media wall fireplace. As a ballpark figure, the average cost of buying and installing a good quality media wall with a fireplace can start at around £1,500 and go up to and beyond £3,500. 

Setting a budget

It is best to set your budget early to know how much money you have to work with and which products fit your specified budget and brief. You may also need to factor in the following considerations depending on your requirements, your budget and the space you are working with.

Wall preparation 

Before you choose your fireplace and media components, you will need to prepare the media wall area. As a general guide, the average cost of plasterboards, skirting boards and electrical work to create your media wall can work out anywhere between £55 to £70 per m2. 

You also need to identify if you need to reinforce an existing wall or create a false wall to house your TV and electric fireplace. If you are creating a false wall, this will need to be made from a wooden structure that is covered with plasterboard. The plasterboard itself is available in pre-cut sheets, with a standard sheet of plasterboard measuring 2,400 x 1,200 x 9. mm and costing around £8-10.  

Depending on your circumstances, this job may need to be carried out by a qualified tradesperson who will inevitably charge for their time on top of materials. 

You will also need to consider if any additional electrical work is required to be completed by a qualified electrician. You’re going to need at least two plug sockets in the vicinity of your media wall and you may choose to hide your sockets within the wall or have the sockets in view. Both options may have differences in cost depending on what your electrician says and how your wiring is configured.  

Related: Introducing media wall electric fireplaces and hole in the wall electric fires

Where do you want to save and spend?

Do you want to splurge on the fireplace and save on the media items such as a TV, speaker and/or games console? Deciding early on where you’d like to spend and save can help avoid disappointment and make your vision a more realistic reality. 

The best media wall electric fires to buy in 2022 

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1250 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1250 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1250 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire

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The Elgin & Hall Pryzm Arteon 1250 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire offers a mesmerising panoramic design that will create a focal point in any room. Complete with a 5D flame and glowing ember effect on an illuminated hand-painted log display, this beautiful fireplace certainly has the wow factor.

Whatsmore, the Arteon 1250 3SL Electric Inset Wall Fire is a highly versatile choice specifically designed to allow a one, two or three-sided installation. 

With several configuration options available, you can build this striking fireplace to suit your aesthetic. Perhaps you’d prefer the glass firebox partially covered? Maybe you’d like it fully covered or completely uncovered?  The choice is entirely yours. 

You can also take your customisation a step further and design your media wall fireplace to suit your taste and space with the inclusive pebbles, bark, slate and crystals.

Key Features:

  • Fully configurable to suit your style and space.
  • Available in 3 convenient sizes 1000mm, 1250mm & 1500mm.
  • The multi-LED effect fuel bed offers 13 dimmable colour options and a colour rotation setting.
  • Outputs a comfortable 1.5kW heat which can be adjusted with a 7-day programmable thermostat remote control. 

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Vardo Timber Electric Fireplace Suite

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Vardo Timber Electric Fireplace Suite

Elgin & Hall Pryzm Vardo Timber Electric Fireplace Suite

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Combine a considered design choice and function with the Elgin & Hall Pryzm Vardo Timber Electric Fireplace Suite. Choose your fireplace to be wall-mounted or with an optional plinth; this expertly crafted electric fireplace suite is available in three different sizes: 47-inch, 53-inch or 57-inch. Created with a striking Anthracite hearth, this stylish choice will effortlessly transform your space.

Key Features:

  • The panoramic screen stretches the width of the surround and displays a 5D flame created with advanced LED technology.
  • Heat output of 2kW.
  • A removable plinth is available as an optional extra.

Celsi Electriflame VR Media 750 Electric Fire Suite

Celsi Electriflame VR Media 750 Electric Fire Suite

Celsi Electriflame VR Media 750 Electric Fire Suite

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If you’re looking for a free-standing suite, the Celsi Electriflame VR Media 750 Electric Fire Suite is an excellent choice. Brought to you with soft integrated LED downlights, this 55-inch suite with a 30 inch 3 sided flame effect is as simple to install as ‘place down and plugin’. It really is that easy!

The Electriflame VR is a ‘glass fronted’ fire effect housed within an enclosed fuel bed for extra safety and replicates the movement and glow of a real flame. 

Key Features:

  • Conventional electric fires feature flames on a flat-screen at the rear of the product. With E-VR Flame Projection Technology, Celsi creates the flame illusion to the front, the centre, and the back of the fuel bed, giving a balanced natural log fire effect.
  • Arrives with Silver Birch logs as standard; however, the option of extra woodland logs can also be purchased for an additional cost if you’d prefer a different aesthetic.

Now that you have a better understanding of the costs behind a media wall with a fireplace and seen some of the fireplaces available, we’re confident you’ll find the right fireplace to suit your space and budget with our dedicated range. 

Shop Media Wall Fireplaces at Direct Fireplaces

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

Discover more of our guides to enhancing your home with a statement media wall fireplace: 

Step by Step Guide to Building a Media Wall With a Fireplace | What Types of Fires Can You Use in a Media Wall?

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