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11 Best Fireplace Screens of 2021

From stylish to practical, keep the embers burning without sparks flying with these top fireplace screens for home and hearth.

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Best Flat Fireplace Screen

Curling up fireside is a lot safer with the Uniflame Sparkguard fireplace screen. Made of heavy-duty steel in a black wrought-iron-look finish, the large mesh screen may not be the fanciest on our list, but it’s one of the safest fireplace screens. Why? Its pancake profile fits snugly against the fireplace opening, keeping stray sparks in while keeping kids and pets out.

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Best Glass Fireplace Screen

The Barton freestanding glass fireplace screen is the clear choice for those who want the fireplace to be the center of attention, not the screen. It features three panels of unframed heavy tempered glass, connected with four simple stainless-steel brackets. It’s a sleek and uncomplicated choice that lets the dancing flames be the star of the show.

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Best Modern Fireplace Screen

Adding a contemporary vibe to any fireplace, the free-standing chevron antique brass fireplace screen is bold and beautiful. Designed for Crate and Barrel by Ana Reza-Hadden, the screen’s iron pieces are hand-welded into an iconic chevron pattern reminiscent of mid-century architecture.

Fine mesh behind the metal keeps sparks from escaping. The screen ships flat and is ready to assemble with easy instructions included. Note: CrateandBarrel.com reviewers mention the metal is darker than it appears in the photos.

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Best Decorative Fireplace Screen

When your fireplace is on summer hiatus or out of commission indefinitely, the Birch Lane Putnam metal candelabra is a creative and statement-making stand-in. Crafted from attractive wrought iron with 10 circular bobeches to catch the candle drippings, each arm holds four-inch-wide pillar candles (not included).

The graceful scrolling screen may not be a substitute for a roaring fire, but it brings a romantic and ambient glow to any space.

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Best Cabinet-Style Fireplace Screen

If you’re looking for a screen that installs flush into your masonry firebox opening (30-in. to 37-in. wide and 22-1/2-in. to 29-1/2-in. high), the Pleasant Hearth Ascot fireplace screen with glass doors is an excellent option.

This unit not only blocks flying sparks and embers, but when not in use reduces heat loss up the chimney by as much as 90 percent. Features include a high-temperature black powder-coated finish, clear glass bi-folding doors, an air-control slide and easy-grip door handles.

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Best Outdoor Fire Pit Screen

A must-have fireplace accessory for anyone who loves bonfires in the backyard, outfit your fire pit with the Sunnydaze round outdoor fire pit spark screen. No assembly required — just lift the steel and mesh screen by the handle and cover the fire pit, ring, rim or bowl. Available in 22-, 24-, 30-, 36- and 40-inch diameters with a one-year warranty.

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Best Free-Standing Fireplace Screen with Doors

Featuring a silhouette of a powerful oak on its single-hinged door, this Plow & Heath Tree of Life fire screen makes it super easy to access and tend the fire. As good-looking as it is strong, the black metal frame screen features two back legs that slide back and forth along the bottom edge for extra stability. Once you’ve found the correct positioning, simply re-tighten.

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Best Value Fireplace Screen

Based on more than 3,000 reviews on Amazon (81 percent give it five stars), the Panacea Products three-panel arch screen is a top seller for its versatility, enormous coverage area (24-1/4-in. x 47-1/2-in.), superior weight and balance. The budget-friendly price of $30.22 helps as well. The two-hinged, three-panel design fits most fireplace openings. When not in use, it easily folds up for storage.

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Best Fireplace Screen Splurge

Bring a bit of glam and exotic intrigue to your living room with the burnished gold iron zebra design fireplace screen ($475). It’s a single-panel fireplace screen/piece of art that’s as functional as it is elegant. Handmade of gilded iron, it’s surprisingly lightweight, weighing only 13 pounds.

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Best Fireplace Mesh Curtain

An oldie but goodie, the Plow & Hearth Black Mesh Curtain Fireplace Screen Curtain Pairs are a classic solution for spark protection. The chainmail-style twin panels are made of thick metal, and the screens move back and forth with an easy-to-pull drawcord. Available in lots of sizes to fit any fireplace. The adjustable fireplace rod is sold separately.

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Best Curved Fireplace Screen

The Minuteman Arts and Crafts curved fireplace screen was inspired by the American Craftsman style of architecture. The gracefully curved iron screen, hand wrought in the hammer and anvil method, features a rich Roman bronze powder-coat finish. Self-supporting without handles and feet, its rustic simplicity eliminates visual clutter.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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