Intriguing Firewood Storage Ideas that Look Good All Year Round
After selecting the ideal wood-burning fireplace or stove to add to you home, there comes another decision: where you’re going to store the logs. Wood logs can be stored outside, provided there’s an overhang to keep rain and snow off them, but with a little imagination, you can come up with many intriguing firewood storage ideas that are perfect for inside your home.
Here are a few that might spark your inner decorator.
Out of sight, close at hand
If the décor of your home doesn’t lend itself to having a visible stack of wood logs, consider the many varieties of lidded chests and similar units that would make great storage spaces. Choose a chest that works within its surroundings – contemporary polished wood, sleek metal, hard plastic and anything else that enhances the look and style of your room.
With a good-looking closed storage unit, the logs are never seen, but they’re easily accessible when you need them.
Consider adding a handsome surround
A fireplace surround can be as simple as a two-foot faux-brick border around your fireplace, or as elaborate as an entire wall treatment with shelving and recessed areas ready-made for holding logs. Compartments can be deep or narrow, tall or short.
Talk with an experienced hearth retailer about the many elegant and functional surrounds available today. They come pre-built, so all you have to do is have them installed. For a more personalized touch, consider working with a contractor to build a custom surround that will delight you and be the envy of all your neighbors.
Use some space that’s going to waste
Modern living, particularly in smaller homes, is all about making the best use of all available space. You may look around your living room (or whatever room your fireplace occupies) and find some areas that aren’t being used to their fullest.
An open section beneath stairs is an innovative way to store logs. An unused closet is another place that might be ideal for log storage. A stand-alone storage unit (see below) could make good use of a wide open corner area. Tap into your imagination and see if your room already has an area just waiting to be filled.
Bring in a dedicated log-storage unit
Units added to your home with the specific intent for use as log storage can be big or small, tall or short, square, rectangular, triangle-shaped or oval. As long as it’s built well and is sturdy enough to hold heavy logs, virtually any kind of unit can beautifully solve your log-storage challenges.
When considering storage units, think about the best finish, color and surface to match your existing décor. Think about size – not only in terms of how many logs you want to store at a time, but also in terms of how it would look in comparison with furniture and other amenities. An oversized structure might be ideal, but so might a small, tidy unit.
While it’s your job to come up with the most appropriate way to store your logs, it’s our job to provide the very best in wood-burning stoves and fireplaces to give your home an instant upgrade toward elegance and sophistication. You can see a range of exciting new home-heating appliances at Yankee Doodle Stove & Fireplace Center, located at 848 Danbury Road in Wilton, CT. If you have questions, talk with an expert at (203) 544-8111.