A solid oak fireplace is a fantastic feature for your home and the possibilities are virtually endless.
However, there are some common pitfalls which can mean your fireplace beam doesn’t match up to your expectations.
So we’ve put together this handy guide to help ensure your feature fireplace stands out for the right reasons.
What to consider
Before ordering your solid oak fireplace beam there are a few things to take into consideration.
Do you want it to look original? Solid oak fireplace beams are a great addition to any property, particularly period homes where they can enhance existing features.
If you, however, you have a 1950’s build a huge beam might not blend in as seamlessly. This is great if you want to make it a standout feature in the room but consider what aesthetic you are aiming for before beginning your project.
The age of the property can also affect the type of oak and finish you choose, particularly if you are trying to match existing features.
Are you planning on using it as a shelf? If you want the beam to be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing you will need a greater depth. Think about how you want to make use of the space.
The information you need
Before ordering your oak there are a couple of things you can do to help ensure you are totally happy with the final product.
Obviously, it is important to take accurate measurements of the space.
However, it is also a good idea to provide pictures – both of the space and of designs similar to what you want.
Try to find images which highlight sizes, styles and finishes you like.
This will give your oak dealer a clear idea of what you are looking for and means they will be able to give you advice on any adjustments which might need to be made.
Start planning your solid oak fireplace today
The main thing to remember with a bespoke oak fireplace is that the only real limit is your imagination.
There is no such thing as a standard size. Fireplace beams and lintels can come in any size imaginable.
A choice of finishes means you can also achieve different looks while still using solid oak.
Tradoak creates bespoke solid oak fireplace beams in reclaimed and air-dried oak.