How do I cover up my fireplace for child safety?

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we don’t use our fireplace and we need to cover it for child safety purposes ( daughter is crawling around to it etc) so... what can I do that’s an easy DIY, inexpensive and can come off if we ever sell our house?

Any ideas I would greatly appreciate.

q how do i cover up my fireplace for child safety
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  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Nov 11, 2018

    Put a fence in front around it

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    • Sadin Leigh Sadin Leigh on Nov 13, 2018

      That was my idea. I have an unused fireplace as well and we had a piece of wood cut to fit perfectly inside the opening, wrapped the front in chalkboard wallpaper (wish.com had it for very cheap, sometimes shipping only, it comes in 6ft by 18 inch rolls and it's peel and stick and comes in multiple colors not just black) and secured it with flat brackets. No kids in the fireplace but now they have their own chalkboard and since it's wood you can install chalk and trays.

  • Mary Jane Causey Simmons Mary Jane Causey Simmons on Nov 12, 2018

    Put some doors to make it look a cabinet.

  • Tampagirl Tampagirl on Nov 12, 2018

    Use a piece of chalkboard, buy some colored chalk, and let the kids draw.

    • Lisa Lisa on Nov 12, 2018

      I plan to! But I think there’s a specific way to install a piece of something to make a chalkboard

  • Tampagirl Tampagirl on Nov 12, 2018

    It looks like you have a little indent where the slate board can be set into. If you plan to use the fireplace at a later time, you might want to use "flex shot" or some type of clear caulking. This will, also, seal around so there isn't any drafts and you can, easily peel it off when you decide you want your fireplace back. If you can't find chalkboard, I have heard you can use flat black paint but I haven't tried that.

  • UpState UpState on Nov 12, 2018

    In order to prevent children from escaping try re-purposing one or two older kitchen cabinet doors and refinish them as close to your current decor as possible !

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Nov 12, 2018

    Find some one inch wood shutters, you can usually get them pretty cheap at the Habitat Restore, clean them well and paint them, you may have to add a strip of wood on the side to make them fit, but I think that would be a good deterrent. for the little ones.

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Nov 12, 2018

    My grandson is one year old. We use pet gates in front of ours.

  • Ellis Ellis on Nov 13, 2018

    Get a piece of foam core board, sold to insulate homes, and cut to fit snugly in the opening. Or you could buy the foam core sold for school projects, etc., at stationery stores.


    Cover it with a pretty wallpaper, or an attractive poster. Or, if you're artistic, create your own artwork.

  • Ahilly Ahilly on Nov 13, 2018

    Measure just inside the opening of the fireplace, up and down, sides and across both top and bottom. Buy 12 or 16 double headed “scaffolding “ nails.. (yes, they will make removal easy!) , and 2x4’s the total length your measurements added up to, usually sold as 8’ length. Cut that to the topn bottom length and fit the pieces into the opening where you measured, then remeasure the sides n cut them, nailing them in place, into the cement. Start your nails in the boards first for easier nailing. Buy a piece of either 1/2” or 3/4 “ plywood ( not “chip” or flakeboard ) to cover the space, and screw onto the front faceof theframe you just made in the opening. You might want to paint it first...use the “ chalkboard” paint that is available most paint departments, or whatever you want, decorate with a picture, stencils, etc. This will be sturdy and kid proof. Yes, you can do this by yourself ! 😃

  • AL Ponderer AL Ponderer on Nov 14, 2018

    Send them to MeeMaw's house....😂

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 21, 2019

    I would hate to cover up that beautiful fireplace, but the baby is much more important. Buy or build a heavy fireplace guard that is attached to the wall in at least two places. Cover the hearth with at least a heavy quilt. If the fireplace is also gas, get the gas company or a plumber to remove the handle. If you leave the handle, a determined toddler can get that handle turned and the gas on. Protect the baby but realize how strong they get to be. Very best wishes!