Falshkamin with their own hands - a master class with photos

Special features

A beautiful fireplace can bring a highlight and a certain amount of comfort to any home interior. And under the heat emanating from it is always comfortable to spend the evening after a busy day. But in a city apartment the installation of a fireplace is associated with several intractable problems:

  • the absence of chimneys - ordinary ventilation in an apartment building is not designed to remove smoke from burning wood;
  • floor and wall overlaps are not adapted for high temperatures, may not withstand the mass of the fireplace portal made of natural stone, brick or artificial materials;
  • It is impossible to obtain permission for the construction of such a complex structure from utilities.

But it is possible to use falshkamina, which is free from these problems. This option is suitable for a country house, if you do not want to spend money on redevelopment, expensive materials and work stove.

Falshkamina in the house is a source of heat decorated by various materials: electric, gas or from central heating. Of course, such heat will not replace the open flame and the smell of wood firewood, but a quality imitation can create a very cozy atmosphere. You can purchase ready-made models of electric fake books or make arrangements to your liking.


On sale there are a large number of electric fireplaces that are easily transported and installed in the house, they do not need anything except supplying 220 V from the mains. But it is better to make the design with finishing according to your own project. There are several types of materials and decor.

It is very easy to imitate a fireplace from ordinary cardboard. For the framework, only cardboard boxes will be required, for example, from large household appliances: TV sets, refrigerators, washing machines. Their corrugated structure will ensure the strength of the structure with low weight. To give the desired shape is used only stationery knife, pencil and ruler. To fasten elements of cardboard falshkamina can be scotch tape or paper glue.Work can be carried out together with children, for them it will be a very exciting and developing occupation.

After creating the shape of a cardboard fireplace you need to decorate it. Finishing can be done with acrylic, oil paint or spray in a spray can, colored cardboard, foam plastic, self-adhesive paper with a wood structure or a decorative stone. On the portal of such a fireplace, you can put lightweight souvenirs. The advantages of cardboard designs are that they can be given any shape and make a beautiful interior detail out of scrap materials in a few hours. But in such fireplaces do not put a real source of heat, they easily break, especially if the family has small children.

Fireplaces from foam also can not have a heat source inside due to the special sensitivity of this material to high temperatures. It is possible to arrange a decoration in the apartment. But then the foam is easily cut, and with the help of stationery glue, decorative materials can be attached to its sheets. In the building stores are sold curly items from this material of different forms. Having bought them, it is possible to make a stucco decor on the fake fireplace that will look very elegant in a city apartment.

Falshkaminy from a natural tree are presented by a set of original projects. After processing and coating with varnish, this material can fit into any interior style, both classic and modern. Angular and wall models with different sizes are made of stained oak, aspen, and conifers. Inside you can position the heat source or imitation of the flame. The tree tolerates high temperatures, but is not insured against open fire. To protect against heat, the surface is treated with a special heat-resistant varnish.

The frame of such a fireplace can be made of boards or timber with a profile of 50x50. Such a design can be fastened with nails or screws on wood. Its strength will allow to decorate the facade with heavy finishing materials, such as ceramic tiles or plaster. The stone frame for falshkamina is remarkable in that it is possible to make any shapes and sizes with the help of a usual saw, jigsaw, wood saw or grinding machine. In general, materials from wood are the most harmless and environmentally friendly.

Chipboard - chipboard, which is obtained by pressing under high temperature with the addition of formaldehyde resins for bonding fibers.These materials can be either draft, requiring exterior finishing, or laminated or with an outer layer of natural veneer. There are many options for textures and colors. Laminated chipboard panels are easily sawn with a regular hacksaw, they have a low cost compared to natural wood. The fireplace from such building materials is a good choice for an apartment or a summer residence.

Polyurethane is a synthetic material that is highly resistant to wear and is not susceptible to oxidation and rotting. With the help of additives you can give it any color. Falshkamina of polyurethane can be made by cutting with a regular knife, and the parts are fastened with glue or screws. The result will be a sturdy construction that defies deformation at high temperatures and will last for many years.

Fireplaces made of plywood due to its low cost and availability of material will cost very little. For the manufacture with subsequent finishing, you can use multilayer unpolished sheets with a thickness of 5-10 mm, and without finishing - laminated varieties.

The design of decorative fireplaces made of chipboard in their properties are close to the options of laminated chipboard, only require additional finishing.The advantages of the material is that it will cost less than laminated plates, and you can choose the decor to your taste.

Strong and beautiful falshkaminy can be made from a gypsum patron with a metal profile frame. Inside the portal there is an opportunity to establish the source of heat or imitation of open fire with the help of candles. The main thing to use for this purpose fire-resistant drywall, it is easy to distinguish it - sheets of pinkish color. The material is easily cut with a stationery knife, it can even give it complex rounded shapes and create a fireplace with an arch. The metal frame made of angular or U-shaped profiles is fastened with self-tapping screws, and the gypsum plasterboards are attached to them. The fireplace can be finished with ceramic tiles, plaster or artificial stone.

PVC panels, like drywall sheets, are best mounted on a metal profile frame. This material is durable and is not subject to any adverse effects. He is unpretentious in the care, to clean it from dust and dirt is only to walk on the surface with a damp cloth. For the manufacture of the fireplace is best to buy heat-resistant varieties of this material.The advantage is that there are a large number of colors of PVC panels on sale - you can choose according to your taste. These sheets are cut with an ordinary stationery knife.

Step-by-step instruction

Step-by-step instructions for creating a falshkamina in a house in general form consists of the following steps:

  • the choice of the type of device, the size and location, materials for the frame and exterior;
  • creating a design drawing with dimensions;
  • preparation of tools and materials;
  • frame installation;
  • installation of additional elements (shelves, niches, tabletops, etc.), if they are provided;
  • decoration with decorative materials;
  • connection of heat sources or artificial lighting.

Projects from lightweight materials: cardboard or foam practically do not need complex drawings or step-by-step plans. But if you plan to create a fireplace with a serious electric or gas heated with a strong frame, then it is simply necessary to think over all the details in advance. Sometimes before installation on the installation site you need to carry out communications - heating pipes or electric cable and only then do the frame.

Fire for an artificial fireplace

In order to create the illusion of a flame in a false fireplace, many ways have been invented. They vary in technology, cost, and effect.

Imitation with the help of steam is the most difficult, but it makes a great impression. It requires LED lights, ultrasonic mist generators and a fan. Connecting the system is possible only with certain skills in electrics, and the cost of equipment is high.

Theatrical imitation is named so because it is often used in performances. It is constructed of lightweight fabric, which flutters a stream of air from a powerful fan. For lighting, use 3 halogen lamps with reflectors and color filters.

A simple version of falshkamina with "live" fire is made from New Year's garland. For decoration, you must use a small number of cut branches of trees. They are wrapped with foil and lace, then placed in a hearth of stones, folded around. A garland is placed inside a branch of branches and connected to the network. The result is an image of burning firewood surrounded by stones, like a fire.

If you do not want to subtilize with the manufacture of decorations and electricity, you can use ordinary wax, polymer or scented candles.They are simply placed in the niche of the firebox of the decorative fireplace on the candlestick and set on fire. Romantic atmosphere and beautiful image of the burning hearth will be guaranteed.

Salt lamps not only create a fancy image of the flame in the fireplace, but also have a beneficial effect on the body due to the neutralization of harmful radiation from household appliances. So in the room where there are TVs, home theaters and speakers, this option is very preferable. Their work is based on the usual electrical lighting of raw salt crystals. You can use different forms of these translucent minerals, and for the illusion of flicker, lamps of different powers are connected to a relay, approximately the same used for Christmas lights.

The simplest, but not the cheapest, option for the illusion of natural fire is to use a monitor. It is only required to select a plasma or LCD panel suitable for the size of the fake fireplace's firebox, connect it to the power supply and set the desired picture. But using a full-featured display for just one image is somehow irrational.On sale there are special holographic systems that display an image of a flame on their screen, with a volume and very realistic. Their price may exceed the cost of the same diagonal monitor.

Imitation of coal is possible in a very easy way. Shallow holes with a diameter of 3-5 cm are cut out of any tree you like in a sturdy log. Shortened candles are placed in them so that they are drowned in holes at full height. The fire is set on fire and the sensation is created that the log is really burning. This method should be used very carefully, best in the fireplace portals of non-combustible materials.

And finally, the most budgetary, but quite nice way to imitate a flame in a decorative fireplace is a painted image. You can order a picture from a professional artist. The fire can be depicted not only with the help of canvas and paints, but also made in the form of chasing, carving or burning on wood, color application or holography.

Decor and decoration

Decorative fireplace should be in their appearance combined with the surrounding interior in the room. If it has straight lines without roundness and high-tech stucco, then the surrounding furniture, interior decoration should be as modern and functional as possible.On the countertop of such a fireplace successfully install a large plasma TV, and in the niche music center.

A classic model or a false Provence style with smooth curves and antique patterns requires, in its surroundings, appropriate furniture, antique chairs and rocking chairs, elegant tables, sculptures and paintings in curved frames.

If the hearth is made in the national or rural style, then it is necessary to surround it with rustic furniture, souvenir utensils, wall decoration made of natural stone or rounded timber.

In the niche of a decorative fireplace you can place anything at all. Some use this space as a flower garden with their favorite plants, others place a narrow coffee table there, others make shelves with souvenirs, books or CDs. In the portal you can put a vacuum cleaner, sports equipment or children's toys.

Interesting solutions in the interior

  • A very interesting image has a fireplace made of fake plastic bricks of white color. It harmoniously combines with pale blue walls and elegant white shelves with various paintings and souvenirs. Many burning candles create a successful illusion of burning firewood ..
  • The stylish fireplace made of laminated wood panels fits perfectly into the ultramodern room design. The soft, delicate colors of the chimney façade, combined with the shades of the walls, have a relaxed atmosphere. And imitation of a burning flame with the help of the display produces a stunning effect.
  • For dark gray monotonous walls a fireplace made of white polyurethane will look contrast. It is made in classic style with strict lines and a minimum of decor. High portal allows you to place in it a lot of shelves or home theater.
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