Is A Double-Sided Fireplace More Expensive? (Cost Breakdown)

Fireplaces have always been a fantastic addition to a home, both aesthetically and functionally. But recently, double-sided fireplaces have made their way into the market, and they arguably look even better. But are double-sided fireplaces more expensive than regular fireplaces?

A double-sided fireplace costs about 60-100% more than a one-sided fireplace. The costs of a double-sided fireplace can be anywhere between $2000 and $8000+, whereas most one-sided fireplaces start at a price of $650.

In this article, we’re going to take a much closer look at why double-sided fireplaces are more expensive. We’ll do a complete cost-breakdown off these fireplaces, and we’ll also go over all the available types of double-sided fireplaces!

How Much Does A Double-Sided Fireplace Cost?

A double-sided fireplace costs between $2000 and $8000, depending on the model, installation costs, and the type of fireplace you have (electric, gas, or wood-burning).

Fireplaces have always been a fantastic enhancement to any home. It’s even credited with upping the home value by quite a large margin. But with the rise of double-sided fireplaces a couple of years ago, we’ve got an arguably even better-looking fireplace to install in our homes.

Double-sided fireplaces are often used as a fancy room-divider, where the room feels connected and standalone at the same time.

They look stunning, and as the name suggests, there are two sides to them, instead of the regular one. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a double-sided fireplace costs twice as much, but you can definitely expect to pay more money, both for the fireplace itself and the installation.

The cost of the fireplace itself usually starts at around $2000, depending on the size. Double-sided fireplaces come in lots of different sizes, so there’s a good chance you’re going to pay more than $2000, as this is the smallest of models.

Aside from the fireplace itself, you’ll need a trim, which comes in at around $500, and you’ll need to have it wired and installed. Expect to pay another $200 or so for that.

To sum it up:

  • Fireplace costs: $2000+
  • Trim costs: $500
  • Installatio costs: $200

Keep in mind, though, that $2000 is the minimum. If we take a look at actual models, we can see prices that average out at around $4000 for the fireplace. Of course, the costs of the trim and installation stay relatively even.

It is important to keep in mind that although a double-sided fireplace costs quite a lot of money, it also increases the value of your home. It is pretty rare that the installation of a double-sided fireplace, or a fireplace in general, won’t pay itself back when you sell your home.

A study by the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers concluded that installing a fireplace raises the home value by about 8-10%. That’s a rather substantial increase.

What Types Of Fireplaces Can Be Double Sided?

There are multiple types of fireplaces currently on the market, of which some are more popular (or practical) for double-sided fireplaces than others. You’ve got your traditional wood-burning fireplace, but also the more popular gas and electric fireplaces.

All types of fireplaces can be double-sided, but electric and gas fireplaces are more popular when it comes to double sides. They pose less of a fire hazard and they distribute heat more evenly.

But let’s take a closer look at each of these fireplaces and see how practical, expensive, and safe they are!

Double-Sided Gas Fireplace

A double-sided gas fireplace is one of the most popular fireplaces when it comes to see-through fireplaces (double-sided). They simply look stunning, but they’re also very practical. Of course, a gas fireplace is fueled by gas, leading to a much more even and efficient flame.

This, in turn, leads to a safer fireplace, as the flame is usually enclosed in a glass cabinet, so it poses little of a fire hazard. And thanks to the double sides, it also distributes heat much more evenly.

Double-sided gas fireplaces do come at a relatively high cost. Some of the smaller models already cost between $2000 – $3000 for just the fireplace, and it can even go as high as $10.000. In addition, you need to have it installed, running you another $200 or so.

Double-Sided Wood-Burning Fireplace

Double-sided wood-burning fireplaces are a little less common. Although they exist, they aren’t as popular as the other options. And the main reason for that is the fact that most double-sided fireplaces are built within a wall, but a wood-burning fireplace requires a chimney and some open space.

It’s also less practical to have a wood-burning fireplace in the middle of a room. Although most double-sided wood-burning fireplaces have these little doors to shield you from flying embers, you’d still need to maintain the fire; otherwise it will go out.

This type of double-sided fireplace does look fantastic, but it might be a little less practical. But if you enjoy your wood fires, don’t let the impracticality discourage you!

As for costs, a double-sided wood-burning fireplace starts at around $2500. They are a little more expensive as they’re usually a tad larger, but they also have higher installation costs. Wood-burning fireplaces need a chimney, so that will run up the costs, but also the installation of the chimney will add up.

Double-Sided Electric Fireplace

Whereas double-sided gas fireplaces are the most common, double-sided electric fireplaces are the least common. There are only a handful of models that feature two sides, so that makes them rather exclusive.

Despite their exclusivity, they aren’t that much more expensive than gas or wood-burning fireplaces. Expect to pay around $2500-$3000 for the fireplace itself, and add in some installation costs.

The great thing about electric fireplaces is that you can customize pretty much everything. You can choose the colors for your ember bed, select the intensity of the flames, the colors of the flames, and even customize the heat output. This all makes for a much more personalized experience, although it’s probably the farthest away from a traditional fireplace.

Dan Westfield

Hi everyone! My name is Dan and I currently have two fireplaces, a wood-burning and a gas one. I cannot live without them and love to share my passion with you all!

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