The right wood burning stove can transform the ambience of a room. With rustic elegance or contemporary class, the sight of a roaring fire is a hard one to top on a cold winter evening.
But why stop there?
A wood stove requires a suitable hearth that meets fire safety standards. A wood stove gets incredibly hot and a hearth is the protective shield between a wood burner and your floor.
That may sound like a terrible eyesore (and it can be) but it's actually an amazing opportunity to frame your gorgeous new wood stove and enhance the styling of your front room even more.
Wood stove hearths must meet certain requirements for thickness, size, and material. These factors are dictated by your local (or national) building regulations.
This means there are some restrictions on how creative you can be, but in my opinion, it just makes the challenge more fun!
We've scoured the internet to find some amazing examples of wood stove hearth ideas and also wood stove surrounds. These examples made us very envious and we just had to share them with you!
So, if you're looking for some inspirational wood burning stove design ideas then you are very much in the right place!
Important Note: Please remember that wood stove installation regulations regarding hearths, surrounds, clearances, and flues can vary from country to country and state to state. Therefore, we can't guarantee that what you see here will be legal where you live. Please check your local regulations before planning an installation.
Corner Wood Stove Hearth Ideas
Brick is a great corner wood stove hearth idea as it’s pretty inexpensive and looks great when combined with a brick wood stove surround.
Ceramic tiles are the most popular choice for wood stove hearths. They are durable and heat resistant which makes them a great option. You can find some really pretty ceramic tiles to do the job, like the honeycomb design above. This tiled hearth goes really well with the roughly painted brick surround.
Ceramic tiles work really well as wood stove surrounds too. I love the tiles on this wood stove design. Though they might be a bit ‘loud’ for some.
This raised brick platform looks amazing and functions as a shelf too. A wood stove hearth can be as thick as you like as long as you leave sufficient room for a long enough flue.
This contemporary wood stove surround and hearth fit the style of the decor perfectly.
These painted bricks combine really well with the hardwood floor and white walls. I’m not sure I’d want my plants sitting so close to my heat source though!
A rustic wood burner is a ‘must’ for a log cabin. The wood stove hearth appears to be almost flush with the floor here so the floor must be tiled or concrete.
Painted bricks are a great way to recycle old materials. It’s a relatively inexpensive contemporary corner wood stove hearth idea.
Simple and elegant. It looks like concrete has been used here and the stove surround fits perfectly with the minimal styling of the stove.
I love the practicality of this raised hearth design. There’s ample space to store logs and even dry them with the heat from the stove. It also serves to put the view of the fire in line with your eye. Who needs a TV when you’ve got a window into the dancing flames of a wood fire?
This chunky hearth platform looks like it might be installed in a canal boat judging by the low ceiling. A thick hearth is essential in some installations to protect delicate flooring from extreme heat.
Wood Stoves Installed in Fireplaces
Open fireplaces are notoriously inefficient when it comes to heating your home. That’s why you see more and more wood stoves replacing them. What’s more, you’ve got a ready-made hearth and the chimney just requires a bit of modification.
Decorating around a wood-burning stove can be tricky as you don’t want to install a potential fire hazard. This minimalist design is beautiful. An old fireplace has been converted in a really elegant way.
The fishbone brick pattern of the wall behind the wood stove is a great idea that’s perfectly executed in this example.
Did I mention I liked ceramic tiles? This wood stove fireplace idea is just amazing!
Contemporary Wood Stove Ideas
I touched on the efficient use of space that a raised hearth can provide earlier. Here’s a great example that makes the most of available space. Log storage is often a cumbersome problem but why not just store it underneath your wood burner? This concrete wood stove hearth looks amazing and gives plenty of space to dry logs underneath. There’s also a warm place to sit and read a book on a cold winter night.
Rustic Wood Stove Hearth Ideas
Wood Stove with Cooktop Ideas
Do you have a wood stove idea in your home that you’re really proud of? Leave us a message and a picture down below and we’ll add it to the list!