What is an inglenook fireplace? A look at this charming feature

log burning stove in large inglenook fireplace
Inglenook fireplace ideas include installing a log burner with plenty of space around it (Image credit: Richard Bragg/Stuart Cox)

Inglenook fireplaces are charming and eye-catching features that ooze visual warmth and character — but what exactly makes up an inglenook?

When it comes to fireplace ideas, inglenooks might not be the right choice for everyone, particularly those concerned with energy efficiency. However, understanding their design and how to best treat an existing inglenook fireplace is key to ensuring they offer maximum performance as well as looking good.

Tim Pullen
Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.