The actual inside space is a bit shorter that my future mother in law's fireplace, but it's just as wide. It also has the chain-mail type curtains that you pull together, but no screen as of yet. I don't know if a gate would work in the area. Are there any fireplace screens you would recommend as well? I've never had a fireplace before so I don't know what all is required. Thanks!
We used a SuperYard flexible gate (you can make it a straight piece or any configuration you want) and attached each end to the wall with eye hooks and cable ties,
When we removed the gate, to keep our boys from hurting themselves when they rough housed, we bought a custom cut hearth cover (from this company)-which worked really well!
If you or someone you know is crafty you could make your own padded sitting area on your hearth--pretty and safe for babies/toddlers!
Google "fireplace hearth cover" for more ideas.
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:08 PM on Oct. 11, 2009