What Is a Hearth Room Used For?

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A hearth room is relaxing, cozy gathering spot where family members can relax, talk or engage in fun activities. A hearth room is a casual family room with a fireplace as a central focus. Hearth rooms were popular in previous centuries when families would use them for warmth.

As modern furnaces provide ample heat to homes, heating is often not the top priority of a hearth room. Instead, the fireplace sets the tone for a casual atmosphere and calm ambiance. When the home does not have another family space or living room, the hearth room may hold the television used for family viewing.