Design styles & options

This page runs through the various styling decisions you'll need to make before ordering your fender seat.

Frame material
& base shapes

There are four metal finishes to choose from: brass; brushed steel; burnished steel; painted steel. View the metalwork page for details of each of these finishes.

Once you know your metal, you can decide which base style to have, see right: nearest is the angular standard base with welded components, 2½" high by 3"; formed is in the middle, with its curved front and components welded and bolted together 2¾" high by 3¼"; and the wood base which is oak and the same size as the formed base.

Style of fender

The traditional shape of a fender has the seat running along the entire front. These days fireplaces (and rooms) aren't so big and a straight across seat can appear too bulky or dominant.

As well as its good looks framing the fireplace behind, the main advantage of the style with a dip in the centre is that it gives easier access to the grate.


The uprights are set about four or five inches apart. In the steels, choose from plain round, plain square, square with alternating twists, and cage twists.

Shown right are cage twists alternating with plain round uprights in brushed steel. The leather is midnight blue with brass studding, close together.

The same choice is available in brass, with some added options of rope twist or reeded/fluted uprights.


You can choose to have collars at the bottom of each upright. Have either round or square, in either brass or steel. Or none at all if you want your fender seat to look plain.

Don't necessarily have square collars with square uprights - the round ones give a softer finish and go just as well with square uprights. Likewise brass collars give a lift and a bit of colour to a steel fender seat. Mix and match as much as you like.


Atop your fender, the seats can be flat-topped (plain) or deep buttoned. We offer a range of standard colours, and are able to colour match from a swatch you provide. Alternatively, upholster in suede or your choice of sensible fabric.

The usual width is seven inches, although for a smaller fender, perhaps
with a standard base, then six inches might suffice. Similarly, for a larger fender, eight or nine inches isn't unheard of.

Have a look at the leathers page for more detailed
information on the seats.