There are few childproofing challenges greater than the fireplace. Reviews of commercial solutions are mixed, so we were excited to find these innovative DIY solutions.

Above, a well placed couch effectively keeps inquisitive kids out of harm's way. We love how this creative setup really maximizes the square footage.

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Or, in the spirit of working with what you have, try putting a big box in the fireplace then blocking it with your child's big ride-on toys.

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