I wanted a stylish yet practical way to babyproof my fireplace hearth. I measured the hearth then built a frame out of pine to slide over it then used rubber pipe insulation to cushion the corners. I then wrapped it in polyfoam batting to add more cushio
I like the gate around the fireplace - "wavy wood pet gate" A similar toned room, with a lighter fireplace and hearth. Look at how clean this hearth look, how not-washed-out the room is, and how much more the floor pops.
Baby-Proofing 101: How To Baby-Proof Your Fireplace