Jack Mat Hearth Seat & Child Protector Review

Jack Mat Hearth Seat & Child Protector

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I grew up in a house with a brick fireplace hearth. I used to frequently play on the floor in front of the fireplace and remember a few times smacking my head fairly hard on the bricks. When I had my first two children we didn’t have a fireplace to worry about.

Fast forward to present day… we now have two young children (again) and a fireplace. Granted, it’s not a brick fireplace…. but it still smarts when you smack a body part against it. We use our living room often. We play video games, we build with Legos, we play trains. Sometimes the kids are so excited or distracted that they trip over the corner or smack their arm, leg or forehead on the edges.

I was contacted by Jack Mat recently to judge my interest in a hearth seat/child protector. 

Every Jack-Mat fireplace pad is constructed of high quality flame retardant materials.  Our patented hearth padding allows you to create a child proof fireplace in your home.  And our hearth cushions will provide a comfortable place to sit and additional seating in your room.  It is a child safety seat and furniture all in one.  Every Jack-Mat has a sturdy well constructed wooden frame, two layers of comfortable padding and is upholstered with stain resistant fabric.  No assembly is required.  Easy to install and remove.
Monogramming is also available.

I was impressed with what I saw on their website. The photos showed many types of seats they have created and the way they transformed the look and feel of the room was stunning. Not only are these seats a safety product for your children, they also provide extra seating in a crowded room.

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I decided a Jack Mat would be a great fit for our house. Not only do I have rambunctious kids, but we also have a rather large extended family. When they come to visit we quickly run out of extra seating. I was excited about the features the Jack Mat offered:

  • Pads the hearth to help baby proof your home.
  • Provides child safety for the fireplace
  • Adds attractive comfortable seating to your room while protecting your children.
  • Custom made to fit over any hearth.
  • Is available in many fire retardant fabric colors, monogramming available.
  • Installs and removes easily – no assembly required.

Ordering the Jack Mat was simple and painless. I took a few measurements, chose my fabric color and sent in this photo of my hearth.

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I went back and forth a few times with my color choice, but to be honest any of their standard colors would have looked great. The six samples below are their standard offerings. They have over 100 other choices available for an additional charge.

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The website suggests up to a two week wait. I didn’t keep track, but it felt like my seat arrived quicker than that. This was one massive package that I eagerly ripped open. The company made every effort to make sure the Jack Mat arrived in pristine condition including a nice wrap in plastic wrap.

After unwrapping I got a good look at the fabric. I was impressed with the quality and I could tell this was going to last years longer than I had expected. Even with frequent (sitting) use, this was a durable fabric meant to withstand time. The color was a perfect match to the swatch I chose online and the seat fit over my hearth perfectly. Installing was as simple as placing it over my hearth and sitting down!

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It’s been a few weeks now and I am in love with my Jack Mat. It definitely pads against bumps and scrapes but has also provided seating a time or two. It’s padded enough that even boney hineys are comfortable for a short period of time. My favorite feature is how it looks. The Jack Mat changes the look and feel of the room. I think it feels more inviting and warm. Although the Jack Mat is a little pricey, it is worth every penny. Safety, durability, seating and room transformation… it will be a part of our living room years beyond the kids playing roughly beside it.

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Prices for a Jack Mat Hearth Seat & Child Protector vary by size:

Prices Based Upon a 12″ Depth
Up to 5′             $216.95
5’1″ – 5’11″       $258.95
6′ – 6’11″           $294.00
7′ – 8’1″             $334.25

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Comments

  1. i love the idea, we had this foam strips that went around the fireplace but it didnt last to long.

  2. I like that they are completely customizable and of course 100% fire retardant.

  3. I learned that the Jack-Mat hearth seat is durably constructed of 100% fire retardant material! This is great to know if there ever was a fire! Great product for child safety!

  4. I learned that the mat is made out of fire-retardant material!

  5. it’s made out of completly fire retardant material (thankfully!)

  6. Marlena Curley says:

    I love the red Hearth Seat. It would go great in my living room :)

  7. I learned that they have over 100 other fabrics to choose from, at additional cost from the standard fabrics. I really need one of these. The day before yesterday my 17 month old slipped and hurt her face on our fireplace hearth before I could grab her. I was racking my brain trying to figure out how I was going to childproof an entire fireplace. I saw this post and had to enter!

  8. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I love that they can be monogrammed!

  9. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Entered the American Express, Bamboo Sheets, Green Works, Joovy, and Litter Robot GAs

  10. Holly schumann says:

    that is so amazing that it is customizable. I think it actually adds class to the fireplace which is really saying something.

  11. Installs and removes easily – no assembly required.
    Thanks for the contest.

  12. I like how there is no assembly required!

  13. Penelope Costanzo says:

    Our soft hearth pad will provide maximum fireplace child safety while giving you piece of mind. I also like that they can be monogrammed.

  14. I learned that you can order custom built Jack Mats up to 8’1″ long… (wonder how they came up with 8’1″??????)

  15. I learned that they are rated a top choice for fireplace safety by the Good Housekeeping Institute

  16. Rita Sheppard says:

    I learned that it protects children from the fireplace hearth.

  17. It was featured on the Today Show… love the look too! Usually baby-proofing is not so stylish.

  18. I entered the Halo Giveaway
    Litter Bot
    Green Works
    Old Navy
    Joovy

  19. Annie Adams says:

    love that it’s custom made

  20. Installs and removes easily – no assembly required.

  21. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I like that it installs and removes easily – no assembly required.

  22. I learned they do not need assembly and there’s over 100 options (although you mentioned that, too).

  23. I really want a Jack-Mat fireplace pad in merlot. Thanks Heather!

  24. Tara Liebing says:

    I would love one for our fireplace I also learned that they are fire retardent!

  25. I learned that the Jack-Mat has been featured on the NBC TODAY Show and was rated a top choice for fireplace safety by the Good Housekeeping Institute.

  26. Victoria Russell says:

    My favorite is that there is no assembly req’d!!

  27. I like that they are 100% fire proof.

  28. I love that it is fire-retardant!

  29. The fabric is stain resistant. That is a good thing with the children being around it.

  30. I learned they have •Over 150 Fabric colors to choose from !

  31. I’d like this for my fireplace http://www.jackmatllc.com/Hearthseats.php

  32. Richard Morris says:

    it’s really cool that it can be custom made to fit over any hearth

  33. I really like that it’s made out of fire retardant materials so it’s super safe by the fire!

  34. Lindsay Myers says:

    I love that they come in a lot of colors and they can work with you to create a seat that is a perfect fit for not only you but your fireplace as well!

  35. Kristin Miller says:

    I love that the padding looks thick enough to protect babies/young children from being hurt if they accidentally hit the fireplace hearth but that it also adds extra seating in your house!

  36. I like the colors they offer, pretty cool idea

  37. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I like that you can get these monogrammed

  38. Tiffany Halter says:

    This looks like it would be a great fit for our house I neverthought of this. I like that it would give me a little less worry with the kiddos & the fire place I always worry they will crack their heads on the stone

  39. kathy pease says:

    i like the merlot color It is a child safety seat and furniture all in one. Every Jack-Mat has a sturdy well constructed wooden frame, two layers of comfortable padding and is upholstered with stain resistant fabric.

  40. kathy pease says:

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  41. i like that they are so customizeable. they seem awesome!

  42. teressa oliver says:

    I like the hearth seats

  43. Really like the Black and Tan Hearth Set

  44. I learned that the product is custom made to fit over any hearth.

  45. Melissa H. says:

    I like the latte color! This seems like a great product.

  46. Melissa H. says:

    I entered the bamboo sheets and Old Navy GC giveaways.

  47. Corinne Soto says:

    i learned that for extra costs, you can choose from over 100 fabric choices! thats bound to match anyone’s decorative styles :)
    corinne.soto517(at)gmail.com

  48. Jacqui Odell says:

    i like they can be monogrammed

  49. I learned that the fabric they use is fire retardant and stain resistant.

  50. learned that they are custo,m made in USA!

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  51. ENTERED $250 American Express

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  52. Monica Tompkins ( says:

    It was featured on the Today Show!

  53. 100% fire retardant

  54. Betty Baez says:

    Love the fact that it’s 100% fire retardant

  55. Andrea Anderson says:

    I like that there’s no assembly required and it’s fire retardant.

  56. Darcy Novak says:

    I learned that the Jack-Mat hearth seat is durably constructed of 100% fire retardant material, there is over 100 fabrics to choose from, comfortable and great for child safety.. :)

  57. Keisa Rogers says:

    I like that it pads the hearth to help baby proof your home.

  58. I learned they’re made in the USA!

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  59. i like the fire resistant hearth seats

  60. I love that it installs and removes easily – no assembly required. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  61. There was no space to list the other giveaways I entered so I will put it here:

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  62. Leslie Galloway says:

    I love that you can have it monogrammed!

  63. saminder gumer says:

    i learned that the products are made of 100% fire retardant material

  64. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Entered Old Navy, AlleyO Cookie Basket, Kindle Fire, Explorer Touch Mouse and Bake Pop GAs.

  65. Great invention. I like the Merlot colored one the best.

  66. I found out that it is a child safety seat and furniture all in one.

  67. Is available in many fire retardant fabric colors

  68. Jude Skocki Kelly says:

    there are over 100 different fabrics to choose from

  69. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    It’s a top choice for fireplace safety by the Good Housekeeping Institute.
    thanks for the giveaway

  70. Irma Hernandez says:

    It’s fire retardant material…

  71. Danielle Davis/Grady says:

    I learned that you can have them Monogrammed! Thats a very cute idea!
    Thank you!

  72. I learned that Jack-Mat fireplace pads are constructed of high quality flame retardant materials.

  73. So many options and they can be monogrammed. Also entered the bake pop cake pops maker.

  74. I love this idea! I learned that it is available in many fire retardant fabric colors with monogramming available. It also installs and removes easily.

  75. I like the Latte Color for the hearth seat

  76. I entered:
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    Bamboo Sheet Set
    Gift Card from Green Works
    Halo Sleep Sack
    Old Navy Gift Card

  77. tamra childers says:

    I learned that the mat is made out of fire-retardant material

  78. I would love to have the Merlot color Jack Mat

  79. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like the ash mat

  80. tammy lynch sigond says:

    they have been featured on nbc today show

  81. susan varney says:

    like that they can’t catch on fire

  82. susan varney says:

    i entered the socially know giveaway

  83. I would love to have a hearth seat in Wheat!

  84. The Jack-Mat has been featured on the NBC TODAY Show and was rated a top choice for fireplace safety by the Good Housekeeping Institute

  85. Christina Skinner says:

    What a great product! Can’t believe I never thought to do something like that with my hearth. How clever that it’s fire retardant also.

  86. I like that’s it is 100% fireproof.

  87. Stacey Jacobson says:

    I like that they are fire proof and make extra seats around the fire place what a neat idea!

  88. I like that it pads the hearth to help baby proof your home.

  89. This is a great way to add seating a protect the little ones. I would love to have a seat done in the Latte color.

  90. daniel healey says:

    I love that they are fire retardant.

  91. I like that they have so many colors to choose from and that you can have them Monogrammed to personalize your Jack Mat Hearth seat and child protector. We are actually replacing our existing fireplace with a new one this spring. We have already bought the new fireplace insert and will be building the rock chimney this spring and the Jack Mat Hearth Seat would be fantastic. It’s to cold to go with out the fireplace because today it is -1 degrees so we have to wait to replace it for about 2 more months. We have a two and three year old running around and I’m always worried about them being to close to the fire place. We live in Maine so we always have the wood burning to heat the home and with little ones I’m so scared that they might get burned. This is one of the main reasons we are redoing the fireplace to start with. We have six children ages 13 to 22 and two Grand Children ages 2 and 3 . We will be having Grand Children running around this house for years to come so this project really has to be done to give me a little piece of mind. Every time one of the Grand Children wander near that end of the room I jump in panic to retrieve them to the other end of the room. I feel like a yo yo back and forth back and forth. By the time they go home I am stressed out and exhausted lol I want them to be able to run around Grammy’s house safely and that’s why this fireplace is getting a make over~!!! Thanks for sharing this review and giveaway with all of us :)

  92. Kristin Miller says:

    I learned that the mat is made from fire retardant material which is great!

  93. I also entered your Litter Robot Giveaway. There wasn’t an extra info box on Rafflecopter so I hope it’s ok to leave it here. Thanks Again ~!

  94. catherine thomas says:

    I have a 15 month old boy so this would help out alot

  95. catherine thomas says:

    I entered, kindle fire, 100 old navy gc, 50 visa gc, veggie tales dvd, cookie basket

  96. Jennifer H says:

    They were featured on the today show

  97. kathy pease says:

    entered Green Works | $50 VISA Gift Card #GIVEAWAY

  98. entered $50 gc

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  99. entered bamboo giveaway
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  100. entered old navy giveawy

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  101. courtney b says:

    i like the 5/1 to 5/11 fireplace

  102. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Entered the BuyDig.com GA

  103. Sara Zielinski says:

    Made of fire-retardant material!

  104. kathy pease says:

    entered Bamboo Sheets Set (rafflecopter) giveaway

  105. top choice for fireplace safety by good housekeeping institute

  106. they are fire retardant

  107. I learned that it was rated a top choice for fireplace safety by the Good Housekeeping Institute

  108. entered 5 Prizes 5 Winners

  109. entered Bake Pop Cake Pops Maker

  110. entered Shave Well Fog Free Shower Mirror

  111. Farmgirl says:

    I like that the fabric is flame-retardent.

  112. christine jessamine says:

    i like the variety of color choice available!

  113. Emillie says:

    I like the merlot color!

  114. christine jessamine says:

    entered in the old navy gift card giveaway

  115. christine jessamine says:

    entered in the litter robot giveaway

  116. christine jessamine says:

    entered in the kindle fire giveaway

  117. christine jessamine says:

    entered in the alleyo cookie basket giveaway

  118. christine jessamine says:

    entered in the veggie tales dvd giveaway

  119. is over 100 different fabrics to choose from

  120. I learned it was featured on the Today Show

  121. amy miller says:

    The standard hearth seat depth is 12″, although we can go up to 20″ and
    they ship any where in the US via UPS

  122. Jodi Kershuk says:

    I like how easy they install and can be removed.

  123. i would love the hearth seat in a deep beige…great idea!
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  124. meant to add to my comment that they come in so many different colors also
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  125. entered explorer touch mouse
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  126. entered shave well
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  127. entered litter robot
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  128. entered old navy
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  129. entered kindle
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  130. they are fire resistant

  131. Jaimie A says:

    I would love to have a hearth seat in Winter or Wheat. My kids play on ours all the time and this would be wonderful to have and safe.

  132. I learned that it – Installs and removes easily – no assembly required.

  133. Entered Uprinting Kindle Fire

  134. entered Litter Robot

  135. Entered Happy Napper – Ladybug from Coppin’s Hallmark Store

  136. Entered Bake Pops

  137. I love that it’s fire retardant and can be customizable

  138. nannypanpan says:

    i like that it installs and removes easily
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  139. Lindsay Sorensen says:

    I love that it’s a safety product that is made stylish and great looking!

  140. How amazing is this product… my granddaughter seems to be enamoured with our fireplace hearth & it just freaks me out.
    This is so much better than blocking it with hassocks, chairs & whatever else we can find!

  141. I learned that the product is really more kid centric but it’s also aesthetically pleasing and you wouldn’t know that the kids were put front and center :-)

  142. julie hawkins says:

    I like all the fabric choices

  143. Morgan Lepley-Edger says:

    I just LOVE how easy it is to install! I could do it in a heartbeat!

  144. Morgan Lepley-Edger says:

    I entered the Old Navy giveaway!

  145. Corey Olomon says:

    I love the way it can be customized into almost any size, shape and color.

  146. Renea G. says:

    No. Assembly. Required.
    Hallelujah!!!

  147. Kelsi Morrow says:

    I love that they can make the custom mat for the unique hearths!

  148. Vanessa says:

    I like the winter seat.

  149. Entered BuyDig.com

  150. Rosanne Morrison says:

    I learned it was featured on NBC Today

  151. Trasina McGahey says:

    Monogramming is also available!!

  152. I like the choices of color.

  153. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Entered the Ebates, Happy Napper, Dora’s Easter Adventure & I Heart Minnie GAs

  154. Kat Emerick says:

    I learned that it is constructed of high quality flame retardant materials.
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  155. Leanne M says:

    I would choose the Wheat fabric

  156. i love that it is fire retardant and monogrammable

  157. Lily Kwan says:

    I learned that the company is located in Pevely, Missouri.

  158. i like the ash pad

  159. entered buydig giveaway

  160. entered Dell Inspiron giveaway

  161. entered ebates giveaway

  162. Cheryl W says:

    I love that this promotes baby safety around a fireplace.

  163. Love that it installs and can be removed easily!

  164. Amanda Alvarado says:

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  165. Laura Jacobson says:

    I learned that they also have Over 100 additional fabrics to choose from!

  166. Installs and removes easily – no assembly required.

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  168. Entered the Dell Inspiron giveaway.

  169. Virginia Rowell says:

    It pads the hearth to help baby proof your home.

  170. Donna Marie says:

    I like the latte color jack-mat safety seat

  171. I would love this to protect my wee ones

  172. i like that they have different colors
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  173. I learned that they are fire retardant and I like that they can be customized
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  174. entered the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer giveaway
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  175. entered the Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop giveaway

  176. entered Happy Feet TWO giveaway
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  177. entered the Keurig Mini Plus giveaway
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  178. entered the BuyDig.com giveaway
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  179. I liked the fact that it can be custom made. It’s a very good product promoting child safety. :)

  180. victoria lester says:

    I like the Hearth Seats and that they offer •Over 150 Fabric colors to choose from AND they are made in the USA.

  181. I like that it can be removed easily. I don’t think I’d feel comfortable with it on when I had a fire going.

  182. entered the Wrestlemania XXVIII party pack giveaway
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  183. Pam (Sheridan) Donica says:

    The Hearth Seats are pretty cool

  184. Chelsea LaMarche says:

    I learned it’s made out of completly fire retardant material! woo hoo!

  185. great giveaway! Thanks!!

  186. Janackeh says:

    I like that the mats are baby safe

  187. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Entered the Keurig, MS Office, Muppets, & Step 2 GAs

  188. Jessica Sheffield says:

    Not having to put something together is always appreciated!

  189. Sheryl Tucker says:

    I learned depths up to 20″ can be accommodated and there are 150 fabric choices.

  190. Melanie Briggs says:

    Love that they are flame retardant

  191. I like that it can protect my kiddos from bumps and falls, as well as providing additional seating for when we have company!

  192. stephanie says:

    I love that they are fire retardant!

  193. I like that it pads the entire bottom part. I was wondering what to do about babyproofing our fireplace.

  194. christina moore says:

    I learned that the mat is made out of fire-retardant material!

  195. Love that they are baby safe and made of fire retardant materials. Thanks!