Mantel Shelves highlight the beauty of your fireplace. In addition to being available in custom lengths, shelf mantels are also available in several styles, such as, wood and cast stone. Mantel shelves are used in several ways, whether it’s to revamp an existing fireplace or highlight a newly constructed fireplace. Our standard shelves are often our most popular, but we understand that sometimes a standard shelf mantel just won’t do the trick.
Why do I need a mantel shelf?
Customers often consider a mantel shelf for several reasons. Some may have an existing fireplace with a small, rough brick shelf. Although the brick fireplace is beautiful, the shelf may not have enough room for storage or leaves the fireplace looking unfinished.
Other customers, however, may have an existing fireplace located near the end of a wall, or they could have a fireplace on a column. For those customers, L-shaped and U-shaped mantels are recommended.
Finally, many customers simply want to extend an existing shelving unit, like a counter, with a small firebox and mantel. We recommend those customers consider a shelf cap mantel.
In the end, a shelf or mantel can be placed into a home for a number of reasons, but for those homes looking for a special touch, we carry several stunning custom shelf designs to help create or complete any look.
What are the designs?
Our shelf designs are available in standard, custom, L-Shaped, U-Shaped, brick pocket, or shelf cap styles. But we are just going to focus on the more unique styles & have included a Brief Description and Measuring Guide of each.
An L-Shaped Mantel Shelf occurs when the mantel shelf would extend around one corner of the fireplace. These types of mantels are perfect for fireplaces that need to be extended “just around the corner,” allowing you to open up one room by connecting it to another. To place an order for an L shaped shelf, you would need to measure the inside length of the mantel and the inside depth length. We would also need to know the direction of the L.
For fireplaces with a single corner, the L-Shaped Mantel Shelf is a perfect solution.
A U-Shaped Shelf Mantel is designed for a firebox to fit comfortably in the middle of a three walled area. It’s a perfect solution for making use of a column that stands between two rooms. A U-shaped shelf mantel can also be created and used for a preexisting fireplace with a three peninsula area. Measure for a U-shaped shelf mantel as you would for the L, simply add an extra side depth measurement.
This U-Shaped Mantel Shelf brings focus to this beautiful fireplace.
Brick Pocket Shelves are simple shelves that are laid on top of an existing brick mantel fireplace to create a smooth finish. Brick pocket shelves are also a great way to eliminate the jagged, rough look created by a brick mantel. Brick pocket measuring is simpler than the L or U-shaped measurement because you are simply measuring the length of the wall or existing fireplace mantel. Remember, the shelf will cover about a ½ inch of the brick fireplace mantel.
A Brick Pocket Mantel Shelf is perfect for covering & dressing up an existing brick mantel.
The Shelf Cap option allows you to extend the length of a current shelf. A shelf cap will rest on top of the fireplace to make it look like a natural element. Like the measurements for our other fireplace mantels, we would need the measurements for the length and depth inside the fireplace area.
A Mantel Shelf Cap extends the usable shelf space over the fireplace.
By purchasing one of our unique shelf mantels, your fireplace and mantel will be more than just a statement piece—it’ll be a true reflection of your lifestyle.