Looking to update the look of your fireplace or a way to incorporate your fireplace into the design of your room? With so many options of both materials and looks available, it’s hard for many homeowners to decide on the right one. We recommend choosing a mantel that can be adapted easily for a new look (particularly if you would like to change your surroundings), or the more permanent variety such as big logs, heavy beams or even stone shelving.
Fireplace Mantel Shelves
Mantel shelves available in several wood types including: Alder, Cherry, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Maple, MDF, Oak, Pine, and Poplar and many different finishes are available to compliment each wood type. The designs vary from traditional to timber which is considered more of a rustic design. These shelves can come in standard or custom lengths, so the possibilities are virtually endless. If you are a ‘do-it-yourselfer’ you’ll find that fireplace mantel shelves are easy-to-install. In most cases, adjustable brackets are available to complement your selection.
Traditional Wood Mantels
If classic and timeless is your taste, a traditional wood mantel is a viable option for your home. Available in standard or custom sizes, each mantel is offered in Poplar for painting, Poplar, Pine, Maple, Red Oak, and Cherry for staining.
Cast Stone Mantels
Fireplaces no longer have to be constructed of wood. You can choose from many materials, including a variety of stone finishes and colors. Classic Stone Mantels (A MantelsDirect.com exclusive) are lightweight, and provide a quick and easy installation. Each stone mantel is fire resistant and allows for zero clearance from combustible material (no space required between firebox and mantel) making it the perfect choice for gas or wood fireplaces.
If you are looking for a unique Victorian-style surround, consider looking into a marble mantel. MantelsDirect.com offers the Imperial Selection of high quality, hand carved marble surrounds. The selection is available in a variety of fireplace opening sizes and return depths and four distinctive fireplace marble colors.
No matter what your style or price point, we recommend gathering lots of ideas and photos of features that appeal to you, and enjoy planning that focal point of warmth for your home.