As you gaze into the dancing flames of your fireplace this holiday season, you can’t help but wonder if your fireplace mantel is a little outdated compared to the rest of your home’s designs. From fireplace mantel surrounds to fireplace shelves and full fireplace mantels, here’s the skinny on what’s fact and fiction when it comes to installing your own — just in time for the holidays.
Fact or Fiction? I need a chimney if I want to install a fireplace mantel.
Fiction. While in the past, it may have been necessary to have a full chimney and flue system within your home, but with electric and gas fireplaces available, a chimney and flue system are merely optional now. As long as you have an idea for the general height, width and overall size you want for your fireplace mantel based on our mantel measuring sheet, our expert staff can help you figure out the rest.
Fact or Fiction? Sometimes all a mantel needs is a new fireplace mantel shelf.
Fact. In past designs, fireplace mantel shelves were rarely placed on top of the mantel. As a result, those fireplace mantels look dated today with their rough edges and jagged ends. A fireplace mantel shelf, like the Stanford fireplace mantel shelf, can fix that problem, though.
Available in a number of different styles and designs, a fireplace mantel shelf is a simple and affordable update for your fireplace mantel. U, L, brick, stone and capped shelves are all easy to install over your fireplace mantel. For more information, check out our measuring guide.
Fact or Fiction? Pre-existing fireplace mantels are terrible to update.
Fiction. Fireplace mantels are not that difficult to redesign and update. In fact, pre-existing fireplace mantels allow for an easier installation process for everyone involved. Even if you only have the shell of a fireplace mantel in your home, there are simple measurements to follow and plenty of options you can choose from. Consider a simple face lift for your fireplace mantel with one of our fireplace surround facing kits in marble, granite, limestone, and slate options.
Not all the rumors about fireplace mantels are true. Have more questions? Give us a call at 855.217.1077 or shoot us an email. We’ll be glad to help.