What size should a fireplace mantel be?

Width: The mantle should be wider than the fireplace — typically 3 to 6 inches wider than the firebox on each side. You can choose to go wider, but it’s best to keep the mantel width proportionate to the room size and the fireplace. Height: The standard mantel height is about 4-1/2 feet above the hearth’s floor.

How deep should a beam mantel be?

Based on most housing codes and recommendations from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the bottom of the mantel should be at least 12 inches above the top of the firebox.

How deep should a fireplace mantle be?

The depth of a fireplace mantel should be 7 to 8 inches deep. This depth will provide plenty of room for decorations, plants, or a soundbar below a mounted TV to sit on. Any larger and the mantel would protrude into the room, and any smaller and nothing could sit easily on the shelf.

How far should a mantel be above a fireplace?

about 12 inches
As a general rule, the mantel is placed about 12 inches above the fireplace opening. Then adding an inch to the distance for every inch that the mantel protrudes. So a mantel 6 inches deep, would be attached 18 inches above the firebox opening.

How high should a mantel be off the floor?

Mantel Height: We recommend installing the mantel 4.5′ from the floor. This allows room for stockings during the holidays. Most housing codes and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) state that the bottom of the mantel must be at least 12” away from the top of the fireplace box.

How wide should a floating mantel be?

For a quick reference, a 36-inch fireplace will probably have a mantel width of 48 inches. A 42-inch fireplace will probably have a mantel width of 54 inches. The mantel should not be so wide that it reaches anything else, like a wall, window or door.

How thick is a fireplace mantel?

Narrower mantels can range from about 7 inches wide, or you can select a wider mantel of about 12 inches or more. Most live edge style mantels are around 3.5 to 4 inches thick.

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