4 Considerations When Upgrading Your Fireplace Mantel

September 16, 2020

Some people might think that their fireplaces are starting to look outdated. Others might believe that they can get more from a fireplace than just warmth. Whatever the case may be, improving or upgrading your fireplace is always an excellent idea.

That said, one of the best changes you can make to enhance your fireplace involves upgrading its mantel. This change can seriously affect how your fireplace looks and functionality. Other than altering its style, changing your mantel can help you get more use out of it.

Are you interested in upgrading your fireplace's mantel? Here are the considerations you will need to make.

1. Material

One of the most critical aspects of your new fireplace mantel is the material it is made of. If you are looking for a more contemporary design, a mantel made of polished wood or metal is an excellent choice. If you want something a little more rustic, a rougher design like stone can help you achieve that look. Either way, your mantel design should fit not only your fireplace but your home as well. That is because it can become your home's focal point, serving as the basis of its overall style.

2. Size

While the mantel's size will generally depend on your fireplace, it can also depend on the size of the room it is in. For instance, a mantel that looks small on a fireplace will appear even smaller in a large living room. For that reason, you must pick a size that is neither too big nor too small. Within the limits of what is sensible, a mantel that leans on the bigger side can become an eye-catching piece, while a smaller one can blend in with its surroundings.

3. Style

Different mantels made out of different materials can have varying styles to fit specific themes. For instance, a polished, black mantel with a flat surface on all sides can create a simple and luxurious aesthetic. On the other hand, one with intricately carved wood can create something more elaborate and ornate. As such, the design you pick should make sense and fit with your home's overall theme.

4. Coverage

A mantel does not have to cover only the fireplace. It can also extend beyond it either in front, the sides, or all throughout. This can drastically change the look of your fireplace, and it can offer more surface to put your things on.

If you do not know what to pick, a good rule of thumb is that if your fireplace is flush into the wall, overextending the mantel helps add depth. On the other hand, if the fireplace stands on its own, then a mantel that only covers it will suffice. 


Remember, everyone has a different taste, and the design you choose for your mantel will depend on what you like. Nevertheless, these are the considerations you will need to make when picking the right mantel for your fireplace. These will ensure that your mantel fits perfectly with your fireplace and the rest of the space. That way, it will unify your house's designs and become a focal point in itself to create a genuinely stunning space.

We are Beavers Building, your team of woodworking experts that provides a wide variety of custom wooden solutions from railings to furniture. If you are looking for a custom wood mantel in Ontario, reach out to us today!

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