Recommendations please for depth of mantel shelf?

rosieJune 13, 2013

We're putting together our own fireplace mantel from fire-resistant materials because we can't use wood at a reasonable height over the EPA-approved unit we installed (very hot) and can't afford a stone fireplace surround.

So the plan is a marble shelf supported on corbels across the 5-foot fireplace wall (which sticks out 5 inches from the wall on each side), with everything below that tiled, probably matching marble mosaic (creamy white on white in a similar room). I'm looking forward to being able to decorate it with the seasons and have really enjoyed seeing what you guys here do.

So, the question. I'm mocking up a 7" depth, but really should go shallower. What is the least depth you'd want in a mantel? Any comments on what can be accomplished and what not with different depths?

Thanks very much for your thoughts.

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bulldinkie

I have a 1700 farmhouse with 6 fireplaces ,I made a few swags ,flowers beautiful that have some beautiful fake flowers now

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 7:33PM
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Purplemoon

The more depth, the more decorations can go on it.
;o) So I'd say go as deep as you can. My two mantels are just really narrow and hard to decorate the way I'd really love to.

Share photos when yours is done if you can. We love photos here!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 6:12AM
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nana2010_gw

I think if you post on the home decor side you will get more ideas

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 10:59AM
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