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Wood, Stone & Marble Fireplace Mantels & Mantel Shelf FAQ's

On these pages you will find a variety of articles and FAQ's regarding fireplace mantels and shelves.  Information includes The History of Mantels, How to install a Mantel and a Mantel Shelf, Special situations, Custom fireplace mantels, Frequently Asked Questions.  It is a general study: Mantels 101.

1. Are the wood mantels fully assembled?Installation Instructions for Mantels

Our wood fireplace mantels will arrive in three pieces which are easily assembled with a cam-lock system. In addition, there are three pieces of scribe molding which are attached to the inside of the mantel opening to professionally finish the inside opening. - Click here to view or print How to Install a Wood Mantel Installation Instructions

2. Do your wood mantels shelves come with hardware and mantel shelf installation instructions?Installation Instructions for Mantels

Yes, mounting strips and masonry screws (which can also be used for wood studs) are provided for installing the mounting strips to the wall or brick (normally in a mortar joint.) The installer will need to provide finishing nails for attaching the mantel to the mounting strips. Simple Mantel Installation Instructions are included in each box and can be viewed throughout this website. In addition, our customer service is always here to help you with any questions by calling 866-983-3267 from 7AM to 6PM Eastern Time, M - F.

3. What type of paint is used on Wood products? Is it hard coated?

Yes, unlike our competitors, all of our professional finishes are produced with lacquer-based paint or stains and include either an integral or a lacquer top coat.

4. Is there an extra charge for painting or staining (aka finishing) wood products? Does the price I see include a finish?

The additional cost for finishing varies according to the type of product and its size. You can see the price adjust as you select optional finishes, or you may select "Unfinished" if you plan to paint or stain the wood product yourself. The initial (starting at) price seen on the web site is for our paint grade wood type without a factory finish.


Fireplace Mantels 101

If you were to look in a home that was built in the last 200 years and still has the original fireplace you will probably see that the fireplace was built with a mantle around it. Mantles are the decorative frame that surrounds the fireplace.  More on wood fireplace mantels...

Mantels are the Focal Point

How often have you seen a beautiful fireplace that really caught your eye and seemed to be the breathtaking focal point of the room?  More on fireplace mantels...

Fireplace Mantels History

Design the Space has been handcrafting fireplace mantels and other architectural elements for home interiors for over 30 years.  More on fireplace mantel history...

Fireplace Surrounds

With all the different fireplace surrounds available today it can seem a little challenging trying to decide which one is right for your fireplace.   More on fireplace surrounds...

Fireplace Mantels, Wainscoting and more - Why purchase from DesignTheSpace?

With more than thirty simple to elaborate wood fireplace mantel designs from which to choose, Design the Space has an affordable and beautiful style to offer each and every customer.  More on DesignTheSpace mantels...

Marble Fireplaces Guide

When most of us think about the places we use marble in our homes we tend to think about our counter tops and perhaps even our floors.   More on marble fireplaces...

Marble Mantels

When you're looking to dramatically improve the look and feel of your home and have decided to make a selection from available antique marble mantels, you obviously want the best ...   More on marble mantels...

Marble Mantels - Return (aka Inside Returns, Return Depth)

Return is the space between the mantel leg & wall (on the inside of the mantel leg) which can be thought of as an allowance for stone facing that is on the wall surrounding the fireplace opening ...   More on marble mantel returns...

Fireplace Shelves

For many centuries we have had fireplaces in our homes as a source of heat in the winter. With this in mind it should come as no surprise that we would want to go beyond simple practicality and start working to make our fireplaces look more beautiful.   More on fireplace shelves...

Using a Fireplace Mantel Shelf in your Decor

If you have decided that it is time to redecorate your living room and have decided on all of the decor you would like to use, but feel restricted by the appearance of your fireplace ...   More about mantels in your decor...

Stone Mantels

Design the Space has become an online leader in more than 90% of their product categories which includes wood, granite, and stone mantels.  More about stone mantels...