Fireplace Wood Mantel Ideas

Explore These Mantel Shelf Options

These fireplace wood mantel ideas can help add just the right architectural element to your home. Wood fireplace mantels and mantel shelfs serve as a focal point in the room and will serve as an integral part of your interior architecture.

Screened porch with beautiful fireplace mantel by The Porch Company
A wonderful custom wood mantel shelf and mantel of stacked stone
Product of The Porch Company
The fireplace mantel is the framework that surrounds the entire fireplace both on top and sides and includes the shelf. Historically, the mantel was the hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke.

Today, mantels and mantel shelves are designed to enhance the beauty of an interior space or exterior space like a screened porch or three season room.

Mantel materials include marble, limestone, granite, slate, stone, brick or fine woods.

Most fireplace mantel shelves, however, are made from wood as it is very versatile and offers many design options. Wood can be carved and constructed to create different styles and shapes and can also be stained or painted to offer even more options.

Another advantage with wood is its affordability compared to other materials. You can find wood mantel shelves readily available in oak, cherry, cedar, reclaimed lumber, cypress and other hardwoods.

Screened porch with beautiful fireplace mantel by The Porch Company
A hand hewn wood mantel shelf on a beautiful stone mantel
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Hand hewn mantel shelves (like the one above) are custom made meaning no two are alike. They have a classic rustic look for an immediate focal point in any room. Hand hewn mantels can be stained, left natural or painted to your liking.

A Bit of Trivia

Hand hewn originated by shaping fallen logs into shape using a broad axe (known as an "adze") as that was the only method of shaping a log into a beam. Today, hand hewn means using an axe or chisel and shape the piece with hard blows.

By doing so, no two pieces will be alike which increases the value of the finished wood product.

Solid or Hollow

Fireplace wood mantel shelves are either solid or hollow. A box beam shelf, which is solid, can complement almost any fireplace mantel material; however, they tend to be more difficult to install.

We discovered gorgeous hollow mantel shelves designed and built by our sponsor, The Porch Company. They are expertly hand constructed and even have a compartment to hide cable boxes, wiring or anything you wish to hide.

A metal plate allows access and ventilation for electronics and can serve as a potential storage space for valuables.

Top of The Porch Company's hollow fireplace mantel allows for air ventilation
This hollow mantle shelf allows a place to hide your wires
and the vented metal plate is for air flow to your electronics
Product of The Porch Company



A mantel shelf can give your room a beautiful focal point. Whether you are hanging these over your fireplace, or as a floating shelf, give your room or porch the beautiful focal point it deserves.

For a more rustic and natural appeal, you might want to choose a circle sawn mantel like the one shown below. It is made from pine and has been distressed just enough to give that beautiful texture of a freshly cut piece of a lumber.

Choose from a light stain, or dark stain, or un-stained and stain or paint it the color of your choice.

The Porch Company's circle sawn mantel shelf
Circle sawn fireplace mantel
Product of The Porch Company

For a more elegant appeal, a smooth finish mantel like the one shown here may be just the solution. This one is made from cypress and has been planed and sanded to perfection for those with a sleek sense of style.

The Porch Company's stone fireplace with mantel shelf
Smooth finished cypress mantel shelf (no wires show!)
Product of The Porch Company

We invite you to visit The Porch Company's Porch Store to see their custom made fireplace wood mantel ideas. As one of our fine sponsors, we can attest to their genuine quality and customer service.

The Porch Company is located in Nashville Tennessee and they are a premier custom porch builder - from design to build. Take a look at some of their beautiful screen porches we feature on our site and please reach out to them if you're wanting to remodel or build an amazing porch this year.

Let Your Mantel Shelf Become
the Focal Point in Your Room

Choose a mantel shelf that complements the interior architecture, furniture, and size of the room and especially the mantel itself. Below is an example of different size mantel shelves that illustrate the overall effect on a room.

Brick fireplace with large mantel shelf and roaring fire in family room
Large mantel shelf on a relatively small brick mantel
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Tall and majestic stone fireplace with narrow mantel shelf
Narrow mantel shelf on tall stacked stone mantel
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This beautiful cedar mantel shelf on a stone mantel is perfect for this three season room; providing an easy visual transition to the outdoors.

Beautiful screened porch with stone fireplace

Mantel shelf with  Christmas decorating ideas
Fireplace wood mantel ideas for Christmas
Mantel shelves provide an excellent decorating space for any time of the year. As you see here, the evergreens, candles and bows make for a lovely accent at Christmas time.

Screened porch with beautiful fireplace mantel and TV by The Porch Company

Your mantel shelf, whether hung on a fireplace mantel or as a floating shelf can be used to support your television and to balance the wall. Please be sure it is attached correctly to support the weight.

See our Fireplace Mantel Decorating Section (coming soon) for inspiring design options.

We hope our fireplace wood mantel ideas gave you new insight into what's available for your home or porch.


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