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Mantlepieces * Fireplace- surround * Mantle

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The term fireplace mantle or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, includes the decorative framework around the fireplace with a shelf above. (Often decorated around Christmas and other festive days). It can include elaborate designs, plain modern and minimalism styles or paneling extending to the ceiling. You can also modernize your mantlepiece by painting an older design in black or another bold color. A TV or art piece can then be hung above the fireplace, without risk of heat damage. Alternately the TV can be tucked behind custom panels /doors that blend right in with or look like the fireplace / chimney wall. The picture on the TV unit page marked with shows doors that hide a television set. This can easily be incorporated with your fireplace or chimney. We at the Carpenter and sons will love to  design and manufacture a custom fireplace for you.

Mantlepiece terms and wordings,


Commonly confused for one another, the fireplace surround is an informal name given to the entire assembly of elements: mantel, legs, returns, etc. Ultimately, the surround is what makes up all parts of a fireplace in its entirety. The only exception to this would be the firebox itself.


The bracket or block that projects from the face of a wall, is referred to as the corbel. While physically and visually supporting the elements placed above it, the corbel is a very popular design element for fireplaces. 


The mantel may or may not have the depth or design to function as a shelf and is a must have and a very popular place to decorate. A mantel shelf (like the one pictured may be floating or incorporated into a full fireplace surround.


The mantel is the top horizontal protruding shelf/ledge over a firebox. It spans the top of a firebox and is often supported by legs; It can be placed above tiles that will normally surround the fire box. Depending on the design, we place a solid brass strip along the bottom of the shelf to displace heat. 


The lowest part of the leg on a fireplace or often times referred to as the “foot” is called the plinth. This decorative transition piece between the leg and the hearth is often times also referred to as the base of the fireplace. 


The hearth refers to the horizontal floor area of stone directly in front of the firebox opening. It is usually as wide as the firebox and the legs combined with its depth strictly determined by design

Mantlepiece and terms
Mantlepiece and terms