A decorative electric fireplace is always a sight to behold in any interior space. Aside from its ability to provide warmth during cold seasons, this fire feature’s aesthetics adds a touch of class to its visual appeal. While the simulated fire and music are often considered as the main accents of this furnishing, its mantel is another factor that makes it stand out from the rest of the fixtures around the home. However, as purchasing a new mantel could be pretty expensive, making your own could save you more bucks that you could use for other things.
Before we start with the steps on how to make a mantel for your electric fireplace heater, it would be more appropriate to identify what mantel is. Basically, a mantel is a shelf-like fixture attached to the wall, sitting on top of the fireplace opening. This fixture is integrated in order to widen the space where the fireplace would be situated, and also serves as a decorative feature for the fireplace. Such piece is usually separate from the fireplace but can also be directly connected to the fire feature.
While you have the option to purchase the mantel of your electric fireplace heater, customizing your mantel is a good way to add character to your fire feature. By constructing your own mantel, you would be able to create a unique fixture based from your chosen concept or theme. Although this might be a bit hard to accomplish, your efforts would surely pay off as this project is way cheaper than actually buying a pre-made mantel. To cap off your mantel project you should have the following materials: saw, nail gun, crown molding, wood glue, router, level, wooden boards and paint.
Measure your fireplace and mark the location where you will place your fireplace mantel. Be sure to add at 3/4 of an inch to the measurements you made so as to properly accommodate the thickness of the boards that you will use. Don’t forget to use a level when marking the location of your mantel in order to avoid squiggly lines. After doing the measurements, do your mantel design in accordance to your desired theme and scale down the dimensions of your mantel based from the measurements you did for your fireplace.
Create the legs of your fireplace mantel by using three boards in order to form a semi-box on the wall. Cut the side and front pieces of each leg and secure them together by gluing and nailing. Attach the box to the wall by securing the sides of the legs to the wall with nails. To decorate your mantel legs, install crown moldings around the sides of the legs.
Now that your fireplace mantel legs are already in place, the next thing to do is to create the top and shelf of the mantel from a frieze board, and then secure it at the top of the mantel legs. To ensure that the mantel shelf and top are strong, nail them to the wall and place crown moldings around its sides for decoration. To achieve smoother edges, use a router to scrap of tiny particles on the edge of your mantel. Then, paint it according to your desired color scheme to complement the interiors of your home.
You want to accentuate your boring electric fireplace heater but you don’t really know where to start? You might want to try your hands on customizing your fireplace mantel. By doing your own mantel, you would surely achieve the look that you want for your fireplace. Changing the mantel of your electric fireplace heater would require more than just DIY expertise, so it would be preferable to ask tips from professionals before you proceed doing things yourself.