Installing Mantel Shelves

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:

  1. Tape measure
  2. Screw gun
  3. Stud finder
  4. Chalk line
  5. High Quality or Battery-powered Caulk Gun (recommended)
  6. PL Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive (GL-PL8X)
  7. Screws
  8. Mollies (if necessary)
  9. Ladder (if necessary)
  10. Saw
  11. Blocks of wood
  12. Caulk / Wood Filler
  13. Painters Tape

Directions:

This page will instruct you how to install our faux wood and real wood fireplace mantel shelves.

Faux Wood Mantels (Basic)

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

1.) Simply mount a 2 x 4 on your wall. When installing mantels less than 6" high you will need to rip down the 2 x 4 so that it will fit inside the opening of the mantel.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

2.) Slide our mantel over the 2 x 4.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

3.) Then put screws through the top of the mantel to anchor it into the 2 x 4. You could apply construction adhesive on the edges of the mantel for extra security.


Faux Wood Yellowstone Mantels

The following are instructions on how to install a Yellowstone simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf with the supplied ‘French Cleat’.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

1.) Hold the wooden mounting strip on the wall with the notch facing up while using a level to make sure it is straight.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

2.) Make sure the notch on the wooden mounting strip is facing up, as shown above.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

3.) While holding the mounting strip level, put 3 screws into the wooden mounting strip attaching it to the wall.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

4.) Next, place the mantle on the wall over the wooden mounting strip. Make sure the wooden strip on the wall and inside the mantle securely interlock.

Installing a simulated wood fireplace mantel shelf

5.)Finished!


Real Wood Mantels

The installation is easy.

  1. Simply mount a 2 x 4 and on your wall.
  2. Mantel will slide over the 2 x 4.
  3. Then you should screw the mantel to the wall. We recommend using construction adhesive as well for extra security.
Installing real wood mantels