Custom wood fireplace mantels, floating wood mantels shelf & fireplace surrounds handcrafted in North New Jersey

Custom wood fireplace Mantels, at Wood Touch LLC we produce high quality handcrafted wooden mantels, fireplaces & surrounds in a variety of unique styles: Rustic, hand hewn, rough sawn, reclaimed and distressed.

All the wood fireplace mantels are available in different finish options, they come hollowed out for installation purposes.

Many wood fireplace mantles already made at the shop in different dimensions, from 4' to 7' long if we don’t have the one you are looking for, we can get it done for you in one-week lead time.

We custom make wooden corbels if you need them.

Each wood mantel has unique features and is made to your requirements, for size & finish. Every piece of our wooden surrounds ooze with a character of their own. The timber beams used are carefully selected for their grain structure, texture and appearance.

Wood Touch is a wood shop located in NJ, right off route 80 next to Fairfield New Jersey, we serve local customer and customers from New York, Long Island, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. shipping options to VA, MD, DE and more states.


Questions about our wood fireplace mantles shelves

The importance of a fireplace mantel in a home cannot be overemphasized. If you’re looking to get one, here’s everything you need to know about them.

How wide should a fireplace mantel shelf be?

While there is no specific rule or standard dimensions for a fireplace mantel shelf, there are things that you ought to keep in mind.

  • The fireplace mantel should not be so wide such that it touches other parts of the room like the doors, windows, or walls. There must be adequate space on both sides of the mantel shelf.

  • It should not go less than 3 inches beyond the firebox opening. This means that it ought to extend at least 3 inches beyond the opening.

  • Your mantel shelf should neither be too large nor too small in comparison to the fireplace. The mantel shelf is supposed to complement the fireplace region and the entire room. If it’s too large or too small, the room might have an overcrowded appearance.

  • Every region has its own codes. Therefore, you should make sure to find out what the recommended minimum distance between the fireplace itself and the mantel shelf is in your locality.

On a general basis though, the one thing that determines the width of your fireplace mantel shelf to a large extent is the fireplace itself. Here’s how it works

  • Measure the width from the fireplace to those parts

  • Also, measure out the width of the mantel shelf.

  • Half the width of the mantel shelf must be less than the width of the fireplace to the windows and other parts. This is because a mantel should never be in contact with a door frame or window sills or walls. For example, a fireplace with a width of 36 inches should have a mantel shelf of about 48 inches. Half the width of the mantel shelf (24 inches) is less than the width of the fireplace - 36 inches.

What can I put on my fireplace mantel?

You do not only get to place items on the mantel. You get to decorate the mantel while at it. Shield the room from smoke, use it to declutter the room, and in the same vein, decorate the room? Definitely a win-win situation. You can put just about anything on your fireplace mantel. Let’s take a quick run through them.

  • Picture frames: Fireplace mantels are often the main point of attraction in rooms where they are in. What better spot could you use to show off those pictures than the mantel? Your picture frames belong there.

  • Vases: A beautiful vase with even more beautiful flowers is just what your fireplace mantel needs.

  • Books: You could simply place your current read on the mantel for easy access.

  • Clocks: A fireplace mantel is the focal point of the room, remember? Place a clock on it and easily look to it for the time.

  • Artworks, statues, candle holders, candlesticks, mirrors, and ceramics are also great items to place on your fireplace mantel.

    There is really no rule that dictates what you can and cannot put on your fireplace mantel. Just make a statement with it so that its overall aesthetics remains appealing.

What is a Mantel Shelf?

A mantel shelf is simply the shelf right above the fireplace, forming a part of the mantel. You could also refer to it as a chimney piece or as a mantelpiece. Originally, the picture that comes to mind when the word ‘mantel shelf’ is seen or heard is simply that of a fire protective hood. However, things have changed now, and mantel shelves have evolved over time.

It is now more of the framework used to decorate areas around a fireplace. In some cases, a mantel shelf could even extend all the way up to the ceiling. Basically, as the concept has evolved, mantel shelves are now being used to give whatever room they are in a unique statement whilst also serving its primary purpose.

How close can a wood mantel be to a fireplace?

Of course, this ought to be a major concern. Wood is a combustible material after all and wooden materials should not come in close contact with any source of fire. This is because combustible materials such as wood always radiate heat to every part of the mantel. From the sides to above the fireplace, towards the floor, and to the front of the firebox.

This does not mean you have to totally strike out a wood mantel from the equation. There are safety guidelines that dictate how close or not a wood mantel can be to a fireplace. While each locality has its own codes and measurements for fire safety, the National Fire Code states that:

  • As a combustible material, a wood mantel must be kept at least six inches from the fireplace.

  • For every 1/8 inch of a piece of the mantel that extends along the side of the fireplace, an additional 1-inch clearance from the fireplace opening is required.

How do you install a floating wood mantel on a brick fireplace?

One major perk of installing a floating mantel over a brick fireplace is that the mantel can help to brighten up a dark brick fireplace. You can totally Do-It-Yourself.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2x4 wood beam

  • Drill

  • Lag bolts and shields set

  • Nails and screws

  • Hammer

  • Tape measure

These are the steps to take:

  • With the drill, make long holes into the wall at the ends where the mantel would be hung. Typically, most mantels are often installed 60 inches above ground level. Mark out a spot that’s very close to the height you have chosen. Also, measure out every 16 inches and make marks on the grout lines. After this, use the drill to make holes at each mark. Be sure to mark out the drill with a tape measure at the 3 inches mark so that you’d know how deep you should go.

  • Insert lag shields into those holes. After this, slip a lag bolt into each hole and tighten it. This would ensure that the bolts do not fall out when the mantel is installed.

  • On the back of the mantel, measure and drill holes in such a way that the holes are like that on the wall. This way, the mantel would slide in perfectly onto the bolts.

  • With screws and a hammer, attach each side of the 2x4 piece of wood to the wall. Make sure the positioning is leveled.

  • Apply silicone to the lag bolts, lift and position the mantel onto the region the 2x4” wood is attached to the wall and then push it onto the lag bolts.

    ! Your floating mantel is ready! Be sure to give the silicone some time to dry before using the mantel.

How high should a mantel be above a wood burner?

As wood is a combustible material, a mantel needs to be placed at least three times inches above the diameter of the burner’s flue. If it is a 5-inch flue, then the mantel must be nothing less than 15 inches away.

What’s the purpose of a fireplace mantel?

The sole purpose of a fireplace mantel is to frame the fireplace opening such that smoke does not get to enter a room. This way, occupants in the room get to stay warm without bothering about the possibility of being choked with smoke.

How far should a TV be mounted above a fireplace?

This depends on how high your mantel is. However, it is ideal that a TV is mounted about 4-12 inches above a fireplace. For example, if you have a mantel that’s more than 4ft. high, then the TV should not be mounted higher than 6 inches above the fireplace. If it’s less than 4ft. high, then mount the TV around 12 inches above the fireplace.

Can I put my TV above my fireplace?

Well, of course, you can. You get to save space and hide all the wires. You should, however, keep certain things in mind.

  • Mounting a TV above your fireplace means you would have to always look up to view the TV. You could, however, use a tilting TV bracket to adjust the angle of the TV.

How high should a mantel be above a gas fireplace?

For a gas fireplace, as much as 36 inches combustible clearance might be required. Ideally, though, a mantel that is only 6 inches wide ought to be positioned 4 inches above the gas fireplace.

Does heat from fireplace damage TV?

Yes, heat from the fireplace is very well capable of damaging a television set. The damage could take various forms:

  • Many televisions work best in a room that has a low temperature. The heat from a fireplace spreads out to the rest of the room and could affect the functioning and lifespan of the TV

  • Televisions and electronics generally do not get along with smoke. The smoke could cause there to be a hazy film over the TV screen and then negatively affect your viewing experience.

How do you decorate a fireplace mantel?

You can spice up your fireplace mantel by

  • Starting with a clean slate

    Remove everything from the mantel so that it becomes a blank slate and it becomes easy for you to know what you are working with.

  • Putting together objects and items that have similar colors

    From antiques to vases to frames to artworks to statues, collect those objects that have very similar colors. This is to ensure that everything goes well together. If you want to work with artwork or a painting, then you should first choose a color from the piece that has the most similar color as the other objects you intend to include.

  • Grounding the space

    This simply means placing an object that takes up a substantial amount of space. It could be a mirror or a large piece of art. You may either place this object directly on the mantel or just hang it over the mantel.

  • Creating different heights

    Having objects that have exactly or close to the same height might turn out to be boring. Play with different heights. You can use tall vases, books, boxes to achieve this.

  • Spicing it up with some life

    Adding flowers or plants to a fireplace mantel could be all the difference that it needs. There are so many pretty flowers and plants to choose from!

All your likely fireplace mantle questions have been answered and so, you are well on your way to installing the suitable one for you and for your home.

Wooden mantels options: 

Our wood Fireplace Mantels are made using traditional techniques with some modern twists. One of our special features is the raised grain appearance which gives a 3D effect to the surface of the wood. This is achieved by meticulously brushing out the fibrous wood tissue between the grains leaving a ‘hill and valley’ look to the surface of the timber, creating something truly stunning! 

 

Hand Hewn wood mantels

Hand hewn is a technique used centuries ago, when the people didn't have machines to process the wood, we bring those attributes to give a beautiful and unique look to our wooden mantels.

Rustic, Distressed wood fireplace mantels 

At Wood Touch, we distress new wood to make it look old. A well decorated reclaimed wood mantel can also serve as a great place to showcase the seasons or recent family celebrations in photos, however, wooden mantels are considered the best of all types of homes, especially period style homes. They are characteristic of a time when families spend a large among of time sitting around the fire in the evenings. 

A wood mantel can become a great stage for decorating in your home. In most homes, the fireplace is at center stage in the living room area, den, or master bedroom. And because it is at center stage it becomes a great place to flex your decorating muscle. Most fireplace mantels have a wooden mantel shelf over them that provide ample space for all kinds of items.

Reclaimed wood beam mantels

Here is no doubt that a reclaimed wood mantel is the heart of a room. Whether the wood mantel is there for practical purposes or simply for effect, you will want to ensure that the area immediately surrounding the space is looking it’s the best because all your visitors will be paying extra interest to the area. Hence, the best way of ensuring: it looks the best is to install a rustic wood fireplace mantelpiece.

However, any renovation to a fireplace requires a suitable wood mantel piece to complement the fire. Whether you settle for a plain wooden mantel, a carved focal point or rendered finish to blend in with the rest of your decor, the mantle surrounds the fire and sets the one for your room

Our wooden mantelpieces have been given severe treatment, which makes them popular with several home innovators. The dark, intricately carved mantel is a throwback to old English home. They are cost-effective, versatile and are readily obtainable.

Several people enjoy the fresh smell of a wood burning fire in a fireplace whenever its winter months. The wood fireplace mantels enhance the beauty of the home and if you can install a customized mantle, you’ll be able to use decorative pieces of work which will be cherished by many people for a long period of time.

A customized wood fireplace mantel implies that you have chosen a unique design which no other person would have. Things which can be customized include the style, design as well as finish. For several years, we have specialized in building fireplace mantels to meet the specification as well as pockets of every client.  Our wood fireplace mantels are crafted at a faster rate while achieving different designs. The custom fireplace mantels are also designed based on the shape and construction of the home so that the aesthetics of the home won’t be affected. The service we provide ranges from simple mantle shelf to an elaborate pedestal mantel encompassing an entire wall.

Wood mantles were originally designed in medieval times

The fireplace mantels acted as a hood which would catch smoke. However, the fireplace mantel has evolved over time to incorporate the decorative frame which surrounds a fireplace. Thus, a mantle provides a decorating highlight to any room with a fireplace, designs which may or may not extend to the ceiling. In some cases, it is referred to as chimney-piece or mantelpiece, the fireplace mantel has traditionally been an artist element of a room while also providing practical elements such as protecting the surrounding area from fire damage.

The mantels are available in various kinds of designs as well as styles. From renaissance style which include elaborate wood-carved extremes to a modern style which feature clean lines as well as contemporary materials, our mantel can easily reflect your own design choices wherever they are. Because rooms were traditionally heated with an open, wood-burning fireplace whereas rooms nowadays are heated with a mechanized contained heating system, such as a gas-burning fireplace, the styles as well as applications of mantels have changed. However, even though your mantel may serve a different function today compared to several hundred years ago, it continues to provide a focal point to many different living spaces.

Nowadays, fireplace mantels are mostly used as an extension of the architectural or design features of your home. However, mantel manufacturers can build a mantelpiece which will reflect essentially any design period in history. You may choose to have a customized mantel or a standard design, but always remember that mantel for your fireplaces can enhance the appearance, ambiance, or overall style of your home. Without question, mantels have become an interior design focus. While offering a unique opportunity to elaborate on the style of a space, fireplace mantels are also important for expressing your personality. Fireplace mantels can be constructed from various kinds of woods depending on your preference. You may even use your mantel to express your artistic freedom as it is becoming more commonplace to have a sculptor or artisan design a one-of-a-kind fireplace mantel for your home.

In addition, mantels often feature subtler design elements such as capitals, moldings, brackets, fruits, or vegetation for decoration. It may be cliched, but it is not an overstatement to say that the sky is the limit when it comes to fireplace mantel design choices. You can easily choose a mantel that draws from Classic, Renaissance, Italian, French, American, or Victorian genres or you can choose a design that is entirely unique to your own sense of style. You can even mix design genres.

When deciding on a mantel shelf

There are many elements to consider, starting off with the material. The most commonly used material is wood. Among the fireplace mantel shelves, wood types are the most common. They work well in traditional looking homes and blend nicely with almost any interior designs. Wood mantels offer many options when it comes to decorating. Oak, a superior type of wood, for instance, is both classy and versatile. Typically, wooden mantels are affordable. Its cost is one of its main attractions. Even expensive solid wood shelves like those made of oak don't cost as much as those made of stone. Wooden mantels come in different wood types which include maple, cherry, Douglas, hemlock, alder, pine, just to name a few. They come in different finishes like black, distressed cherry, and primed. There are also unfinished wood fireplace mantels which are great for people who have yet to decide the best shade for their mantel to match their home interiors.

Among the top reasons for getting an antique fireplace mantel

Is the sense of classic style, elegance, and history one gets from an antique piece? No matter how simple your antique fireplace mantel looks, a lot of people simply recognize the beauty of an antique when they see one. Owners of mansions and old colonial houses or even average houses with spacious living rooms would do well to have an antique mantel. Contrary to popular belief, an antique fireplace mantel may also come cheap if you know where to look. You can choose to buy your antique mantel from companies who specialize in the restoration of such antique pieces. However, we sell antique mantels and can also help you with the stripping and the restoration.

There are some factors to consider when buying a fireplace wood mantel shelf beam.

The first one has something to do with style. You must be certain of course that your fireplace mantel fits the general design and style of your home. Otherwise, your antique mantel will be overkill and will seem preposterous. So, while a mantel may seem like a simple fireplace surrounding where you display pictures and knickknacks, the truth is that a mantel is the centerpiece of style in your living room, bedroom, or family room. Indeed, your fireplace mantel can not only reflect your personal design choices but also the function and architecture of the room it inhabits. Contact us today for various kinds mantel shelf and you would have a great mantel shelf piece.


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