debt71August 26, 2011
what is the proper height for a fireplace mantle?
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bepsf
Depends on the size of the fireplace and whether the firebox is at floor level or raised.
    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 6:37PM
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As Brian says, mantel heights vary depneding on the overall design,but average, traditional mantel shelf height is 52"-58" high off of the hearth.
The mantel below is 53 1/2" high.
1 Like    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 9:18AM
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I forgot to include the big disclaimer. There are also codes that regulate masonry fireplace mantel clearances, and manufacturer specifications that govern clearances around manufactured gas or wood burning fireplaces.
Beyond that, "proper" generally just means proportionate and pleasing to the eye. Here's one of my favorite rants on the subject (rated PG):
http://jpdschoolofdesign.blogspot.com/2011/09/fireplaces-good-bad-and-ugly.html
1 Like    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 9:23AM
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debt71
Thanks for the feedback, and for the link. I love info on the correct ways to do things. Highly amusing, too! I will post a pic of the firplace as soon as I get around to it.
    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 11:33AM
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