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Definition

A decorative construction that frames the opening of a fireplace. The term "mantel" can also refer to a shelf above a fireplace.

Things you need to know

There are many options available for mantels, which makes it possible to achieve a wide variety of desired looks.

Also known as

Mantelpiece, Mantelshelf, Chimneypiece

Cost Considerations

Adding a mantel can increase the installation cost by $800 to $3,000.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.