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The fireplace opening width and opening height, plus the exposed stone facing determine the inside mantel opening dimensions. Measure the opening width and the opening height of your fireplace firebox. Next, determine how much facing material you want to show (sometimes referred to as how much stone facing you want to reveal.)
As a general rule for fireplaces designed to burn wood , you want to show at least 6" of stone facing on each side of the fireplace opening width and at least 12" above the fireplace opening height. This rule will satisfy most building codes.
For example, let's say your firebox opening width is 36." Adding the 6" facing material reveal on each side will give you a mantel with an inside opening width of 48." Also, let's say your fireplace has on opening height of 30." by adding your 12" facing material reveal above your fireplace you now have a mantle opening height of 42."
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So now we have a good understanding of our dimensions and how to take our measurements. With that, we can decide the style of our mantle appropriate to the design choices of our room. Whether it be an elegant clean traditional mantle or a rustic industrial feel. The design will decide our mounting options.
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