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Measuring Your Fireplace For a Mantle

A fireplace mantel can help you update the look of your room to match your unique taste. Ordering a fireplace mantel online is an excellent way to get a quality mantel at a competitive price in the style that best suits your room. When planning for a fireplace mantel it is important that you take accurate measurements as they will be the basis for crafting the mantel. Taking the correct measurements of your unique space can sometimes be a challenge. This article will help you understand the parts of your fireplace and know what to measure.

Before you begin measuring it is important to understand some terminology:

Facing  the material, usually tile, marble, granite or brick, that surrounds the fireplace opening 
Fireplace Mantel  made up of a surround and a shelf, the mantel frames the facing on the top and sides 
Fireplace Surround  the part of a mantel that frames the facing helping it meet with the wall to create a more polished look 
Hearth  the floor of a fireplace or the brick, stone, or cement area in front of a fireplace 
When measuring for your mantel it is important that your measurements include the facing as the mantel will be going around it. If you only measure the fireplace opening the mantel will cover the facing and may represent a fire hazard.

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By: Miroslav
Thanks for your kind comments. I'm so happy to know ohrets love the Mercury glass as I do. It's so antique looking even when it's new.You are right Kathy in the past, when I put a lot more on this mantel, it might not have needed so much!Sally, sometimes I miss the colors that remind us of a children's style Christmas. No grand kids, but I bet one day I'll be happy some of the color decorations are still waiting in the boxes. Sue, the picture is a print of a very old painting. No memory of which artist painted it. Michelle thanks for your sweet compliment. You know how much I love your white and vintage decorating. Diane, I think the crown was from Marshall's. I haven't been to Home Goods in quite a while, but they may have had it as well.Thanks for stopping by!
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