For example, if you home has a brick or stone wall, it's nearly
impossible to find a pre-made full mantel with legs that will fit it
properly and look presentable. However, mantel shelves are available in a
wide range of sizes and styles. Mantel shelf placement then becomes a
matter of personal preference. It can be either slightly wider than the
fireplace opening, or it can span the entire width of the masonry wall -
or anywhere in between.
Installing a mantel shelf - as opposed to a full mantel with legs - can open up a full range of decorating possibilities.
these shelves aren't just for use above fireplaces! There are a wide
range of sizes to use for shelving in any room. How about a wide shelf
to use in place of a headboard?