By Patricia from NJ on July 4, 2013
Can this piece be shortened? My fireplace is only 65" wide.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 5, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this mantel shelf is only available in 48", 60" and this 72" length. We cannot customize these shelves to another size. You may consider this one regardless, as many customers get mantel shelves that are wider than the fireplace opening.
By Marcus from Burlington, IA on March 2, 2015
Will this mantel and cleat support the weight of a 45" flat screen TV? It weighs approximately 40 pounds. I am going to be placing this mantel on a brick fireplace wall and will make sure to use the proper hardware consisting of toggle bolts.
By Chris C. on March 3, 2015
Answer:Although the wall cleat could be secured to the brick face of the fireplace using appropriate masonry anchors, Empire advises the construction of the mantel does not allow for it to bear weight such as a television. I would suggest utilizing a wall mount for the television above the mantel secured to the brick facing.
By P. Nguyen from Mukilteo, WA. on December 16, 2016
What is the width and the depth of the bottom of the mantel?
By Brennan W. on December 16, 2016
Answer:This mantel is 68" wide and gradually tapers down to 1" deep at the bottom.
By Terri from Perry Hall, MD on November 19, 2014
Is the bottom width of this shelf 72" or is that the measurement for the top of the mantel? Our fireplace including the molding measures 60" but we would like just a bit of overhang.
By eFireplaceStore on November 20, 2014
Answer:The width of this shelf is 72 inches across the top and tapers down to 68 inches along the bottom. This would still allow some overhang in your installation.
By Justin from Buffalo, NY on March 5, 2014
I assume the 72 inches is the length of the top. What is the length of the bottom due to the taper?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 5, 2014
Answer:This product is approximately 4" in total depth and tapers to approximately 68" at the bottom of the shelf.
By Joe from NJ on February 3, 2017
Do you have to put screws on top to secure it? And, is it made of MDF or all pine?
By Will M. on February 3, 2017
Answer:The mantel is constructed of cabinetry grade hardwoods and is not constructed of pine or MDF. The mantel attaches via a wall cleat that is hung from the wall. You will need some masonry/drywall screws or fasteners to mount the wall cleat on your wall, then you will mount the mantel onto the cleat.
By Monica Morris from Miramar Beach, Florida on January 7, 2017
Is the 72" the top of the mantel, or the tapered off bottom?
By Brennan W. on January 9, 2017
Answer:The 72" is the top of the mantel. The bottom width is 68".
By Steve from Denver, Colorado on January 15, 2012
How is the mantel installed on a brick fireplace?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 16, 2012
Answer:This mantel shelf will come with a wall cleat, but no hardware. You will need some masonry screws or fasteners to mount the wall cleat on your brick, then you will mount the mantel on the cleat. For more information, please refer to the installation instructions by downloading the product manual on this page.
Please note that link contains instructions to full mantels as well. Only the section pertaining to the mantel shelf will pertain to this item.
By Larry from The Villages, FL on January 27, 2015
How do I hang this mantel? Does it come with brackets of some type?
By Tyler M. on January 27, 2015
Answer:This mantel shelf will come with a wall cleat, but no hardware. You will need some masonry/drywall screws or fasteners to mount the wall cleat on your wall, then you will mount the mantel onto the cleat. For more information, please refer to the installation instructions by downloading the product manual on this page.
Please note that link contains instructions to full mantels as well. Only the section about the mantel shelf will pertain to this item.