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Lemansky Thu 26-Jan-17 14:28:50

Last year we moved house and we have a fireplace in our living room. At the time I started a thread about where to get a mantelpiece/fire surround and got some very helpful replies.

However, we're now having the living room decorated and I've been able to see the fireplace for the first time in a while. The opening is tiny and low and the chimney breast isn't very wide. None of the 'standard' fireplace sizes fit so no going to B&Q or anywhere similar to get one from there.

I have found a company who do mantel shelves with corbels which might be an option, but otherwise I'm a bit stumped. There's also no hearth and we can't change the actual internal workings of the fireplace - I don't want to light a fire (it's a capped gas fire) but just had a mantelpiece as a feature and to put bits and bobs on if necessary.

Measurements are:
Chimney breast width- 42.5in/108cm

Fireplace opening- 25.5in/65cm wide & 22 1/4in /56.5cm high

Pictures attached, any ideas would be really appreciated.

wishparry Thu 26-Jan-17 14:46:37

Could you go to a local joinery workshop and get someone to measure up and build you a bespoke one?

Difficultyear2015 Thu 26-Jan-17 15:22:01

depending on the age of the house there is most likley a hearth built into the floor underneath the carpet.

For a mantle you can quite cheaply buy these which would look nice in your setting;

wowfudge Thu 26-Jan-17 15:22:35

How about tiling around it to increase the proportions and then putting a wooden surround on?

Lemansky Thu 26-Jan-17 16:34:22

Thanks for the replies. I'm not sure we can afford a carpenter to make something at this point in time, but I can definitly look into it.

It was actually Oak Store Direct that I was looking at for the mantel shelves, so something more like this

I did really want our tiler to put some tiles around it, as I really like how that looks. Would tiles work with the mantel shelf, if the tiles had an edge trim on it?

minipie Thu 26-Jan-17 16:50:27

How wide is the chimneybreast OP?

Would this fit by any chance (1100mm/43 inches wide)

minipie Thu 26-Jan-17 16:54:26

Or these are even smaller at 930mm/39 inches wide

Lemansky Thu 26-Jan-17 17:02:34

Thanks! Chimney breast is 42.5in wide, so really quite small, but the 39in ones might just work. I will investigate more.

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