Ideas for Fireplace-Less Mantels

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

In addition to the warmth and ambience a fireplace brings, another benefit of having your own hearth is the upper mantel shelf. Mantels provide extra storage, and are especially fun to dress up throughout the holidays. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace of its own, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out this holiday decorating staple. Create a mantel-like display using free-floating shelves, a salvaged piece of molding, or a faux firebox unit to display decor.

Photo: Decorchick



Using a store-bought crown molding ledge, Liz Marie Blog decorated this shelf with white and mirror accents.



Home Made Lovely gives step-by-step instructions on how to build this distressed mantel, and swears it’s easier than it looks.


Double Decker

Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog shares behind the scene details on how she doubled up on floating shelves to create this display.

In Bloom

Decorchick adorned her mantel ledge with a $15 watercolor print, jade mason jars, and some fresh florals.

Driftwood Finish

This DIY mantel got a neutral makeover from Table & Hearth. Get the details at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.


Faux Front

If you’re feeling ambitious, fake the whole thing! We are blown away by this authentic-looking fireplace that The Aqua House created for Make It & Love It.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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