Mounting your mantel is a task best tackled by a skilled handyman or contractor. These mantels tend to be heavy and call for the kind of rigid permanent mounting that is best coordinated onsite. Because site conditions vary so widely, we don’t pre-drill mounting holes or provide mounting hardware.
We offer a simple mounting technique that can be modified for many different kinds of existing construction conditions. It uses very inexpensive materials but requires some moderate skill to implement:
Assumes studs in the wall or mounting substrate that can take lag bolts mounted approximately 3″ deep along the length of the mantel mounting area and of sufficient strength to support the weight of your mantel (most of our mantels weigh 50-80 lbs).
Mounting hardware & materials:
- Lag bolts (long enough to leave at least half the depth of your mantel extended out from the wall not including bolt heads, and also to drill/mount deep enough to get a good anchor into your mounting material eg., 3″ for studs) – Qty 1 per stud (which are typically located every 16″).
- Liquid Nails
- Drill, drill bit (bit sized large enough to clear the bolt shaft, and length at least half mantel depth)
- Level, measuring tape, stud finder
- Bolt cutters/Sawzall/etc
- (Optional) chalk, paint or other marking material (see #4)
- Mark the horizontal midline where you want your mantel installed with a level, and mark the position of each stud along the planned length of mantel installation using a stud finder or other method.
- Mount lag bolts at 1 per stud along this midline the full length of the planned mantel postion (up to 1-2″ from each end if practical). Leave lag bolts extended at least half the depth of the mantel, not including the heads.
- Once mounted, cut the heads of the lag bolts off with a Sawzall or other appropriate tool.
- Line up the mantel with its final installed position, level and laterally, and press the back of it onto the bolt shafts — you will need at least two people for this operation, and your level. This will mark the back of your mantel and create your drilling template. You can dab some paint or chalk on the ends of the bolt shafts to make the marking easier. Doing it this way, rather than drilling holes in the mantel first and then mounting the bolts/hardware in the wall – a) allows for variations in site conditions that might not be discovered until while drilling, and b) allows for small deviations when drilling the mounting bolts. So, even though this method may seem more difficult, it can save a lot of trouble in the long run.
- Drill holes in the back of your mantel of sufficient size to slide over the bolt shafts with just enough clearance for glue in the holes – make sure they’re deep enough to allow the mantel to seat flush to the wall. Make sure to drill your holes aligned plumb to the back face of your mantel.
- Fill the holes with Liquid Nails. Press mantel onto bolt shafts until flush with the wall. Once set, this will be an incredibly strong, stable mounting. It is also permanent, so keep this in mind and plan accordingly.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us – 540-553-2023.