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How To Install Faux Wood Beam Fireplace Mantels

faux wood beam fireplace mantel

Exposed wood is a popular style, especially for fireplace mantels. However, purchasing real wood beams can be expensive, and solid wood is weighty and difficult to install. 

Faux wood beams are an excellent way to get the warm look of rustic wood, with a much easier installation process. They also come in a range of colors and styles to help you achieve your desired look. 

Installing Your Faux Wood Beam Fireplace Mantel

To help take you from receiving your faux wood mantel to cozying up around your new fireplace, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to installing your new mantel. The process is quick, easy, and straightforward. You’ll be relaxing in your living room with a warm, crackling fire in no time. 

1. Gather Your Materials

Before you get started, gather all the materials you’ll need to install your mantel. Check that you have everything ready so that the process can go smoothly.

You’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 x 4 at least the length of the interior dimensions of your mantel (the gap on the inside of the beam)
  • Miter saw if your 2 x 4 needs to be cut (a hand saw or another type of saw would work too — anything to cut a 2 x 4)
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Construction adhesive
  • Deck screws
  • Drill and correct drill bit
  • Wood filler or putty

2. Cut your 2 x 4 to the length you need

To apply the mantel to the wall, you’re going to attach your 2 x 4 to the wall as a support beam. This will serve as the foundation for your faux wood mantel. You will cover the 2 x 4 with the mantel, attaching to the wood.

To do this, you need to determine the dimensions of the interior of your faux wood mantel. This is the length of the gap inside your mantel. Use a measuring tape, mark your 2 x 4, and cut it to the necessary length.

3. Attach your 2 x 4 to the wall

Using a stud finder, find the studs’ location in your wall. You will then attach the 2 x 4 to the wall. To do this, use a level to make sure that the 2 x 4 is perfectly straight.

You can use deck screws to accomplish this.

4. Apply construction adhesive to the 2 x 4 and hang your mantel

Next, you’ll want to use construction adhesive on your 2 x 4 anchor piece to prepare it to attach the faux wood mantel.

Slide the mantel over the 2 x 4. If you’ve made your measurements carefully, it should fit perfectly.

5. Add your anchor screws

Next, you’ll want to secure your faux wood mantel to the 2 x 4. To do this, place the screws in the top of the mantel close to where it meets the wall. The 2 x 4 runs the full length, so anywhere you place the screws will be safe.

6. Clean up the screw holes with wood filler or putty

To finish off your installation, you’ll want to clean it up by filling the screw holes with wood filler or putty. This will create a seamless appearance and make your DIY project look professional.

And that’s it. But if you feel stuck or need a little more guidance, we have video guides to help you through the installation process. You can check them out on our website or let us know if you have questions.

Tips For Using Faux Wood Beam Fireplace Mantels

Faux wood beams are a simple way to achieve the beautifully rustic and cozy look of exposed wood in your home without the cost and difficulty of real wood beams. However, since they are realistic duplicates and not natural wood, there are some factors you should be aware of.

Because faux wood mantels are incredibly lightweight and easy to work with, they are primarily decorative. So any decorations you might want to have above your fireplace must be limited to light objects. Never fear, though — you can still keep your family photos, flower vases, and seasonal decor on display.

Planning For Your New Mantel

If you’re ready to start planning your new fireplace mantel, look no further. We have an extensive selection of faux wood mantels in many styles and finishes to fit any design goals you may have. 

Check out our design center for inspiration, or browse our selection of faux wood mantels to get started on planning your project today.

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