How to Hang a Floating Mantel

4 Materials
1 Hour

Looking to hang a mantel yourself? There are a few different ways to hang a floating mantel or shelf, but here’s how we do it. Easy and solid!!

We were going into concrete so we used concrete screws with anchors. We marked three spots at center of the beams thickness. Just make sure you are drilling in nice and straight😂 That will make the rest of the process much smoother.

Once we have them in, we cut the heads off with a grinder or jigsaw with a metal blade. We marked the headless screws with black permanent marker so that could put a template on the back of our beam.

Set the mantel up against these screws with a level on it and push in to leave a mark. Then pre-drill your holes in the back of the mantel.

We added fast setting epoxy on the screws after we did a little test fit to make sure we were level and the screws lined up with the holes🙌🏼

That’s it!! Solid and easy. I hope this tutorial is helpful for you!

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2 questions
  • Kari
    on May 19, 2019

    Just wondering why you need to cut heads off screws?

    Love this tutorial!

    • Em
      on May 20, 2020

      You need the heads to put the screw in. You want them off so the hole is not bigger than you need it to be, or you will have a ton more epoxy to fill the hole with.

  • Leah Lintz
    on May 19, 2019

    Great idea! A railroad tie came to mind but I'm wondering that would be too heavy for the wall? I guess it all depends on how well the bolts have been set in?

    • P
      on Jun 4, 2019

      Go to a yard with rough cut lumber and purchase a piece to your dimensions . There are also yards that sell old farm house and barn wood you could use.

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