Where to put the mantle and TV

Leann Stuart
by Leann Stuart
I'm in the process of painting my fireplace and am wondering what height I should put the mantle and TV. Is there a specific formula? The fire box is 22" high and 27" wide.
  14 answers
  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Nov 21, 2015
    Not sure if there is a standard calculation but I think the TV looks great where it's currently at and I would add the mantle close to where the grey paint stops, maybe about 6 inches above it.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 21, 2015
    I am not so sure you need to add a mantle with the TV where it is . This may be creating more of a project then you need.
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Nov 21, 2015
    I'm definitely not a designer/expert but I would think first about the color scheme before doing anything.
  • S. Roy S. Roy on Nov 21, 2015
    The t.v. needs to be at whatever height is comfortable for watching. I think with that small fireplace, I would make a nice big wood frame around the television instead of a mantle.
  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Nov 22, 2015
    I would definitely install a mantle. Personally, my style is more rustic/farmhouse/industrial so I can imagine a really thick, chunky floating shelf would be beautiful.
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Nov 22, 2015
    Standard mantle height is 50-60 inches from the hearth, but that varies wildly with your design choices. I would install the mantle first, then decide if the TV is too high above it for your liking.
  • Sarah Johnson Sarah Johnson on Nov 22, 2015
    I agree with height comfortable for watching, about 4.5 ft from the floor, don't place the mantle taller than u are, u want to be able to reach it with ease for cleaning and etc. Kind of like use your self as the measuring tool or the guide.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 22, 2015
    standing on the hearth, elbow height. (for a 6' man)
  • LD LD on Nov 22, 2015
    Here is a link regarding installing tv's above a fireplace. In regard to the mantle the standard is 50-60 from the hearth, but you may want to check with your local county code. http://www.remodeling.hw.net/business/design/tips-for-installing-a-television-over-a-fireplace_o
  • Ellen Ellen on Nov 22, 2015
    I don't understand putting a TV above a fireplace, especially if you wear progressive lens eye glasses. You'd have to sit in one stiff position the whole time you're watching anything to see it clearly while looking up. It seems most uncomfortable. I also wouldn't make a TV a centerpiece in a room but that's a decor preference, I guess.
  • Karen Karen on Nov 22, 2015
    I am no expert on codes or mantles. I am fine with the tv placement. I would caution putting the mantle too far up. If you decorate the mantle you don't want anything blocking the tv.
  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Nov 23, 2015
    Looks like you could put the mantle directly above the gray painted area as you already have your TV situated--no need in making more work. Best of luck!
  • Make sure the position of the TV is for comfort viewing, not straining the neck. The bottom of the mantel should be 10=12 inches above the fireplace opening. With the height of the fireplace, you need to have a substancial mantel with a chunky corbel on either side underneath so it looks in proportion. Your fireplace opening is low because there is no hearth so you may want to hang the mantel a little higher. Since your bookcase is right beside it, I would paint the mantel and corbels white also. Let me know what you decide to do.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 24, 2016
    The experts say the average mantel height is about 54". But the variant depends on your room and style and purpose. Since your brick is so plain, is it going to be an "L" mantle, with a flat surface against the brick, or just a shelf-type mantel. If your tv is comfy, decide too if you plan to accessorize the mantle. Sounds simplistic, but you'd want room for neat somethings that don't block the tv. I can't tell how tall the ceiling is. I have 12 foot ceilings which allow for a bit more flexibility than 8 foot. And don't forget the male fascination for ever larger tv's for Super Bowl.