Tips on Mantel Installation Using Angle Brackets-How to Achieve Balanced Look

Getting ready to install your mantel on your fireplace? Here are tips for positioning and installing your fireplace mantel, giving it a well-balanced look using angle support brackets or corbels.

After doing your research on fireplace mantel ideas, shelving ideas, and with final decisions made, it is time to take action.

Here you are, you have a beautiful mantel and stunning angle brackets and you’re ready for installation.

             Balanced Mantel Installation

Of course, you are going to purchase the correct bolts or lag screws, washers & wall anchors (if needed). Now, you need to decide on the positioning of the brackets, for installation, under the mantel piece.

I have observed that when the thought hasn’t gone into the positioning of the brackets or corbels it can result in an ununiformed or unbalanced look. In other words, the mantel doesn’t have a balanced look on top of the brackets.

This is, in most cases, a situation where the brackets are not centered correctly. This results in the brackets appearing too close together or too far apart.

Here are a few tips before installation:

There is no science to it but if you follow these tips you may avoid that imbalance appearance or look.


  • Mantels 2” Thick or more and 7-12” Deep- Brackets can be spaced up to 48” apart. That means, you would place a bracket 24” to the right and 24” to the left of the mantel’s center.
  • It is ideal to bring the brackets in from the side at least 6-10” (depending on how long the mantel is). If you install the brackets too far to the sides of the mantel it will not look balanced. Or, installing your corbels, too close together won’t look good either.
  • Also- just a side note: When possible, position angle brackets into a stud wall for best results.
  • Use Heavy Duty Brackets for Shelves for strength and best look. Do not cut corners with weak and flimsy wall brackets. There are many decorative shelf brackets available to choose from.
  • It is a good idea to do a layout of the mantel and support brackets on the floor in front of the fireplace. This allows you to get a visual of the positioning.
  • Get someone, who has an eye for design, to help with bracket position and balance.
  • If you have professional installers, that is good, but sometimes they are great at installation but maybe not so good at positioning and balancing.

With using these tips you should get great results and enjoy your fireplace and beautiful mantel for years to come.

Choosing the Right Size Candle Wall Hanging Sconce for Your Living Room

What Size Wall Hanging Candle Sconce do you need for your Living Room Wall?


This is a questions that our customers ask often. Here are a few suggestions for choosing the correcwall hanging candle sconce living roomt size wrought iron candle sconces for your living room.

Room Size-

  • Consider the size of the living room or the wall size.

You do not want you wall candle holders to get lost on a massive wall by being too small.

If it is a small wall and an average size fireplace you do not want to overpower the wall with large or long candle sconces either.


  • Do a mock up or layout on the wall-

Measure the candle sconces you are considering and draw it on cardboard or just cut the cardboard to size. Attach it to the wall with tape and make your assessment. It is also a good idea to get another opinion.


  • Pick a finish for the Candle Sconce that compliments your furnishings

Consider the furnishings you have and what your style lends to. For instance, Oil Rubbed Bronze compliments black or bronze furnishings. If you have a rustic style, Antique Iron Patina’s will make a great choice.

When in doubt bring a friend or someone you trust in decorating skills for that second or third opinion.

Also, buy good quality in you candle wall sconces. What you display on the wall is a reflection of you. Therefore, quality and craftsmanship should always be the first choice.

And, in conclusion, when buying a product, you want to be able to return the item if it does not work for you. So, buy with 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.

We are happy to work with you in choosing the right size candle wall sconce for your living room.

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