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Mantel Installation Instructions

  • Mollies / Anchors Mollies/Anchors
  • Deck
Screws Deck Screws
  • Screw Gun / Drill Driver
& Bits Screw Gun / Drill Driver & Bits
  • Caulk Gun Caulk Gun
  • Color
Complimenting Textured
Caulk Color Complimenting Textured Caulk
  • Loctite® PL® Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive Loctite® PL® Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive
  • Level / Laser Level / Laser
  • Tape
Measure Tape Measure
  • Safety
Glasses Safety Glasses
  • Pencil Pencil
  • Touchup Kit Touchup Kit
  • Cotton
Swabs Cotton Swabs
  • Clean Cloth Clean Cloth
  • Small
Paint Brush Small Paint Brush
  • Stud Finder Stud Finder
  • Cut Lumber Cut Lumber
  • Wood Cutting
Saw with
Finish Blade Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  • Mantel
Strip Mantel Mounting Strip
24 Hours Before Starting
  • Ensure surface is structurally sound and in good condition. Surfaces such as drywall should be flat and smooth to minimize gaps.
  • Acclimate all materials by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.
  • Gather all tools and materials.
general tools and hardware
  • Leave a 1/8” gap between the mantel (or mantel & corbel) and any adjacent material(s).
  • Be sure to obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.
  • Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes.
  • Always comply with clearances set forth by the manufacturer of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat source.
  • Our faux mantels are durable, but are for decorative use only. Mantels are not intended to support heavy weight.
  • Wear safety glasses during the entire installation process.
  • Our products may have screws embedded below the surface. We recommend using a hand saw (not power tools) when cutting these products. You may find these screws with a stud finder. Barron Designs is not responsible for any bodily harm or damage to your equipment.

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Step 1

Measure the Inside Dimensions of the Mantel


  • Tape Measure

Skip to Step 3 if you purchased a mounting strip along with your mantel.

Turn mantel over on a soft, clean surface and measure the interior dimensions.

Step 2

Cut Lumber to Fit


  • Lumber
  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  1. Cut and/or rip the lumber so that it fits inside the mantel with at least 1/8” clearance.
  2. Dry fit the cut lumber inside the mantel to be sure that it does not have to be forced.

Step 3

Locate Studs


  • Stud Finder
  • Pencil

Using a stud finder mark each location with a pencil.

Step 4

Level and Secure Lumber


  • Pencil
  • Laser/Level
  • Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  • Mollies/Anchors
  • Deck Screws
  1. Create a level line one inch below where you want the top of the installed mantel.
  2. Attach the lumber to the wall at the level line by screwing the deck screws through the lumber and into the studs.Use mollies/anchors if there are no studs.

Step 5

Dry Fit Mantel

Before securing the mantel make sure it fits over the cut lumber.

Step 6

Apply Adhesive


  • Loctite® PL®Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive
  • Caulk Gun

Apply Loctite PL Premium Advanced 3X Construction Adhesive to the top of the mounted lumber.

Step 7

Install & Secure Mantel


  • Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits
  • Deck Screws
  1. Slide the mantel over the mounted lumber.
  2. At the top of the mantel, use the deck screws and toe screw the mantel to the lumber. Recess the screws about 1/8”. Be careful not to over tighten.

Step 8

Touch Up


  • Painters Tape
  • Clean Cloth
  • Caulk
  • Caulk Gun
  • Touch-Up Kit
  • Small Paint Brush
  1. Apply color complimenting textured caulk to fill screw holes. Blend caulk into adjacent surfaces while it is still wet.
  2. Use paint from the touch-up kit to paint over the caulk.