There's something comforting and relaxing about a burning fire and its gentle flickering flames, ambient lighting, and soothing crackle. All these features work together to take our minds off the busy lives we lead and allow us to forget about our stresses & worries.
However, for many people, the disadvantages of a real wood burning fire outweigh these benefits; many people have allergies/ sensitivities, live in a building that does not have a fireplace, don't want the hassle of messy wood and flues, or don't have a fireplace in the rooms they use the most.
Fortunately, there is an ideal solution in these situations: an electric fireplace mantel package. A mantel package includes the electric fireplace unit, surround, and mantel—a complete kit to get your fire crackling in no time.
Available in various sizes and a range of styles and prices for any budget, many people have found that electric fireplace mantel packages are a perfect alternative to wood burning fireplaces, and bring all of the great benefits without any of the undesirable hassles.
Types of Electric Fireplaces with Mantels
Standard Wall Electric Fireplace Mantel
For the majority of people looking at adding an electric fireplace mantel to their home, a standard mantel will fit your needs. These units are designed for placement against a flat wall and have the look of a traditional fireplace, giving the illusion of a real wood burning fireplace. Whether the unit is for the living room, family room, bedroom or office, you can easily add the ambiance of a fireplace to any room without demolition or extensive installation. Simply assemble and plug the unit in - it's that easy.
Corner Electric Fireplace with Mantel
For those with restricted floor space, a corner electric fireplace helps maximize your floor plan. Utilizing lesser-filled spaces, a corner unit can be perfect in bedrooms as well as smaller family rooms such as apartments and condos. Often times models can be easily converted from a corner application to standard wall for added versatility.
Rolling Electric Fireplace with Mantel
The convenience of being able to move your smaller electric fireplace mantel from room to room is a feature many people living in trailers, lofts, apartments, condos, and ranch style homes will find beneficial. If you are looking to apply the concept of Zone Heating to your lifestyle, a rolling unit makes it easy to only heat the rooms you occupy rather than the entire home. For example, you can heat the family room while you watch your favorite television program and roll the fireplace to your bedroom when it's time to go to bed.
TV/Media Console Electric Fireplace with Mantel
Combine two pieces of furniture into one and create the perfect addition to your room! If you are looking for a multi-functional piece of furniture, an electric fireplace media stand serves several purposes while creating an inviting setting. Sized to accommodate various flat screen TV's with media storage and cable management, as well as a realistic firebox and integrated heater, this all-inclusive solution not only is great for your media room or family room, but also the bedroom.
Electric Fireplace Mantel Package Heat Options
Depending on the size of the room, you'll need to consider one of two types of heating options: Traditional Fan Forced or Infrared.
Fan-forced heaters are designed to fill areas up to 400 Sq. Ft. with supplemental warmth. If your room is adequately insulated with traditional ceilings and minimal windows, you should feel plenty of warmth running your electric fireplace heater.
Infrared heaters are designed to warm larger areas – rooms up to 1,000 Sq. Ft. in size. They can keep smaller rooms toasty warm and take the chill off of larger rooms. Due to their higher heat output and efficiency, infrared heaters are better performers than fan-forced heaters in rooms with higher ceilings, more windows, and open layouts.
Mantel Package Styles
The range of styles available for your electric fireplace mantel package goes from modern to traditional and everything in between.
Stone surrounds are popular and fit nicely with a natural design palette. Stacked stone offers a clean-cut look with the natural elegance of stone. River rock has a more traditional feel for a cozy feel.
Wood mantels are very versatile. A wood mantel can be ornate or rustic. It can be painted white for a clean aesthetic, stained for a classic-rustic vibe, or left natural for a modern minimalist approach.
Metal or mirrored fireplace surrounds and mantels offer a totally different look and feel. For something more Art Deco or Mid-Century Modern, this is your best bet.
Mantel Package Sizes
Width will likely be your main concern when shopping for the right fireplace mantel package. If you desire a tall fireplace, or one that will leave enough room for you to install the TV above it, you can narrow your search for the perfect one.
Small Fireplace Mantel Packages
The smallest mantel packages can be as wide and/or tall as 21-30". Though small, these pack a punch both for heat and style. Plus they'll fit without crowding.
Large Mantel Packages
The biggest mantel packages are over 70" wide and 40" tall. These make a statement in any room, in fact, they may be the center of attention. And that's ok, because these are beautiful and well worth the attention.