Fireplace Mantelpieces

Labelled Fireplace Surround
Whether you’re buying a lone mantelpiece or as part of a complete fireplace set, it’s vital you pick one that both suits your home and is compatible with your inset fire.

Understanding some of the technical aspects of mantelpieces can be a little tricky, especially regarding rebates and returns, so be sure to read on to find out exactly what they are.

Our catalogue features a range of mantelpieces with a huge variety in styles, colours and materials. Generally speaking, you can separate our mantelpieces into two groups which are outlined below:

Stone Mantelpieces
Nothing says luxury quite like stone, which is why we have a great range of mantelpieces in dozens of kinds of marble, granite and limestone. To see our full stone guide, click here.

It should be noted that the majority of our stone and marble cannot be used with solid fuel fires, as the intense heat could cause the stone to crack. The only exception to this is limestone, although you would also need to pair the surround with the an appropriate back panel and ’slabbed’ hearth for it to be suitable.
Marble Stone, Limestone and Black Granite Mantelpieces
Wooden Mantelpieces
Our catalogue features three basic types of wood. MDF is probably one of the most common, and features in both our fireplaces and full suites. MDF is great value for money, durable, and - best of all - can be used with all manner of veneers to get a real wood look at a fraction of the price.

Sometimes though there is nothing like the real thing, which is why we have a beautiful range of natural, real wood, ranging from acacia to oak to beech. With its beautiful grain, real wood is a great choice if you really want to give your interior a fresher, more natural look.
Real Wood, MDF and Unfinished Wood Mantelpieces
Rebate Size Diagram
What is a rebate?
Your rebate is the distance from the wall to where the front of the back panel will sit once the mantelpiece is fitted. Most of our mantelpiece have a one inch rebate, meaning that when a standard one inch back panel is fitted, it will fit securely between the wall and surround, with the inset fire recessed into the wall cavity behind.
1 Inch and 3 Inch Rebate Diagram
What if my wall has no cavity?
Many homes do not have a cavity into which they can inset their fire. In this circumstance, an electric fire or flueless gas fire can instead be recessed into the suite itself, meaning the entire suite can sit flat against a wall.

Many of our suites feature both one inch and three inch rebate options. By adjusting the inside return, you can fit the back panel further back, leaving a larger recess within which a fire can be inset.
Inside and Outside Return Diagram
How do I measure my rebate?
Measuring your rebate is simple, and can be simply done by measuring your mantelpiece’s returns.

Looking at the bottom of your mantelpiece’s legs, you can find the inside and outside returns. An outside return is the depth from the face of the leg to the wall behind, and is what gives the surround its depth. The inside return is from the leg face to the back panel, and is used to keep the back panel in place.

To work out the rebate size, simply subtract the inside return from the outside return. For example, if your outer return is 100mm and inside return is 75mm, your rebate will be 100mm - 75mm, which is 25mm.