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The common fireplace mantle is 5-6 feet wide (60" - 72", and when you hang the picture above the fireplace mantle, a print is placed higher, than when displayed on a regular wall. A framed artwork or canvas print could range between 30"x24" to 40"x30" for the best effect. Keeping with a rule of 2/3 - 3/4 the size of the mantle.Does a fireplace need a mantle?
Fireplace Mantles. Some fireplaces have mantles while others do not. A fireplace mantle is a wonderful way to dress up a fireplace so if your fireplace does not have one, you can always have one added. In fact, fireplace professionals and home contractors agree that a fireplace mantle is a good investment.