20 Gorgeous DIY Faux Fireplaces and Mantels

It wouldn’t be Christmas in the northern hemisphere without a cozy fire burning in the fireplace… but since not every home has a fireplace these days, it’s okay to fake it so you’ve got a place to hang your stocking! Fireplaces are cozy focal points in a home.  It’s where family gathers, where you add style and decor, where memories are made.  If you don’t have a wood burning fireplace in your home, you can still get the look and feel with a faux fireplace or mantel build.  Adding a gas or electric fireplace insert is a great idea when a wood-burning counterpart isn’t an option.  Building your own fireplace surround will customize the style and look you’re going for and add great presence.  If your options are even more limited, a faux mantel can bring you that homey vibe as well.  Here are 20+ gorgeous DIY faux fireplaces and mantels that’ll give you visions of roasting marshmallows and curling up with a  cozy blanket.

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No fireplace? Create your own! Here are 20 DIY faux fireplaces and mantels to build, for any spot in your home. Built-ins or free-standing, big or small!

20 DIY Faux Fireplaces and Mantels

Faux Fireplaces You Can Build


Fireplace Final 2Electric Fireplace Surround, Hearth and Mantel
// Addicted 2 Decorating

The surround and floor-level heart is real tile, and the rest is wood.  Check out how she made the faux bricks for the interior of the firebox!

Diy Faux FireplaceRemovable (MOVEable) Electric Fireplace // Say Not Sweet Anne

A great option if you don’t want something permanent – if you’re renting or want the ability to move the fireplace out of the way in warm months.  Even the tile not adhered to the floor – you’ve got to see their solution for this hearth area.

38b9db4a65d3f1b09ca5cfb9be5d0317Ventless Gas Log Fireplace Surround // The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Here’s a beautiful built in option for something more permanent.  Make a statement by framing out a “chimney” area, finishing it with trim, then tiling the surround and hearth.  This feature looks like it came with the house, but it’s an addition!

Faux Fireplace DIY Tutorial Blesser House Featured On @RemodelaholicFaux Fireplace Built-In with Concrete Hearth and Wood Slice Firebox // Remodelaholic

Img 3650Faux Fireplace with Hidden Storage // Woodshop Diaries

This cozy little fireplace was built specifically for the TV atop it!  There are multiple hidden storage compartments for different AV components.

Fde723c75dde493dd21a92a8d5dd5052d5f69c24“Hide and Seek” Faux Fireplaces // Apartment Therapy

A genius way to hide flatscreen TV’s or unsightly but necessary functional pieces of your house, i.e. vents, radiators, cords/plugs, etc.

Faux Fireplace And Mantle 661Portable Faux Fireplace with Hearth and  Faux Brick Firebox // Make It and Love It

Amazingly, this fireplace is actually moveable.  With all the details and the substantial hearth area, it looks built in, but you can pack it away or put it in a different room if you want to.

IMG 1869Faux Fireplace with Faux Vintage Brick Firebox // Woodshop Diaries

This cute little fireplace looks very vintage and cozy.  It’s free standing, so it can be a temporary piece, and it’s fairly compact, so it can fit in smaller spaces like a bedroom.

Fauxceilingtin 604x483Faux Fireplace with Mirrored Faux Tin Tile Firebox // A Cultivated Nest

Here, a free standing mantle was turned into a faux fireplace with some additions – deepening the whole thing, adding a firebox and a hearth.  The firebox is finished with faux tin tile and a mirror, a unique touch.

ImagePallet Wood Fireplace // Noni’s House

This fireplace was built around an electric insert, and was made to be removable.  It’s made out of pallets!

IMG 7423 ThumbBuilt-In Fireplace and Hearth // Remodelaholic

This built in fireplace has a deep hearth and great mantel for decorating, and the storage around it was built in to match.

DIY Mantels

Just add an electric fireplace… or not! These DIY mantels will add character and dimension to a room, as well as give you a beautiful place to decorate and hang a Christmas stocking. If a mantel isn’t in your plans, you can also use one of these mantel alternatives.

My Updated Vintage Kitchen Via A Bowl Full Of Lemons 12Freestanding Mantel on Chalkboard Background // A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Add a unique, vintage feeling to any room with a simple mantel leaning against an eye-catching background.

Living 7Freestanding Mantel and Chair Vignette // Grand Design Co.

Use your faux mantel in a distinct way – such as a small seating area.  Since it’s obvious there’s no fireplace behind it, you may as well highlight that fact.

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Wood Faux Mantel with Wood Herringbone
// Make and Do Studio

Or, draw attention to your faux mantel with a shallow but engaging firebox visual, like this wood herringbone.

CIL Projects13Trestle-Table-As-Mantel // Creek Line House

Your faux mantel can be as simple as a tall trestle table staged as a fireplace!  In a small and simple area of your home, the small and simple faux mantel is best.

Faux Mantel Cabinet With DIY Chalk Paint 1024x914Mantel Cabinet // The Happy Housie

A dated glass hutch is turned into a useful mantel cabinet – there’s no fireplace here, but the functionality and beauty of the mantel is undeniable.

Holiday Season Christmas Decorating White Shabbyfufu 67Mantel Shelf // Shabby FuFu

Here’s an antique mantel turned shelf.  The wooden fireplace screen is used despite the absence of a firebox, to draw the eye and add detail.

101496952.jpg.rendition.largestBookshelf Mantel // BHG

Turn a DIY faux mantel into a bookshelf!  Added storage with a beautiful spot to decorate.

Fireplace Makeover After The Lettered CottageFaux Vintage Mantel and Planked Wood Surround // The Lettered Cottage

This entire surround and mantel is built over an existing fireplace.  So thought the gas fireplace behind it is very real, the mantel and surround are not.  This would be just as pretty built against a plain wall as well.

IMG 2285Distressed Vintage Mantel with Window Inset // Junk Chic Cottage

Hang a vintage window from a salvaged mantel to create an attractive vignette you can change for the seasons.

Outdoor Faux Fireplace E1443607252618Extra Thin Faux Mantel with Turned Legs and Wood Slice Insert // Prodigal Pieces

This mantel place was built on a patio, but could work inside as well.  It’s extra shallow, so it doesn’t take up much space depth-wise, and the wood slice insert is pretty stunning.

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