If you're looking to add a touch of rustic charm to your home, a reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantel may be just what you need. Not only does it add character and warmth to your living space, but it's also a sustainable option that repurposes materials that might otherwise go to waste and landfills. Learn more about the benefits of this unique design choice in our guide.
Unique and Rustic Appearance
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantel is the unique and rustic appearance it brings to your home. Each piece of reclaimed wood has its own history and character, with natural imperfections and variations in color and texture that can't be replicated with new wood. This adds a one-of-a-kind charm to your fireplace that can't be found with other materials.
Reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantels are an environmentally friendly option for homeowners. By using reclaimed wood, you are reducing the demand for new lumber and helping to preserve natural resources as well as eliminating the additional carbon footprint created in a new wood mantel; from growing to harvesting to processing and transporting. Additionally, using reclaimed wood reduces the amount of waste in landfills and helps to prevent deforestation. Choosing a sustainable option like a reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantel is a great way to add warmth and character to your home while also being mindful of the environment.
Durability and Longevity
Reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantels are not only environmentally friendly, but they are also incredibly durable and long-lasting. The wood used in these mantels has already withstood the test of time, coming from old barns, factories, or other structures that have been dismantled. This means that the wood has already gone through the natural process of expanding and contracting with changes in temperature and humidity, making it less likely to warp or crack over time. Additionally, the patina created from the natural aging and weathering of the wood adds to its one of a kind character and charm, making it a timeless addition to any home.
Versatility in Design
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantel is its versatility in design. These mantels can be customized to fit any style, from rustic and traditional to modern and sleek. The natural variations in the wood grain and texture add depth and interest to the mantel, making it a focal point in any room. Additionally, the size and shape of the mantel can be tailored to fit the specific dimensions of your fireplace, ensuring a perfect fit and seamless integration into your home's design. The amount of "rustic-ness" you get can be determined by the type of reclaimed wood mantel beam you choose. From the most rustic to the least:
- Hand Hewn with its characteristic axe marks has less consistency in its faces and corners
- Rough Sawn with its characteristic circle saw marks has cleaner and sharper faces and corners
- And then there's Resawn which is the core of the beam when the original face is removed. Why remove the outer skins? We use them to create box beams.
Easy to Install
Reclaimed wood beam fireplace mantels are easy to install and can be done by a professional or DIYer. There are various ways of mounting a solid beam mantel to the wall but we tend to favor the ingenuity and ease offered in the Shelfology mantel bracket system.