Wood Mantle with Hidden Storage

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This easy to build wood mantle has a flip down front - so you can hide controllers and remotes inside.  Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com

RELATED: DIY Shiplap Fireplace Tutorial

Designed and photographed by IBSEENU 

This fall, I tackled a shiplap fireplace build.  It wasn't a hard project, but it was a large project that requires more materials and more time. And with it being the holiday season, I was not expecting to see any brag posts anytime soon.

Well, boy was I wrong! We've had many brand new brag posts shared on Instagram, Facebook, and as brag posts.  

One reader, IBSEENU shared a post that blew our minds!

mantle with hidden storage

The mantle part was one of the more challenging parts of my build because I used an authentic wood beam (that was heavy and required blocking and lag screws).

It would have been so much easier and smarter to do mantle like this - that also adds flip down storage for controllers and remotes.  

Lucky for you, you can!  IBSEENU has been generous enough to let us share plans from this design.

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Wood Mantle with Hidden Storage

dimensions for flip down mantle
mantle dimensions are customize-able in width


Shopping List
  • 1x6 boards, approximately 3 times the overall mantle length plus another foot 
  • 1x3 boards for hanging
  • Concealed surface mount hinges like this
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • wood glue
  • 2-1/2" long self tapping star bit screws (for hanging)

Cut List
  • 2 - 1x6 @ desired length of mantle MINUS 1-1/2" (top and bottom)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 5-1/2" (ends)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 4" (center)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ desired length of mantle (front)
  • 2 - 1x3 - measured and cut to fit 
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer


Step 1

Attach the sides to the bottom and center divider with glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

Orientate the sides so the wood grain runs horizontal.

Step 2

If you wait to install hinges after the building is complete, it will be very difficult to reach inside with a drill.

Install the front so it's flush on the bottom and sides using the concealed surface mount hinges. Test and adjust for a perfect fit.

Step 3

Attach the top of the mantle to the sides and center divider, do not attach to the front.

Step 4

Measure and cut the 1x3s to fit inside and nail and glue in place.

Hang the mantle to studs in the wall using the 2-1/2" screws, using a level to make sure the mantle is hung level.

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