Faux Mantel Floating Shelf

Hide those ugly cords with this "faux" mantel!

Faux Mantel Floating Shelf
Faux Mantel Floating Shelf
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From the blogger: "This is a wood working tutorial on how I built a “faux” mantel and floating shelf beneath our flat screen television to hide those ugly cords. When I ran the electrical for this house I almost put two holes in the wall so we could run the cords behind the sheet rock however, we didn’t own this television at the time and I really didn’t want to put them in the wrong place! And it turned out to be a good thing that I didn’t because this tv would have required two separate holes – one for the power cord and one a mile away where the majority of our electronics get plugged in. Which means that for the past two years of living here those cords have been driving me crazy!"

Note from the blogger: "This helped hide those ugly cords in our house so much and was such a simple project!"

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects



Materials List

  • 1x6
  • 2x4
  • 3" long screws
  • Four pieces of 2x4 cut to at least 5"
  • Dark walnut stain and brush
  • White paint and brush
  • Electric screw driver

DIY Project Instructions


  1. Cut and paint your 1x6

  2. Cut and stain your 2x4

  3. Center your 2x4 on your 1x6 and drive screws in from the back through the 1x6 into the 2x4

  4. Using scrap pieces of 2x4 find your studs beneath your tv and drive them in

  5. Adjust your cords to make sure they are around the 2x4s and where you want them to be so they hide well

  6. Attach your new floating shelf/mantel

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