There is not a big difference in fireplace mantel cabinets. In fact many people have a difficult time trying to discern between the two. The majority of the standard fireplace mantels are designed in a way that would allow you a small amount of space that you can place pictures and other fireplace mantel accessories on top.
Fireplace mantel cabinets are designed slightly different from this. They are able to be used for the same way – but the tops are slightly larger to allow more space. This space on top resembles that of a shelf on a cabinet. Because of this people are able to place larger items on top that include clocks and televisions.
They can also be used to incorporate a more unique look to your home. Some people who have fireplace mantel cabinets placed in the center of the room will add more space by building special cabinets that are placed all around the fireplace. These cabinets seem to be apart of the fireplace mantel.
Other homeowners might build the cabinets around the fireplace mantel – but leave a small space above to make room for a television to sit on top. In this way they are able to keep the television and the fireplace mantel cabinet as the focal point for the room. They have also surrounded the area with movies, books, and special memorabilia.
This is one of the more unique designs that you will find in a home. A fireplace mantel cabinet helps to utilize the space in the room and to create a look for your home that cannot be seen in many places.