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Need Help ASAP with built in around fireplace

10 years ago

My wife and I are trying to figure out some built in shelves and/or cabinets on the sides of our fireplace below of the transom windows.. The challenge is that the fireplace is shallow and we are trying to make our cabinets not dominate the fireplace. The top of the mantle sticks out 11 inches from the wall and the hearth sticks out 12 inches. The legs of the mantle only stick out 5 inches. Our cable box is going to go on one of the shelves. The cable box is 8.5 inches deep and 11 inches wide. We are trying to make it as discreet as possible. Could we recess the shelves into the wall a little to save some space? We are thinking of doing 9 inch deep shelves. Here is our room:

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