Mantel

The noun mantel is the ornamental shelf above a fireplace.

Examples:
  • I have an Oscar on my mantel.
  • The mantel on my fireplace is made from Italian marble.

Mantle

The word mantle is a noun with many meanings.

Mantle: A sleeveless coat or a cloak.

Example:
  • The child was wrapped tightly in his mother's mantle.

Mantle: Something that covers.

Example:
  • The cabins in the resort were covered by a fresh mantle of snow.

Mantle: The layer of the Earth between the crust and the outer core.

Example:
  • In some places under the ocean, the mantle is actually exposed on the surface of Earth.

A Quick Test

A WAY TO REMEMBER MANTEL

Let the el in mantel remind you of shelf.