How can I decorate/cover an ugly air vent return?

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I need ideas on how to cover return air vent to make it look nice? Must have openings for air to flow.

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  • Annie Annie on Aug 18, 2019

    I have used decorative magnets before.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Aug 18, 2019

    Do you have room to put a small table or desk over the vent? Maybe a coat of paint closer to color of wall.

  • Judi Judi on Aug 18, 2019

    What if you did something like this

    https://pin.it/xulcsneytpfvoh

  • Sharon Bembry Sharon Bembry on Aug 18, 2019

    I used a wooden decorative wall plaque that is open enough for air flow.

  • I would start by painting it the same color as the wall so it at least blends in more.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Aug 18, 2019

    You might check out "decorative metal sheets" at the Home Depot or Lowe's websites. They come in a few designs and colors that are definitely nicer to look at than the open louvers on your return vent - plus easier to clean! I'd just pop it over the top with a few metal screws.

  • William William on Aug 18, 2019

    Can't block or cover it. Paint it the same color as the wall. Place a small table in front of it. Nothing much you can do.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 09, 2020

    Hi Susan, here are few ideas you can try to hide or camouflage that aircon - https://hvac.ninja/articles/hide-outdoor-ac/

  • Lorena Toro Lorena Toro on Jan 11, 2022

    There is a reason why those vents are designed like that. Nothing should be above, to the sides or in front of it or you will block the air flow, nor should they be covered with those fancy decorative metal grilles, still will block the air flow, even when they have openings.

    You will be forcing the AC unit to work harder and can break t down faster.

    Only thing you can do is either paint it in a contrasting color or the same color of the wall.

  • Lorena Toro Lorena Toro on Jan 11, 2022

    There is a reason why those vents are designed like that. Nothing should be above, to the sides or in front of it or you will block the air flow, nor should they be covered with those fancy decorative metal grilles, still will block the air flow, even when they have openings.

    You will be forcing the AC unit to work harder and can break t down faster.

    Only thing you can do is either paint it in a contrasting color or the same color of the wall.