How do you attractively cover a 2' by 3' metal air vent?

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I have a giant air vent in the middle of my dining room approx 2x3 feet, the bottom is a little above eye level (6 foot), and almost to the ceiling (9foot)I obviously can't completely cover it or I will block the airflow, but can anyone think of a creative way to camoflauge it? I don't have an actual pic of it with me, but basically this is what it looks like. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-20-in-x-30-in-White-Return-Air-Filter-Grille-E190RF-20X30/300712270Please help!


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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 30, 2020

    I would put some type of picture or art work over the vent. However, you will need to allow air flow, so put a spacer between the art and the vent.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Jan 30, 2020

    You can build a frame out of wood and paint or stain it then use a piece of lattice or wire mesh (see pic).

  • Yes those vents are not always placed to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I have always just painted them the same as the wall to make it disappear as much as possible. Another option is to use a decorative mesh screening and then frame it to make it look intentional. Before going this route, check with your HVAC service to make sure there will be proper air flow.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 30, 2020

    Have an HVAC guy come out and give you a quote to relocate it.

    You could also hang a fabric type hanging 6" out from the wall from the ceiling on a bamboo pole.

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    • Sharon Sharon on Jan 30, 2020

      Well i would at least relocate it to the ceiling or I've had those big grates in the floor in the past.

  • Pat Pat on Jan 30, 2020

    Do ask your HVAC person....we had a new air conditioner/furnace installed and they advised us to take one door off (in the basement) and put two vents in another door and two vents in another wall (lower) for air flow. I think painting your vent the wall color would be the best. You could maybe hang a skinny metal sculpture over it and then put two sconces on either side to make it look intentional. Maybe your HVAC person can give you some pointers about what others have done.

    • Syd Syd on Jan 30, 2020

      Thanks it is painted the same color, and I actually hung a metal scupture at one point. It looked ridiculous and just drew more attention to the space.

      I found a company Saba https://sabahomedecor.com/ that will actually do a custom decorative one, but I think it's going to cost a fortune!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 30, 2020

    You could hang a curtain over it and pretend it’s a window make it look like a window

  • You can get a sheet of perforated metal that's typically used for radiator covers, trim that up carefully, attach it to the air vent. You might consider a frame or edge to keep folks from getting stabbed by the cut edges. I find it's best to highlight, if you will, an eyesore as it will then recede and no longer be annoying. You could also paint the vent to match your wall.

  • Jul51090680 Jul51090680 on Apr 25, 2021

    how can I do this?

  • Jul51090680 Jul51090680 on Apr 25, 2021

    how can I do this?