Round Duct Grille

Back in April Charlie removed the above-the-floor ductwork in the conservatory bathroom that would have been under the sink vanity.

This toe-kick duct is used to redirect warm air under a cabinet. We removed this one.
This toe-kick duct is used to redirect warm air under a cabinet. We removed this one.

I have decided to have a vanity that hangs on the wall and so this traditional toe-kick ductwork didn’t seem right.

The remaining duct is a round metal tube coming up through the floor.
The remaining duct is a round metal tube coming up through the floor.

Ever since he took it out I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how to finish it off when the floor tile is in place.

The heat registers on the floor in the conservatory are the standard rectangular shape.
The heat registers on the floor in the conservatory are the standard rectangular shape.

We could have installed an under-the-floor duct which ends in a rectangle but that seems beyond our skill especially since we would have had to remove some of the sub-floor.

The selection is deceiving.
The selection of 6″ round duct grilles is deceiving.

I did a search for round vent grilles and some beautiful, expensive metal ones popped up in Google.

This round grate was about $20 at the flea market and about 12-inches in diameter.
This round grate was about $20 at the flea market and about 12-inches in diameter.

I even remember posting a vintage grille that we saw at a flea market but regrettably didn’t buy.

DG Series Plastic Designer Exhaust Grille w/ Metal Mounting Collar for 6" Duct
DG Series Plastic Designer Exhaust Grille w/ Metal Mounting Collar for 6″ Duct

I found one item in my search for “round vent grille” at SupplyHouse.com which seemed like it would fit my situation even though we are not connecting it to an exhaust duct.

Without unwrapping it I could tell it would fit the duct perfectly.
Without unwrapping it I could tell it would fit the duct perfectly.

I ordered it on Monday and it was delivered to the house on Tuesday. I don’t think we’ll need the piece of metal tubing that came with it (left of photo above).  The existing duct, once trimmed to floor level, should be sufficient to hold the small white plastic grille.

The duct in the conservatory bathroom is in the lower left of the photo and will be under the sink vanity.
The duct in the conservatory bathroom is in the lower left of the photo and will be under the sink vanity.

I’m hoping that once the all-white tile floor is in it will be barely noticeable.

How beautiful is a gray house? All those shutters and more need to be scraped and painted. Next year, maybe.
How beautiful is a gray house? All those shutters and more need to be scraped and painted. Next year, maybe.

Sneak peak at the exterior painting progress.

Do you take things apart before knowing how to make necessary corrections?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Round Duct Grille”

  1. Although I LOVE the vintage grill .. am I right in thinking it would have been too big for your needs ? the one you have ordered looks like it will be a perfect match

    1. Yes, the vintage was about 12 inches in diameter. If I had it I’d probably try to make it work. I’m pretty sure our house originally had fancy square grates for the ductwork which had been removed and replaced with mismatched flooring. Jo

      1. I wonder why they were all removed, out of fashion possibly ?
        Our cottage has had all bar the dining room Victorian fireplace ripped out, funny hoe styles come full circle

  2. Hope the new grill works out well in new soon-to-be-beautiful bathroom. The house painting is progressing quickly! I’m very impressed. It’s going to look so good.

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