Why is it, no matter where the builder puts floor vents they’re inevitably in the way? This upstairs family room has two vents. One is behind the loveseat in front of the large window, and one is right below the large sofa. Our previous sofa had a little room underneath, enough to slip an extended vent deflector to direct the heat out the front. This sofa is much lower to the ground and has to be moved away from the vent to allow for heat and a/c to get through. A simple shelf was created to remedy this problem since it made no sense to spend money for a sofa table you wouldn’t see anyway.
This will be the quickest tutorial you’ll ever read.
Take a measurement of the length of your sofa. I wouldn’t extend it past the sofa, I think it looks best tucked behind. Go to your local lumber yard or big box home store and get yourself a nice piece of wood. I chose knotty pine to go along with the new rustic coffee table. Eight inches wide was all I wanted for behind the couch.
Sand the entire piece, slightly rounding the edges to ensure it will be splinter free. I used the same Minwax Walnut stain, that I used on the Rustic Coffee Table finished with a Minwax Satin Polyurethane. Remember to let the first polyurethane completely dry, lightly sand and coat it again for the smoothest results.
To attach the shelf to the wall I used two of these IKEA brackets.
Fasten to wall and replace ugly vent that will now be visible from the side.
What an easy and inexpensive fix to a common problem. Don’t let vents dictate where you place your furniture ever again.
Since the family room has been progressing nicely, here are a few things I’ve added since the last post.
This lamp has quickly become my most favorite of the new lamps. I just love how different it is.
A few more driftwood pieces…
and an interesting 3D vintage bicycle canvas.
And a couple of corn husk pumpkins to kick off fall.
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