Things To Consider When Choosing Floor Vents


Wood floor vents and registers can be used in any home and range from the simple, more “affordable” floor vents to the premium, single-block-of-wood heat vent. There are other floor vents that might be appealing in the home, such as a variety of metal floor vents. There are traditional styles and very ornate floor vents as well. The right one for your home will depend on various things like your own personal tastes or what will function best. If you have kids or pets, you might not want to get floor vents that will pose a threat to them.

Metal floor vents are designed specifically and carefully to function well and to last for years. These floor vents are very sturdy and should be able to handle any heat. In some cases, it might be more difficult to find floor vents that fit in an unusual duct opening dimension. Many companies carry the standard dimensions as well are some very obscure ones. If need be, you might have to find a company that can custom make the floor vents to fit your particular vent.

Whether you choose to use wood floor vents of metal floor vents, there are certain precautions that you have to consider before you decide on any particular one. When shopping for floor vents, you should be aware that function should be the top priority in your decision-making.

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How to Purchase a Correctly Sized Floor Register

By Samuel Crasnick


What is a Floor Register?

There is often some great confusion when it comes to floor registers. There happen to be plenty of synonyms for them. Here’s a list of some other common terms you may have heard floor registers referred to as:

Floor Registers are the grates you often see that are attached to the end of an air duct. Their purpose is to control the amount of air flow into a room. Most commonly, floor registers are found on the floor, toward the wall. However, there are variations that can be installed on the wall or ceiling. These are known as wall registers and ceiling registers respectively.

How a Floor Register Works

There are two main components to a floor register. The grate is the first part, which serves mostly as decoration. It also keeps things from falling into an air duct. The damper box is the second part of a floor register. The function of the damper box is to control the air flow. This is done using a lever that connects to the damper box and extends out to the grate. For wall or ceiling registers, there will be small holes on the grate to keep it secure.

Floor Register Measurement

Measuring your opening size is your first step. The opening size is the hole in the floor (or wall/ceiling, etc.) in which you will fit the floor register. You will use this measurement for the size of the damper box. The grate itself overlaps with the damper box slightly, so it becomes flush with the floor. Usually, the grate will extend about 1.25 ” past the opening. The grate size varies, but the opening size is the more crucial measurement. So, for instance, if your opening size is 6″ x 10″, you’re grille size will be around 7.25″ x 11.25″.

Where to Get Floor Registers

There are plenty of online sources to pick up a few floor registers for your home decoration project. Hopefully, after reading this guide you’ll be able to confidently order the correct size. Sometimes you’ll find that you can not find your particular size floor register. Luckily, many manufacturers offer custom floor registers to match your size.


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Wood Ventures Floor Register Solid Brass Victorian - Brushed Nickel

Wood Ventures Floor Register Solid Brass Victorian - Brushed Nickel

Hardwood flooring is attractive, classy and timeless. Any home is complimented by it. The value of your home will also increase when you install hardwood floors. These tips will show you how to install your floor register in hardwood flooring.

Careful planning and foresight are required when laying any hardwood flooring, more so when your air vents are in the floor. Once you decide on the direction of your flooring, the next step is to take note of where your floor vents are. The simplest installation method will have U shaped cuts being placed in two different pieces of wood that will meet up at over the vent. However, there are times when the vent will fall in the center of a single piece and there is no way to avoid this.

Begin laying your floor, being aware as you put pieces down that you will have to work around the vent. When you come to a piece that will reach the vent, you are ready to take measurements. Measure from the end of the last piece lay to the middle of the vent. Try to select a piece of flooring that will end roughly halfway over the vent. Lay this piece down, and then use a pencil to carefully mark the sides of the vent on the top of the board. Using the tape measure you can determine how far over the vent the board goes, and then mark this point on the board. With carpenters square, mark off the u-shaped cut that will be made.

When working with slimmer wood boards, you will probably not have to make the U-shape cut. In this case, you will probably just cut an L shape out of the board, and that is simple to do with the table saw. Once the first piece is cut, you can lay it in place and measure the next piece.

What if you are working with wood that is all one length and your vent will fall squarely in the middle of the board? This requires careful measuring. The boards or wall nearest the vent opening can be used as guides to take required measurements. Use the carpenters square to completely draw out the required opening.

A drill can be used to drill a pilot hole just inside all four corners of your board. A jigsaw can then be used to create the vent opening in the board.

The final step in installing a floor register in hardwood flooring is to place the register into the opening. Most floor registers simply rest on the opening. The register must be tested in the opening you have cut before you lay any other boards. This will allow you make corrections if you should find that the opening is not large enough. Likewise, if the opening is too large and will show under the vent, you will have a chance to cut another piece. The last thing you want is to finish laying the floor and then discover that your register will not fit properly in the opening.

At Knobs, Hinges & More we provide a wide-selection of floor registers to satisfy every taste and every home.  We carry floor registers from Atlanta Supply and Wood Ventures.  

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