July 22, 2024


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Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets


All of the details to give a corner banquette a new search with paint, plus how to set up an air vent redirect underneath a cupboard.


Soon after months of exploring for a secondhand corner banquette on Facebook Market, driving practically 4 several hours spherical-excursion to choose it up, going a doorway, installing LVP flooring, redirecting an air vent, and portray for days, we have the slight makings of breakfast nook!

breakfast nook room with olive green corner banquette, black door, white walls, and herringbone LVP floors

I managed to shoot the banquette’s new digs suitable right after the electrician still left from putting in people sconce containers and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m nonetheless waiting on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette by now has us envisioning so several enjoyable loved ones dinners collected around the desk with several a lot more cherished types squeezed into this little house!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Less than Cupboards

A single minimal impediment we experienced to tackle right before generating the shabby corner banquette look chic was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned proper beneath the less than seat the cupboards.

(There often has to be at the very least one particular impediment or it wouldn’t be a residence enhancement challenge, would it? Murphy’s Law every time.)

If you are ever constructing designed-in cabinets, cabinets, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you certainly simply cannot cover and disregard any vents the air move ought to be redirected to continue to keep the room properly heating and cooling.

corner of breakfast nook with chandelier, white walls, and herringbone floor with a floor vent
floor vent against a wall on herringbone flooring

How to Put in an Air Vent Redirect

We utilised this air vent redirecting package called a Toe Ductor (it will work for wall registers and baseboard registers also).

The package permits you to push the air move underneath your built-in home furnishings. (Not sponsored… just a cool thing we have discovered and applied for DIYs around the yrs.) Make guaranteed you let at least 4 inches of place underneath your cabinet or crafted-in.

We did the exact same beneath the created-in cupboards and window seat for our neighbors’ rec room makeover last year. In hindsight, I would paint that vent grate to blend it.

redirected air vent underneath a built-in window seat


  • Toe Ductor Kit (wall vent package listed here or baseboard vent package in this article)
  • Drill
  • 1/2″ wooden screws
  • Oscillating instrument
  • Duct tape
attaching a Toe Ductor box for an air vent redirect under built-in

Step 1 – Attach Box to Floor Vent

Include the flooring vent first with the Toe Ductor box and screw into area.

cutting a hole with an oscillating tool for an air vent redirect under a built in banquette

Phase 2 – Evaluate and Slice for the Toe Kick Address

Decide wherever you want to location the new air vent on your constructed-in, measure, and mark. Utilizing the oscillating instrument, slice out a rectangular area.

hole cut for an air vent redirect under a banquette bench
metal vent to attach underneath a banquette built in

Action 3 – Attach the New Vent

On the bottom of the rectangular hole you just slice, attach the new vent with screws to the toe kick.

toe ductor air vent redirect underneath a built-in banquette

Phase 4 – Connect Adaptable Duct

Use the presented steel strip to attach the adaptable duct to the again of the vent. (Our steel strip place up a bit of a fight, so we strengthened it with duct tape.)

air vent redirect using a Toe Ductor kit underneath a builtin bench

Stage 5 – Attach Flex Duct to Box and Place Cabinet/Constructed-In on Top

Stretch out the adaptable duct beneath the corner banquette developed-in, and attach it to the box on the ground with the kit’s metal stripping. We bolstered ours yet again with duct tape so no air escapes.

Put the cupboard or developed=in on major of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can connect the toe kick grate to the entrance following portray.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Phase 6 – Prep and Paint

I went by way of my common cupboard portray approach since this corner banquette is extremely considerably like a piece of cabinetry.

  • Sand with an orbital sander making use of medium/fine grit
  • Vacuum and tack fabric absent dust
  • Use liquid sander deglosser
  • Prime with shellac centered primer
  • Paint with enamel satin
painting built in cabinets with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines

Check out out that deep, desaturated olive eco-friendly! It blends properly with our more vibrant hunter environmentally friendly kitchen cupboards when even now feeling like a neutral. Really like! The color is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall though we were at it so the kids can get tough and rowdy on this bench all they want.

painting corner banquette with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines
corner banquette painted with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines built in to wall

The Painted Corner Banquette

I cannot wait around to see some really striped cushions on this bench quickly, but it seems so excellent presently!

This linear chandelier is ideal for the slender rectangular dining desk that will go here quickly. Because this house is windowless, and this corner feels so dim, we additional sconce containers to give it some additional assist.

corner banquette in a breakfast nook with linear chandelier and herringbone floor

I system to go back and paint the vent deal with the identical Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to mix with the rest of the corner banquette so it will virtually vanish.

corner banquette in a breakfast nook with linear chandelier, herringbone floor, and French door

Are you starting off to see the vision just take condition in this tiny dining nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating scenario? We have an low-cost wall remedy prepared upcoming to increase some extra dimension that I can’t hold out to display you!

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