My Kitchen Treat: Toe Kick Heat Register

When we reconfigured some of the cabinetry in our kitchen last year, we hit a bump in the road: a floor vent supplying heat to the kitchen was right where one of the base cabinets was supposed to be installed. We were really set on the cabinet layout, and we certainly didn't want to re-route a bunch of ductwork. So, the cabinetmaker helped us out by making an opening in the toe kick for a heat register, and we changed the floor grill to a toe kick grill:

This was an awesome accidental improvement, as a floor grill in the kitchen is a terrible crumb collector. Just reorienting the grill vertically in the toe kick took care of that problem.

But here's what makes it my kitchen treat: When I'm working at the counter on cold winter days, the heat coming from the toe kick keeps my feet warm and toasty. This simple adjustment makes a day of winter baking or a morning of reading the paper at the counter a delightful treat!

Related: My Kitchen Treat: An Admittedly Dorky Canning Funnel

(Image: Regina Yunghans)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.