Vintage Wall Fans

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Vintage wall fans are a perfect way to satisfy the country’s growing appetite for simpler times. Experts say that “nostalgia” is always in style, and these seven wall fans prove their point! Installing a wall fan makes it a permanent part of your decor scheme, so you’ll want to choose one that looks great in combination with the rest of your decor and furnishings. They’ll provide a breeze and can be directed where needed without taking up floor or tabletop space.

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Our Picks

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Powerful Vintage Wall Fan

Powerful Vintage Wall Fan

Vento

With its triaxial design, this vintage wall fan can tilt to almost any angle. It uses a pull chain to turn on/off and switch between high and low speeds. Its measurements are 14.3” high by 4.6” wide and 12.9” deep. The attached cord is 81.9” long. 

$140.99

Designer Advice:

This retro wall fan hangs like a station clock, which ups the style quotient on its own. You can choose between an all-black fan, a walnut color, or a white fan with chrome supports and a holder. Don’t choose the black fan if there is nothing else black in your room, as it will visually demand too much attention. 

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Oscillating Vintage Wall Mounted Fan

Oscillating Vintage Wall Mounted Fan

FlintGarden

This 8” vintage wall fan has three blades to help move the air around in your home. It comes with a plug-in cord but can be easily hardwired by an electrician if you want. The fan is made entirely from plastic. A pull chain controls both the fan speed and oscillation. 

$142.04

Designer Advice:

The combination of walnut and black on this vintage wall fan would perfectly suit a mid-century modern design style. If you don’t have walnut or teak wood furnishings, you could include “orange-hued” wicker baskets and gold or bronze metallics to tie the room together. And if you don’t currently have any black in your room, it’s easy to add some black frames to your art or place black decorative accessories to relate to the black on the fan. 

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Aluminum Vintage Wall Fan

Aluminum Vintage Wall Fan

Ebern Designs

Made of aluminum, this plug-in vintage wall fan can move 1181 cubic feet every minute. The unit is 21” tall, including the wall-mounted arm, and the fan head is 13” round. It extends 16” into your room, and while the fan head doesn’t oscillate, it can be pivoted to change direction.

$1255.5 $1395

Designer Advice:

The only thing better than a vintage wall-mounted fan is one that comes in a wide variety of colors like this one. You can choose from four metallic colors, black, white, and five vibrant colors to coordinate with your color palette. Choose from one of the fun colors like agua marinha, amestista, green, rubi or safira for a kids’ room and match it to the bedding and artwork already there. 

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Indoor/Outdoor Vintage Wall Fan

Indoor/Outdoor Vintage Wall Fan

This vintage wall fan sticks out 20” from the wall to the end of the metal fan head. It has a 30° downward angle once it’s mounted on the wall. You can adjust the angle and projection by simply altering the field-cuttable gooseneck. 

Designer Advice:

The manufacturer of this vintage wall mount fan patterned the arm after the Art Nouveau design style. This style embraces graceful curves, and the double repeat of the curved line is something you can incorporate into your own design style. Think of curved arms on your sofa and armchairs, fluid lines in your artwork, and rounded shapes in vases and other accessories.

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Antique Wall Fan

Antique Wall Fan

Found in a West Virginian estate sale, this antique wall fan is in great shape other than the cord, which has frayed where it meets the fan mount. The fan has an old-style switch that flips from off to high, medium, and then low. It is made from gray aluminum. 

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Hardwired Vintage Wall Fan

Hardwired Vintage Wall Fan

This hardwired retro wall fan comes with a Decora-style wall switch that controls the blade speed and oscillation mechanism. You can choose between a fan requiring 110 or 220 volts. Unless you specify, you will be shipped the lower voltage model. 

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Rare Collectors Antique Wall Fan

Rare Collectors Antique Wall Fan

This Zero Fan model is a rare vintage wall-mount fan. It features sky-blue paint, an orange manufacturer’s plate and the original wall cord. Made in the 1950s, this wall fan starts up right away once it’s plugged in. The wall mount plate has some surface rust spots. 

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Buying Guide

Retro wall fans are big and bold, so they can give the room dramatic accents with a mid-century modern style. There's no other accessory that can evoke a retro aura like a retro wall fan. What's amazing is the fact that it’s not just a decorative addition to a home, but it also functions as a device that provides cool airflow whenever and wherever you need it.

Here are the places that are best added with retro wall fans:

  • Bedroom Wall - Particularly the wall that’s facing your bed. If you are one of those people who always need a cool breeze as well as a soft white noise in order to sleep, you’d really love a retro wall fan. Of course, you need to ensure the retro-styled fan you get fits the room’s style. Whether you want an oscillating flow or directional airflow that’s centered on your bed, you can customize your retro wall fan to help you achieve the sleep oasis that you deserve.
  • Family or Living Room Wall - Specifically the space beside the television. Don't sit and suffer in sweat just to watch your favorite TV shows and movies this summer. Get a retro-styled wall fan and install it next to your TV. Aim it at the couch so every single time you click through the different channels available, you can unwind and relax at a cool and comfortable temperature. As an added bonus, a retro wall fan will free up valuable floor space which you can allocate for a better entertainment system.
  • Kitchen Wall - Temperatures inside the kitchen can climb, making it hard to prepare food for the family. Fortunately, a wall fan can make such a big difference. Just make sure you secure the fan up on your wall so the airflow is aimed into the room’s center area. As the fan will be high up, cool breeze does not blow your ingredients around as you prepare a snack or meal.

Determining the perfect size for your retro wall fan doesn’t have any hard and fast rules. Of course, you still need to review your space as well as the wall where you will be mounting the fan. Calculate the CFMs as well as it will help you pick the best wall fan for its intended placement.

The square footage that needs to be cooled should be identified then multiplied by the ceiling height that’s in feet to determine the CFM. So, if the room has an 8-foot ceiling and it’s 400 square feet, that would give you 1,600 CFMs. If you can’t determine the CFM, judge the space using the occupancy frequency (of the room), the room’s size, temperature, and air flow.

Consider the convenience you want your retro wall fan to offer. Maybe you want one that’s remote-controlled so it isn’t a hassle turning the fan on and off. If adjusting the settings of the fan doesn’t bother you, then you can opt for the basic wall-mount fan.

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13" Wall Fan

13" Wall Fan

Where style meets utility, a wall mounted oscillating fan might be involved - for a retro feel introduced gracefully to an interior where a ceiling fan can't be installed This vintage cooling fan comes with 6 ft cord.

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A real bargain for all antique and vintage fans - this retro wall fan can be actually something more than a cool gadget. Designed in India, it serves its role perfectly, dealing with unusual heat with ease.

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A beautiful and retro-looking wall fan that will not only keep your interior cool and with a breeze of fresh air but will also add ample amounts of charm and visual appeal due to its original looks.

Retro electric fan

Ceiling fan mounted on metal frame. Functional design for each place. Suitable for residential and commercial premises.

Retro wall fan

If you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture to decorate a computer desk in a home office or a study room, take a look at this vintage, retro desk fan with an iron frame and wooden blades.

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Retro 7" Table Fan

Retro 7" Table Fan

With this table fan you are able to effortlessly introduce a vintage accent to a decor. The fan features a classic metal construction, eye-catching burgundy red finish and practical handle on its top.

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13" Wall Fan

Antique wall fan

A simple and antique wall fan. The fan has bronze blades made of metal and the cover is very simple which makes the airflow very efficient. The fan also comes with its own support to fix it to the wall.

Quorum 92413-86, Veranda Oiled Bronze 13" Outdoor Wall Fan with Wall Control

Shoo the mosquitos and move the air with this wall-mounted veranda fan. Perfect for those summer evenings when you want to sit on the porch and watch the fireflies. It does need to be wired into the house electrical system.

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