How To Build a DIY Kitchen Range Hood
Build a custom DIY range hood with these wood range hood cover plans
This is it, the last big project in this never ending kitchen renovation!
If you have followed along with this kitchen renovation you know we completely gutted and expanded the original kitchen as soon as we moved in…. a little over two years ago.
In the kitchen’s defense we have been going slow on purpose because we have been doing everything ourselves and saving up in-between projects so that we wouldn’t have to put anything on credit.
Financially this has been amazing, emotionally I have suffered on occasion.
Now that we are nearing the end I only have happy tears left though!
After we bought our dream stove, I knew I wanted a custom range hood cover to go with it.
I found a beautiful option from a cabinet company but it was very very very pricey…
Which meant that if I wanted a custom cover I was going to have to get creative.
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Things to Consider When Choosing a Range Hood
The first thing that needed to happen in this kitchen range hood project was to actually install the range hood.
This step is fairly simple if you are just replacing an existing range hood, we were not.
Since there was no previous range hood in the spot where our new stove is, we had to start from scratch.
Choose The Vent Style
Decide whether you want a ducted or ductless range hood. Ducted hoods vent the air outside your home, while ductless hoods use filters to recirculate the air back into the kitchen.
Ducted hoods are generally more effective in removing pollutants, but ductless hoods can be more flexible in terms of installation.
Creating a brand new vent hole and figuring out how to route it outside was going to be a huge hassle and a lot of money. So we decided to go for the ventless range hood option.
My suggestion is to look for range hoods that can be convertible into either option just in case later you decide you want to go a different route. This is the convertible range hood we chose.
Size and Design
The range hood should be proportionate to the size of your cooktop or range. Consider the available space above your cooking area and choose a range hood that fits well and complements the overall design of your kitchen.
Our stove is 48″ so we chose a range hood that is also 48″ wide.
Consider the lighting options provided by the range hood. Good lighting is essential for cooking, so look for hoods that offer bright and adjustable lighting features.
Ease of Cleaning
This was a factor I really considered when choosing our range hood. If I have to clean it, I want it to be easy!
Range hoods can accumulate grease and grime over time. Look for models with removable and dishwasher-safe filters, as well as easy-to-clean surfaces, to simplify maintenance.
How To Build a DIY Kitchen Range Hood
Again, we didn’t have a range hood in this area already so we also didn’t have a frame to put it on. There are a lot of different ways to go about building a frame but this was the easiest method for us.
We started by building (3) frame boxes out of 2×4 boards. We built our frames so that the interior dimensions were almost exactly the same as our range hood size. The fit needs to be snug.
The hood vent will be attached to one of the frame boxes from the top, so we added extra 2×4 supports to the inside of the box. These 2x4s were placed in the same location as the range hood’s attachment holes.
Once all three frames were assembled, we marked the stud locations on the stove wall.
Installing the Hood Range Frames
We started by installing the frame box that the range hood will attach to. This box is installed 36″ above our stove. We used lag bolts and wood screws to secure it to the wall studs.
Next we installed another frame box about 2-1/2″ below the first box. The range hood will also be attached to this box but only from the back (this will make more sense when you see it installed in a minute).
Finally we installed the third and final frame box so that it was flush with the ceiling.
After all the frame boxes were installed we added 2×4 supports into the ceiling joists and screwed the top frame box into those as well.
Then we added 4 more 2×4 supports in each of the four corners, connecting the three frames together. If our range hood was smaller we could have built the entire frame on the ground and then attached it, but this would have been way too heavy for us to lift and attach.
My biggest tip for this portion of the hood range build is to make sure you level the frame as you go and be sure you are securing the frame pieces into studs.
Installing the Range Hood
This part will really depend on your specific range hood model. Our range hood is a cabinet insert style so it attaches from the back and also at the top. Our range hood came with the washers and screws for installing it.
We also had to run wire and create a new outlet for the range hood to plug into. That’s not the part of the tutorial though that we are going to deep dive into today…
DIY Range Hood
Finally it’s time for the pretty and fun part!
There are a lot of hood range cover kits out there on the market but they can be pretty pricey…
That is the main reason we decided to diy our own kitchen hood, also because I wanted something unique for our space.
While I was scrolling through Facebook Marketplace I came across this gorgeous antique headboard for $50. It is solid wood with beautiful ornate details.
I immediately knew that with a little TLC it would become the perfect wooden hood vent cover!
We started by cutting the headboard down to the correct height. Our cover is long enough to cover the frame, hood vent, and go all the way to the ceiling.
After I got the headboard cleaned up, I used a dark wood scratch cover to bring it back to life. This stuff is perfect for restoring wood and filling in small scratches.
I debated about whether or not to sand and re-stain this headboard and ultimately decided I loved the character and charm of the original color.
Attaching the Wood Hood Vent Cover
To attach the headboard to the frame we used clamps to hold it in place while we made sure it was centered over the stove. Next we drilled small holes from the front into the frame. We did this first because I didn’t want the wood to crack.
After the holes were drilled we used 2-1/2″ wood screws to secure the headboard onto the frame. We weren’t able to attach the headboard from the back because of the way our frame was built, so we were left with screw holes.
I used stainable wood filler to fill in the screw holes and then went over them with Early American stain. This color was a really close match to our headboard and also one of my favorite stain colors.
Once the front of the hood vent cover was done, it was time to work on the side pieces. I used a piece of panel board and cut 2 side pieces down to size. I sanded them smooth with 220 grit sandpaper then stained them with the same Early American stain.
Attaching the side pieces into the frame was simple, I just put them in place and used wood screws. I filled and stained the screw holes the same way.
Finally I applied a coat of wax finish to the entire hood vent cover. This layer will protect the wood and keep it looking new.
DIY Kitchen Range Hood Reveal
I am still in awe of our new range hood cover, it is exactly what I wanted for our kitchen aesthetic. The best part is that it cost me less than $100 to DIY my own.
This little diy range hood literally saved me thousands of dollars and is completely custom.
I understand that maybe this DIY range hood cover is not everyone’s style but I hope this inspires you to look at other possible pieces that you could use. Who knew I would be putting a headboard in my dream kitchen, definitely not me!
Let me know what you think of our new DIY kitchen range hood and what style kitchen you would call this.
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