DIY Range Hood: How To Build One For Your Home

In our previous renovation home, we had knocked out the wall that divided our kitchen and dining room. Within that area, we extended the countertop and placed the stove. We had gone back and forth on if we wanted to put in a large metal hood above the stove. In the end, we decided against it because it would block the opening too much, so we knew for our next renovation property that was a must as we love the look!

One thing for sure we knew we didn’t want was a microwave above the stove like the previous homeowners had placed. Having a custom hood makes a statement in your space and allows you to customize the look of your kitchen, rather than using a microwave or stainless steel hood. Today, we’re sharing steps to create a DIY range hood.

There are many benefits to having a range hood within your kitchen.

  • Help with air quality, removing smoke from cooking as well as grease that could coat your walls if not removed.
  • Provide additional lighting when cooking.
  • If you are planning on reselling your home range hoods add style and increase the value to your home.
  • Hoods help to minimize the heat when cooking.

If you bring the cabinets up to the ceiling as we did, having a custom DIY range hood makes the room feel a lot larger than it actually is and an extra bonus is that you don’t have to clean the top of your cabinets!

There are so many different options to choose from when picking out the perfect kitchen range hood. You can buy a metal range hood, build your own DIY range hood and then use a hood insert, or buy a custom wood hood. They can range from $200 to tens of thousands of dollars, so we made one ourselves and want to show you how you can too for under $40!

White Dover by Benjamin Moore, the best kitchen cabinetry paint color | construction2style

1. Remove Cabinets or Microwave Above The Stove

In order to measure correctly for your new range hood, you’ll want to remove the microwave and any cabinets that are above the stove. This allows you to measure the height and width of the space so that you can accurately build the hood. You’ll want a minimum of 20 inches from the stove top to the bottom of the range. If you have a more powerful hood or gas range, the distance increases to a minimum of 24 inches to ideally, the distance being 30 inches.

2. Determine the Ventilation

We knew we had to have a duct air ventilation put in to circulate outside.  Another option is venting it through a filter, which keeps it in the room without having to run ducting. However, we wanted to duct it so the “dirty” air, smoke and grease were removed from the room and leaving our house, rather than just getting caught in a filter. We had a family friend come over to do the ventilation for us and put the ductwork in. Once the venting was done, Jamie began building the hood.

building a diy range hood for a kitchen | construction2style

3. Gather Your Materials

  • 4 x 8 x 1/2 pine plywood
  • 3 x 8 x 1/4 boards
  • Wood glue
  • Finish trim nails
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Range Hood Insert
  • Caulk
  • Paint brush
  • Paint

For this project, we used pine for the hood since it was the most cost-efficient. We also knew we were going to paint the wood, so the species of wood wasn’t as important in this project. If you wanted your DIY range hood to be a natural wood with stain, either match the wood to your current cabinets or contrast lighter and darker wood like we did in another project below.

DIY Range Hood | construction2style

4. Build a Basic Wooden Box + Add Dimension

For this hood, our basic wooden box dimensions were 30 1/4″ wide + 36″ tall + 20 1/4″ deep. After Jamie had the basic box constructed, he glued down 2 x 3 x 1/4 pieces of poplar onto the front of the cabinets to create dimension to match the cabinet doors. Then, he also added an arched trim piece onto the bottom to add additional style and character. Above the arch, he placed a piece of trim that projected out of the hood by gluing and nailing it into place.

an unfinished diy range hood for the kitchen | construction2style

building a diy range hood for a kitchen | construction2style

5. Install The Cabinet + Vent

All the duct work was installed prior to the cabinets going back up, so once the hood cabinet was installed, Jamie then installed the vent unit and screwed it in place. Jamie wedged the hood into place and screwed and nailed it into the sides of the cabinetry next to the hood. When we build a DIY range hood, the inserts that we like to use are from Zephyr. They have a variety of inserts that work for various hood sizes and looks.

installing a diy range hood in a kitchen | construction2style

DIY Range Hood with Zephyr Insert | construction2style

6. Finishing Touches

To make the hood look like a truly custom piece, ensure that you complete the finishing touches that will make your hood look finished. Make sure to caulk and fill the nail holes you created when building the hood. Then sand the nail holes so that there aren’t any rough patches on the hood. Once the DIY range hood is completely smooth, paint the hood to match the other cabinets in your kitchen. For this project, we used Benjamin Moore oil based white paint.

completed white diy range hood | construction2style

completed white diy range hood | construction2style

10 hours and $40 later we had ourselves a new beautiful kitchen hood!

completed white diy range hood | construction2style