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Building a Custom Range Hood with a Range Hood Insert: A Comprehensive DIY Guide

Want to add a personalized touch to your kitchen? A custom range hood is just what you need! This fun DIY guide will help you keep things looking and smelling fresh. Check out the how-to video and follow the simple steps below.

how to build a custom range hood cover with a range hood insert
A custom range hood cover with range hood insert

Step 1: Plan and design

Begin by envisioning your custom range hood's style and dimensions.

Consider the overall theme of your kitchen and choose materials that complement your decor. Measure the space above your range and select a range hood insert that fits those dimensions and offers the desired ventilation capacity.

Step 2: Gather materials and tools

Once you have a clear plan, gather all the necessary materials and tools.

Common materials include wood (oak, pine), plywood, metal clips, screws, adhesive, paint or stain, and a magnet. Essential tools include a saw, drill, countersink, level, multi-purpose tool, speed square, and safety equipment.

Step 3: Build the frame

Start by building the frame for your custom range hood.

Attach a two-by-two ledger against the tile backsplash using screws. This two-by-two will serve as the main support for your range hood. Ensure it fits securely and snugly in place.

Step 4: Create the outer shell

Cover the frame with the chosen material (e.g., half-inch plywood or metal sheets) to create the outer shell.

Consider using pre-finished and pre-painted materials for a more convenient and durable finish.

Step 5: Install the range hood insert

Install the range hood insert into the custom range hood. 

Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure proper installation and ventilation. If you haven't selected a new range hood yet, you can browse Hauslane's powerful built-in range hoods below!

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Step 6: Finishing touches

Add design elements to enhance the appearance of your custom range hood.

For example, create a reveal for the range hood insert by adding one-and-a-half-inch oak trim pieces around the opening. Ensure they are securely attached and aligned to provide a clean look.

Step 7: Attach the metal clips

Attach metal clips to the ceiling that will serve as a locking mechanism for the custom range hood cover.

These clips should have a magnet on them to lock onto the hood's corresponding magnet.

Step 8: Build the hood cover

Construct the hood cover by attaching a half-inch plywood piece to the front of the custom range hood.

Use clamps and glue to hold it together while securing it with nails from the back to maintain a clean look

Step 9: Install the hood cover

Attach the hood cover to the custom range hood using the metal clips and magnets.

Ensure a secure fit and test the hood cover's removal and reattachment for maintenance purposes.

Step 10: Add vertical details

Attach vertical pieces (quarter-inch by one-and-a-half-inch pine) to create a grid-like design on the custom range hood's front face.

Leave a small gap (about a sixteenth of an inch) between the vertical pieces and the bottom horizontal piece of oak to allow for play and easy access to the range hood insert.

Step 11: Ensure proper clearance

Ensure the custom range hood has proper clearances from the stove to prevent safety hazards.

Refer to the stove's manual or the hood insert's information for minimum clearance requirements based on the type of stove you have.

Step 12: Final finishes

Inspect your custom range hood for any imperfections, and make any necessary refinements or adjustments.

Sand, paint, or stain the hood to achieve the desired finish, ensuring it complements the overall kitchen design.

Step 13: Installation

Mount your custom range hood securely above the stove at the appropriate height, ensuring it adheres to safety regulations and provides effective ventilation.

By following these steps and using the video as a reference, you can successfully build a custom range hood with a range hood insert, creating a unique and functional centerpiece for your kitchen. Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done and the improved ventilation in your culinary space!