Want to add a vent hood without adding a cabinet? With this easy tutorial you can install a vent hood directly into open shelving.
It’s week 3 for our kitchenette makeover! In our original design plans for the One Room Challenge I shared that our inspiration is straight from coffee houses. This kitchenette is in the landing at the top of our stairs so I want it to feel like a little coffee nook while still providing all the necessary things for my mom to utilize it as a kitchen. She decided against having a full oven so we have some different ideas in mind, but we still wanted a vent hood. Today’s tutorial is how to Install a Vent Hood in Open Shelving.
Obviously if you follow this tutorial your measurements would be totally different than mine so I’ll share the process we used, not necessarily the cuts and dimensions.
- Table Saw or Kreg Rip Cut
- Kreg Jig & Kreg Screws
- Drill and/or Impact Driver
- Finish Nailer and Nails
- Wood Glue
- 3 1/2″ Wood Screws
- Stud Finder
Vent Hood in Open Shelving
This whole kitchenette was done on a pretty tight budget. We recently finished up our bathroom and kitchen renovations so we DIYed a lot and found some other budget friendly ways to finish this space (like our Faux Brick Backsplash I shared last week).
Build Floating Shelf Supports
The first step is to essentially build a floating shelf. We already had the wiring in place for a vent hood, so we just drilled a whole in the 2×4 and let that wire come through. We attached the back supporting 2×4 to studs with the 3 1/2″ wood screws. Then the supports were attached with Kreg Pocket Holes and wood glue. When determining the depth of everything we considered the size of our vent hood, so I would suggest knowing what you plan on using before building a shelf.
Create Open Shelving
Next we created the actual shelf part to go over the supports and essentially give us a place to install the vent hood. We built the shelf out of plywood based on the dimensions of our supports. We used 1×6 to wrap the front and side edges, which did leave us with a small gap on the bottom in between the bottom piece of plywood and the bottom of the 2×4’s. However when we slid the shelf over the supports, we attached it with screws to the 2×4’s and it pulls everything into place. Adding some pieces of 1/2″ wood to the bottom of the 2×4’s did create a tighter fit, but I wouldn’t say it was absolutely necessary.
But I’m jumping ahead, let’s talk about assembling everything. To build the shelf we measured everything out and created a box to slide over the supports using wood glue and finish nails. We left one end open because it was against the wall. You can see along the right side of the picture below where we hadn’t nailed the shelf together yet. Make sure to get everything flush as you assemble everything. We reinforced the shelf with wood glue in addition to the nails.
Install a Vent Hood
Before the shelf is attached to the supports you have to install the vent hood to the bottom. We basically treated the bottom of the shelf like a cabinet. Since the shelf will be enclosed make sure you have everything to code before installation. If you are ever unsure about anything please consult an electrician! Think of this like a cabinet you can’t open. You can however easily unscrew the shelf from the supports and remove if you need to access anything.
Next we just slid the hole unit, including the vent hood, onto the supports and secured it to the 2×4’s with wood screws.
Overall this was a great option for us because if we ever did want to remove the vent hood we’d just need to fill a few holes on the underside of the shelf.
Next week I’ll be sharing how we built our cabinets so stay tuned for that! You can see our other posts for this room Makeover (and our One Room Challenge Schedule) below.