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How to Install a Hood in a Kitchen

A vent hood is installed in a kitchen for a professional-style cooktop. Learn how to install your own with these step-by-step directions.

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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Cut the Frame

So the soffit sits flush to the wall, you may need to notch out the soffit for the vent. First mark the vent location on the soffit. Then cut the soffit frame with a reciprocating saw, being careful not to cut into the drywall. To notch out the soffit for the vent so it sits flush with the wall, first mark off the vent location. Then cut the frame with a reciprocating saw, being careful not to cut into the drywall. Use a prybar to pull out the notched piece.

notch out soffit for vent

Step 2: Attach the Hood

Center and attach the mounting plate to the soffit with screws, and then attach the hood.

attach mounting plate to soffit

Step 3: Attach the Vent Elbow

Screw the transition piece for the vent into the mounting bracket and attach the vent elbow.

Note: The size of the vent is determined by the cubic feet per minute (CFM). The higher the CFM, the larger the vent.

attach vent elbow

Step 4: Secure the Soffit

Seal the seams of the vent and the elbow with aluminum tape.

Finish by covering the framing of the vertical soffit with 1/2" plywood, secured with standard drywall screws. You can the plywood with tiles for a decorative touch.




  • Vent hood (model: PMLSS-42-SS w 600CFM) from Independent Inc.