How to Size Kitchen Hoods

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How to Size Kitchen Hoods
Choose a kitchen hood that is large enough to cover the range area. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Kitchen hoods provide a practical method of air filtration and extraction, helping the kitchen to stay free of cooking fumes and steam. Although kitchen hoods come in a range of stylish shapes and designs, choosing the right hood for your kitchen takes more than just a flair for design. The kitchen hood must be large enough to sit over the oven and range and provide enough extraction power to clear the room of cooking fumes. Select the correct size of kitchen hood by taking a few simple measurements with a tape measure.

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Things you need

  • Stepladder
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Position a stepladder next to the oven and range so you can easily access the wall or space above it.

  2. 2

    Measure the space above the range with a tape measure. You must leave a gap of at least 30 inches between the hob and the bottom of the hood. Measure the remaining space to the ceiling to ascertain the maximum height of the kitchen hood.

  3. 3

    Measure the width and depth of the hob. Many kitchen hoods come in standard sizes up to 30 inches for width and depth. If the range width is any larger than this, you may need to order a custom-built hood to ensure it's large enough to cover the range area.

  4. 4

    Write down both the depth and the width measurements and refer to this information when choosing and buying the kitchen hood. Remember that the width and depth measurement is a minimum and the height measurement is a maximum when selecting the hood

Tips and warnings

  • Get a friend or family member to help by holding one end of the tape measure.
  • Take care when using a stepladder.

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