range hoods for high ceilings

range hood ideas for high ceilings | almost makes perfect

so we’re in the very beginning stages of planning our kitchen reno, oh man it’s way more work than i thought to even begin planning. we’re basically just figuring out what we want, from what type of countertops to the amount of drawers we need. the biggest hurdle so far is when i realized i have no clue how to hand the 10 foot ceiling above our oven. 

i have a deep love for a fancy range and hood combo, so at first i thought we should just get an extender and just bring it all the way up… then i started researching and realized that looks kind of silly, right?

range hood ideas for high ceilings | almost makes perfect

so i think that idea is out. now i’m trying to come up with what to do instead.

we could just not extend it up, and let it randomly end on the wall…

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we could partially integrate to go with the upper cabinets like this…

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or we could get it fully integrated, which looks really sleek and handsome, but i’m worried that they don’t work as well.

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so i’d love if you could tell me what type of range hood you have! and if it works well, and if it doesn’t! this is so hard when you have no experience nor knowledge.

(we currently have a microwave one and it doesn’t do a freaking thing)

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  1. The reason why your microwave range hood doesn’t do much is likely not the fault of the hood and is because it is not vented outdoors. If not properly vented, all it is is a fan.

  2. First thing you have to determine is if it will be internally or externally vented – an externally vented hood is better, but does require the large pipe at the top to go to the ceiling or to the wall. An internally vented one will help a little, but not a lot.
    If your range is located on an exterior wall then no worries! You’re just deciding on the style, then.
    Another option is a downdraft system, if you’re really stumped. It’s a type of vent that is placed behind the oven and pops up to internally vent.
    As annoying as it is you may want to look into your state/county/city code – I found for Chicago I don’t need a vent if I’m within a certain distance from a window and the room is big enough (both are true for me). This will be necessary though if you’re using a contractor, or if you’re selling in a competitive market – contractors HAVE to be up to code (or at least the good ones do), and having the paperwork for large upgrades is always good.

    1. Hello. Wondering if you have a solution idea:
      Our hood will be on the tall side of a vaulted wall on the front of our house.
      What are some options for our hood? It is really too tall to go all the way up- there are two windows on either side of the hood.
      I don’t really want an ugly vent on the front of the exterior of the house.
      Any ideas?

  3. We used a Broan range insert (Google: Broan Power Pack) and built a really cool custom box with planking around it. I spray painted the stainless insert and fan cover plate white so everything is seamless. Ours goes up to the ceiling but even just a rectangle box on the wall would look modern (covered in tile would be amazing). Any chance we will get to see some before and progress pictures of your house soon? 🙂

  4. first, the “fully integrated” look you posted will absolutely work 100% as well as the other styles. it can contain the exact same insert that the stainless ones have, just a different facade. i love that look!
    i have a viking range and hood (scored for about 1/3 of retail price off craigslist!), stainless, and have just the lower big angled portion exposed, with the upper part framed out with drywall and painted the same as the walls. it works great! i think it’s key to get a hood with the correct power (measured in cubic feet per minute) for the range you have. the bigger, more powerful range you have means you need a bigger, more powerful hood. the rest of it is just aesthetic. and if i were to do it over again i would seriously consider the integrated look. so nice.
    and yes please to you posting some before and progress pics!! 🙂

  5. Candace Alvarez says:

    Hey Molly,
    I actually think the range hood looks very contemporary going the full length to the ceiling. I’m currently doing a kitchen very similar, 12′ ceiling island hood and am doing the same thing with a black stainless steel hood from Zephr.

    1. Lauren Evans says:

      Hello Candace,

      I’m currently working on a project with 12′ ceilings and island hood. What size was the range you used? Were you happy with the Zephr hood?

      Thank you in advance!

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  6. Hi, my situation is that there are open beams on the way to the ceiling, and not centered over the range hood. The backsplash goes through the beams and up to the ceiling. I’ve toyed with building a box at the top and tiling it, or cutting into the stove hood steel and taking it up to the ceiling past the beams, and now I’ve settled on getting a piece of glass made to finish the stovepipe at the top (like the glass in the hood itself), screwing it to the beam so I don’t add weight to the hood, and ending the hood pipe at the beam it encounters. I just didn’t like the way the thin hood steel looks as it ends without a “top” to it of some kind. The tiler says it looks fine with nothing – just stopping – and I like his aesthetic generally, and….it still has it’s white protective coating on it, so it’s hard to tell…

  7. Your kitchen turned out beautifully. I am hoping to update my kitchen this year and they way you did your’s gave me some great ideas on how I could do mine. Thanks so much for sharing your insights.

  8. Thank for sharing. I now have learned something important. It’s really useful post.

  9. Thanks for shraing. This is such a helpful post. I’ll surely read and re-read it many times over.

  10. The kitchen looks really nice and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!