How To Hide Kitchen Vent Pipe

Do you want to hide your kitchen vent pipe? Are you unpleased with the displayed kitchen vent pipe looks? If yes, you are on the right article as I take you on this journey to conceal kitchen vent pipe.

Instead of your removing your kitchen vent pipe outside, other decorative alternatives can conceal the vent pipes and, in the same way, improve the overall look of your kitchen.

We will be looking at some techniques that can conceal your pipe. However, they demand a little bit of creativity and an eye for detail.

They are:

1. Blend the Pipe with the same colour as the Background

One significant way to conceal the pipe is to blend it with the color of the wall behind the woodstove. If the wall is a dull color, you can use a matching light color paint to blend the pipe so it won’t be easily noticed.

2. Install False Cabinets

This method is dependent on the length of the pipe. If the vent pipe is long and oriented on the wall, you might install a false cabinet to conceal it.  You can get prefabricated, matching backless cabinets that resemble your cabinets from kitchen design stores or carpenter’ shops. To be cost-effective, you can cut out an opening across the cabinet, starting from top to bottom to allow the pipe to go through it. In cutting the cabinet, make sure the opening is at least an inch wider than the diameter of the pipe.

Another great option if you don’t want to cut through your cabinet, you can increase the height of your cabinets along the wall where the pipe is located. In doing so, you have entirely concealed it, and you have created additional space for yourself.

3. Paint and Accessories

Painting the pipe with a matching color like the walls or cabinets is one way to conceal the vent pipe. In doing so, the eye won’t be quickly drawn by it.

However, not any kind of paint can be used. Choose a paint formulated for use with heat and metal with a gloss or satin finish if you must paint. If you don’t want to paint, you can use accessories such as hanging baskets or art pictures. All you have to do is place them in front of the pipe. The latter won’t conceal the pipe but will draw attention off it.

4. Design the Pipe with Stencils

Stencils are a great tool that you can use to create a pattern or other ornate design on your stove pipe.  You can use any small flexible stencil to draw on your pipe animal or abstract designs. However, stencils aim to transform your stove pipe from a functional not-fine-looking tool into a work of art.

5. Using Soffits or Columns

Hiding the kitchen vent hood inside the soffit or column is regarded as one of the simplest ways to conceal it.

You can create a soffit by placing boards around the three sides of the pipe and attaching them to the connected boards to the wall. You can use wood or drywall to create a soffit. It depends on the money you are willing to spend and the kitchen deco.

Once the soffit or column has been created, and the vent pipe is inside, quickly paint or stain the box to blend with the rest of your cabinetry.

Also, you can decide to conceal a vent pipe by purchasing a prefabricated column that is larger in diameter than the vent pipe. It could be circular or rectangular.

6. Installing a Bulkhead

Installing a bulkhead is one of the oldest and most common ways of hiding a kitchen vent pipe.

However, the problem with this is that it can be bulky, and it eats up the space in your kitchen and makes your kitchen appear local, no matter how modern it is.

So it would help if you consider this while considering this option.  However, replacing the pipe can be better and more attractive if the vent pipe is old, rusted, or damaged, especially if you have stainless appliances in your kitchen.

A shiny new pipe is preferred to installing a bulkhead that will make your kitchen look uglier.

7. Cover the Pipe to Hide It

Another great way to conceal your kitchen vent pipe is to cover the pipe entirely. You can wrap garlands of silk greenery and flowers around the stove pipe to hide. Also, the stove can be decorated in the same way.  In doing so, you are not only hiding the pipe but adding color and decor to the room. Please, do not wrap or cover the stove or pipe while in use. It will get hot, and all the wrapping will melt out. This will make all your efforts be wasted.

8. Make the Pipe Stand Out

One of the best options in concealing your kitchen vent pipe is decorating your stovepipe in contrast but coordinating color that will blend with the rest of the room’s decor. To achieve this, use high-temperature stove paint contrasting to the wall behind the stove to cover the pipe. You can use exterior color paint or an entirely different color for the stove pipe.  This will make the kitchen vent pipe stand out in the kitchen, and it is a great way to add decor to the kitchen.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do I hide my Range Hood Vent?

One significant way to hide a range hood vent is to cover it up totally. Succinctly, make it disappear. If your kitchen is big and has enough space, you can use drywall to box in your range and vent hood. In doing so, the entire vent assembly is covered and out of sight.  Next, you can create a sleek, uncluttered façade in your kitchen by painting it with a simple color all around.

Can You Cover a Vent Pipe?

Yes, you can cover a vent pipe. Covering a vent pipe is essential as it helps protect it from the debris that can get in during the storm and prevent rodents from climbing and attacking it. You can check above for the methods in this article, for I listed out 8 of the ways.

How Can You Hide a Fireplace?

Hiding a fireplace is possible and is an important thing to do in the house to prevent children from playing beside it, resulting in burns or fire accidents.

Below are the ways to hide a fireplace in the house.

  • Placing the Sofa at the front of the Fireplace
  • Putting the television over the Fireplace
  • Using a Bookshelf to cover the fireplace
  • Using a painted plywood to cover the Fireplace opening
  • Using a Decorative Screen or Photo
  • Placing a screen over  Fireplace
  • Covering Fireplace with Books.
  • Decorate with Potted Plants over it.

How far Should a Range Hood Stick Out?

The standardized height for a range hood, specifically for an electric and gas range, is between  28 to 36 inches from the cooktop. If the hood is below the minimum number of 28 inches, it may get damaged, and if it is further than 36 inches, your hood won’t move air away from your cooktop as supposed.

Can Rain Get into Roof Vents?

Some roof air vents are reasonably placed flat to the roof, with unprotected sides and a mushroom-style hood. So when a hard-driving rain with whipping wind comes, it will cause roof vents to leak water. If your roof vent begins to leak during a heavy rain pour, it might blow up the hood and into the vent, which can be dangerous.

Are Vented Microwave more Useful?

Vented microwave is far more efficient and valuable in the kitchen as they remove contaminants from the kitchen air. In terms of usefulness and efficiency, it is better than the recirculating microwave. Apart from being able to filter the air you breathe in the kitchen, it is also more versatile and powerful.

How can I Hide my Chimney Pipe?

One of the significant ways to hide your chimney pipe is to cover it up. When your wood stove is not in use during the warmer weather, you can cover your chimney pipe by decorating it. This will hide the pipe and add color and decor to the room. You can wrap garlands of silk greenery and flowers around the chimney pipe to hide it.

Does a Microwave Above the Stove Need to be Vented?

The microwave above the stove doesn’t need to be vented. Microwaves can be vented to the outdoors.


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