Building a Wine Rack or Plate Shelf

Reference Number: KB-00433 Last Updated: 11-19-2014 01:56 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I would like to know the correct procedure for creating a wine rack or plate rack in a cabinet using Chief Architect.


Both a wine rack and plate rack are easy to create using Chief Architect.

To create a wine rack or a plate rack

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and choose to Open  the plan in which you would like to create the wine rack or plate rack.

  2. From the menu, select Build> Cabinet> Wall Cabinet .  Click in the plan to place your cabinet.

  3. Once you have added a cabinet to your plan, you can convert it into a wine rack or plate rack by clicking on the Select Objects  tool, then select the Open Object  edit button to display the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.

  4. Select the Door/Drawer panel and click on the Library button to the right of Door> Style.

    •  In Chief Architect X2 and prior, click on the Front tab. Next to Door Style, click on the Library button to display the Select Library Object dialog. 

  5. In the Select Library Object dialog, click on the plus sign beside Cabinet Doors, Drawers, & Panels and navigate to Specialty Storage.

  6. Select the appropriate wine or plate rack from the list, and click OK.

  7. If your wall cabinet currently has a handle or knob, you may want to use the Door Handle Style drop down menu to change it from Use Default to None.

  8. Staying in the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog, navigate to the Front panel. 

  9. Under Door/Drawer Overlay, place the radio button in the Inset option to make all door and drawer faces flush with the cabinet face, instead of overlaying it. 

  10. Click on the front of the preview image to select the Door as the current face item.

    • In this example, selecting the front of the preview image takes us to Item Number: 2 which is an Auto Right Door

  11.  Under Face Items, click the Specify... button to the right of Shelves.

  12. Move the radio button down from Automatic to Manual, change the number of shelves to 0 and click OK.

  13. Once these settings have been completed, click the OK button and, from the menu choose 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera .

    • In Chief Architect X1 and prior versions, select 3D> Create Render View> Render Full Camera

  14. Once the camera view generates, you can zoom in on the newly created wine rack and determine if further modification is necessary.