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Creating a Custom Walk-in Closet

Reference Number: KB-00660 Last Updated: 11-12-2013 12:46 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite

QUESTION


My clients would like a walk-in closet with custom, built-in storage in their master suite.  How can I design a custom closet?


ANSWER


Chief Architect's Cabinet Tools allow you to create custom storage configurations for any space.

The first step is to draw the available closet space and determine how much room is available. 

Next, decide what kind as well as how many storage components will be used, based not only on the available space but on the needs of the person or people using the space.

 

To plan your space

  1. Open  the plan in which you would like to design a custom closet or select File> New Plan  from the menu to open a new, blank plan.
     
  2. Select Build> Wall> Straight Interior Wall  from the menu, the click and drag to draw the walls defining your closet space.

    • Don't worry about placing the walls in their exact locations as you draw - you can easily position them accurately in a moment.
  3. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on a wall to select it.  Temporary dimensions will display, indicating the selected wall's distance from nearby walls that are parallel to it.

    • If you do not see temporary dimensions when you select the wall, select CAD> Dimensions> Display Temporary Dimensions  or click the toggle button to enable this feature.
  4. Move your cursor over a temporary dimension and click on it.  In the Move Object Using Dimension dialog:

    • Specify the desired distance that you would like the selected wall to be from the wall opposite. 
    • When you click OK, the selected wall will be moved and the temporary dimension will reflect the distance that you specified.
  5. Select Build> Door  from the menu, select the type of door that accesses your closet space, then click to place a door of that type in a wall.
    • You can change the door's hinge side and/or swing side by either dragging the triangular edit handle or by clicking the Change Opening/Hinge Side  or Change Swing Side  edit buttons.
    • Showing the correct door swing is important, particularly in relatively small spaces such as closets, because it affects the available space for the placement of objects like storage components.

To create a bank of drawers below a section of shelves

Full Height Cabinets can be used to create a bank of drawers.  Combine drawers with shelves and cabinet doors to create a custom configuration that suits your needs.

 

  Before placing cabinetry, it's helpful to set up your cabinet defaults so that your cabinets display the desired materials, door and drawer styles, hardware and molding profiles.

 

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Full Height  from the menu, then click in your plan to place a full height cabinet at that location.

  2. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on the cabinet to select it and click the Open Object  edit button.

  3. On the General panel of the Full Height Cabinet specification, specify the desired Height, Width and Depth of the cabinet.  In this example, a width of 24" and a height of 95"  is used..

  4. On the Front panel of the dialog: 

     
    • Click on the top door in the preview image of the cabinet on the right side of the dialog and notice that the options in the Face Items section on the left become enabled.
    • Click the Item Type drop down arrow and select Opening from the list. Hit the tab key to update the preview pane.
    • Specify the desired Item Height for the Opening.
    • You can specify the number of shelves and their spacing by clicking on the Specify button next to Shelves:
    • Click on the bottom door then nest to Item Type: select Drawer.
    • Specify the item height.  In this example 10". Hit the tab key again to update the preview pane.
    • Click on the empty space beneath the first drawer and repeat the process again, until the entire cabinet front is filled with drawers.


    • When you are satisfied with your cabinet, click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  5. You can combine any of the options in the Item Type drop-down list. 

  6. Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow towards the cabinet you just created to see the results so far.

    In Chief Architect X1 and prior, use 3D> Create Render View> Render Full Camera. 


  7. To make a copy of the full height cabinet you have customized, select File> Close View  to return to floor plan view. 

  8.  Click the Select Objects  button, then click on the cabinet to select it and click the Copy/Paste  edit button. 

    • Click in the drawing area to place a copy of the cabinet.
    • If you would like to place more than one copy, click the Sticky Mode  edit button after clicking Copy/Paste  but before you click to place a copy.  When you are finished making copies, click the Main Edit Mode  edit button or the Select Objects  button. 

  9. You can quickly center a cabinet along a wall in a room using the Center Object  edit button.

    • Click on the cabinet you would like to center to select it.

    • Click the Center Object  edit button.

    • Move your curser inside of the room until you see the Center Line indicator showing the axis you want to center on and then click to center the cabinet on the room.

 

To place shelves and partitions

Shelves and partitions can be effectively arranged in a cross section view.

  1. Select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section Elevation  from the menu, then click in front of the cabinet and drag a camera's focal point toward it, perpendicular to the wall that you would like to build shelves on.

    In Chief Architect X1 and prior, use 3D> Create Vector View> Cross Section/Elevation. 

  2. Select Build> Cabinet> Partition  from the menu, then click in an empty space on the wall to place a partition at that location.



    • Don't worry about placing it exactly where you want it now - it can be moved and resized in a moment.
  3. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on the partition to select it.  Using the edit handles, move  it to the desired location and resize it as needed.

    • If the partition bumps into other objects as you try to move it, press the Ctrl key on your keyboard as you move it to override any move restrictions.
       
  4. If you need additional partitions of the same size, click the Copy/Paste  edit button and as before click in an empty space on the wall to place your copy at that location, then move  the copy into position. 

     
  5. When your partitions are in place, select Build> Cabinet> Shelf  from the menu, then click in an empty space along the wall to place your first shelf. 




    Note:  If you want to create a shelf over a hanging rod, use the Closet Shelf w/Rod, found in the Library Browser under Chief Architect Core Catalogs>Interiors>Storage Furniture> Shelving> Wall Shelves.
  6. Move it into position and resize it as necessary.  
     
  7. If you need to make copies of the shelf above or below it, click the Transform/Replicate Object  edit button with the shelf selected. In the Transform/Replicate Object dialog:

    • Check the box beside Copy and specify the Number of Copies you would like to make.
    • Check the box beside Move and specify the interval at which you would like the copies to be made in the Z Delta field (or in the height direction.
    • Type a positive Z Delta value to make the copies above the original, or a negative value to make the copies below it.
    • Click OK to create the copies.
    • Once replicated, you can make any needed changes to your shelves.
       
  8. Repeat the steps above along each wall in the closet that needs shelving. 



To accessorize the closet

To help clients visualize how the space can be used, place objects from the Library Browser onto the shelves.

In this example, clothing symbols from the Bonus Household Items library are stacked on the shelves and positioned on hanging rods.

Other objects from the Furnishings (Interior) library category that you can use to accessorize a walk-in closet include:

  • Vanities, dressing tables or dressers, available in Chief Architect Core Catalogs>Interiors>Storage Furniture,
  • Floor or wall mirrors, available in the Library Browser under Chief Architect Core Catalogs>Interiors>Accessories>Mirrors and Frames and in Bonus Household Items libraries.
  • Baskets or storage bins, available in Library Browser under Chief Architect Core Catalogs>Interiors>Accessories>.  

Remember, too, that lighting plays an important role in any room - including custom closets.  For example, you can include directional lighting to focus attention on important features in the closet and also maximize the usability of the space.

  • Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  from the menu to see the results.

    In Chief Architect X1 and prior, use 3D> Create Render View> Render Full Camera.