Adding a Niche or Cutout to a Wall

Reference Number: KB-01255 Last Updated: 11-07-2014 01:54 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


How can I add a cutout or niche to my wall?


A niche is a cutout or indentation that is normally used as a shelf or display area built directly into a wall.

For this example we will add a niche to an interior wall in the center of a 4-wall structure.


To make a niche

  1. Click Build> Window> Pass-Through  and place the pass-through on the wall.

  2. Use Open Object  to view the Window Specification dialog and change the Window Type to be Pass-Through.

    • You can also modify the Width and Height of the Pass-Through to your liking on the General panel. 

  3. On the Casing panel, uncheck Use Interior Casing as well as Use Exterior Casing.

  4. On the Sill panel, uncheck Use Interior Sill as well as Use Exterior Sill.


The result will be a pass-through in the middle of the wall, as shown in the image below.

To fill the pass-through

  1. Click Build> Cabinet> Soffit  and place two soffits back-to-back inside the opening.

    If you are having trouble placing the soffit in the same area as the pass-through, try holding down the Ctrl key while moving the soffit. This will temporarily disable any limitations when placing objects in your plan. 

  2. Adjust the soffits so they are larger than the opening.

  3. The opening is now sealed on both sides.

  4. You can now use the Eyedropper  and Material Painter  to change the color of each ­soffit to match your wall material.

To add the arch shown in this example, open the pass-through up to specification, select the Arch panel, and choose your desired style. 

The result is a niche that can be customized to match your room.