Using Different Door Styles on a Single Cabinet

Reference Number: KB-00040
Last Modified: July 19, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to be able to have different door styles on my cabinets. How can I do this?

Interior of kitchen with wall cabinets that contain rectangular panel style doors, arched doors, and glass doors


For this tutorial, a Full Height Cabinet will be used. To place a Full Height Cabinet in your plan, navigate to Build> Cabinet> Full Height Cabinet  and click in your plan to place it.

To modify the height and width of the cabinet

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to select the cabinet, and click the Open Object  edit button to display the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog.

  2. On the General panel, specify the Width, Height, and Depth values for your cabinet.

    General panel of the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog

To add sections to the cabinet

  1. On the Front/Sides/Back panel of the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog, set the Side to Front, change the Side Type to Custom Face, then click the Add New button to add additional sections to the cabinet.

    Changing the face items on a full height cabinet

  2. In the New Cabinet Face Item dialog, set the Item Type and the Item Height, then press OK.

    Adding a new face item to a cabinet

  3. Use the Move Up / Move Down and Split Vertical / Split Horizontal buttons to re-order the sections as necessary. 
Note: To ensure that face item heights always equal the total cabinet front height, the program automatically adjusts the bottom face item as changes are made elsewhere. This means you should start editing face items at the top and work down.

To modify individual sections to have different door styles

  1. Remaining on the Front/Sides/Back panel, click on the Face Item you want to modify to select it, and select the Specify button next to Appliance/Door/Drawer to open the Door Face Item Specification dialog.

    Selecting the Specify button to adjust the door/drawer style for a single face item

  2. Click the Library button next to Door Style, and in the Select Library Object dialog that opens, pick and choose your preferred door/drawer style for this individual face item.

    Selecting the Library button to modify the door style for this face item

  3. Make any other desired modifications to this face item, then click OK.

To add or modify moldings

  1. On the Moldings panel, click Add New to add a new molding or Replace to replace an existing cabinet molding with a new profile.

  2. In the Select Library Object dialog that displays, navigate to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Molding> Crown Molding within the Library Browser , choose your preferred molding for the cabinet, then click OK.

  3. Specify the Width, Height, and Offset of the molding as desired, then click OK.

    Add or specify a molding on the Moldings panel of the cabinet specification dialog