Inserting Multiple Appliances into a Single Cabinet

Reference Number: KB-00059
Last Modified: May 3, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to have a wall oven and a warming drawer in the same cabinet. How can I do this? 

Interior view of kitchen with stacked appliances in wall cabinet


Easily insert multiple appliances into a single cabinet by using the Cabinet Specification dialog.

To modify the height and width of the cabinet

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Full Height Cabinet and click in your plan to place a cabinet at the location where you clicked.

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

  3. On the General panel, specify the Width, Height, Depth and Floor to Bottom values for your cabinet.

    General panel of the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog

To add Face Items to the cabinet

  1. On the Front/Sides/Back panel of the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog, click on the top Face Item within the 3D preview and adjust the Item Height to your liking.

  2. With the top Face Item still selected, click the Add New button to add additional Face Items to the cabinet.

    Note: Clicking Add New will insert a new Face Item below the currently selected item. If there is no current selection, the new Face Item will be added to the bottom.

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

    New Cabinet Face Item dialog where the Item Type and Item Height can be set

  4. Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to re-order the face items 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. If you want to prevent a specific face item from resizing, Select the item and then check Lock from Auto-Resize. In X7 and prior, it's recommended to adjust Face Item heights starting at the top and working down.

To modify individual sections to have different appliances

  1. Click on the Face Item you want to modify to select it, and then click the Specify button next to the Appliance/Door/Drawer section.

    Front/Sides/Back panel where face items can be specified

  2. In the Select Library Object dialog, browse the library and choose the appliance you wish to insert, then click OK.

    Selecting the Chef Series Wall Oven in the Select Library Object dialog

    In this example, we browsed to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Appliances> Wall Ovens and chose the Chef Series Wall Oven.

  3. Back in the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog, click on any other Face Items you would like to add appliances to and perform the same procedure.

    Inserting an additional appliance into the same cabinet

    In this example, we chose to insert the Chef Series Warming Drawer at the bottom of the cabinet with an Item Height of 10 5/16".

  4. Finally, take a Camera view to see the results.

    Perspective Full Camera view of a full height cabinet with a double wall oven