Adding a Belly Band to a Structure

Reference Number: KB-00070
Last Modified: February 7, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to create a belly band around a structure that I am designing. How can I do that?

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Creating a belly band, sometimes referred to as a mid-section trim, is easy using the Make Room Molding Polyline edit tool. 

To create a horizontal belly band

  1. Click the Select Objects button, then click just outside of an exterior wall to select the Exterior Room of the structure.

    Selecting the exterior room for a structure

    • When the Exterior Room is selected, its name appears on the left side of the Status Bar and the exterior of the structure is highlighted.

    • If you select the wall or other object on accident, click the Select Next Object edit button or press the Tab key on your keyboard until the exterior of the structure becomes highlighted. 

  2. With the Exterior Room selected, click the Make Room Molding Polyline edit button to display the Make Room Molding Polyline dialog.

    Choose Blank Molding and specify how high you want the molding to be off the floor in the Make Room Molding Polyline dialog

    • Select Blank Molding from the Convert Molding drop-down list.

    • Set a Height value, which specifies how high you want the molding to be off the floor.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and create a molding polyline around the structure's exterior.

  3. With the newly created Molding Polyline selected, click the Open Object edit button to open the Molding Polyline Specification dialog.

    Molding added on the Moldings panel of the Molding Polyline Specification dialog

    • On the Moldings panel, click the Add New button to display the Select Library Object dialog and browse for a molding profile of your choice.

    • Specify the desired Width, Height, and Offsets as desired, and make sure that Extrude Inside Polyline is unchecked so the molding profile faces outward.

    • Select the Materials panel, click on the Molding polyline component, and specify the material that you want for this molding.

    • When you have finished, click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  4. Create a Perspective Full Overview to see the results.

    Note: In rare situations, the belly band molding may generate through an opening, such as a door or window. In these instances, you can select the molding, and use the Break Line edit tool to place a break on either side of the opening. You can then select the segment that was separated, open it up to specification, and check the No Molding on Selected Edge box to remove the molding from this edge of the molding polyline.

    This process can then be repeated for any other openings in which the molding is generating through.