Adding Shutters, Curtains, or Blinds to Windows


Reference Number: KB-00159
Last Modified: February 28, 2022

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

I would like to add window treatments to my windows. How can I do this?

Roman blinds on windows in a bathroom


ANSWER

In Chief Architect, shutters, curtains, and blinds can be applied to windows using the Window Specification dialog.


To add shutters to a window's exterior using the Window Specification dialog

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on a window to select it, then click on the Open Object  edit button.


  2. On the Shutters panel of the Window Specification dialog that displays:

    Window Specification dialog on the Shutters panel setting the Type

    • Use the Type drop-down to choose the type of shutter you would like to apply, or click the Library button to choose a shutter option from the library. Some basic shutter options can be located by navigating to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork> Exterior Shutters.

      Additional shutters can be found in the Exterior Shutters bonus catalog. To learn more about downloading and importing additional catalogs, please refer to the "Obtaining Library Content" resource located in the Related Articles section.


    • Once a shutter type has been selected, adjust the Size and Position to your liking.

    • If the type is set to Louvered, in X14 and newer versions, the Louver Size can be defined.

    • In X14 and newer versions, select the checkbox for Show Closed if the shutters should appear closed in a 3D view.

    • Specify which Sides of the selected window receive shutters.


  3. Once all desired changes have been made, click OK to close the dialog.


  4. In X14 and newer program versions, shutters added to a window using the Specification dialog will display in both camera and floor plan views. They will also be placed onto a stand-alone layer titled "Shutters".

    In X13 and prior program versions, shutters added to a window using the Specification dialog will only display in section and camera views. They are also placed onto the same layer as the window.


To add curtains or blinds to a window's interior

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on a window to select it, then click on the Open Object  edit button.


  2. On the Treatments panel of the Window Specification dialog that displays:

    Treatments panel of the Window Specification dialog

    • Click the Library button under the Curtains section to choose a curtain style from the library. A variety of curtain styles can be located by navigating to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Interiors> Accessories> Window Treatments> Curtains.

    • Click the Library button under the Blinds section to choose a blind style from the library as well, if desired. A variety of blinds can be located by navigating to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Interiors> Accessories> Window Treatments> Blinds.

    • If a curtain style have been chosen, specify a Height Off Floor and Height Above Casing value.


  3. Once all desired changes have been made, click OK to close the dialog


MORE INFORMATION

  • The Treatments panel is not available in the Wall Niche and Window Symbol Specification dialogs.

  • Exterior millwork can be added to windows on the Treatments panel of the Window Specification dialog. Some common objects that fall into this category include corbels, keystones, pilasters, and trim blocks.

  • Shutters, curtains, and blinds can be searched and selected from the Library Browser, then placed into a plan as stand-alone objects. When taking this approach, be aware that the stand-alone objects are not part of the window in any capacity, and must be sized and positioned separately.