Creating a Cathedral Ceiling

Reference Number: KB-00471
Last Modified: February 3, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to create a room with a cathedral ceiling. How do I do this?

Living room with cathedral ceiling


When a room's ceiling is pitched rather than flat it is referred to as either a cathedral or vaulted ceiling. Cathedral ceilings are the same pitch as the roof and are typically produced by enclosing the bottoms of the roof rafters with a ceiling material.

Vaulted ceilings, while similar, do not share the same pitch as the roof, and are often framed using scissor trusses. If you are interested in a Vaulted Ceiling rather than a Cathedral, please see the Related Articles section below.

To create a cathedral ceiling

  1. Open  an existing Chief Architect plan in which you would like to create a cathedral ceiling.

  2. Click the Select Objects  tool, then click in an empty space of a defined room to select it.

    Note: In order for this method to work, the selected room must have a roof built directly above it, rather than a living space on the floor above. 

  3. With the room selected, click the Open Object  edit button. On the Structure panel of the Room Specification dialog, uncheck Flat Ceiling Over This Room, then click OK.

     Flat ceiling option in room specification dialog

  4.  Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  , then click and drag inside the room to view the result.

    Full camera view of a cathedral ceiling