Placing a Fixture or Appliance into a Cabinet

Reference Number: KB-00605
Last Modified: February 6, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


While adding a dishwasher, trash compactor, and other fixtures to my plan, an Information message sometimes tells me that this fixture/appliance must be placed into a particular type of cabinet. Why does this happen?

Render of a kitchen' interior with fixtures and appliances in the cabinets.


One of several warning messages may display if you try to place a fixture into a cabinet that it is not designed to insert into.

For example, if you try to place cook top into a Wall or Full Height cabinet, a message will state:

  • "This fixture or appliance must mount in a base cabinet. You clicked on a full height or wall cabinet."

Other Information messages that you might encounter include:

  • "This fixture/appliance can't be placed into a blocked cabinet."

  • "This fixture or appliance must be placed into a base, or perhaps full height, cabinet. You clicked on a wall cabinet."

In order to insert a fixture into a cabinet, you must insert it into the appropriate type of cabinet.

To place a fixture or appliance into a cabinet

  1. From the menu, select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet Base Cabinet, then click the location on the plan where the fixture will be placed.

  2. Use the Select Objects Select Objects tool and click once on the cabinet one time to select it and display its edit handles.

  3. Depending on the fixture, you may need to enlarge the cabinet to accommodate the fixture. Click on an edit handle and drag or resize the cabinet as desired.

  4. From the menu, select View> Library Browser Library Browser to open the Library Browser, then browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures or Appliances category.

  5. Expand the list for Fixtures (or Appliances) to display the contents of the category.

  6. To select an object for placement in your plan, click on the preview of the chosen appliance or fixture. Examples of fixtures and appliances that are placed into cabinets include:

    • Appliances such as cook tops, dishwashers, and wall ovens.

    • Fixtures such as sinks.

  7. Click in the middle of the cabinet. The fixture will now display on the plan as it has been placed in the cabinet.

  8. If an error message indicates that the cabinet is not large enough to hold the fixture/appliance:

    • Click the Select Objects Select Objects tool, then click on the cabinet in question.

    • Using either the edit handles or the settings in the cabinet's specification dialog, increase the width and/or depth so that it is large enough to hold the fixture.

    • Select the fixture or appliance from the library and place it into the cabinet.