Placing an Apron Sink into a Cabinet


Reference Number: KB-00733
Last Modified: March 6, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

How can I place an apron sink into a cabinet?

Apron sink placed on a cabinet in a kitchen


ANSWER

An apron sink, which has a finished front surface that extends past the counter, can be placed into a base cabinet by following the steps below.

Like most kitchen sinks, apron sinks are placed in base cabinets, however, a few changes must be made to the cabinet for an apron sink to display correctly.


To create a cabinet with an apron sink

  1. Open the plan in which you would like to create an apron sink, select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  from the menu, and click once in your plan to create a base cabinet.  


  2. Select the Base Cabinet, click the Open Object edit button to open the Base Cabinet Specification dialog, and on the General panel:

    Width, height, and countertop thickness set on the General panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog

    • Increase the Width so the cabinet is the same as the width of the desired kitchen sink.

      In this example, we will use a 30" wide cabinet.

    • Reduce the Height of the cabinet by the thickness of the sink being placed.

      In this example, the cabinet will be 28" high.

    • Change the Countertop Thickness to 0." 


  3. On the Front/Sides/Back panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog, click on the drawer in the cabinet preview diagram on the right to select it:

    Selecting the cabinet drawer using the preview in the dialog

    • Click the Delete button within the Base Cabinet Specification dialog to remove it, leaving only the double doors.

      Preview of base cabinet with drawer deleted


  4. Click OK once you are done editing your cabinet to close out of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.


  5. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu to open the library if it's not already open, and browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures> Sinks> Kitchen Sinks> Apron Front.


  6. Select an appropriate apron front sink fixture and click once on the base cabinet to place the sink on top of it.

    Note: If the sink is not placed correctly, you can select the sink and use square move edit handle located in the middle of the sink to move it into your desired position.

    Additionally, you can select the sink and adjust properties such as width, depth, and height at this time.


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

    Camera view of an apron sink on top of a base cabinet


To create an apron sink that is smaller than the cabinet it sits on 


  1. Click Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  then click in your plan to place the base cabinet.


  2. Select the Base Cabinet, click the Open Object edit button to open the Base Cabinet Specification dialog, and on the General panel: 

    • Set the cabinet's Width.

      In this example, 36" is used.

    • Lower the Height of the cabinet by the thickness of the countertop.

      In this example, the height is set to 34 1/2". 

    • Change the Countertop Thickness to 0."


  3. On the Front/Sides/Back panel, select the Drawer in the preview image:

    Converting a drawer to be a blank area on the Front/Sides/Back panel of the Base Cabinet specification dialog

    • Select the Item Type drop-down menu and choose Blank Area.

    • Set the Item Height to the height of the basin of the desired sink.

      In this example 8" is used. 


  4. Click OK to confirm your changes and close the dialog.


  5. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu to open the library if it's not already open, and browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures> Sinks> Kitchen Sinks> Apron Front.
     

  6. Select an appropriate apron front sink fixture and click once on the base cabinet to place the sink on top of it.


  7. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the sink and click on the Open Object edit button to open the Fixture Specification dialog and on the General panel:

    • Lower the Finished Floor to Bottom height so that the sink will insert down into the Blank Area set up in Step 4.

      In this example, 27" is used.

    • Make any further modifications to the sink and then hit OK to close the dialog. 


  8. Click Build> Cabinet> Custom Countertop  then click and drag a rectangle shape over your cabinet to create a custom countertop.  

    Drawing a custom countertop


  9. Click to select the custom countertop. If the base cabinet is selected instead, select Tab on your keyboard to cycle to the countertop, and then click the Break Line  edit button.    

    • Click on the front edge of the custom counter top where you estimate the left edge of your sink will sit to place a break point.

      Placing a break on the left side where the sink meets the custom countertop

    • Using the Break Line tool again, click on the front edge at the approximate location of the sink's right edge to place an additional break point.  

      Placing a break point on the right edge of sink where it meets the custom countertop


  10. Select the front edge part of your cabinet in between the breaks that you just made and drag that edge back into the countertop to create the space where the sink will sit.

    Countertop adjusted using break points



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

    Camera view of an apron sink sitting inside a base cabinet



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