Editing Cabinet Shelf Spacing and Styles

Reference Number: KB-00787
Last Modified: December 17, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How do I change the type, number, thickness, spacing, depth, and material of the shelves inside of my cabinets?

custom china cabinet hutch filled with dishes in dining room


You can specify shelving in a china cabinet and control shelf attributes such as number, depth, spacing and thickness from the Front panel of the cabinet's specification dialog. 

To edit shelves inside cabinets

  1. Click Build> Cabinet> Full Height Cabinet , and click once in your plan to add a single cabinet.   

    For the purposes of this example, a full height cabinet is used, however, any cabinet type will follow the same procedure.

  2. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the cabinet, then select the Open Object  edit button to display the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog. 

  3. Select the Front panel, and click on the component of the cabinet that need the shelves modified.

    In this example, the upper portion of the default full height cabinet is divided in to three glass doors.

  4. By default, cabinet shelves are specified automatically. Click on the Specify button next to Shelves.  

    The default number of shelves, shelf type, thickness, spacing, and depth display here.

  5. Select the Manual radio button to specify cabinet shelving for the selected door or opening.  

    Notice that each shelf in the diagram is numbered.

  6. The shelf type, thickness, spacing, and depth can be specified on a per shelf basis or for all shelves at once. The preview pane on the right shows shelf numbers, thickness, depth, and spacing. Press the Tab key on your keyboard to update the preview as changes are made. 

  • To determine which, select the shelf number or All Shelves from the drop down list.

  • Specify the shelf Type from the drop down list.

  • Enter a shelf Thickness in fractions or decimals.

  • When you change the Spacing From Previous it will automatically uncheck Equal Spacing just below it. Spacing From Previous indicates the space from the shelf or item below it.

  • You can also select Full, Half or Specify the shelf Depth manually.

  • Once you have finished editing your cabinet shelves, click OK to close the dialog and return to the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog. 

  • Repeat this process for any other areas of the cabinet where you need the shelves to be modified.

  • You can change the material of the shelves specifically by going to the Materials panel, click on Shelves and then click the Library Materials button to browse for the material you want to use.
    In this example, the "Glass  Standard" material is used.

  • Once you have completed editing any other desired features of your cabinet, click OK to exit the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog, as well. 

  • To see the results, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  from the menu and click and drag a camera arrow directed at the cabinet.

  • Note: If a cabinet is resized after shelving has been manually edited, the specifications are maintained, but all shelves may not be display in all situations.