Editing Cabinet Components and Creating a Cabinet Schedule

Reference Number: KB-00991
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to be able to adjust how my cabinets display in both the Materials List and in the Cabinet Schedule. How can I do that?


Many architectural objects in the program, from walls to cabinets to images, have components and accessories associated with them that are calculated in the Materials List.In addition to editing and adding information for objects and their accessories in the Materials and Master Lists, you can edit and add information directly to these objects in the Components dialog.

To edit objects using the Components dialog

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and Open the plan in which you want to change how the Materials List, or Schedule, displays in regards to cabinets.

  2. Select a cabinet, then click the Components edit button to open its Components dialog.

    You can also define the components for a variety of items saved in unlocked libraries of the Library Browser. When a library item is placed into a plan, its component information goes along with it. In the Library Browser tree view, right click to highlight and select an unlocked symbol in the Library Browser and choose the Components option to open the Components dialog.

  3. The information in the Components dialog is the same as the Materials List line item(s) for the selected object and can be edited in much the same way. Price, Supplier, Manufacturer, Comments and Type information can be added and saved with the object itself. When that object is copied, even into a different plan, this information is transferred, as well, and will be calculated in the Materials List.

  4. In addition to their components, cabinets also have sub-components such as their doors, drawers and hardware. Sub-component information in the ID, Size and Description columns is indented to help distinguish it from regular component information.

  5. In the Components dialog, you can add additional Materials List entries to a selected object. These user-created entries are called Accessories.

    Accessory quantities can only be edited when one object is selected. If multiple objects are group selected, accessory quantities are locked.

To create a new accessory

  1. Select an object and click the Components edit button to open the Components dialog.

  2. Click the Add button and a new line is added to the spreadsheet.

  3. The new entry is given an item name of Accessory. You can give it any name you wish.

  4. All other columns for accessory items except ID can also be edited.

  5. To remove an accessory, click any part of its row and click the Delete edit button.

To create a new cabinet sub-accessory

  1. Click in any cell in the row of the component with the Description that matches the cabinet type: base, wall or utility cabinet.

  2. Select an object and click the Components edit button to open the Components dialog.

  3. Click the Add button. A new line is added to the spreadsheet and its ID, Size and Description information is indented to denote that it is a sub-accessory.

  4. Click OK to apply the changes.

Cabinet Schedules

Schedules and the object labels associated with them can be edited in the Schedule Specification dialog.

To set the initial settings for the Cabinet Schedule in its Schedule Defaults dialog.

  1. Default Settings are accessed by selecting Edit> Default Settings .

    • Click the arrow next to Schedules to display the schedule sub-headings.

    • Select the Cabinet Schedule subheading and click the Edit button to open the Cabinet Schedule Defaults dialog.

      Note: Once created, individual schedules can be modified without altering the default settings.

  2. Once you have completed making changes to the Cabinet Schedule Default settings, click OK to apply the changes.

  3. Now you are ready to place a cabinet schedule in your plan. Select Tools> Schedules> Cabinet to select this tool, and click in your plan to place the Cabinet Schedule.

  4. Once placed in your plan, to open the Cabinet Schedule Specification dialog for a schedule, either select the schedule and click the Open Object edit button or double-click the schedule itself using the Select Objects tool.

  5. On the General panel, under Available Columns you can select each column you want to display in the schedule and click Add =>, or under Columns to Include select and remove a desired column so that this items will not be displayed in the schedule. At least one column must be included to create a schedule.

  6. If you want to exclude an object, such as Wall Cabinets, from this particular schedule, uncheck this option in the Objects to Include section.

  7. The Label panel of the Cabinet Schedule Specification dialog controls the type, size and appearance of the labels that display in floor plan view.

    If a shape is selected, and Show Labels is checked, cabinets show the shaped label with schedule number and nothing else. All other label options, except for Character Height and Initial Offset, will have no effect. If no shape is selected and Show Labels is also selected, window or door are labelled according to the format defined on this panel and the Label panel for the specific object.

Schedule to Text

  1. Click the Schedule to Text  edit button to convert the selected schedule to a tabbed text object. You can then edit the schedule as text. When a schedule is converted to text, it no longer updates automatically. In addition, shaped labels displaying as specified in the schedule’s specification dialog will no longer be present.

  2. You can copy the text from the Text Specification dialog and paste it into other applications.

Renumber Schedule

  • Schedule numbering is dependent on the order in which objects are placed in the plan, as well as the floor they are on.

  • Any objects present in your plan before a schedule is created will be listed first in ascending alphanumeric order, according to their Label information.

  • A new, unique object placed in the plan after the schedule is created will be added to the bottom of the schedule in the order that they are placed, regardless of its Label information.

  • When an object is edited, its schedule number may or may not change:

    • If an object with a Quantity of 1 in the schedule is edited, its position in the schedule will not change.

    • If a group of objects listed on the same row in a schedule are edited simultaneously, their position will not change.If an object listed on the same row in a schedule with other similar objects is edited so that it is no longer similar enough to share the same row, it will move to the bottom of the schedule.

    • To reorganize the items in a schedule so that their order is based solely on their Label information, select the schedule and click the Renumber Schedule edit button.

Reordering items in the schedule

  1. To reorder the items in the schedule manually, you can select the schedule using the Select Objects tool.

  2. Then click and drag the item up or down the schedule to change it's position