Placing Cabinet Legs as Independent Symbols

Reference Number: KB-01040
Last Modified: January 6, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I need to place a cabinet foot, handle or knob manually instead of applying it through the Cabinet Specification dialog. Is there a way to do this?


With some simple adjustments to a base cabinet's settings you can easily place a cabinet foot from the library and slide it under the cabinet.

One reason you may want to do this is to place two different style feet under a cabinet or place a foot on either end of a long run of cabinets, but not in between them, or if you are using a special shaped cabinet that cannot have feet added to it automatically using the specification dialog.

In this example, we will be using a base cabinet to show how to adjust the bottom height but you could just as easily use a wall or full height cabinet instead.

To set up the cabinet

  1. First select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet and place a cabinet into a corner wall of your plan. It can be moved later.

  2. Press the Space key on your keyboard to activate the Select Objects tool and click on the base cabinet.

  3. Click the Open Object edit button or Ctrl + E on the keyboard to open the Cabinet Specification dialog.

    On a Mac use
    Command + E on the keyboard in place of Ctrl + E

  4. Under the General panel:


    • Make any desired adjustments to the cabinet.
      For the purposes of this peninsula example, we are using a Corner cabinet with a Bow Depth of -6 1/8".

    • Set the Floor to Bottom value to 4".

    • Under the Toe Kick section set Height and Depth to 0".

  5. Click OK to accept your changes.

To place the cabinet foot

  1. Navigate to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork> Cabinet Feet to find a selection of cabinet feet.

    For this example we will be using Flair leg.

  2. Click the cabinet foot to select it from the library and then click near your cabinet to place it into the plan.

  3. Select the cabinet foot and while holding the Ctrl key drag it into place under the base cabinet.

    On a Mac hold down the
    Command instead of the Ctrl key.

  4. With the cabinet foot still selected, select Edit> Copy from the menu and drag a copy from the original. Repeat this as many times as needed.


  5. You can now examine your cabinet using any of the camera tools to make sure the feet location looks correct in all views.

  6. If you think you may want to use this cabinet again the the future, group-select the cabinet and the feet, then click the Make Architectural Block  edit tool.

  7. Once blocked, click the Add to Library  edit button, then give the cabinet configuration a descriptive name in your User Catalog.