Adding a Niche or Cutout to a Wall

Reference Number: KB-01255
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I add a cutout or niche to my wall?


A niche is a cutout or indentation that is normally used as a shelf or display area built directly into a wall.

For this example we will add a niche to an interior wall in the center of a 4-wall structure.


To make a niche

  1. Click Build> Window> Pass-Through  and place the pass-through on the wall.

  2. Use Open Object  to view the Window Specification dialog.

  • On the General panel, verify that the Window Type is set to Pass-Through.

    You can also modify the Width and Height of the Pass-Through to your liking on the
    General panel. 

  • On the Casing panel, uncheck Use Interior Casing as well as Use Exterior Casing.

  • On the Sill panel, uncheck Use Interior Sill as well as Use Exterior Sill.

  • On the Frame panel, uncheck Has Frame.

  • On the Arch panel, set the Type to Round Top.

  • The result will be a simple pass-through opening in the middle of the wall.

  • To fill the pass-through

    1. Click Build> Cabinet> Soffit  and place two soffits back-to-back inside the opening.

      If you are having trouble placing the soffit in the same area as the pass-through, try holding down the Ctrl key on Windows, or the Command key on a Mac, while moving the soffit. This will temporarily disable any limitations when placing objects in your plan. 

    2. Adjust the soffits so that they are larger than the opening, and it will now be sealed on both sides.

    3. You can now use the Eyedropper  and Material Painter  to change the color of each soffit to match your wall material, and the result is a niche that can be customized to match your room.