Creating Frameless, Euro-style Cabinets

Reference Number: KB-01365
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I need to model cabinets with frameless construction. How can I do this?


Frameless, or European style cabinets, are characterized by door and drawer fronts that cover most or all of the cabinet front, narrow gaps between front items, and hidden hinges.

You can easily set up your cabinets in Chief Architect to model this type of cabinet.

In many cases, it's best to design your cabinets in the Cabinet Defaults before you place any cabinets in your plan. You can, however, assign these specifications to any cabinet on an object by object basis in the Cabinet Specification dialog.

In this example, you will modify a single cabinet.

To create frameless cabinets

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet from the menu, then click in the drawing area to place a base cabinet at that location.

  2. Using the Select Objects tool, click on the base cabinet to select it and select the Open Object edit button to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  3. On the General panel:

    • Set the Countertop Thickness and Overhang if necessary.

    • If desired, Flat Sides and Flat Back can also be set here.

  4. On the Front panel:

    • Under Box Construction, select Frameless.

    • Under Door/Drawer Overlay, depending on your style preference you can select either Inset or Full Overlay and specify the desired Reveal.

  5. On the Door/Drawer panel:

    • Select the desired Door and Drawer Styles.

      There are a selection of European style doors and drawers available in the Library Browser, or Slab Doors also work well for creating this style.

    • Specify the desired Door and Drawer Handle styles.

      A selection of styles are available in the Library Browser under Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Hardware> Cabinet Hardware.

      Depending on the handles you select, you may also want to adjust the In From Edge and Down from Top values.

    • Specify "Hidden" as the Hinges style.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.