Placing a Column in a Doorway

Reference Number: KB-00188
Last Modified: August 26, 2022

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I would like to place a column in a doorway, but it wants to snap to either side of the wall. How can I place columns in the doorway itself?

Two columns placed within a doorway


Placing a column in a doorway can be done by overriding the snapping behaviors using the Ctrl/Command key on the keyboard.

To place a column in the doorway

A doorway can be placed in your plan using the Doorway tool or using a doorway that is located within the Library Browser. For the purposes of this example, we will place use a doorway from the Library Browser.

  1. Select View> Library Browser to open the Library Browser side window if it's not already open, then navigate to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Doors and Doorways> Doorways and Openings.

  2. Select an appropriate doorway, then click along a wall to place it in your plan.

    You can modify a doorway's properties, such as the Width, Height, Casing, and more within it's Specification dialog.

  3. With the Library Browser still open, locate a column to place in your plan. These can be found by navigating to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork> Columns.

  4. Once an appropriate column has been selected, click in your plan near the doorway to place it.

  5. Using the Select Objects tool, select a column you've just placed.

  6. Hold down the Ctrl/Command key on your keyboard to temporarily override the snap settings, then use the Move  edit handle to position the column into the doorway.

  7. Repeat this procedure for any additional columns that you would like to be in the same area as the doorway.