Building a Wine Rack or a Plate Shelf Using a Cabinet

Reference Number: KB-00434
Last Modified: April 13, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors


I would like to know the correct procedure for creating a wine rack or plate rack in a cabinet.


Both a wine rack and plate rack are easy to create using Home Designer Pro. However, unless you check the Inset option and eliminate the shelves, the wine rack or plate rack will not be correct in an elevation or camera view.

To add a Base Cabinet to your plan

  1. From the menu, select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet . then click in your plan to add the cabinet.

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

  3. Click on the Door/Drawer panel, click on the Library button next to Door Style.


  4. In the Select Library Object dialog, expand the list for Cabinet Doors, Drawers, & Panels.

  5. Find the list for Specialty Storage, where you will be able to choose an object such as a Plate Rack or Wine Rack.


    In this example, we will choose Wine Rack, though this procedure will work for any of the items in the list.

  6. After selecting Wine Rack, click the OK button to return to the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  7. On the Door/Drawer panel, under the Door Handle Style use the drop-down menu next to select None.

  8. If you would like to lock the size of the face of the cabinet, select the Lock from Auto-Resize Box.

To modify the cabinet shelves in Home Designer Pro

  1. Still in the Base Cabinet Specification dialog, go to the Box Construction Panel, and under Door/Drawer Overlay, click to move the radio button to Inset.


  2. On the Front panel, using the preview image, click on the wine rack to select it.


  3. Click on the Specify button next to Shelves to display the Cabinet Shelf Specification dialog.

  4. Move the radio button to Manual, and change the Number of Shelves to 0, then click OK.


  5. Once these settings have been completed, click the OK button to apply them and close the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

    If you would like to modify more than one cabinet at a time, use the Shift key to select several cabinets and change their attributes all at once, or use the object painter to take the attributes from one cabinet and place them on other cabinets.