Message: Area too constricted, could not position item here.

Reference Number: KB-00829
Last Modified: December 22, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

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


Sometimes, when I try to place an object into my plan, I see one of the following messages:

  • Area too constricted, could not position fixture or furniture item here.  
  • Area too constricted, could not create new cabinet module. 
  • Area too constricted, could not position an architectural block here.
  • Area too constricted, could not position a corner cabinet here.


These messages display when you try to place an object into a space in your plan that is too small to accommodate it. Typically, this is because other objects are already occupying all or part of that space.

To avoid this issue, place the object into a larger space in your plan where it will not conflict with other objects.

In some cases, a particular space might be just large enough to accommodate the object; but because it is somewhat difficult to click precisely in the center of that space to place the object, this warning message will still display.

You can position the object where you want by first clicking to create it in a large, open space in the plan. Once the object is created, move it into its final position. To override any movement restrictions you encounter, hold down the
Ctrl key on your keyboard if you're on a Windows PC or the Command key on a Mac as you drag the object with its Move edit handle.

Similarly, if you are furnishing a room and need to position fixtures and furnishings near or within one another, begin by placing them in an open space and then
Ctrl + Drag or Command + Drag them into position.