Creating a Room with a Short Ceiling or Plant Shelf Closet Effect

Reference Number: KB-00878
Last Modified: July 23, 2021

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I want to have a 9 foot closet in my 12 foot entry, but I'd like to have a shorter, flat ceiling over the closet. Is this possible? 

Living room with an entryway closet


Creating a room which is not full height in a larger room with a cathedral or vaulted ceiling can be accomplished using the Shelf Ceiling setting located in the Room's Specification dialog.

To create a plant shelf closet

  1. Select Build> Wall> Straight Interior Wall  and click and drag to place walls for the closet.

    Drawing interior walls for the closet

  2. Once drawn, use the Select Objects tool to select the newly created closet, then click the Open Object edit button.

  3. On the Structure panel of the Room Specification dialog that displays, check the Shelf Ceiling box under the Ceiling category, and set the Finished Ceiling under the Relative Heights category to be a lower value than the larger room it's contained in.

    In this example, a value of 96" is used.

    Structure panel of the Room Specification dialog

  4. Click OK to confirm the changes and close the dialog.

To place a door in the closet

  1. Navigate to Build> Door  , choose your desired door tool, then click to place a door into the closet wall.

    In this example, we placed a Bifold door.

  2. Select the door and click the Open Object  edit button.

  3. On the General panel of the Door Specification dialog that displays, select a Door Style and change any other properties to your liking. 

    In this example, a Louvered door style is used and the Width was changed to 68".

    General panel of the Interior Door Specification dialog

  4. Select the Hardware panel to specify a door handle or knob if desired, then click OK.

    Hardware panel of the Interior Door Specification dialog

  5. Take a Camera  view to see the results.

    Camera view of a plant shelf closet