Dimensioning Cabinets in a Wall Elevation

Reference Number: KB-00927
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural


How can I create a detailed elevation view of my cabinets?


Create a cabinet elevation by using the elevation camera and then use manual dimensions.


To create a wall elevation   

  1. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Elevation  to activate this tool, and then click and drag towards your cabinets in your 2D floor plan view to generate an elevation of that wall.

    • In Home Designer Pro, navigate to 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation.

  2. To save this Wall Elevation, select 3D> Save Active Camera  .

To dimension cabinets in the elevation

  1. To dimension in the wall elevation view, select CAD> Dimension> Manual Dimension  and then click and drag out a dimension line across the cabinets that you want dimensioned.

  2. You can now select the dimension, and use its Move edit handle to drag it up, down, or off to the side so that it does not directly run through the cabinets.

  3. By default, you will likely notice that the value of this cabinet dimension is in feet and inches.

  4. To change the default display for dimensions so that this shows inches only, select Edit> Default Settings , select Dimension and click on the Edit button to open the Dimension Defaults dialog.

    • In Home Designer Pro, navigate to Edit> Default Settings> Dimension> Dimensions. 

  5. On the Format panel of the Dimension Defaults dialog:

    • Change the Units to be inches only.

  6. Click OK when you have finished making changes to apply them and close the Dimension Defaults dialog.

  7. You can also use the Text  tools to add notes in a Wall Elevation.

  8. If you would prefer to not have colored elevations, you can select View> Color  to turn off the display of color.

    • In Home Designer 2014 and prior versions, navigate to Tools> Display Settings> Color Off.