Using Dynamic Defaults to Update Cabinets

Reference Number: KB-01009
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

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


I created my basic house plan using the default settings in the template file that I have chosen, but now I want to go through and change all of the cabinents in my plan to have different doors styles, hardware, materials, etc. Is there an easy way to do these all at once, or do I have to select and edit each one individually?


Dynamic defaults are values that can be set or changed globally throughout a model. These values are found in the default specification dialogs of most objects, including walls, doors, cabinets and rooms.These dynamic defaults are either followed by either a (D) in the value field or a Default check box. You can change the value for that kind of object and all the objects of the same type update automatically.

The exception to this rule is any object you have already edited the values for, in which case, the value does not update when you change the dynamic default value.


Therefore, as long as all of your Base, Full Height, and Wall cabinets are still using the default settings, changing all of the cabinets in your plan to have a different door style and materials can be accomplished quickly by editing your Cabinet Defaults.

Please note that it is wise to set up all of your default settings, including those for cabinets, prior to starting your plan file. However, changes often need to be made after a plan is started and this article will walk you through editing your cabinet default settings after having already completed a design. 

To edit your cabinet default settings

  1. First, launch Home Designer and Open  the plan in which you would like to change your cabinet defaults.

  2. Select Edit> Default Settings  to display the Default Settings dialog.

  3. Click on the arrow  sign next to Cabinets to expand out this category

  4. For the purposes of this example, we will begin by setting our Base Cabinet Defaults, so click on the Base Cabinet option to highlight it, and click on the Edit button to display the Base Cabinet Defaults dialog.

    Please be aware that options in each dialog may differ based on the version of Home Designer that you are using. 

  5. On the General panel, you can set the defaults for your base cabinets Height, Width, Depth and distance from the bottom of the cabinet to the floor. 

  6. Select the Front panel to configure the number and size of drawers, doors, and shelves for your default Base cabinet.

  7. Select the Door/Drawer panel to specify the style and hardware for any doors and drawers applied to the default cabinet.

  8. Select the Materials panel to change the materials for your Cabinet including the Backsplash, Countertop, Hardware, etc.

  9. Once you have finished making your changes, click OK to apply them and take a Camera  view to see the results.


Repeat this same process for setting the defaults for your Full Height Cabinet and Wall Cabinet defaults.

If you want to change all of the cabinets in, for example, only the kitchen, and not the bathrooms of your plan, make sure that you set the cabinets for the bathrooms appropriately before changing the default settings, as changing the default will apply to all cabinets in your plan that are using the Default setting, regardless of their room location. 

If you have a cabinet that you want to globally update when you change the defaults, but are no longer using the default setting, to reset a value back to the dynamic default, type the letter D in the field or click the Default checkbox and click OK.