Creating a Kitchen Island

Reference Number: KB-01022
Last Modified: July 20, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


I would like to create a kitchen island in my plan.  How can I accomplish this in Home Designer?

Kitchen island with a bar


Cabinets can be placed and customized to produce a wide variety of kitchen island configurations, including one that meets your needs.


To create a kitchen island

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  and click in your plan to place a single base cabinet.

  2. Continue placing cabinets until you have the right number of cabinets that will make up your island. Keep in mind that you can always add additional cabinets later, or delete extra cabinets, if necessary.

Once you have placed the cabinets in your plan, you can now select them to edit them.

To edit cabinets

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select a cabinet and notice the edit handles that display for editing the cabinet in our 2D floor plan view.

    Edit handles on a base cabinet

  2. Click on the triangular Rotate edit handle, and rotate a cabinet, and then use it's middle square Move edit handle to drag the cabinet into place.

  3. Notice that if you place a base cabinet, and then select it and rotate it, the program will automatically fill in the space between the two cabinets.

    Showing cabinet automatic fillers 

    If you're experiencing difficulty precisely positioning your cabinets, hold down the Control key on your keyboard to allow for unrestricted movement while you fine tune the adjustment of the cabinets.

  4. Use the square Resize edit handles to change the size of your cabinet, or you can adjust this later on the General panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

To create a bank of drawers

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to select a cabinet, and then click on the Open Object  edit button.

  2. On the General panel, notice that you can change the cabinet's Width and Depth values, in addition to using its edit handles as mentioned above. 

    Base cabinet specification dialog 

    Depending on your version of the software, you can also adjust its Height and features such as the Countertop and Backsplash.*

    *Not all features are available in all versions of the software. Images of dialog boxes shown in this article are using Home Designer Suite.

  3. On the preview of the cabinet that displays on the right side of the dialog, click on the door to highlight it, which will take you to the Front panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

    Changing a cabinet door into a drawer  

  4. Now, change the Item Height to 6".

    Changing the cabinet's face item height

  5. Select the Add New button and in the New Cabinet Face Item dialog, choose the Drawer option within the Item Type drop-down and specify the Item Height to be 6", to create another 6" high drawer. 

  6. Repeat this process once more to create a bank of four drawers, then click OK.

Next, create a 9" wide cabinet with an opening and no shelves. 

To create an opening with no shelves 

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to select the cabinet that you want to modify, then click the Open Object  edit button.

  2. On the General panel, specify a Width of 9".

  3. Then, click on the drawer in the preview to return to the Front panel and Delete the existing selected drawer.

  4. Next, select the remaining Door and use the Item Type drop-down menu to change it into an Opening.

You also have the ability to change the shape of our cabinets. In this example, change a base cabinet to a Radius End cabinet.

To create a special shaped cabinet 

  1. As with the cabinet we customized previously, this cabinet has a single Opening, but Include Shelves is left checked.

  2. To change your cabinet to a radius end, use the Select Objects  tool to select the cabinet that you want to edit, then click the Open Object  edit button. 

  3. On the General section, click the Type drop-down menu to choose the cabinet shape that you want.

    In this example, Right Radius End is selected.

There are several ways to change the materials on the cabinets in your plan.

To change the cabinet materials

There are several ways to change the materials on the cabinets in your plan. Using the Materials panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog, using the Material Painter, and using the dynamic defaults.