Creating a Kitchen Island

Reference Number: KB-01022
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 would like to create a kitchen island in my plan.  How can I accomplish this in Home Designer?


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.

    For the purposes of this example, the kitchen island is made up of ten base cabinets.

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

To edit cabinets

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

  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.


    If you are 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 section of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

    Now that we have the overall basic shape of our island created, as in the image below, we are ready to individually edit each one of the cabinets to have the door, drawer, opening, or shelves. Start by creating a cabinet with four drawers.

To create a bank of drawers

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to select a cabinet, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  2. On the General section, make a note that you can also change the cabinet's Width and Depth values in this dialog, in addition to using its edit handles in plan view. 


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

    *not all features available in all versions of the software.  Images of dialog boxes shown in this article are from 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 section of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog, with the door selected.

  4. From the Face Items, Item Type drop-down menu, change this to a Drawer


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


  6. Select the Blank Area below the two drawer to highlight it, and repeat steps 4 and 5, above, to create another 6" high drawer. 

  7. 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 edit, then click the Open Object  edit button.

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

  3. Then click on the drawer in the preview to return to the Front section 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.

  5. Finally, uncheck Include Shelves to create an open cabinet, and click OK.

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 Special 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.