Creating a Countertop Surface for a Laundry Room

Reference Number: KB-01077
Last Modified: August 26, 2021

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I would like to create a countertop in a laundry room without cabinets underneath. Do you have any suggestions on how to create this?

Laundry Room with a counter over the washer and dryer


When creating a laundry room, you may want a countertop area for folding, sorting, or ironing items over your washer and dryer surface. In this article, we will explain how to create a countertop over this area that does not have a cabinet below it.


To create a stand-alone countertop with a backsplash

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  , then click in plan at the appropriate location.

  2. Use the Select Objects  tool to select the cabinet and use its edit handles to increase its width.

    For the purposes of this example, the Width is set to 5' 9".

  3. With the cabinet still selected, click on the Open Object  edit button.

  4. In the Base Cabinet Specification dialog that displays, click on the toe kick in the 3D preview on the right to navigate to the Front panel, then click the Delete button.

    Selecting the toe kick in the preview and then deleting it

  5. On the General panel, make the following modifications to the existing values:

    Adjusting Height, Depth, and Floor to Bottom values in the Base Cabinet Specification dialog

    • Set the Height (Including Countertop) to 1 1/2".

    • Set the Depth to 33 3/4".

    • Set the Floor to Bottom value to 39 1/2".

    • Check the Backsplash box, if desired, then specify the backsplash properties to your liking.

  6. Next, go to the Materials panel and set the appropriate material for the Countertop and Backsplash, then click OK.

  7. Take a Camera  view to see the results.

Now that you have a countertop at the height you want, you can place objects below, and on top of this surface.

Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro have a Custom Countertop tool which allows you to quickly create and modify a custom countertop without having to place and modify a cabinet. Temporary dimensions will also pick up custom countertops starting in Home Designer 2022.