Modifying a Cabinet to Have Two Different Door Styles

Reference Number: KB-01216
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


I would like the front of my cabinet to have two different door styles.  How can I create this effect?


You can use Doors and Drawers in the Cabinet Specification dialog to create the effect of two different door styles on a cabinet, as demonstrated in the image below.

In addition, Pro 2014 and newer also has a tool for specifying multiple door and drawer styles. See How to put two different door styles on a cabinet in Home Designer Pro, linked at the bottom of this page for more information. 


To create a cabinet that appears to have two different door styles

  1. First, launch Home Designer and select File> New Plan and choose to start the new plan using the Today's Traditional style template and click OK.

    Note: Choose the "Today's Traditional" style template as the wall cabinets for this template style have a crown molding applied to their top by default.

  2. Next, select Build> Cabinet> Wall Cabinet , then click to place the cabinet in your plan.

Now that you have created a cabinet in your plan, you are ready to make your modifications to it.


To modify the cabinet

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

  2.  In the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog on the General panel:

    Specify the Height, Width, Depth and Floor to Bottom values for your cabinet.

    For the purposes of this example, adjust the Height to 56" and the Width to 30".

  3. On the Front panel:

    Click Add New to display the New Cabinet Face Item dialog, then from the Item Type drop-down menu, select Double Drawer.

    Set the Item Height at 18" and click OK.

  4. Click on the drawer in the preview of the cabinet along the right side of the dialog to select it, then click the Move Up button three times to move it up above the separation and existing cabinet doors.

  5. On the Door/Drawer panel:

    In the Door section, click on the Library button next to Style, and navigate to an appropriate cabinet door.

    For the purposes of the example, browse to ArchitecturalCabinet Doors, Drawers, & PanelsRectangularFramedRecessed Panel EP

    Next, in the Drawer section, click on the 
    Library button to navigate to an appropriate door style.

    For the purposes of this example, browse to
     ArchitecturalCabinet DoorsDrawers & PanelsRectangularFramedGlass Double Panel, then click OK.

    Under Drawer Handle, use the Style drop-down to select 

  6. On the Materials panel:

    Click to highlight an item in the list, and use the Library Material button to browse to display the Select Library Object dialog, which allows you to choose an appropriate material.

    For the purposes of this example, set the Cabinet as well as its Doors and Moldings to Materials> Wood> Walnut> HighRes Walnut Sheet.

    For the Glass Double Panel EP Glass material, browse to Materials> Glass & Glazing> Stained Glass> Diamond Row Art Glass.

  7. Finally, click OK to apply of these changes to your cabinet and close the Wall Cabinet Specification dialog.

  8. To see the results of your modifications, select 3D> Create Camera View> Full Camera , then click and drag to create the image.

  9. Lastly, use the Select Objects  tool to select the cabinet, and click on the Add to Library  edit tool so that you can use this cabinet again in the future by placing it directly from the Library Browser.