Changing Wall Heights

Reference Number: KB-02969
Last Modified: June 16, 2017

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


How can I change the height of walls in my plan?


There are several different methods for adjusting the height of walls in your plan, depending on what it is that you want to achieve.

varying wall heights for bathroom closet, shower, and tub

In this article, you will learn about:

  • Setting the default Ceiling Height
  • Changing the height of all walls in a single room
  • Changing the height of a single wall to create a half wall
  • Creating a room, such as a closet or shower, with shorter walls than the rest of the room

There is a Floor Defaults dialog for each floor in a plan, and ideally the defaults for Floor 1 should be set before you start drawing. The defaults for the current floor can be accessed and modified by following the steps below.

To set the default Ceiling Height

  1. With Floor 1 active in your 2D plan view, select Edit> Default Settings , expand the Floors and Rooms category, select Current Floor, then click on the Edit button.

  2. In the Floor 1 Defaults dialog:

    • Under Relative Heights, set the Finished Ceiling (F) height value of the tallest standard room in your plan.

      If you have a loft or grand entry area, you will use an Open Below room to create this instead of a raised ceiling. To learn more, see the Related Articles section below. 
      For the purposes of this example, set the Finished Ceiling (F) value to 107 5/8".

    • Click OK.

  3. Once you have set your default Finished Ceiling Height for Floor 1, you can always modify an individual room's Ceiling Height in its Room Specification dialog to be a different value.

To change the height of all walls in a room

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click inside of the room you want to have a different value than the Floor Defaults value, and click on the Open Object  edit button to display its Specification dialog.

  2. On the Structure panel of the Room Specification dialog:

    • Set the Finished Ceiling (F) height value, and notice that thecheckmark in the Default box to the right automatically unchecks to reflectthat this value is no longer set to the default.

      For the purposes of this example, we will set the FinishedCeiling (F) value of the Bath to 96 7/8".

    • Click OK to apply this change.

  3. Repeat this process for any other remaining rooms in your plan that need to be set to a lowered ceiling height.

    A more detailed description of this dialog and settings can be located in the "Controlling Floor and Ceiling Heights" article linked in the Related Articles section below.

To change the height of a single wall

  1. If you have already drawn these walls using the Wall tool, delete them and instead use Build> Wall> Straight Half Wall , then click and drag to create new half walls at the appropriate locations.

    In Home Designer Essentials, which does not have the Half Wall tool, use Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Railing .

  2. Select one of the newly created Half Walls, and click on the Open Object  edit button to display its Specification dialog.

  3. On the Newels/Balusters panel, set the Railing Height.

    For the purposes of this example, where we are creating a tub deck around a bathtub, we will use a value of 22".

    In Home Designer Essentials, the Railing Height is set on the Rail Style panel, where you will also need to set the Railing Type to Solid to create a half wall.

  4. Go to the Materials panel to set the materials for the Interior Wall Surface, Exterior Wall Surface, and top Rail, then click OK to apply the changes.

  5. Repeat this process to any other Half Walls in the plan.

    For this example, we will include the half wall railings that are using Panels, specified on the Rail Style panel, with a Glass Panel, specified on the Newels/Balusters panel, for shower walls.  These will have the Railing Height set to 84".

To learn more about creating half walls, see the"Creating a Half Height Wall" Knowledge Base article in the Related Articles section below. 

To create a room with a shorter ceiling

  1. Use the Select Objects tool to select the room that you'd like to have a shorter ceiling and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Room Specification dialog. 

    For the purposes of this example, we used interiors walls to create a closet that will also be used as a shelf.

  2. On the Structure panel, check the Shelf Ceiling box and then specify a lower value for Finished Ceiling (F). 

    In this example, 83 1/4" was used. 

  3. Next, select Build> Door> Doorway , then click to place the door. Next, select the doorway and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display its Specification dialog.

    On the General panel:

    • Change the Door Style to Louvered.

    • Set the Door Type to Bifold.

    • Set the Width and Height.

    • If needed, adjust the Panel Frame Options for Width and Bottom.

    • Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog.

  1. Finally, take a Full Camera  view to see the results.

    To learn more, see "Creating a Plant Shelf Closet" in the Related Articles section below.

Home Designer Pro also allows you to manually adjust wall heights in camera views, such as to create a stepped foundation with pony walls. To learn more, see "Creating a Stepped Foundation" in the Related Articles section below.