You’ll want an accurate, realistic floor plan of your client’s room before you begin to design. The following steps describe how to set the defaults, length and height, position, angle, and other parameters of your walls in KCD Software.
NOTE: In the following steps, we’ll be viewing the floor plan for a room only. (To switch between floor plan and elevation, press the Spacebar twice or click on View and then click on Elevation Floor Plan.)
KCD Software comes to you with a default standard of 96 inches for the Wall Height and 4½ inches for the Wall Thickness. In this example, we’re going to assume that you want walls that are 108 inches high. Therefore, you need to the change the KCD Software default standard height from 96 to 108.
If you set the default height (and thickness) to match your typical projects, you will make fewer changes each time you start a new project.
To change the defaults:
If you want to set the wall height to 108 for your current project only, click on Set in This Job Only.
Let’s say that you’ve changed the default height of walls to 108 inches. Now you need to set the length and position of the walls.
If you want to change Wall Length and/or Wall Height for this wall (#1), double click in the center of the wall and the Add – Change Wall menu will reappear.
The Add – Change Wall menu allows you to manipulate walls in a number of ways. We’ll describe how to flip a wall later on in this how-to. But you might want to try out some options on your own. Press the More button to show all of the options listed in the picture here.
In this screenshot, the grid is turned out: click on View, then click on Show Grid.
Assume you have one wall of the room you are designing: 99 inches long by 108 inches high. You need to complete the rest of the walls.
In the picture below, a short wall (#3) has been added to the right of the room.
If you need a more precise angle, double click on the middle of the wall and the Add – Change Wall menu will pop up. You can type in the exact angle (in this case 55 degrees).
If you move a wall from one side of the workspace to another, it may end up facing the wrong direction. Let’s say that your drawing looks like this:
Note that on the right-hand wall (#3), the length (34) appears inside the room you’re designing. This means that the wall is turned around: any cabinets you hang on wall #3 will hang on the outside of the room. You need to flip the wall so that it is facing the other walls and clearly part of the room you are designing, not the room next door.
You might see a message: “You may also need to ‘Flip’ any adjoining walls.” Click on OK.
Now any cabinets that you add will be part of the room you are designing, not part of the room next door.
The easiest way to remove a wall (or cabinet or anything else on your workspace) is to drag it to the trash bin in the lower left corner of the screen. You can retrieve an item from the trash bin within the same session by pressing Ctrl Z on your keyboard.
We hope this how-to has been helpful. At KCD Software, we always welcome comments and suggestions for making our Cabinet Suite, Closet Suite, and Doors Plus better—and easier to use.