Understanding Universal Cabinets

Understanding Universal Cabinets

Universal Cabinets

The Universal cabinets have been designed as highly customisable, versatile options within CabMaster. A single Universal cabinet can be used to create something as large as a full-sized wardrobe, or something as small as a standard floor or wall cabinet.


Before creating your Universal cabinet in CabMaster, it is important to first decide on your desired end result. A Universal cabinet has the option of up to 4 Main Divisions (of vertical orientation), thereby creating 5 separate Areas inside the cabinet, as shown below:

Within each Area, you can place up to 2 Horizontal Divisions, and up to 3 Vertical Divisions (one in each of the sections Upper, Mid and Lower). As shown below, each section has a code to reference its location:

A1U1: Area1 Upper1

A1U2: Area1 Upper2

A1M1: Area1 Mid1

A1M2: Area1 Mid2

A1L1: Area1 Lower1

   A1L2: Area1 Lower2

It is also important to note that a Horizontal Division will separate Vertical Divisions, and a Main Division will show as the separation between Horizontal Divisions. See the two examples below:

Horizontal Division splits a Vertical Division

Main Division splits a Horizontal Division

In each Area, you can put different content. There is the choice of:
  1. Void (empty space)
  2. Hanging Rail
  3. Double Hanging Rail
  4. Shelves
  5. Drawers
  6. Grid
  7. Verticals
  8. Machinable Object

Area Sizes

Once you have decided how many Areas you need in your Universal Cabinet and what you would like to place in each Area, you can start to create the cabinet, and adjusting the sizes and applying content to each Area.

Each Area can be resized quite easily. On the Cabinet Details -> Settings page, untick the “Even” checkbox, and set the width for each Area:

Inside each Area (the areas separated by the Main Divisions), the Horizontal and Vertical divisions can also be positioned to set the widths and heights of each Area. As shown in the image below, the red line has moved the Vertical Division so that A1M1 (Area1 Middle1) will have a width of 50mm, and the remaining space will be for A1M2 (Area1 Middle2). Similarly, the blue line shows that the height of A1M1 and A1M2 will be 300mm above the lower section, and the green line shows that the height of A1L1 and A1L2 (Area1 Lower1 & Lower2) will be 400mm. The remaining height will be positioned in A1U1 and A1U2 (Area1 Upper1 & Upper2).


By default, Universal Cabinets have Division Doors turned on. This is controlled on the Doors " Div Doors page’s “Include” checkbox.

Div Doors vs Cell Doors

Division Doors and Cell Doors have slightly different properties. A Division Door can only attach to a Main Division, End Left and End Right, but Cell Doors can attach to any part of the cabinet.

Hinge Positions, Extend To, Additional Door Gaps

The Door Properties for individual Division Doors can be found by pressing the “Edit” button alongside the name of the door which you want to modify. Similarly, Cell Doors can have their properties adjusted by going to the Doors " Cell Doors page and clicking the button with the name of the door that you want to modify.

Cabinet Parts: Labour & Construction

By default, Universal Cabinets have a Top, Bottom, End Left, End Right, Top Rail and Bottom Rail present. The presence of these cabinet parts is controlled under the Labour & Construction group of pages. From these pages you can also adjust the positioning, sizes, extensions and recesses of individual cabinet parts.

Division Drilling Side

On the page Cabinet Machining -> Div+, there are the options to specify what type of division it is. As shown in the diagram below, Main Division 1 has been selected as a Left-hand Division and will have machining applied to the right side, and Main Division 2 has been selected as a Right-hand Division and will have machining applied to the left side.

NOTE: If no changes are made to the Cabinet Machining -> Div+ page, by default each Division will be set to Left Division.

Sloped Cabinets

Sloped cabinets are only available in the Universal1 cabinet. Looking at the colour references below, you can see how each value entered affects the size and shape of the sloped cabinet.

TIP: Click the attachment to download this HowTo to your desktop as a .pdf

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