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#1 posted 02-23-2017 04:08 PM

There are cabinet design programs, but they tend to be pricey and use “parametric modeling”. That means you spend a lot of time entering data about how you intend to build cabinets, then the software applies that to an overall size. These systems are good if you’re a large production shop that builds lots of boxes exactly the same way. They come off the rails if you want to design something new or make one oddball cabinet.

The beauty of using SketchUp is that you can model your “typical” cabinet, save it and modify copies of it quickly and easily. You can build a library of component parts as you go and reuse them over and over. There are also a lot of cabinet models available in the 3D warehouse that you can download and plug into a room model. It the end SketchUp can generate an accurate and detailed list of every part in the model. With SketchUp you can have your cake and eat it too, plugging in pre-built models and designing custom and one-off cabinets.

Here is a blog post about using SketchUp for cabinet design that compares different types of software.

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