Polyboard: Shelves and Uprights

Management of shelves and vertical separations in Polyboard, plus a look at the powerful Inner Casing feature for creating modern flexible designs very quickly.

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Shelves and Vertical Divisions

How to add these inner panels to your model. We cover positioning, the hierarchical system for placing shelves and uprights, and offer an overview of the types you can chose from based on their association with specific manufacturing methods.

Double Backs

The Add Double Backs feature is used to add a panel parallel to the back panel of your cabinet. This can be used to split the inside of a unit from side to side, as opposed to an upright back to front. Uses include the creation of a kitchen island where you would like to have a door or drawers both front and back, with an internal partition in between.

Free Divisions (shelves and uprights with a slope)

This feature is used when you need to create a shelf or upright with a slope. We cover adding a right to left and front to back slope to a shelf, and rotating uprights so they can be placed at an angle. We also highlight the orientation feature which allows you to quickly place the free division parallel to another panel of your cabinet, opening up some nice design opportunities.

Update: the Free Divisions feature has now been added to our Quick Design toolbars, and an additional positional reference parameter has been added. Previously you could only adjust a free division's position relative to the zone it is inside. Now you can position relative to the sides of the zone as shown by the red arrows. See the 2 images below for information:

free divisions icon quick design toolbar
free division position reference

Using Nil Panels

A nil panel is a virtual panel used to divide a volume where you don't want to add a real panel. It is a useful way to manage the internal space of a cabinet and add separate elements like doors and drawers where you don't want to have a separating shelf. You can also turn the display of these nil panels on and off.

Inner Casing Design Feature

A very flexible feature inside Polyboard that allows you to move beyond classic shelving and uprights to create unique, modern and complex designs in minutes. Inner casing allows you to add dimensioned boxes inside the main volume or any sub volume of your design.

Using Quick Design Divisions

Quick Design libraries allow you to automatically set all the inner components with default insertion parameters like set back distance, play, etc.

This video shows how to use the Division sub-libraries to do this. Note that the current version of the libraries has been further simplified.


Frames notching uprights

Adding the vertical division behind a frame can cause the frame to be split in half. In this case, we add the upright, then add the frame/cross-rail as a double back, and use the groove function to extend the rail across the cabinet. This will notch the upright as required.

Upright cutting through shelf with face frame added

This videos covers two concepts. If you need to cut one panel through another, a good way to do it is with the groove features. Here an upright is extended through a shelf.

This model is complicated by having a face frame on the vertical panel or upright. To do this add a separate space in front of the upright using a false double back which is a nil panel. Then add another upright for the face frame into this space.

Shelves and Vertical Separations Example

Polyboard calls all horizontal separations within a cabinet shelves. All vertical divisions are called uprights. This tutorial shows how to create them in Polyboard very quickly and easily.

Sliding Shelves

There are two simple ways to do this. Either start with a normal shelf and add hardware and play to allow the shelf to slide, or add a drawer and remove everything but the bottom of it.

Vertical Separations on a Bow Front

Making interior vertical separations move forward to the front of a bow fronted cabinet.