Creating a Custom Shape for a Kitchen Sink

Inset sink custom shapeIn the third of the series we create another Custom Shape – this time a Kitchen Sink – and add it to the Kitchen Custom Stencil.

[br]In a similar way to the last tutorial we take a standard Visio shape and turn it into a new custom shape that will represent another kitchen appliance. Our new Stencil will contain this custom shape, the inset hob custom shape and all the base and wall unit custom shapes made during this series. All the shapes are made to fit in with the drawing scale, so they must always be used in a drawing of the same scale if they are to look right when used in future drawings.[br]

Creating the Kitchen Sink Custom Shape

In this tutorial we cover more drawing and editing techniques using the Operations command from the Shape menu.  When designing a custom shape from scratch it is important to have an idea of what the size and appearance should be before you begin, so it is always wise to plan your custom shape in detail before even opening Visio. In my case I knew that the shape had to fit within the scale of the counter-top, so this gave me the dimension for the whole sink. However, the custom shape included a second bowl, so the size of this had to be calculated at the start.

Adding detail to the custom shape

To make it look a bit more realistic, I decide to add a draining board area to the left of my sink. I do this to my Custom Shape by first creating the outline by using drawing operations and finish it off by adding a Fill Pattern to represent the ridges.

TIP: Once again, it is important to understand that any custom shapes created in this way and added to a stencil will only render properly when they are used in a drawing set to the same scale.


Finally, we and add a composite shape for the Taps, or Faucets. This is created by using standard shapes from the basic shapes stencil – rectangles, circles and ellipses – and modifying them to make new custom shapes which are grouped together to prevent the components becoming separated.

[br]It is possible to create just about any shape using these basic techniques, so although my examples are basic, the applications are endless. I have used similar methods to produce complex engineering drawings in the past and if you want to see some examples of how Visio custom shapes can be used check out some of the more technical Visio resources at Microsoft.

You are welcome to read my article on creating a custom shape here:

Creating an inset sink shape