Big box beside 4 small boxes using shinydashboard

I want to create 4 small boxes in a 2x2 fashion beside one big box to show one important graph and 4 less important beside it but I cant get the small boxes to place correctly.

 box(width = 6, height = '300px', solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
        title = "Victim Nationality"
        #Plot
      ),
  
    column( 3,
    box(width = 3, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
        title = " "
        #Plot
        ),
    box(width = 3, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
        title = " "
        #Plot
    )
    ),
    column(3,
    box(width = 3, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
        title = " "
        #Plot
        ),
    box(width = 3, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
        title = " "
        #Plot
        )
    )

If I change box to wellPanel it will work but I would prefer to be able to do it with box.

Hi @fitzer23!

Here are two different ways to get the layout I think you're looking for. They differ mostly in whether the overall layout starts with a row or with columns, and in whether the four small plots are arranged by rows or by columns. There are more variations possible depending on how nested you want things to be, but hopefully these can get you started.

Row-based main layout, small plots column-wise

library(shiny)
library(shinydashboard)

body_colwise <- dashboardBody(
  fluidRow(
    box(width = 6, height = '300px', solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
        title = "Hero Plot"
        #Plot
    ),
    
    column(width = 6,
           column(width = 6,
                  box(width = NULL, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
                      title = "One"
                      #Plot
                  ),
                  box(width = NULL, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
                      title = "Two"
                      #Plot
                  )
           ),
           column(width = 6,
                  box(width = NULL, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
                      title = "Three"
                      #Plot
                  ),
                  box(width = NULL, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
                      title = "Four"
                      #Plot
                  )
           )
    )
  )
)

ui <- dashboardPage(
  dashboardHeader(title = "Down, Then Over"),
  dashboardSidebar(),
  body_colwise
)

# Preview the UI in the console
shinyApp(ui = ui, server = function(input, output) { })

Column-based main layout, small plots row-wise

library(shiny)
library(shinydashboard)

body_rowwise <- dashboardBody(
  column(width = 6,
         box(width = NULL, height = '300px', solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
             title = "Hero Plot"
             #Plot
         )
  ),
  
  column(width = 6,
         fluidRow(
           box(width = 6, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
               title = "One"
               #Plot
           ),
           box(width = 6, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
               title = "Two"
               #Plot
           )
         ),
         fluidRow(
           box(width = 6, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
               title = "Three"
               #Plot
           ),
           box(width = 6, solidHeader = TRUE, status = "primary",
               title = "Four"
               #Plot
           )
         )
  )
)

ui <- dashboardPage(
  dashboardHeader(title = "Over, Then Down"),
  dashboardSidebar(),
  body_rowwise
)

# Preview the UI in the console
shinyApp(ui = ui, server = function(input, output) { })

Some points that might be helpful in working this kind of thing out in the future:

  • box()es inside a column() need to have width = NULL, otherwise they'll be wrapped inside another column div.

  • You can use the console to preview the basic HTML skeleton that a series of fluidRow()s, column()s, and box()es will create, for example:

    > fluidRow(
    +   box(width = 6),
    +   column(width = 6,
    +     box(width = NULL)
    +   )
    + )
    <div class="row">
      <div class="col-sm-6">
        <div class="box">
          <div class="box-body"></div>
        </div>
      </div>
      <div class="col-sm-6">
        <div>
          <div class="box">
            <div class="box-body"></div>
          </div>
        </div>
      </div>
    </div>
    
  • Supplying a small, self-contained, reproducible example makes it easier for people to jump in and help, which also makes you more likely to get answers faster :grin:.

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