Using the Click Stairs Tool

Reference Number: KB-00846 Last Updated: 12-12-2014 01:01 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I am trying to use the Click Stairs tool but keep getting an error message. How is this tool supposed to be used?


Unlike the other Stair Tools, Click Stairs cannot be used to draw stairs between different floors - such as Floor 1 and Floor 2 - in a plan.

The Click Stairs tool is, however, a convenient tool for creating a stair section between floor platforms on the same floor of a plan, or from an exterior room such as a deck or porch down to the terrain.

To create stairs between platforms on the same floor

  1. Select File> New Plan  to open a new, blank plan and use the Straight Exterior Wall  tool to draw a simple, rectangular room.

  2. Select Build> Wall> Straight Railing  and draw a railing that divides the room into two parts.

  3. Click the Select Objects  button, then click in one of the rooms to select it and click the Open Object  edit button.

  4. On the General panel of the Room Specification dialog, delete the Floor (C) value and replace it with a different value. 

  5. Select Build> Stairs> Click Stairs  from the menu, then move your cursor into the room with the lower floor height, and position it within a few plan feet of the railing wall separating the two rooms and click once.

    A set of stairs is created between the two rooms, along with an opening in the railing wall.