Creating a Glass or Cable Stair Rail

Reference Number: KB-01029 Last Updated: 07-23-2014 01:22 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I want to change the rail style on my stairs to a cable or glass. How can I so this?


In Chief Architect, you are able to draw a railing for your stairs manually which allows you the same style options as a standard railing. In this way you can create a staircase that has a custom railing applied.

To draw a stair rail manually

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, your stair case and click Open Object

  2. On the Newels/Balusters panel of the Stair Case Specification dialog, remove the check from the Railing On: Left and Right check-boxes.

  3. Select Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Railing from the menu.

  4. Draw a new railing overlapping the side of the stairs.

  5. Select the new railing and click on the Open Object  edit tool.

  6. In the Railing Specification dialog, in the Rail Style panel, check the Follow Stairs check-box.

    While on the Rail Style panel, you may also want to select a railing type. For this example, use the Panels type.

  7. Under the Newels/Balusters panel, click the Library button to select a new panel from the library.


    In this example the
    Cable w/ Intersector panel was used.

  8. Create a 3D camera view of your stairs to see how the new rail looks.