Creating Curved or Spiral Staircases

Reference Number: KB-00477
Last Modified: April 21, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to add curved stairs or add a spiral staircase to my plan.  How can I do this?

curved staircase in entryway


There are several ways to create curved or spiral stairs in Chief Architect.  One way is to place a spiral staircase from the Library Browser, and other methods use the Stair Tools.


To use the curved stair tools

  1. Select Build> Stairs> Curve to Left  or Curve to Right  from the menu, then click once in floor plan view to add curved stairs at that location.
  2. To move, resize or rotate the stairs, click the Select Objects  button then click on the stairs to select them and display their edit handles.

Note: Stairs created using any of the Stair Tools can be curved or straightened by selecting the stairs, holding down the Alt key, and then dragging either the top or bottom edit handle to either side.


To place a spiral staircase

  1. Open the Chief Architect plan in which you would like to place a spiral staircase, or select File> New Plan  from the menu.

  2. Select Library> Library Browser  from the menu to open the Library Browser window.

  3. Browse to Architectural> Staircases> Spiral and click on either of the spiral staircases to select it.

  4. When you move your cursor into the drawing area, it will display the Fixtures (Interior)  icon.  Click once to place the selected spiral staircase at that location.

  5. Once created, you can use the edit handles to move, resize or rotate the staircase as needed.

You can also import spiral staircase symbols from third party sources, such as the 3D Warehouse.  To learn more, see the Related Articles section below.