Displaying Objects Below Stairs

Reference Number: KB-00621
Last Modified: July 19, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I am creating a small room below a staircase. It will have a number of fixtures and furnishings in it, and I would like to be able to see these in floor plan view, through the stairs. How can I make the stairs transparent so that I can see the items that will be located below them?

Interior of cabinets, shelves, and pet bed place below an open staircase


You can show the placement of items below stairs by making the stairs transparent in plan view.

To make a single staircase transparent in floor plan view

  1. Click the Select Objects  tool, then click on the stairs to select them and click the Open Object  edit button.

    Adjusting the Fill Style type within the staircase specification dialog

  2. On the Fill Style panel of the Staircase Specification dialog, select None from the Pattern Type drop-down list and click OK to close the dialog and apply the change.

    Transparent floor plan view of staircase with objects displayed