Create a simple staircase with a single click with an automatically generate a stairwell, or manually draw a custom staircase and landing. Learn how to customize the treads and shape of the staircase and apply custom railings.
Introduction to Stairs - stair types, stair options, stairwells (open to below rooms), head room and stair railing styles.
Drawing and customizing staircases is easily accomplished with the stair tool and the stairwell is just a single click!
There are several methods to create landings to join multiple stair segments together.
Apply glass or cable panels to your stair case using the Stair Specification dialog or using the Replace From Library function.
Chief Architect offers many customization tools including efficient stair tools. Learn how to create wrap around or mitered stairs on a deck.
Use edit handles, or the Staircase Specification dialog, to resize stairs.
Understand how to use the advanced stair settings to lock the Number of Stair Treads and specify the Stair Riser heights
Control the plan display of stairs with tread details, arrows, fonts and arrow styles, stair breaklines, display under the stairs, adding a molding to a landing and misc. stair tips
Landings can be edited like other closed polyline-based objects to create custom shapes.
Display Newels / Balusters / Hand Railings in the Staircase or Wall Railing in floor plan view. Display the Stair Breakline in plan view.
Change the materials on a stair to create a concrete staircase.
Exterior Stairs from a Deck to the Terrain & Custom Stair Railing that follows stairs
There are several methods for creating curved stairs in your plan
Curved Stairs can be created using the curved stair tool, converting straight stairs to curved or by drawing straight stairs next to a curved wall or by Aligning Curved Stairs to Fit a Curved Wall
Wall and Railing Options for stairs for a partial wall and railings, walls that are cut by stairs and walls on the outside of stairs
How to Align Stairs Across Floors using Copy/Paste Hold Position and the floor Reference Display from the floor below or above
Use 3D molding polylines and polyline solids to model custom recessed and raised panel wainscoting.
Creating a Winder staircase against two walls, enclosing the staircase and drawing walls for the winders to attach
Using the Winders setting in stairs allows you to have a handrail die into a wall, part way up the staircase.