Creating a Stairwell for your Staircase

Reference Number: KB-00125
Last Modified: July 20, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


How do I create a stairwell in Home Designer?

A staircase going up to the second floor creates a stairwell


There are a few things to keep in mind when drawing stairs:

  • Before stairs are created, make sure that the heights for both the lower and upper floors are correctly defined.

  • Stairs are drawn going UP, so they should be drawn from the lower of the two floors they connect.

  • Stairs adjust their riser and tread dimensions to connect  two floor heights if possible. The rise and run are calculated so that  the steps are consistent in size.  

  • If you have the Reference Display  turned on, stairs will snap to the reference display. To turn on Reference Display, from the menu select Tools> Floor/Reference Display> Reference Display.

  • If a stairwell room has been defined on the floor above, the top of  the stairs can be dragged until it stops at the railing, or wall, defining the stairwell.

Creating automatic stairwells is easy in Home Designer programs, and first, we will need to create a stairway. 

To create a staircase

  1. First, launch Home Designer and choose to Open  the plan in which you want to create a stairwell.  

  2. If there is not already a stair in the plan, select Build> Stairs> Straight Stairs .

  3. Click and drag from the beginning of your stairs drawing up to the floor above.

    Room with a staircase going up

  4. If you need to adjust the position or length of the stairs after they have been created, use the Select Objects  tool to select the newly created stair and use its edit handles to adjust it until it is at the correct location in your plan.

To create a stairwell

  1. Once you have your stair drawn and placed in the correct location, select it and click on the Auto Stairwell edit button.

  2. Move Up  one floor to observe that a stairwell has been created.

    Stairwell going down from the second floor

  3. You may want to create a Camera  view of the stairwell to view it in 3D.

    Camera view of the stairwell room on the second floor

    • Once the stairwell has been generated, you can select and edit the railings encompassing the Stairwell room to change them to solid, adjust their height, materials, or make any other desired changes.

Keep in mind that if the automatically generated stairwell doesn't suit your needs, you can either modify it, or even manually draw an Open Below room and define the Room Name as Stairwell.

Note: There are two situations where the Auto Stairwell tool is not available:

  • The Auto Stairwell tool has already been clicked.
  • The stairs have been placed under a room already specified as Open Below.