Changing the Riser Height of Stairs


Reference Number: KB-00430
Last Modified: October 8, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite



QUESTION

I have created a set of stairs and everything is perfect, except the riser height. How do I change the riser height for my stairs?

The stair riser height is easy to adjust in Home Designer.


ANSWER

Riser height on a plan cannot be directly modified in Home Designer Suite and Home Designer Architectural. However, by altering the value in the Treads field of the Staircase Specification dialog box, you can change the riser height. In Home Designer Pro, riser height can be adjusted manually by unchecking Automatic Heights.

 

To change the riser height of your stairs automatically

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the staircase, and then click on the Open Object  edit tool.


  2. On the General panel of the Staircase Specification dialog, you will be able to see the Riser Height in a field on the right side of the dialog box.

    Lock the number of treads to change the riser height. 

    To the left of the Riser Height field you will see a field for Treads.


  3. To enter a new value for Treads, you will need to choose the option to Lock Number of Treads. Once you have this option selected simply erase the previous value in the Treads field and type in a new value. Press the Tab key on the keyboard to see how the staircase is affected.


  4. To increase the value for the Riser Height, reduce the number of treads.


  5. To decrease the value for the Riser Height, increase the number of treads.


  6. After you have achieved a satisfactory balance for the Treads and the Riser Height, click the OK button.


To change the riser height manually*

*Applies to Home Designer Pro only.

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the staircase, and then click on the Open Object  edit tool.


  2. To adjust the riser height and keep a specific number of treads, you will need to choose the option to Lock Number of Treads and deselect Automatic Heights. Once you have changed these options, you can erase the previous value in the Riser Height field and type in a new value. You can press the Tab key on the keyboard to see how this adjusts the Top Height for the stairs. 

    Turn off automatic heights to manually adjust the riser heights.


  3. If you would rather keep the Top Height the same while adjusting the Riser Height value, make sure Automatic Treads is selected and that will adjust the number of treads in the staircase.