Creating Stair Winders in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-00486
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

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I have some triangular shaped steps, or landings, called winders in my plan. How can I model these in Home Designer Pro?


Winders are steps located where a staircase turns and are narrower on the inside of the turn than they are on the outside. A staircase defined as a winder expands to fill in any gaps between the side of the stairs and nearby walls.

Curved stair sections are typically used to create winders, although straight stairs can also be used.


To create stair winders

  1. Select Build> Stairs> Straight Stairs , then click and drag to create a section of stairs with the number of treads leading up to the winder section.

  2. Starting at the top of the stairs, create a second stair section, drawing in the same direction as the original.  This second section will become the Winders, be sure to draw the appropriate number of treads to fit your specific need.

  3. Click to select the stairs, then click and drag the move the topmost center edit handle, holding the Alt key on your keyboard to create a curve in the Winder section.

  4. Using the Straight Stair  tool, draw another section of stairs at the top end of the Winder to finish the staircase.

  5. Move the staircase into the corner you want it placed, and with it selected click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Staircase Specification dialog box, then check the box for Winders.

  6. Click OK to apply the change, and the winders will now snap into the corner.

    Winders must be in a room with valid room definition. You cannot create winders in an area composed of only 2 corner walls. If this configuration is needed, enclose the area in with Invisible walls so that a room area is defined.