StairDesigner download: 3D staircase design software
Download the free version of StairDesigner, along with our new and improved StairDesigner libraries, and watch a short video series to get you up and running fast. We've got the manufacturing documents of a test stair available to download at the bottom of the page.
First download StairDesigner here...
Windows 7, 8, 10 or above - 8GB RAM recommended, 16GB if you're working on large and complex projects.
Graphics card: DirectX compatibility required which almost all cards have. 4GB memory recommended, 8GB for larger projects.
Mac: we have many Mac clients successfully using our software with a Windows Emulator.
Please see our FAQs page for details.
Listen to this audio recording for advice on the different ways to use StairDesigner:
...then download StairDesigner's Quick Design libraries
Upgrading your old libraries?
Click here first
The installer will copy the library files onto your desktop into this folder: stairdesigner.
The new install will overwrite all files if this folder already exists. If you want to keep the old libraries, rename the folder before installing the update.
Please also note: you must be using the latest version of StairDesigner to use the latest version of the libraries.
Getting started videos
Create a new stair
Select a new stair from the list of models, and set up general dimensions and parameters, and add components like the strings, handrails and newel posts.
General stair parameters and optimisation
How to display and modify the general parameters of your stair, including adjusting the number of steps to optimise riser height, tread width and meet the Stair Rule.
Winders are tapered steps, so their edges are not parallel to each other. In most European countries, these winders are tapered gradually into and out of the turn. It makes for a safer stair but it takes more time to build. In the UK for example using winders just around the turn is an acceptable way to build stairs. This method makes the staircase easier and faster to build.
We see here how to modify which steps are winders, which are not, and how to adjust the tightness of the turn. We also look at how to manually adjust each winding step so it is as easy to manufacture as possible (not too close to the edge of the newel post for example).
Multi flight stair mode: straight flights
In this video we will use the multi flight option to create a series of straight flights. This offers a lot of flexibility in how we can design its shape. You can add multiple flights, modify length, height and width, adjust the angle between each flight and edit the angle of the first and last steps.
Multi flight stair mode: circular flights
How to use the Multi Flight Stair Mode to create a curved stair of one or more curved elements. Each element can be edited in detail to allow you a lot of flexibility in your project design.
How to add a landing in StairDesigner. You can either open up one of the pre-configured stair models that includes a landing (quarter turn, half turn and stairs with arrival landings), or add a landing to a project you're already working on. Its possible to accurately adjust the its height, length, width and angle, and independently optimise the flights above and below the landing.
More video tutorials
We have many more StairDesigner videos available, click on any image below to take a look.
Sample output files
The free/demo version includes all design functionality. The only thing it doesn't do is output the manufacturing documents like the cutting list, plans and CNC files. Click below to download samples of this output.