StairDesigner 6 Videos

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Getting Started


Adding Landings

Adding a landing to your stair and a closer look at the Landing Step Properties dialogue box to make fine adjustments. Also covering a simple way to modify the flights above and below the landing.

Half Turn Landing with Step

How to set up a half turn landing with an intermediate step.

Stair Optimisation

When renovating an old house you often find that it’s necessary to fit a stair into an existing stairwell or adapt a stairwell to fit a more practical stair. Often the existing stair is too steep and dangerous or there’s very little room to set up a stair that fits building regulations.

The good news is that StairDesigner is excellent at calculating a stair for tight situations. It has some very neat tools to determine the best fit stair for your house. Here we use the Headroom Control function to fit a stair into the exacting constraints of a small stairwell.

We've illustrated the stairwell dimensions in SketchUp here but you could easily use hand drawn site sketches instead. Don't forget our 3D DXF service if you are using the free version of StairDesigner and would like the that output for SketchUp.

Advanced Stairwell Parameters

A closer look at some incredibly useful Stairwell Parameter tools that allow you to fit your design into unusual stairwell dimensions. This is often the case in renovation work. In particular, we cover the Triangulation tool for determining angles.

Winding Coefficient

Modifying the default settings in the Winding Coefficient dialogue box to define how many steps will be straight at the beginning and end of a stair. This allows you to limit the number of winders in your design.

Helicoidal Stair

We often get asked how to design continuous curved stairs in StairDesigner. The fantastic geometrical motor that runs StairDesigner is very good at calculating complex stairs, but the difficulty arises when you have to input the correct parameters for the curved sections to get the continuous curves.

Although it’s possible to do some calculations and deduct the parameters by adding and subtracting dimensions, by far the easiest way to design the stair is to let a CAD program do it for you. In this video we use progeCAD, an AutoCAD clone, to draw the plan of the stair before completing the design in StairDesigner.

Spiral Stair

StairDesigner does have a useful helicoidal command for certain circumstances, it is limited. Instead, this options uses the multi flight stair commands.

Adjusting Flight Parameters

Very useful in allowing you to adjust the strings for a more elegant and easier to contruct stair. Adding railings is also covered in brief.

Adjusting Steps

Initially, all steps in StairDesigner are set up as dancing steps (tapered steps or winders). This tutorial looks at limiting the winders to just the turning, and then adjusting the number of winders further and the impact on the shape of the string boards.

3 Winders on a Quarter Turn Stair

Converting a stair with dancing steps to an easier to make stair with 3 winders, the rest of the stairs being parallel.

Adjusting Newel Post Parameters

Adding newel posts to your stair including sizing and positioning settings.

Adding Railings

By default, StairDesigner adds upright spindles. A quick look at how to add railings using the Flight Parameters dialogue box. These railings aren't included in the cutting lists, but they are a useful display feature.

Handrail for a Cement Stair

How to use StairDesigner to build a modern railing on existing cement stairs. The railings can be any shape and as you change the shape of the stair the railings follow. As usual StairDesigner will draw all the plans and separate parts, and print the cutting lists.

Checking Headroom in Complex Stairs

Working with StairDesigner, SketchUp and DraftSight to check the feasibility and headroom in a complex stairwell where you have multiple flights of stairs over multiple levels.

Stair Cupboard (StairDesigner, Polyboard and SketchUp)

Design the stair in StairDesigner, modify it slightly in SketchUp and extract the dimensions for the cupboard which is then designed in Polyboard. You can go back to SketchUp at the end to present the completed project.