To Edit Straight Stairs
· The following figure shows some of the stair parts that can be
Figure 16: Stair Components
1. Select Modify → Edit Item. Select the Straight
Stair surface you wish to modify. The Edit Stair menu opens.
2. Use the following items from the Straight tab to make adjustments to straight stair:
Use this section to set the overall size
of the stair.
Rise – Use to set the stair distance
from the lower floor surface to the top of the upper floor surface.
– Use to set the
total length of the stair.
Width – Use to set the stair width.
When you have drawn an angled stair, or if you want a
straight stair to be placed on an angle, use this item to specify the angle at which to place the stair, in
Check this box to include nosing on the edge of the
stair’s tread. If you do not want tread on the stair uncheck the box.
Round – Use to select either a Square nosing or a Round nosing
Use this section to place a railing on the
Left Rail and/or
Right Rail of the stair. By default, railings adjacent to walls
are added as handrails. Rails not adjacent to walls are added as guardrails.
Left / Right – Check to specify that a Left
and/or Right stringer is to be included on the stair.
– Check if the
Left and/or Right
stringer is open.
– If you have checked Open for a stringer, you can put a volute on the bottom tread. See Figure
Figure 17: Stair Volutes
Center Number – Use to enter the number of center stringers you want to add to a
– If you would like
the riser board and treads to extend beyond the stringer, enter in this field the distance you would like
them to extend.
Show Skirt – Check to enclose the area
below the stair.
- Use to set the total number of risers for the stair
- This value is automatically
calculated based on the total Rise and Number of risers you have specified. You cannot modify this item.
Riser – Check if the riser is to be open.
- Use to set the depth you want
to use for each stair tread. The default depth is 9.5 inches.
Count − If you specify that you want to make your stairs out of decking material you must specify how
many decking boards you want to make up the treads.
- Use this item to change the edge of each tread in the stair to a curved edge.
To do this, enter the deflection length in the Deflection field, and then press the enter keyboard
Use this section to specify the reference position of
End – Select either the Bottom or Top end of the stair as the reference point for the stair you can
position this reference point in the Type field below.
Type – Select either Floor or Zero (the Baseline of the drawing) as the position where the End point (Top or Bottom) of the stair is set.
Reverse Direction – If you want
to flip the direction of the stair, check Reverse Direction.
Riser / Tread Finish
Use these sections to specify the material finish on
these stair parts. The first three finishes are, Regular (interior hardwood stairs), Deck (exterior decking boards) and Concrete. You may select one of
these stair finishes or define your own using stair finishes 4 through 20. To do this:
1. Use the drop down menu under Stringer / Riser / Tread finish to
select one of stair finishes 4 through 20.
2. Select OKfrom the edit stairs menu. You
will notice that a default texture has been assigned to the stair component you have
3. Select Modify
Surfaceand left click on the stair component (Stringer / Riser /
4. The Edit Texture menu opens
and you may now choose the desired texture for the stair component.
5. When you are finished close
the Edit Texture menu. The new texture will be assigned to the stair component.
6. Whenever you use the
selected finish (finishes 4-20) on the specified stair component (Stringer / Riser / Tread), SoftPlan Studio
will remember the finish you have selected and apply it to that stair component.
Use this section to specify if you want the stair to
be Regular (wood interior) stair, a Deck stair, or a Concrete
Check this item to place ceiling board on the
underside of the stair. Click on the drop down menu to select a finish for the ceiling board.
Additional steps can be added to the top and/or bottom
of a stair.
Top – To add stair steps to the top end of the current stair:
i. Select the Top button. The Add Stair Component menu opens.
ii. In the Number
of Treads field, select the number of stair treads to be
placed at the top of the current stair.
iii. Select ok to return to the Straight stair edit
Bottom – To add
stair steps to the bottom end of the current stair, use the same method described when adding it to the
3. Select ok when you have finished making changes to the straight
If you have multiple components in a stair,
you can select a particular component for edit by placing the cursor on that component and left clicking.
For example, by left clicking on the railing of the stairs the following menu opens. To learn more about editing railings refer to the section, To Edit Railing.