Technical guides for creating working drawings.

Drawing guides and aids.



How to set out and draw the stairs and handrails

A guide for architects and stair manufacturers

This is the technical part of it all, We will be creating a "quick guide" section that will help with basic design principles. Also in this section you will find guides on how to draw handrail components such as a Monkey's tail or wreathing volute, how to draw the feature tread that goes under the Monkey's tail, why to draw the handrail and stretch out of the handrail before drawing the stairs, information on opening cap, Ram's horns, newel post etc. Stair designs, cad downloads of handrail profiles, spindles, component handrail parts. How the stairs are set out, how they meet the landings, how to get the handrail to flow and much more to make your design work at production and installation stages. Hopefully enough to avoid the pitfalls that can happen at the installation side.
A lot of the drawings and setting out reflect the traditional side of staircase design as found in many historic or listed buildings. The design principles from these earlier staircases still stand today and with a good understanding of these principles you can draw modern staircases that are comfortable to use and pleasing to the eye.
The much-missed part in modern drawing is the underside of the stairs and how the flights intersect with the landings. The underside if seen is as important as the top of the flight, getting the sweeping curves as the flight transcends into the landings requires preparation in the drawing stages.

Quick Tips.

Simple guides for drawing stairs.
This section is has easy to follow often missed tricks to easily create a flowing handrail without to much design work. Many of these helpful hints will solve a lot of problems in the installation stage at the design stage. We will explain why the centre line is King or the center line is President, dependant on where you live! We will explain the reason for choosing your spindle size before drawing the stairs, why it helps to draw a 2D stretch out of the stairs and how to draw the stretch out. Many of these little snippets are often misssed even by experianced joiners. We will add a workflow sheet to help guide you through the stages of drawing the stairs once you have your initial design concept in mind.

Basic staircase design principles.

Technical explanations
How to create a stretch out of the stairs; to see how the handrail will follow the stairs and why it is best to draw the handrail run first. How to draw the stairs to suit the handrail flow. guides to remodeling stairs, how stairs are put together to have an understanding of how the drawings work. We will have technical drawings, pictures, 3d models and other stuff to help you. Downloadable cad files, pdf's and much more.
Before and after plans

How changing the layout smoothes the handrail flow.

The internal workings

An importatant bit to understand
The underside of the stairs are probably the most under estimated part of any stairs, they are the main structure of the stairs and the support that joins the stairs to the landings. We will show you how to draw these and what to allow for. How the stairs and landings should be set out to get everything to work properly and to save alterations on site when the stairs arrive.

Drawing the component parts.

The geometry used "Tangent handrailing"
Various designs for the parts, how to draw the matching components so that they work in unison. traditional sizes and setting out of tread nosings, scotia moldings, stair stringer brackets etc. examples of stairs from plans to 3d visuals to final install. Pre drawn components with downloadable files to drop stright into you cad drawings.