Steps & Benches

Create steps and benches for pools and spas with the Auto Pool Steps tool or drawing tools.

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Steps and benches will only appear when created inside a pool or spa.

Stage Options

Steps DepthDepth: Determines the depth of the steps and benches from the top of the deck.

The higher the number, the lower into the water the steps will appear. The lower the number, the higher in the water the steps will appear. If you set the depth to a negative number the steps will rise above the water.

Rounded: By default, the edge of the steps will be rounded. Uncheck this option to make the step edge square.

Radius: This option allows the radius of the rounded edge to be adjusted.


To add tile, simply open the Trim Tile settings and select from amongst the options:

Steps Trim TileNone: No tile

Band: Add a strip of tile along the front edge of the step (but not where the step meets the pool edge, spa edge, or a taller step).

Single: Add single tiles spaced along the front edge of the step.

Width: This control allows the thickness of the band or the size of the tile to be adjusted.

Distance: This control adjusts the distance from the edge the tile line appears

All Edges: By default, the tile will follow along the front edge of the step; check this option to wrap the tile around all edges.

Step Tile Options

Link To: Link the created steps to selected shape. Linked shapes move/scale/rotate together, as if they all are only one shape. By default, the steps are linked to the pool or spa they are created in.

Note: If your steps or benches do not appear in 3D or do not appear properly, check to make sure they are linked to the correct shape. 

If the Link To button says link to none, the step or bench is not linked properly.

You can change the shape you want to link the steps to by single-clicking the Link To icon and selecting the desired shape.

Auto Pool Steps

To create steps automatically, click the Auto Pool Step tool. A step will instantly appear, attached to the cursor. You can move it anywhere in the pool and spa — it will attach to the wall as well as to other steps and benches.

Select where you’d like to add steps, move the cursor, and left click to place the new steps. The software will automatically calculate exactly how many steps are needed to reach the pool floor, and it will extend automatically to fill the area (up to 10 feet in length).

4 Step Types are Available:

Step Options
Once the auto pool steps are placed, you can customize the steps by using Step Options below.
Normal: Straight stairs feature a single linear flight

Arc/Corner: Straight stairs that start on an arc or corner

Rounded: Round wedding cake style steps

Square: Square wedding cake style steps




Manual Adjust

Manually adjust individual steps by dragging the step center point forward or back.

This helps easily create a tanning ledge (also called: Baja shelf, Shamu shelf, Cabo shelf, Sun shelf).

Steps Manual Adjust

Wedding Cake Steps

These steps got their name because they look like a traditional Wedding Cake: they start with one small step, and then each additional step expands outward, just like the layered tiers of a cake.


Wedding Cake steps can feature both Rounded and Square styles: simply click on the option you prefer for your design.

Once you’ve placed Wedding Cake steps, it’s easy to adjust them using the same tools available to other styles of steps.

Auto Pool Step Options

Step Option Controls-1

Height: This control allows you to adjust the height (or rise) of each step.

Width: This control allows you to adjust the width of each step. To adjust the width of an individual step, use the point on the center of the step. 

Note: Adjusting the step width in the panel will reset all manually adjusted steps.

Step Count: This control allows you to adjust the number of individual steps in the selected staircase.

Auto Height: This button automatically adjusts the staircase to fit. For example, if Auto Height is selected and you change the height of each step, the step count will automatically change.

Auto Step Count: This button automatically adjusts the number of steps in the selected staircase. For example, if Auto Step Count is selected and you change the depth of each step, the step count will automatically change.

Follows Contour: This toggle allows you to follow the contour of an arc around a shape, for shapes like freeform pools.

Wrap Around Shape: By default, the step will wrap around the shape; uncheck this option to not wrap.

Convert To Steps: This button allows you to convert the auto pool steps to editable shapes in the Steps & Benches Stage.

Spa Bench

To add a bench that goes fully around the inside of a spa, use the Auto Pool Step tool.

Click to add an Auto Step, and attach it to the inside of the spa.

The Step Count is automatically set to 1 when attached to a spa.

Use the Move tool to wrap it around the inside of the spa.

Spa Bench Options

Spa Bench Controls