How do I make a Stacked Area Chart?

Step 1 - Creating a chart

Once you have created an account on Chartblocks, you now have the option to create any type of chart you would like. Below are simple instructions on how to create a stacked area chart:

The first thing to do is select stacked from the chart creation page, this is located under 'area'.


Step 2 - Supplying your data

Once you have selected the option you want, you will then have to supply data for your chart. You have three options to choose from. Firstly you can enter your data manually, or use a dataset you have created previously. There is also the option to upload the dataset from an existing excel spreadsheet.


Step 3 - Sorting your data

After you have provided the data, you can then choose which columns are to be used for the X axis and Y axis.


Step 4 - Choosing a template

The next step is to choose a template for your chart. As you can see at this stage you will be given a standard area chart as the layout.


Step 5 - Share or customize

After the chart is created you will be given the option to customise, share or make another chart. You can save it and fully customise it later, and also share your chart via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest. You even have the option to embed the chart on your own website.


Step 6 - Customize

You will have to use the customise option to change the type of chart to stacked area chart, as you can see below. There are two ways of doing this, you can either go to type on the side menu and pick stacked area chart from the icons or you can do the way shown below. All you have to do is go into options on the side menu and there is an option to tick stacked.


What kind of data is a Stacked Area Chart good for? 

Stacked area charts are used when the datasets entered need to be broken down so they can be compared against one another. A good example would be if you were trying to show the growth of population over time by region. The stacked area chart would be more appropriate for this type of data as you are trying to compare several datasets. Stacked area charts share the same style of an area chart, so they are colour coded and give the appearance of each line being stacked, hence the name.