Elevator Dimensions



Elevator DimensionsA lot of planning goes into installing an elevator; having said that, have you considered the standard dimensions of your new machine? If not, then make sure you you've decided on your dimensions before calling for a quote. If you don't have ample room in your home for a desired elevator type, maybe you should consider other options before paying for pricey home renovations.

Strict Guidelines Associated With Elevator Dimensions

The contractor of your home elevator must follow strict guidelines regarding the dimensions of your new machine. Unlike large and spacious commercial elevators, the cab of your home elevator usually won't exceed more than 15 square feet. This is considerably smaller than the average 22 square foot commercial elevator cab. Usually residential elevators are 36 inches wide and 48 inches deep, but choosing a larger cab size is an option if you have ample space.

Understanding Load Capacity

After you've considered your cab dimensions, make sure you understand the load capacity of your elevator of choice. Once you've chosen an elevator, be very careful that you don't overload your machine. If you plan on loading your elevator with heavy hardware or tools, make sure you purchase an elevator that can handle said weight. The average residential elevator has a weight capacity somewhere between 750 pounds and 1,000 pounds. Understand the weight capacity of your elevator and do not to abuse its weight-bearing capabilities if you want to ensure elevator longevity.


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The average shaft length of an in-home elevator is 50 feet. Within that 50 foot range, most residential elevators make between three and four stops. Most homeowners don't have a problem with this specification; however, if your house has more than four stories, you may have to consider a larger or more expensive machine. We recommend that you decide which floors you want serviced before you call for a quote.

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