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.

Elevator Size

Over the last several years, a major issue of concern with regard to inside elevator size dimensions. Two different areas of concern must be met: wheelchair access and stretcher access. Typically, elevators provided with side opening doors do not pose a problem with meeting these requirements. It is when an elevator is provided with center opening doors that a more careful selection must be made.

ADAAG Elevator Size Regulations

Nationwide Lifts, a leader in residential elevators, offers a number of models that comply with ADAAG elevator size regulations that are wheelchair accessible. Our models come in 40" x 48", 44" x 54" and 44" x 60" floor sizes, with 96" interior cab height.

Traditional & Contemporary Elevator Models

We offer a variety of traditional and contemporary residential elevator models that provide smooth comfortable rides and make up to five stops as they ascend multi-levels of your home. The Freedom 750 has a capacity of 1,000 pounds with an elevator cab that runs up to 36 feet per minute. It comes with safety features that include a battery powered lowering emergency alarm and automatic door locks. The standard cab platform elevator size is 35" wide and 48" deep.

Our Freedom Green model is environmentally friendly, utilizing 50 percent less power to operate, and built with 100 percent recycled wood. No machine room is needed, so it preserves living space. The elevator size is cab width up to 42" and cab length up to 60".

Our newest model, the Vision 830 with its clear acrylic hoist way, has a standard cab platform of 52" diameter and an 84" cab height. It is wheelchair accessible and 100-percent code compliant.

As you can see, our residential home elevators vary in elevator size, but all are wheelchair accessible and comply with regulations.

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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