Residential Elevator Dimensions



hoistway and cab dimensionsA lot of planning goes into installing an elevator, and one of the key things to think about is the size of your new lift. Choosing the right elevator dimensions in feet will be based on both the amount of space you have and the capacity you need: Do you need a one-person lift for convenience, or do you need to move multiple people, including wheelchair users? While the standard commercial elevator dimensions are fairly consistent, residential lifts come in a wide range of sizes to fit any space.

What Is the Average Elevator Size for a Home?

Unlike large commercial elevators, residential elevator specifications will usually call for a cab size of no 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. Our models come in 40-by-48-inch, 44-by-54 inch, and 44-by-60-inch floor sizes with a 96-inch interior elevator height. We can also customize a lift to suit your needs.

Accessible Elevator Dimensions: Conforming to ADAAG Regulations

According to ADA standards, the minimum width of an elevator shaft must accommodate an elevator car with a depth of at least 51 inches and a width of 36 inches.

Typically, elevators with side opening doors do not pose a problem with meeting these requirements, but when an elevator has center opening doors, a more careful selection must be made. Nationwide Lifts offers a number of models that comply with ADAAG elevator size regulations that are wheelchair-accessible, and we’d be glad to help you select the right fit for your home.

Residential Elevator Models and Sizes

We offer a variety of traditional and contemporary models and different residential elevator specifications, and each of our lifts can provide smooth, comfortable rides and make up to five stops.

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 inches wide and 48 inches deep.

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

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

Elevator Capacity Guide: How Much Space Do You Need?

After you’ve estimated your elevator dimensions in feet, make sure you understand the load capacity of your elevator of choice. You’ll need to think about both the physical size of the lift and its weight limits. The average residential elevator has a weight capacity somewhere between 750 pounds and 1,000 pounds. If you plan on loading your elevator with heavy hardware or tools, for instance, make sure you purchase an elevator that can handle the weight.

How Big Is an Elevator Shaft? Dimensions and Stops

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 need to consider something closer to a commercial lift size, which we can also provide. We recommend that you decide which floors you want serviced before you call for a quote.

What Is the Standard Elevator Door Width?

Most elevator doors are about 36 inches wide. This is the minimum door width required by ADA standards.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Is the Standard Size of an Elevator?

Most elevators are usually 6.5 to 7 feet wide and 6 feet deep. This is for a standard elevator car. A pneumatic elevator is round and will have completely different dimensions. Their average size is 43 inches in diameter.

How Many People Fit in an Elevator?

The average elevator has a capacity of 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, which would hold at least four or five people, but the actual answer to this question will also depend on the physical dimensions of your lift. A residential elevator is typically designed to carry one or two people.

How Much Space Is Needed for an Elevator?

You will need about 20 square feet of space or less for your home elevator. According to building codes, a home elevator typically won’t be more than 18 square feet, and an elevator with a shaft usually needs about 5 square feet of shaft space.

Is an Elevator Required in a Two-Story Building?

Elevators are not usually required in buildings with less than three stories, but local building codes may vary.

How Much Do Different Elevator Sizes Cost?

Contact us for a free quote and we’d be glad to go over the specifics of your needs and give you an exact price.


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