Home elevators are luxury fixtures that provide convenience and increase accessibility for homeowners building a new home or planning a major remodel.
Additionally, a residential elevator can increase your property value, make your home more functional, and reinforce safety. For example, individuals with mobility issues may install an elevator to prevent stair related injuries.
Elevators are custom designed to your home, making a one-of-a-kind style statement. However, before you style your home elevator, it’s important to know the standard home elevator dimensions.
Keep reading to learn about standard home elevator dimensions and other matters that you should consider before beginning your home elevator project.
Standard Home Elevator Dimensions
How much room do you need to fit an elevator into your home?
Typically, a home elevator can be installed into a two-to-six-story home.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) limits the travel height of home elevators to 50 feet. Generally, when installing an elevator in your home, you will need a space that is at least 5’ x 5’, or 25 square feet of floor space.
What if you don’t have 25 square feet in your home to spare? Even with a smaller space, the right elevator company should be able to find something that works for you, depending on your needs.
On the other hand, if you have more space available, you may have more design options to choose from. For example, sliding landing doors take up more space than the traditional swing door but are a nice addition to any home elevator.
For this reason, it’s important to consult a home elevator company early on to determine what’s possible in your space.
What are the standard residential elevator dimensions?
The ASME regulates elevator dimensions for safety purposes.
At Arrow Lift, the standard interior cab for a home elevator is 15 square feet. However, there is no standard length-to-width dimension. The dimensions of your home elevator are primarily limited by the available space. Nonetheless, common dimensions that homeowners opt for are 40” x 54” or 36” x 60”. Moreover, most local building codes require home elevator doorways to be at least 32 inches wide.
Some home elevator companies only offer a smaller, 12-square-foot cab as standard. This may constrain use, as it may not fit multiple users or a power wheelchair. Additionally, these companies will charge more if you want a 15-square-foot elevator.
A 15-square-foot interior cab can accommodate a wide range of uses. The cab can fit multiple people, or it can hold a person in a wheelchair with their companion. In fact, most home elevators can hold up to 950 pounds.
Design a Custom Elevator for Your Home!
As mentioned before, your elevator is a unique investment in your home. Having a reliable elevator company to advise your decisions will help build a safe elevator for you and your family.
Arrow Lift has worked for 35 years, ensuring the quality, reliability, and safety of clients’ home elevators. Accordingly, Arrow Lift’s Vice President of Operations and Engineering is an active participant on the ASME A17.1 committee for private residence elevators to define safety standards—few in our industry have such an engineering expert on staff. Additionally, our field technicians are full-time, trained employees—not subcontractors.
Arrow Lift works with the best manufacturers to provide premium results. All elevators are built piece by piece and are fully customizable. Choose every detail of the size, shape, and design options to make it match with your unique home decor. Design options include the car interior, fixtures, and doors/gates.
Would you like to learn more about home elevators and what is involved in installing one in your home? Visit one of Arrow Lift’s showroom locations so you can check out the different elevators for yourself. Or contact Arrow Lift today for more information.