April 29, 2021 Posted by Mickey M. Elevator Interior Blog

Building owners often spend a fortune in designing the interior of their building but leave the elevators unchanged. Elevators are one of the most commonly used components inside most buildings. Clients and tenants alike used elevators regularly to access upper or lower floors within a building. It would make sense that building owners would want their elevator cab interiors looking there best. Before moving forward with your next elevator cab interior remodeling project, please consider the following points.


Elevator cab interior ceilings are commonly suspended from the elevator cab dome. They come in a variety of finishes based on the look a building owner wants to achieve. Common ceiling finishes are stainless steel, aluminum, plastic laminate or bronze. Ceilings also generally have lighting integrated into their design. While not required this is an easy lighting solution that looks fantastic and provides an easy maintenance solution after your project is complete.

2. Lighting

Lighting is an important aspect of the elevator cab interior. Proper lighting will illuminate the cab making the interior finishes really stand out. Lighting is also important in order to make passengers traveling in the elevator feel comfortable. A cab that is too bright or too dim will make passengers less inclined to use the buildings elevators. There are a variety of lighting types available, however LED lighting is commonly used inside elevator cabs. It provides adequate lumens an remains very cost effective. LED lighting comes in many shapes and sizes which provides endless design possibilities.

3. Wall Panels

There are also endless possibilities for wall panel layouts and panel finishes. Elevator wall panels are fully customizable based on your budget. The average number of wall panels found in an elevator interior ranges between seven and nine panels. However, wall panel design is customizable based on the look or feel building ownership is looking to obtain. Common wall panel finishes include plastic laminate, textured metal, glass and wood veneer.

4. Pads

Elevator Protection pads add longevity to the life of your elevator cab interior finishes. Pads are ideal for use when moving tenants in and out of a building. They are also great for day to day use inside freight or passenger elevator cab interiors. There are a variety of fastening methods including pad studs, pad hooks and pad clips. Not all fastening methods require power tools for installation. Consider a set of elevator protection pads to keep your newly completed elevator cab interior remodeling project looking fresh.

5. Handrails and Guard rails

Elevator handrails are not required by elevator code. However, they do add a level of comfort for passengers when installed. Handrails also assist elderly and handicapped passenger allowing and area that can be held onto during travel. Guard rails offer an added layer of protection to your cabs wall panels. Helping to prevent large carts or luggage from banging against the interior wall panels. Common handrail and guard rail finished include stainless steel and bronze.

6. Flooring

The flooring inside an elevator cab interior must be strong and resilient. Elevator cab interior flooring must stand up to extremely high traffic flow as well as extremely heavy loads. Due to these factors not every type of flooring is suitable for an elevator cab interior. The next time you are considering an elevator cab interior remodeling project please take those points into account. Good flooring for elevator cab interiors includes various types of vinyl tile and planks. Rubber flooring is also an excellent option for elevator cab interiors. It is strongly advised that flooring types such as porcelain and marble be avoided due to their rather brittle structure. The photo below shows what typically happens to brittle flooring materials over time.

7. Interior Doors

Elevator cabs have two door types. Interior cab doors are accessed from inside the elevator. These doors attach directly to the elevator cab and travel up and down as the cab moves. Hoistway doors are located on the exterior of the elevator shaft. Hoistway door(s) are located on each floor of the building and do not travel with the elevator. Cladding an elevator door is the process of applying a layer of metal to the interior or exterior door(s). Door cladding material is generally stainless steel or bronze.

8. Entrances

Elevator entrance cladding includes cladding hoistway doors, jambs and headers. This process can be preformed on all floor where an elevator entrance is located. The elevator entrance cladding process is the same as cladding the interior cab doors. Hoistway entrances are generally clad in stainless steel or bronze.


It is important to be knowledgeable on the various aspects of elevator cab interior remodeling. As with any building renovation, project cost can escalate quickly. The topics above touched on the main parts of an elevator cab interior remodeling project. You can pick an choose what areas of your cab interior need attention based on the current state of your interiors. The scope of work for your project can be as large or small based on your needs. If you are looking for ideas for your next elevator cab interior project, please feel free to check out Chesapeake Elevator Interiors, Inc. They can be found on the internet by visiting their website. www.chesapeakeelevatorinteriors.com,