The Strangest Elevators in the World

Riding some of these elevators may have you holding your breath with anticipation — or closing your eyes. From transparent walls and jaw-dropping vantages to don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it speeds, the coolest elevators in the world use technology and incredible design to achieve things we didn’t think were possible. We’re so impressed, we’ve compiled this list of the most unbelievable elevators you will find.

Why? Because here at SnapCab, we’re obsessed with making elevators better. These elevator styles, designs, shapes, quirks and innovations can change the way we think of the elevator experience. These lifts climb to the top of the weirdest and craziest — yet most delightful — elevators we’ve ever laid eyes on. How many would you ride? Let’s dive in.

Unusual Elevators in North and South America

North America is the first stop on our tour of the weirdest but most unique elevators around the world.

1. Gateway Arch: St. Louis, Missouri

The Gateway Arch is the iconic attraction in St. Louis. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Arch has drawn over 135 million visitors (between 3-4 million a year) since its opening in 1963 for spectacular views both on and off the ground.

Visitors who make their way to the Arch’s observation peak get there in signature elevator style. Guests make the 4.5-minute climb sitting in five-person “pods,” which resemble more of a spaceship’s command center than an elevator’s cab. These pods’ fully enclosed snow-white walls and polished glass doors sit inside a complex rotating mechanical system that threads through the majority of the Arch’s interior, with each pod rotating nearly 155 degrees before completing the lift.

2. The Luxor’s Inclinators: Las Vegas, Nevada

The Luxor Las Vegas is one of The Strip’s premier hotels and casinos. With a theme dedicated to Ancient Egypt, the Luxor is unmistakable from any other building in the city’s glistening neon epicenter — in part because of its elevator system transporting guests up its 350-foot pyramid structure.

The Luxor’s Inclinators, as they’re called, are aptly named. Passengers are carried up a 39-degree incline skirting the perimeter of the hotel and casino atrium, which is so large, it’s said you can park over nine full-sized jumbo jet planes within. Lines to ride the Inclinators are also rumored to grow so long, the hotel had to install a Nile River-style boat ride to entertain impatient guests.

3. Oregon City Municipal Elevator: Oregon City, Oregon

Oregon City’s urban planners shared an odd vision when they originally built the town across two distinct topographical regions — the lower half winding along the banks of the Willamette River, and the upper half sprinkled across its surrounding basalt cliffs.

To make foot travel between the regions easier, the city installed the first-ever outdoor municipal elevator. Passengers today can hop on Oregon City’s famous circular elevator for a 15-second ride up and down the 13-foot structure, complete with a 360-degree observation deck windows revealing pine tree-sprinkled views.

4. Maritime Museum Birdcage Elevator: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia’s Maritime Museum elevator is the oldest operating birdcage lift in the entire North American continent. The museum takes great care to pay homage to the once-popular birdcage lift style, maintaining core stylistic features like its metallic latticework frame and ornate gold trim and accents.

A glowing crystal chandelier hangs from the elevator’s ceiling, lighting the view for passengers as they peer out into their surroundings during lifts and descents. Guests on the surrounding staircase can also look in.

5. Elevador Lacerda: Bahia, Brazil – South America

Keeping the municipal lift tradition alive is the Elevador Lacerda, located in the Salvador neighborhood of oceanside city Bahia, Brazil. Known for its opulent art deco aesthetics as well as for being the country’s first elevator, which is still operational today, Lacerda takes people between Bahia’s mountainous upper district and its seaside lower.

For tourists, Elevador Lacerda is a peek into Brazilian architectural history. Both the interior and exterior decorations of the 236-foot elevator passage carry traces of its 20th-century Art Deco restoration popular throughout Brazil, with wrought-iron frames, rectangular geometric forms and a truly breathtaking view of Bahia’s historic port.

Fascinating Elevators in Asia

Our list of the strangest, most unique elevators in the world next takes us to Asia.

1. Lotte World Tower: Seoul, South Korea

While it faces steep competition, the Lotte World Tower is Seoul’s tallest building and the fifth-tallest in the world. It also houses the world’s fastest elevator.

It’s so fast, in fact, that it carries guests from the skyscraper’s ground floor to the 121st in just over a minute. Once there, visitors can experience the world’s tallest glass-bottom observation deck — but only if they’re brave enough. The transparent deck adds another cutting-edge detail to this modern, fascinating and award-winning South Korean elevator that must be seen to be believed.

2. Bailong Elevator: Wulingyuan Region, Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Getting to the Bailong Elevator in mountainous Zhangjiajie, China, might be a bit of a trek — but one worth the trouble. Considered the tallest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world, Bailong Elevator treats riders to once-in-a-lifetime views of the Wulingyuan scenic area’s sprawling quartzite pillars, a group of sandstone-based rock formations creating massive vertical pillars and steep ravines unlike anything else on earth.

“Bailong” translates into “hundred dragons.” And indeed, you’ll feel like you’re soaring on one as you lift up the 1,000-foot glass encasing to the observation deck, where you’ll stand amidst the quartzite spires to enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the country.

3. Umeda Hankyu Building Elevator: Osaka, Japan

At first glance, the Umeda Hankyu Building’s elevator system may look like any other elevator or lift found in offices around the world. Yet you can’t miss one key detail — its massive size.

The Umeda Hankyu Elevator is an 11.15- by 9.2-foot enclosure — and there are five of them. Each has the capacity to carry 80 passengers or lift nearly 5 tons of cargo. With sleek stainless interiors and backwall accent mirrors similar to our Corporate II and elevator interior designs, this fascinatingly huge elevator can feel more spacious than some people’s first apartment.

4. Burj Khalifa Elevator: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai builds things that are bigger, bolder and more glamorous than anything else around the globe. Indeed, the city’s famed

Dubai builds things that are bigger, bolder and more glamorous than anything else around the globe. Indeed, the city’s famed Burj Khalifa building is currently the tallest in the world (2,717 feet, 163 floors) and the iconic feature of the city’s desert oasis landscape, reaching the sky by day and lit up into a kaleidoscope of colors by night.

Of course, the world’s tallest building needs one of the world’s most impressive and awesome elevator designs. Whisking visitors at 40 miles per hour, the elevator has an ornate light show passengers see as they climb to the clouds.

5. Taipei 101 Elevator: Taipei, Taiwan

Known as the “Ferrari” of elevators, the Taipei 101 elevator system travels with speed and style. Yet it’s not only the fact this 67-unit elevator system moves at 1,010 meters per minute or that it takes less than 40 seconds to go from the ground floor to the building’s 89th that sets it apart No, the Taipei 101’s real elevator appeal includes its glitzy design, a mix of rich mahogany wood paneling with silver and glass accents.

Elevator cab interiors are also coordinated to match the building’s lighting system, which changes depending on the day of the week. Visit Monday through Wednesday for a warm color palette like gold and red, or stop by on the weekend for cooling shades of blue, violet and magenta.

Weirdest and Craziest Elevators in Europe

Europe boasts some of the most interesting, unique elevator systems and designs on our planet, many of which are tourist destinations in and of themselves.

1. Hammetschwand Lift: Bürgenstock, Switzerland

Don’t be surprised if you’re inspired to take up yodeling after traversing the 501-foot elevator stationed at the banks of picturesque Lake Lucerne. Designed to resemble a space-bound rocket ship, the Hammetschwand Lift carries guests along the sides of Lake Lucerne’s mountains up to its unique cliffside vantage.

Guests experience views of the nearby Bernese Alps as well as the Mythen, Rigi and Pilatus mountain ranges. And since the elevator was built with transparent glass walls, guests can soak in an unimpeded, snowcapped view. Just don’t forget your winter coat!

2. AquaDom: Berlin, Germany

The AquaDom is one of the most famous — and quite possibly one of the most unusual — elevators in the entire world. Located in the Radisson Blu Hotel in the heart of Berlin, the elevator resides in the middle of an 82-foot-tall aquarium tank. The AquaDom elevator contains clear reinforced glass walls allowing guests to watch 50 different species of fish in the 1,500 fish habitat. If they time it right, guests may even spot one of the hotel’s four scuba diving-certified staff feeding the tank’s marine occupants.

3. Santa Justa Lift: Lisbon, Portugal

Baroque architecture and stunning Lisbon views are just two things passengers experience when riding the Santa Justa. Fashioned from iron casings as strong as they are visually stunning, the Santa Justa portals passengers between Lisbon’s upper and lower neighborhoods, awarding them one of the best views of the entire cityscape, all against its signature gothic elevator backdrop.

4. Paternoster Elevators: Germany, United Kingdom and Other Parts of Europe

No list of the strangest elevators in the world would be complete without mentioning the Paternosters. Found today in several European countries, including Germany and the U.K., the Paternoster elevators consist of small, single-person cabs that move slowly in one continuous loop. Guests step on or step off at their desired floor — no opening, closing or holding doors required. In fact, the Paternoster Elevators contain no buttons at all.

Guests riding Paternoster elevators are treated to a quirky glimpse of what many thought futuristic elevator designs would be. Needless to say, it didn’t quite turn out that way.

5. Trampe Bicycle Lift/Cyclocable: Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim, Norway, boasts what many consider the world’s only public bicycle elevator. Developed in the early ’90s to promote commuter biking throughout the hilly city, the Trampe Lift was renamed the Cyclocable after a renovation in 2013.

Operating around 3 mph, the lift gives cyclists a break from the city’s steep, rolling topography, taking them up a 426-foot hill in the Trondheim streets of Brubakken and Gamle Bybro. The Cyclocable represents a functional public utility treasured by Trondheim residents and visitors alike.

Coolest Elevators in Oceania

We head down under on the last but not least stop of our global unique elevator tour, visiting some awesomely strange, strangely awesome lifts in Australian and New Zealand.

1. Sky Tower Elevator: Auckland, New Zealand

Stay clear of the Sky Tower elevator if you’re afraid of heights. The city’s famous observation lift is a transparent elevator, complete with glass walls, glass ceilings and — yes — a transparent glass floor not for the faint of heart.

Passengers who travel more than 600 feet up in Sky Tower’s elevator are treated to panoramic views of New Zealand’s largest city, including mountain peaks and ranges hugging the town — many of which are still active volcanos.

The Sky Tower Elevator is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Auckland. And if the transparent elevator ride doesn’t satisfy your inner thrill seeker, you’re in luck. Sky Tower also maintains a bungee jumping service from a heart-pounding 629-foot platform not far from where elevator riders disembark.

2. QT Hotel: Sydney, Australia

There are a number of elements that make the QT Hotel’s elevator in Sydney, Australia, a unique destination. Decorated to match the hotel’s eclectic, contemporary aesthetic, textured black elevator walls fuse bold colors and patterns to complement the building’s overall feel, rather than merely moving people to and from their rooms. The elevator even has multi-colored lighting trim, shifting color schemes throughout the day.

Yet that’s not all. QT Hotel’s elevators are also musically interactive. Designed with built-in passenger sensors, the elevator changes its soundtrack depending on how many passengers are inside — and has a little fun along the way. For example, solo riders are greeted by Frank Sinatra’s “All Alone,” while pairs could hear Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On” or “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers. The elevator even has parting greetings for guests as they walk off, including “Terminator” catchphrase “hasta la vista, baby” or an ominous Darth Vader stating he finds “your lack of faith disturbing” when you depart.

For a hotel whose staff are called “curators of chaos,” both the musical and aesthetic touches make this elevator ride one of the most unique on the list.

Unique Elevator Designs to Catch Eyes and Grab Attention

Interested in renovating your building’s apartment? Looking for unique, innovative and memorable designs or styles that reflect your business’s brand and showcase its true personality? You don’t have to pull all the stops like the elevators on this list.

Contact SnapCab to discuss your options. We’re a leader in elevator interior design and customized paneling systems with industry-recognized customer service and continuing support. Let’s see what unique commercial elevators we can design for you.

Your Complete Guide to Elevator Renovations

If you think elevators are just a way to get from point A to point B while avoiding those laborious stairs, think again.

Elevators serve as a portal for your building’s or office’s guests. They hold a transportive quality as much as a transportation one, created to complement and enhance the overall design of your space.

In fact, a commercial elevator’s branding potential is one of the reasons organizations turn to renovations. With the goal to design and install a more modern, complete and representative cab, companies search elevator cab interior companies to service their needs and execute their vision.

Learn the ins and outs of the elevator cab remodeling process, from measuring pieces and picking interior panel designs to installing and maintaining the final modular system with this end-to-end elevator renovation guide.

Why Renovate Elevator Cab Interiors?

Commercial elevator interiors undergo remodels for several reasons:

  • Because a new company or organization moved in: Businesses moving into office space for the first time seek modern office design ideas to put their mark on the space. One of the best ways to achieve that spatial signature early on is through unique, custom elevator panels, walls and ceilings designed exclusively for that company.
  • Because a business has rebranded: Organizations may have recently tweaked their logos, color schemes, or any other visuals associated with its name. These branding changes should be reflected throughout the office. Walls might be repainted, furniture replaced, and artwork swapped for newer, brand-enhancing patterns and templates. Remodeling all elevator interiors adds a finishing touch to the physical rebrand, ensuring every corner of the office represents the new look.
  • Because a company is making overall renovations: Larger-scale office or business renovations often introduce the option to enhance current architectural features alongside new or expanded spaces. Elevator cab renovations are a particularly cost-effective add-on to overall building renovations, costing a fraction of what other improvements do yet reflecting the wider change.
  • Because of compliance concerns: Elevator interiors are subject to a range of building codes. Specifically, elevators need to adhere to spatial, materials, ADA, and mandates such as meeting local fire codes and weight-capacity limits. If a current elevator isn’t up to compliance statutes, a renovation is in order.
  • Because it’s time for something new: With or without additional renovations occurring, elevators can be a blank template for organizations to imprint a little personality and flair. Elevator cabs help differentiate your space from others, all while maintaining their core transportation function.

How Much Does Elevator Remodeling Cost?

Overall, elevator interior refurbishment tends to come in two forms — individual panel replacement or complete renovation. Depending on the type of elevator renovations conducted, costs will vary.

  • Elevator panel replacement costs: Most elevator interiors are made up of three parts — the wall panels, ceiling panels and elevator floor. Walls panels are especially susceptible to damage over time, either from natural wear and tear or from aggravated acts, such as vandalism. When this is the case, businesses may opt for an individual or a handful of panel replacements rather than redoing the entire elevator interior. SnapCab, an elevator cab company, produces their elevator systems from an interlocking modular design. This means that if the need for replacement panels strikes, organizations quite literally “pop out” the damaged wall panel and “pop in” the new one.
  • Complete elevator cab renovation cost: A complete cab renovation will be more expensive than wall, floor, or ceiling panel replacements. The exact quote will depend primarily on the size of the elevator, its capacity and the materials used, plus the number of customizations and any additional servicing the client requests.

For more information on elevator interior remodeling costs and pricing structures, visit SnapCab’s Request-a-Quote portal.

How to Renovate an Elevator

Regardless of the motive, breathe new life into your organization’s elevator interiors by following these core design, preparation and installation remodeling steps.

1. Measure Your Interior Cab Components

Measuring an elevator interior is the first and foundational step of the entire renovation process. Your elevator maintenance company, typically the installer for your new interior, would perform this survey.

Accurate measurements ensure wall and ceiling panels are cut and fitted to size. Come the day of installation, individual pieces will then easily “snap” together, forming the cohesive and customized finished interior yet dramatically reducing actual time of installation from the industry’s four-day average down to one with the SnapCab system.

Overall, measuring your elevator’s cab shell dimensions will entail many details and require some additional items such as:

  • Cab shell construction
  • Elevator door position
  • Toe kick arrangement
  • Existing canopy and ceiling information
  • Front wall dimensions and elevator components

2. Select Your Interior Cab Design

Experienced elevator cab companies present a design catalog or online showroom for clients to use as inspiration for their own modified designs. Likewise, customers can book a design session to delve further into colors, patterns, textures and cab panel materials at their disposal.

The makeup of elevator interior designs will mainly account for:

  • Wall panel designs (horizontal or vertical look)
  • Wall panel material, color, and pattern options
  • Reveal and toe kick finishes
  • Handrail and bumper rail finish and sizes
  • Ceiling and lighting design
  • Ceiling material and finishes

Consider requesting presentation boards or 3D renderings of your design. This provides a better indication of your elevator’s renovated design in real life, as well as lets you get a feel for actual material samples before they become a fixture of your building.

3. Double Check Regulations

Ensure your new design is in full compliance with all building or industry-relevant regulations. Your elevator servicer should be able to assist with any compliance checks regarding the layout, lighting, size, materials and detail work for a compliant cab.

4. Place Your Order

Submit your final design specs to your company rep. Make certain you detail any modifications or specifications that need to be made to a standard designed model. You should also communicate to your elevator installer if there are any existing fixtures such as cameras, bulletin boards, etc. that need to be reinstalled or removed when the new interior is installed.

5. Prepare the Elevator Interior

Elevator cabs require a few steps of preparation before new panels and components can be placed:

  • Drop cloth placement: Your installer should lay a drop cloth along the elevator’s floor to catch dirt and debris as they work. This also ensures the elevator floor remains damage-free during demolition.
  • Demolition: The demolition phase of a new elevator interior installation involves individually removing and discarding old interior panels, plus any other aesthetic components that will not be used in the new design. It does not mean taking a sledgehammer to your elevator walls.
  • Wall inspection: Evaluating the cab’s base walls — what remains after removing the old paneling — for protrusions or any other surface damage.

6. Conduct Interior Installation

Interior cab installation will be a step-by-step process following tailored directions. It includes preparing and replacing the main components of an elevator interior:

  • Wall panels
  • Elevator ceiling
  • Handrails
  • Flooring (commonly by a flooring contractor after new interiors are installed)

Continue reading for more detailed elevator cab installation steps or watch this SnapCab® Elevator installation video.

What to Look for in an Elevator Redesign Company

Choosing the right elevator renovation partner will help determine if the project stays on track, on budget and on time. Know how to properly vet and pick that provider by looking for the following.

1. End-to-End Servicing

Some elevator companies may only perform a handful of design and fabrication services. Others may provide certified elevator installers, designers and architects — but at extra costs.

Instead, look for a company with clear and transparent end-to-end services you can rely on from the onset, including:

  • Design consultations, showrooms
  • Material samples
  • Presentation boards
  • Certified installers

2. Customization

Does the elevator renovator offer an extensive product catalog that gives you plenty of options to achieve your refurbished vision? Can they go “off script,” tailoring unique styles, materials and finishes to your tastes? Depending on your business needs, a template design may not cut it, in which case a partner with in-house design affordances is necessary.

3. Warranty and Maintenance

Elevators receive continual use. Customers want to minimize that inevitable wear and tear to ensure their investment spans the years, without the need for frequent repairs or cosmetic patches.

Be sure your elevator remodeling company can provide you with:

  • Usage and care guides
  • Readily available panel replacements
  • A warranty that supports the craftsmanship of the product
  • Ongoing customer support

How to Pick and Design a New Elevator Interior

Designing the new look for your residential, office, hotel elevators — or anything in between — is an exciting and personalized process. Yet it can also be overwhelming, particularly for first-time renovators playing around with several design ideas.

Simplify the elevator cab redesign process by following this checklist:

  1. Pick an overall aesthetic: Contemporary or classic, minimalist or branded and bold, enter the elevator design stage with an idea of the kind of look you’re going for. Picking the desired aesthetic beforehand lends the language you’ll need to filter aesthetic decisions later, with a foundation for the overall ambiance you’re trying to achieve. This will also help the designers or reps at your selected renovation partner provide you with better design templates from their offerings.
  2. Consider core materials: Your selected overall aesthetic can help guide the material selection you want your refurbished primary and accent panels to be made from. Popular elevator panel materials include Corning® Gorilla® Glass; Rigidized® Metals; wood veneer in maple, walnut, cherry and others; laminate; and many more.
  3. Pick a color scheme: Depending on the selected materials, elevator panels can be further customized with a tailored color scheme. For example, panels made with laminates and Gorilla Glass can be pigmented to match or complement current branded color schemes, available in solid colors as well as textured or plain patterns.
  4. Don’t forget finishes: Matte, gloss, textured, reflective, brushed, fine grain — these are just a few panel finishes an elevator cab designer can take you through after selecting core materials and color schemes.
  5. Add form with function: Consider final touches for your elevator walls, such as accent mirrors, fine-grain wood paneling details, branded images or artwork, or something else entirely.

Take Commercial Elevator Interior Remodeling to the Next Level with SnapCab

SnapCab’s modular elevator system revolutionized interior cab possibilities, giving clients more say — and more savings — in the look of their new interior. SnapCab maintains a nation-wide network of certified elevator installers, giving end-users peace of mind.

Our customers’ happiness is our top priority. Let us prove how easy, enjoyable and cost-effective an elevator interior renovation can be. Explore our extensive elevator design showroom, then reach out to a SnapCab elevator specialist for more information or to book a design session today.

We Are SnapCab – Meet Pierre

Meet Pierre Seynhaeve, Shop Foreman

When it comes to the role of elevator interior shop foreman, Pierre Seynhaeve is responsible for a lot.

From overseeing production of the metal, panel, ceiling, CNC, and custom departments, to staff training and scheduling, participating in daily Gemba walks, and improving efficiencies with the quality assurance, maintenance and engineering departments, Pierre does whatever it takes to keep things moving forward.

But, with his calm and humble demeanor, he takes on the complex role with ease and appreciation.

“I love a good challenge,” he says. “Every day there is an opportunity to come to work and make things better. We want to manufacture high-quality products in an efficient and safe way. It’s fun to work on improving our processes and getting the flow right.”

Pierre’s focus on creating and providing quality products started at an early age. Originally from France, Pierre graduated from a specialized trade school called Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France. While there, he pursued cabinet-making and woodworking and was selected to work as a high-end cabinet-maker for a company in the United States.

In 2013, after several years honing his impressive skills in the workforce, Pierre joined SnapCab and became part of the research and development and production teams.

“That position became very busy,” he laughs. As SnapCab grew, so did Pierre’s role and soon he was offered the position of shop foreman.

“It’s exciting to know you’re leading a process,” Pierre says. “One of my favorite parts of the job is seeing my teammates grow their skills. When I see people getting better at their jobs it means we are doing the right things.”

SnapCab General Manager and Pierre’s direct supervisor, Joe Danko, mirrored this sentiment and credits Pierre for his leadership and mentoring skills.

“Something that I really admire about Pierre is his humility,” Joe says. “He’s so humble for someone who is so experienced in his craft. 

“When I first met Pierre, I was absolutely impressed by his knowledge and skill, but what struck me, even more, was the way he coaches others,” he adds. “It speaks highly to his willingness to be extremely supportive of employees. He wants to make sure employees have what they need to be successful.”

Coincidentally, that’s exactly what Pierre said he likes most about working for SnapCab.

“SnapCab is supportive in many ways, including always making sure I get the training I need to do the best job,” Pierre says. “They didn’t just give me the position and tell me to go. They provided me with six months of lean manufacturing training, and I’m part of lean business group that meets once every two months.

“Plus, two years ago I had the opportunity to learn more about lean manufacturing in Japan,” he adds. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and amazing training. I’m now trying to support everyone in every way I can.”

Pierre continually draws upon his lean training to improve processes and educate others.

“Lean manufacturing is not only about big machinery or general flow,” he says. “It’s also about the details. Small improvements that take two minutes to complete can sometimes have a bigger impact than purchasing expensive equipment.”

For example, recently a technician developed a lean solution by creating a specialized tool from a scrap piece of plywood and some strategic cuts. The tool will help him properly measure a specific product from here on out. In only a few minutes of creative thinking, the technician now has a mistake-proof process.

“Lean manufacturing only works if everyone is engaged through the company from top to bottom, left to right,” Pierre says. “At SnapCab, we have a lean mindset.”

When he’s not at work, Pierre spends his time with his wife Shannan and daughters Isabella and Ariana, as well as swimming and playing soccer.

And, you can rest assured that whenever Pierre has the opportunity to take an elevator – whether it be in a hotel, mall or office building – he takes it.

“There’s no taking the stairs for me,” he laughs. “When I’m in an elevator, I’m looking at every detail for possible improvement. But, if I’m in a SnapCab, I don’t have to worry because it’s always perfect.”  

Where to Buy Elevator Wall Panels That Last

Buying the right elevator panels can make or break your passenger experience. A carefully crafted and thought-out design will leave your visitors, employees and partners feeling welcomed and impressed.

However, the first step in creating an unforgettable ride is knowing how and where to buy interior elevator panels. That’s why we put this guide together. Keep reading to learn about the panels we offer and the benefits of SnapCab interiors.

Interior Elevator Wall Panels

Interior wall panels are the fashion statement of your elevator. What do you want your elevator to say to its passengers? Designing an intentional and alluring elevator wall panel interior sends a stronger message than you may think.

How to Buy Elevator Panels

Buying elevator panels is easy once you know what you’re looking for. Before you go to purchase wall panels, it’s helpful to know your options. Asking yourself the following questions will help you figure out what you want:

  1. What kind of lighting and color scheme do I envision?
  2. How do I want to represent my brand in my elevator?
  3. What materials would best compliment our office design?
  4. What is my budget?
  5. Who will install my interiors?

Answering these questions will help you learn how to buy the right wall panels for your elevator. We offer free elevator design services and are more than happy to help with your vision.

Custom Elevator Panels With Benefits

Our interior elevator panels come with a long list of benefits, including:

  • Free Design Process: We’re all about offering custom elevator panels to bring your vision to life. You can choose from stainless steel, laminate, wood veneer, Gorilla® Glass, and more. Check out our showroom to see what we’ve created for past customers.
  • Easy Installation: We hold the fastest installation time in our industry. An elevator installation company will install your new wall panels faster than you can imagine. This means less downtime for your elevator and more wow time for your riders! If your elevator maintenance company is not the right fit for installing your interiors, contact us and we can provide a referral.
  • Effortless Maintenance: Our elevator wall panels are high-quality and we created this maintenance guide to help you care for your elevator interiors.

Why Elevator Wall Panels from Us?

SnapCab is an established, proven and reliable elevator panel partner. We have more than 15,000 elevator interiors installed across North America and delivering an unparalleled customer experience is part of SnapCab’s core. When you need new interior panels, we’ll have you covered.

Ready to Buy Elevator Interior Panels?

If you have any questions about our options or are interested in speaking with a design specialist, contact us today.

What is the Best Elevator Cab design?

Is one elevator design better than another? Depending on your business or relevant application, yes. Creating a powerful elevator wall design is an excellent way to make a memorable first impression on your visitors. Since elevator rides are short, they should be especially sweet!

Keep reading to learn more about your different elevator design choices.

Elevator Cabin Design Elements

People end up spending more time in elevators than they think, which is why it’s vital for your elevator to emulate your business. Considering the following elevator cabin design components will help further your vision:

  • Color: What colors do you want to see represented in your elevator? Perhaps they can reflect your logo color schemes.
  • Light: Where do you want your elevator lighting to come from and what type do you prefer? Lighting options include perimeter lighting, diffused fluorescent lights, LED downlights, and more…
  • Brand: How strongly do you want your brand image represented in your elevator? You can showcase your logo, pictures, words or company color scheme.
  • Vibe: How will color, light and brand presence mesh together in your elevator design? Creating an elevator ambiance is an art — when you get it right, it sends an impactful message.

Elevator Cab Wall Design

The walls of your elevator cab should also include unique design elements, such as:

  • Logos: Many companies chose to spotlight their company logo front and center with Gorilla® Glass. Incorporating your logo is an effective way to raise brand awareness and project your company’s voice.
  • Art: Including art in your elevator wall design is a colorful way to boost your cabin aesthetics. Selecting artwork that sends a specific message will also help illustrate your business’s values or services.
  • Patterns: These don’t always work in small spaces, but certain subtle patterns can be a soothing option for your elevator cabin design.

Material Choices for Your Elevator Cab Design

The material you choose for your elevator cab has a direct impact on your visitors’ impression. Choose between:

  • Gorilla® Glass: Modern, futuristic and elegant, Gorilla® Glass is a material perfect for elevating your elevator experience.
  • Stainless Steel: Sleek, shiny and lustrous, stainless steel is eye-catching and calming at the same time.
  • Wood Veneer: Classic, warm and tasteful, wood veneer ads a natural element to your elevator, which is always relaxing.
  • High-Pressure Laminate: Choose from a variety of colors, wood grains, and finishes to create a unique feel for your passengers to enjoy.

Which Elevator Cab Design Is Best for Your Business?

The best design for your company all depends on the look and feel you’re going for and the industry you’re in.

If you run a large business firm, a sophisticated and elegant elevator design will prime your clients for your services. If you own a fun and vibrant children’s space, choosing an engaging wall design is a great choice. For hospitals, keeping the elevator bright and clean is key. For buildings with a range of businesses all under the same roof, try to pick something neutral and aesthetically pleasing.

The design you choose all comes down to how you want your staff and visitors to feel as they ride your elevator.

Ready to Explore the Best Elevator Cab Design for Your Business?

We’ve had more than 15,000 custom elevator designs installed all over the country. If you have any questions about what elevator design would best fit your business, book a free design consultation or contact us today!

SnapCab — Inside the Blueprint

At SnapCab®, we have an amazing variety of products that help businesses across North America. With our innovative designs and dedication to our customers, we know that we can make a difference in your office spaces.

To help you get to know our products, we’re here to give an inside look at our SnapCab® Pods. Offices with open floor plans can struggle. From employees having trouble concentrating and finding privacy to a lack of productivity with too many distractions around the office.

Our Pods are the solution. They will give your employees a quiet place to get their work done, whether they are working alone or with others. Here’s your inside look at this fantastic product.

Guided by Innovation

SnapCab got its start because of our focus on innovation with elevator paneling systems. Our systems cut down the time to install new elevator interiors from several days to just one. These simple systems are easy to install, with only a few tools necessary.

We used that same dedication to innovation to develop our Pods. These small, mobile offices are like nothing else of their kind. They are on wheels, so you can rearrange them in your space as you need to get the most out of your office.

We always keep our customers and other relationships in mind when developing and improving our products. Our goal is to never stop improving our products because we know we can continue to update the design.

Innovation Matched with Simplification

The main benefit of all our products, besides their high quality, is the simplicity in their design and installation. Even after they are installed, their various design and customization options let you find the perfect Pods for your office space.

Each Pod offers optional seating and desk space. You can select different wall panel colors and easily hang up other items inside the Pods. The possibilities are endless with personalizing your Pod.

The Pods also have excellent sound-canceling features. There are sound-absorbing panels on the ceiling and a seal on the doors to further block sounds from coming in or going out. Whether you work better in a quiet environment or need privacy for phone calls or meetings, the Pods are perfect places to go.

The Pod Production Process

We have a streamlined process to produce our amazing Pods. We build them in a few steps and quickly get them ready to ship out.

First, the panels of the Pods get pressed with a laminate to achieve the strength they need to block noise. After pressing, we cut the panels to size and put them through a shaping and drilling machine to ensure they meet exact measurements.

Finally, we hinge the glass door and assemble the Pod. Our expert wrapping and packaging ensure the Pod is safe during transport, and then it’s on its way to your business. When it arrives, you only need to complete the simple assembly, plug it in, and then it’s ready for use.

If you think our Pods will make your office space a more productive and efficient place, check out our different Pod options today to get started.

Video Transcript

Where does innovation come from?

More often than not, it usually stems from a need or a problem that requires a solution.

This is what inspires the engineers, technicians and construction personal at SnapCab.

Having conquered the worlds of elevator interiors and multimedia walls, they’ve set their sights on the open workspace environment where privacy is hard to come by.

And the SnapCab pod can provide a solution.

And as much as the folks at SnapCab pride themselves on innovation, it might be their focus on simplification that sets them apart from the competition.

Hi, I’m Glenn Bostock, CEO and founder of SnapCab.

In 1983, we started a woodworking shop in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Myself and some other college buddies rented a barn, and we started building custom cabinet work.

Pretty soon, we outgrew the barn and we came up with a systematic way to remodel elevators.

It reduced the installation time for elevator mechanics from four days down to one day.

 In 2016, we were approached by a major open office company looking for a way to bring privacy into their open office.

They were looking at our elevator cabs and realized - hey, you guys very nearly have a phone booth here.

If only you could just panel the outside and put some doors on these things.

Apparently, there’s a privacy crisis, with all of these open offices.

People can’t think or focus.

They need small conference rooms where they can collaborate and have private conversations.

 It took one year to develop a prototype.

We went to market and we actually won an award at NeoCon for best of show in that category.

Alright, here’s where the action happens, out on the factory floor.

This is also where I keep my office.

But, before this turns into a pod, a lot of work has to happen to it.

And we’re going to take you through the whole manufacturing process.

And here we have Kyle, my production manager, and he’s going to take you around.

Kyle –

Thanks Glenn.

I’ll show you how to make the pod.

Welcome to the first stage of pod manufacturing.

Panel production.

What we do first, is we place large sheets of flake into our glue and press machine, and press them with any type of laminate that you might see on the outside of a pod.

Once the panels are pressed, they get cut to size on the beam saw.

Once the panels are cut to size, they’re then placed through the shaping and drilling machine.

 So, once the panels are completed, then the glass door is hinged, and brought to the final assembly cell – where the pod is fully assembled.

Once the pod is finished assembly, it’s then brought over to the packaging cell where it’s wrapped and packed.

You thought that orbital wrapper was cool, well now check out our robo-wrapper, ‘Pac-man.’

My favorite thing is how we actually build a pod.

It has a panel on the outside and one on the inside.

You can hang anything you want, you can put anything in there.

You can personalize it and customize it as much as you want.

We have people installing monitors, projectors, anything.

The pod is the only pod in the industry that actually has casters and wheels.

It makes it super easy for you to just put it in place and start using it.

My name is Corinna Mossberg, I’m the president of SnapCab.

 I used to work for one of the major elevator companies where SnapCab was a fantastic supplier.

We’re always promoting being kind, being authentic, being useful and creating value for others – whether it be customers, employees, or any other stakeholders.

The executives at BrandStar, the production company behind inside the blueprint, were so blown away by the pods – they ordered one for themselves.

Corinna, nice to see you again.

Nice to see you again.

Hey, Aaron.

Nice to see you again.

Hey, as promised, here is your SnapCab Pod.

But this is not what you ordered.


This is SnapCab Pod 2.0.

This has all kinds of features, that are just coming out on the market now.

Nice, well you know it, I want to dedicate this pod to one of my special producers.

I’m going to have her come down and take a look at it.


Can you come down for a second? I want to show you something.

Sure, I’ll be right down. Okay.

I know you’ve been working really, really hard – and I know sometimes you need some privacy with your own phone calls and stuff, so we got you this great new SnapCab that is going to be dedicated to you.

For me?

So, it’s going to be Brittany’s pod.

Oh my God, that’s incredible.

Come in, let’s check it out.

Incredible, oh my goodness.

That’s where Scooby’s been.

This is amazing.

It’s nice right?

It’s really nice.

This pod has corning glass on the whiteboard.

Also, there’s acoustic sound absorbing panels.

Check out this door.

This has a triple seal that really blocks the sound.

 So, what gets me up in the morning is really working with the team that I work with.

 We have people that love working together, collaborating, to use our God-given talents to do something useful to benefit other people.

And I feel like my time is really well spent here at SnapCab.

For more information about the SnapCab pod, please visit us at

expensive and dependent on your local talent.

With Gorilla Glass, we haven’t even scratched the surface of possibilities.

Is It Time to Remodel Your Elevator?

Knowing when it’s time to update the interior of your elevator can have substantial returns for your business. As technology progresses, so does elevator innovation. If your elevator cabs look outdated or are starting to show signs of damage, those are two telling signs that remodeling your elevator is in your future. But, how do you start that process?

Keep reading to find out if it’s time for you to remodel your elevator, how to get started and how doing so will benefit your company.


3 Signs It’s Time to Update Your Elevator Interior

Paying attention to these three things will signify when the time is right to remodel your elevator:

  • Modernization: If you’ve started to notice the design materials aren’t cutting it, it’s time for an elevator remodeling project to commence! Staying up to date with the modern designs and materials will set your elevator apart from the rest. Today, you can choose from stainless steel, wood veneer, laminate, Gorilla® Glass and other materials. You could even select a mix of materials for an extra “wow” factor.
  • Wear and Tear: A shabby elevator will send the wrong signals to its passengers. When your interior panels start coming loose or showing signs of damage, discoloration or scratching, it’s essential to update the interior of your elevator. Working with a professional elevator interior remodeling company will help elevate your elevator experience to new heights.
  • Brand Representation: Elevators present a real opportunity for your brand to make an impactful first impression on your clients, partners and employees. If your company is looking for ways to improve its brand image and voice, remodeling the elevator is a powerful place to start. Updating your interior materials and customizing the panels with colors and elements that reflect your company’s core mission will make for a lasting impression.

How Will an Elevator Remodel Enhance Your Business?

Since elevators are notable investments in the first place, it’s beneficial to capitalize on their potential to speak for your brand. Giving riders a memorable elevator experience will help solidify your business in their mind as one worth remembering. For brands and business, positive consumer and employee encounters are key to growth and success.

Elevator Interior Remodeling You Can Count On

Since our founding in 1995, our core operations have centered around unmatched customer service and experience. We carry the best quality materials, are home to outstanding design talent and are a proven leader with over 15,000 interiors installed across North America. We want you, your employees, visitors, and partners to enjoy every moment of the elevator ride.

When you inquire about elevator interior remodeling, we’ll send you a quote within 24 hours. SnapCab also delivers free presentation design boards—we gift you sample materials along with an elevator cab rendering to make sure you’re 100 percent confident in your interior update choice.

Ready to Work with a Premier Elevator Interior Design Company?

If you’re ready to elevate your elevator experience by remodeling it, request a quote today!

What Does Your Elevator Say About Your Business?

The technology innovations that are shaping our world today are also impacting the elevator industry. Whether you run a big or small business, the message your elevator sends to both your employees, clients, partners and investors matters. A slow, outdated elevator often leads to impatience and frustration. Incorporating a custom elevator design is a chance to offer individuals a memorable experience.

So, what does your elevator say about your business? In short, everything. The goal of your elevator should be to embody your company. Keep reading to learn how hiring an elevator design company can improve your business.

How Custom Elevator Interiors Strengthen Your Brand Image

Creating your brand to be unmistakable and recognizable throughout your office is essential. Hiring a custom interior design company is an effective way to make a remarkable and notable impression. Here are a few reasons investing in professional designed elevator interiors matters for your business:

  • Opportunity to Wow: Give your riders a custom elevator interior to remember. Custom elevator designs offer you unlimited creative potential. We’ve incorporated epic logo designs into office headquarters like Google and used beautiful materials like wood and Gorilla® Glass in some of the over 15,000 elevators we help to update across the country. People get excited in spectacular elevators. When you work with SnapCab on a custom elevator design, we help you decide how to represent your “wow” factor.
  • Enhance Your Brand: Following along the same vein as wowing your customers with your design, custom elevator interiors also enhance your brand image. It’s important that as people wait in your elevator, they feel surrounded by your brand. Crafting a powerful elevator ambiance will project your company’s voice. If someone is visiting your building for the first time, a short elevator ride can be an excellent way for them to spend 15 seconds getting to know your business and what it stands for.
  • Stay Innovative, Be Innovative: Having the fastest, most up-to-date elevator is a plus. Keeping up with custom designed elevators and technology will help your business stand out and stay current with other elevator technologies. Our professionally designed elevator interiors are cutting-edge and inventive. Our elevator interior designs will help you lead the way when it comes to your lift experience.

About SnapCab® Custom Elevator Designs

We believe in elegant and purposeful simplicity. SnapCab offers unparalleled design and builds quality for all our custom elevator interiors. Our mission is to craft unique designs that emulate the brand voice and imagine of our clients and elevate their transportation experience.

Delivering an unmatched customer experience and support is at our core. That’s why we respond to your elevator quote requests within 24 hours and offer complimentary elevator vision boards. We want you to see and feel the materials you choose whether it’s stainless steel, wood veneer, laminate, Gorilla® Glass or a mix.

Ready to Work with a Premier Elevator Interior Design Company?

If you’re ready to elevate your elevator experience, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today!

Incorporating Your Mission into All Aspects of Your Office

When you create a recognizable and lovable brand, you want the whole world to know. However, accomplishing your mission starts in your office. Employees need to feel some devotion to the brand and mission, starting with an integrated office design that speaks to your staff and clients.

How to Brand Your Office

The first step to branding your office is figuring out what, exactly, your brand is. Ask yourself questions about your target audience, mission statement and personality. Once you determine what your brand voice is, it’ll be easy to begin incorporating it into your office space. Choose furniture and paint colors that match your brand colors. If you want your brand to be more playful, use that in furniture designs, lighting and more. Put key slogans or other quotes that define your brand voice on the walls.

Simple & Effective Elevator Designs

Another way to incorporate your mission and brand is to design impactful elevators into your business space. Companies around the world spend millions of dollars on their elevator designs to make them go faster and keep the riders occupied. However, another solution is to come up with simple and effective elevator designs that promote your mission.

A well-designed elevator will increase your employees’ and clients’ experiences. At SnapCab®, we take care of everything associated with designing, including working with your architect or designer to bring their vision to reality. Our interiors are simple but elegant, and you can customize your options to create an interior that speaks to your brand and mission.

How Others Did It

We’ve helped a variety of companies transform their businesses to reflect their mission. It’s not just about elevators — to truly create an inviting atmosphere, you need to incorporate your message into your meeting spaces, Pods and more. Here’s how a few of our clients completely transformed their businesses:

  • Gorilla glass printed ImageCorning European Technology Center: Corning, located in France, is all about world-changing and innovative technology. They wanted something unique that would showcase their mission to catch the attention of clients. The solution was a SnapCab media wall that seamlessly integrated their focus on technology and innovation.
  • Google: Everyone knows the Google brand when they see it. However, Google’s elevator designs didn’t match their message of creativity and innovation. We used Gorilla Glass with Google’s logo to create a cutting-edge design.
  • Dignity Health: SnapCab worked with Dignity Health to create Gorilla Glass panels with custom images for more than 80 elevator cabs within Dignity Health’s hospital system. The Rosa de Lima elevator is just one example of a beautiful landscape visitors can look at in the elevator cab.
  • Flamingo: The Flamingo hotel and casino in Las Vegas was a fun project for SnapCab. We designed the building’s elevator cabs to include a panel with the hotel’s name and official logo to give it a fresh, new look while staying on-brand.
  • Phoenician Spa: The Phoenician is a luxury resort in Scottsdale, AZ that includes a spa. SnapCab supplied beautiful Gorilla Glass paneling with a stone image for the spa that helped solidify the spa’s luxury brand.
  • TimkenSteel: TimkenSteel has different facilities in six countries, and SnapCab helped design new elevator interiors in the buildings. The sleek Gorilla Glass panel design with the company’s name and logo show that TimkenSteel is an industry leader.
  • Two Summerlin: Two Summerlin, a six-story, LEED-certified class A office building in Las Vegas, is a beautiful building that needed to carry over its air of sophistication into its elevator cabs. The rear Gorilla Glass wall does just that while featuring the building’s name.
  • Utah State University: SnapCab’s expertise extends to colleges and universities. We created custom elevator cabs for Utah State University that showcase the school’s official crest set on white Gorilla Glass.
  • Wyndham Grand Desert: The Wyndham Grand Desert hotel in Las Vegas is a getaway destination in an exciting city. It made sense to continue the opulence into the building’s elevator cabs. SnapCab’s solution was new elevator cab panels with Lab Designs wood laminate along with bronze reveals and handrail.

Start Today with Your Own Designs

Don’t wait to design impactful elevators in your business space or integrate meeting spaces and Pods that speak to your brand. We can help you design and integrate new systems that will incorporate your mission into all aspects of your office. Contact us today to learn more about our Pods, elevator designs and Portals and how they can help you create a better office space that people will recognize and remember.

How to Remove Elevator Panels

Elevator cab interior panels can be difficult to remove depending on how they were installed. Plus, every type of panel has a different installation and removal process. At SnapCab®, we’ve created a trusted process for installing and removing panels to give your elevators a fresh, new look without any of the hassle.

Older Panel Replacement

Many existing plastic laminate elevator panels were attached with z-clips. Some companies still use this difficult process. Installation uses z-clips to avoid using nails or screws on the surface of the panels. There are options for which z-clip to use based on what kind of panel you install. Most use a screwed or riveted Monarch clip or a welded strip in different places throughout the panel. However, the installer must attach these z-clips to the existing cab shell. The elevator cab interior panels also have z-clips attached to the back of them. To attach the panels to the cab shell, hang and mate the clips on the shell and panel. If the template was made correctly, you placed the template in the correct location, and you attached the z-clips to the cab shell correctly, the panels should look good, should!

The SnapCab Solution to Elevator Panel Replacement

SnapCab has a different solution for your next elevator panel replacement project that will make things easier. Our process involves using interlocking panels or layers that stack on top of each other. Installation of SnapCab elevator panels occurs in less than a day, including installing a new ceiling in your cab. Our process includes:

  1. Attach reveals with pre-attached tape
  2. Install toe kick binders, designed for required ventilation
  3. Insert interlocking panels into toe kick binder and attach using supplied screws
  4. Interlock next row of panels with pre-installed handrails
  5. Complete the wall panel installation by interlocking the remaining layers of panels and attach with screws
  6. Finish the system with the top cap to cover the top row of panel screws
  7. If applicable, hang cab wall protection pads with our pre-attached clip by inserting into the groove of the top cap

Our goal is to give you maximum convenience and comfort paired with superior design for every one of your elevators. When you work with us, you’ll get to choose exactly how you want your elevator panels and ceilings to look, and you can even design them to match your brand. We’ll work with you every step of the way to design elevator cab interior panels with top-quality materials at a great price.

Contact Us Today

An elevator panel replacement project isn’t always easy to complete. You must stay up to code while creating a design that will excite everyone who steps into your cab. Plus, you can use your elevator cab interior panels to get individuals to notice your brand and overall message, which is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Don’t wait to start your next elevator panel replacement project. Whether it’s a full demolition or just an update, SnapCab can help you create the elevator cab of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more about our quick and easy process and get started on your renovation.