4 Reasons To Care About Elevator Interior Design

SnapCab Freight Elevator - Interior metallic paneling with a single standing handle bar and four boxed packages in transit

We’ve all experienced it: staring at the walls of an elevator, or watching the numbers change until we reach our floor. While they may seem like an afterthought – a space you design after the “cool” parts of the project are done – elevators represent nothing but opportunity; the captive audiences and undivided attention of the hundreds of people who use them day-in, day-out. Why not take maximum advantage?

There are a ton of reasons elevator design considerations are crucial – but here are the top four reasons why, if you haven’t thought about elevator interiors before, now’s the time to change that.

1. A lot of people are looking at the interior.

While designing the penthouse or CEO suites is always an interesting challenge, the reality is that far more people see the inside of the elevator than of those exclusive spaces. US elevators make about 18 billion passenger trips per year; it’s estimated they travel about 1.36 billion miles.

Building inhabitants, businesspeople, delivery people, and guests use elevators every day. When well-designed, the interiors help to define the building for them. It is an integral part of the design; if the elevator doesn’t “match” or exude the same feeling or level of care as the rest of the building, it impacts negatively on the whole.

If, on the other hand, it compliments and enhances the aesthetics of the rest of the building, it sends a clear message of quality and integrity to owners and whoever uses their elevators.

2. Lack of design thought can lead to major code compliance issues.

Traditionally, elevator interiors haven’t been a high priority, so designers are not as well-acquainted with the ins and outs of complex specifications. If you’re not terribly invested in your elevator interior, it’s easy to recommend a design that is not ADA compliant, is too expensive, too heavy, or not elevator code compliant.

It’s crucial for designers to pay close attention to not only the aesthetics of the elevator interior, but also the regulations. The low-down for designers: weight and fire regulations are the most important codes with which you need to comply. Failure to do so can shut your project down. Worse, if an accident or failure is caused by materials or designs that are faulty, your reputation is on the line. Safety mechanisms keep the elevator from plummeting; your name has no such safeguards.

3. The elevator interior presents your opportunity to try innovative new designs.

Though you may not know it yet, there are exciting new innovations happening in the world of elevator interiors; and the market is ripe for certain savvy designers to lead the way. From elegant, durable, light weight Gorilla Glass to nonporous, non-microbial Wilsonart® Compact, these cutting edge materials are breathing new life into interiors. No longer defined by sleepy music and drowsy designs, elevators can be just as sleek, sophisticated, elegant, and inviting as any other part of the building.

Innovations allow you to easily add custom graphics and logos for a cohesive, professional look.

4. If you want a great design, but just need a hand, you can outsource it.

Still not crazy about elevator interior design? Worried that you’ll miss a regulation that could impact your project? Or maybe you’re just swamped. Elevator interior companies provide solutions so that your elevator interior is as aesthetically pleasing as you now know it needs to be, while also maintaining code compliance. Top elevator interior manufacturers can design your system for you. This complimentary service should include presentation boards, CAD drawings, pre-written specs and design sessions to facilitate the process and ensure every detail conforms to your high standards.

For some designers, elevator interiors are an afterthought – and that’s their loss. Elevators travel on billions of trips per year and serve millions of people – all of whom have nothing better to do but scrutinize the interior and judge the building accordingly. What’s more, thoughtful interior design can reduce code compliance problems that hold up the entire project. Take advantage of users’ captive eyes; create a compelling space that makes people glad they have a few moments with little else to do than look around. With a little help from an expert interior manufacturer, you can have the aesthetic that perfectly complements your building.

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