An Expert’s Guide to Elevator Interior Materials

SnapCab metallic silver and mirror corporate elevator panel including one standing handle, woman with dog standing inside

You’re driven by vision, ambition, the need to breathe life into drawings, renderings, and models – transforming them into fully-functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Materials make it happen. Selecting the best elevator interior elements will help you achieve the look you want and give you the usability you need. Ready to design a breathtaking interior that’s sure to impress the countless users who’ll inhabit that space? Use this quick guide to familiarize yourself with the best options to bring your vision to life.

A Quick Guide to Elevator Interior Materials

Instead of: Mirrors on All Walls
Use: A Mirror on One Wall

There’s a line between convenience (straightening your attire before a presentation, interview, meeting, etc.) and “funhouse chic”. Many designers opt to include mirrors in their elevator interiors to help users, and to make the space appear larger and brighter. But more than one mirror crosses that line. Elevator passengers need one – just one – reflection staring back at them.

Or, skip the mirrors altogether and opt for a custom image or logo to complete your vision.

Instead of: Heavy and Expensive Wood or Stone
Use: Gorilla Glass

Designers tend to favor authenticity: the real thing always beats the knock-off, right? Not necessarily. The issues lie in code compliance, weight limitations, and costs. How can you achieve the right look and feel without “the real thing”? By printing the exact pattern that fits your vision and laminating it beneath the ultra-durable, perfectly clear Gorilla Glass. Whether you’re envisioning stone, brick, marble, granite, oak, or cherry – cut costs, meet code, and still achieve the perfect aesthetic

Top tip: Its renowned durability makes Gorilla Glass a great material to use in the lower portion of the elevator, where damage is more likely to occur. Your clients will thank you for the foresight.

Instead of: Fabrics or Wood Veneers
Use: High-Quality Laminates or Trespa (a High-Pressure Laminate Plate)

In addition to its superior fire-rating and durability, Trespa beats out fabric and veneer interiors with its nonporous, non-microbial finish. With the same soft, textured look as fabric, but without the potential to stain, snag, or run, Trespa stays cleaner – and more elegant – far longer.

Instead of: Woven Metal
Use: GageCarve

Woven metal is difficult for manufacturers to work with – and that difficulty translates into higher costs for customers. A looser weave will make the surface a magnet for dust and dirt that is nearly impossible to keep clean. When used in higher panels, this metal mesh can catch long hair.
GageCarve, on the other hand, offers the same dynamic look that is easy to maintain and without breeding dust-bunnies.

Manufactured by Gage Corp., GageCarve is crafted from at least 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum. Each sheet is anodized with an interior-grade finish to ensure optimal appearance, durability, and longevity. That, and its cutting-edge look, makes it an ideal fit for sophisticated interiors.

Stainless steel is another alternative to woven metal. Clean, durable, and sleek, it will add a sleek and modern elegance to your elevator interior.

Top tip: Many designers who opt for stainless steel worry that it will get scratched and dented in no time. Protect your stainless steel without compromising the look by laminating it with Gorilla Glass for the ultimate sophisticated, futuristic look.

While elevator interiors can incorporate virtually any material that is fire-rated and conforms to size and weight restrictions, the best – like Gorilla Glass, high-quality laminates, stainless steel, and more – offer unmatched durability and versatility for the ultimate design freedom.

One of the most-used features in your building will be the elevator. Thousands of people will use it – and they have nothing to do but look at the interior as they wait to reach their floor. Show them thoughtful designs in every aspect of the building with gorgeous – and yet totally functional – elevator interiors.