Written by craig braddick

Elevator Dimensions Guide

When you are considering elevator upgrades or installations, you will need to understand some important dimensions. Read on to learn more about the dimensions for both residential and commercial elevators.

Residential Elevator Dimensions

Residential elevators usually are smaller than commercial elevators and most frequently are no larger than 15 square feet feet versus 22 square feet in the case of commercial elevators. Generally speaking, residential elevators are 36 inches in width and 48 inches in depth but the numbers can be changed up if space allows. That said there are mandated regualtions in the USA to be adhered too. The maximum height of an elevator is 84 inches in residential homes. In addition the dimensions for the cabs interior are:

  • 38×48 inches
  • 36×60 inches
  • 40×54 inches

Lastly, the standard load size permissiable is 430kg or 950 lbs. Smaller elevators often have 750 lbs as a standard load, especially in residential buildings. There should also be a minimum of a 1 foot if deep space beneath the lowest stop of the elevator and there should also be a foot of concrete under it in the drafting of the dimensions of the elevators.

When you think about getting a residential elevator exceeding the mandated sizing above, the dimensions needs to be reconsidered before following through with the construction process as you will be in direct opposition when the elevator dimensions are drafted.

ADA Requirements

The American Disabilities Act states a wide range of elevator door dimensions that are mandated to be in adherence with the piece of legislation. In order to meet with ADA compliance. residential elevators must have braile and raised call buttons, floor dimensions, a button outside and inside of the lift with raised braille, verbal and visible signals to indicate the directions of the elevator door. Additionally, the door must remain fully open for at least 3 seconds.

Commercial Elevator Dimensions

The car depth must be a minimum of 51 iches with a minimum width of 68 inches. But if the elevator has opening doors in the center, in which case, the mandatory width is 80 inches. Commercial elevators are capable of carrying 2,100 lbs to upwards of 5,000 lbs. The inner dimensions must meet one of the following:

  • 5 feet 8 inches x 4 feet 3 inches
  • 5 feet 8 inches x 7 feet 11 inches

Unlike residential elevators, commercial elevators do not have to have mandated stops.

ADA Requirements

To meet mandtoary ADA requirements, all the elevators muct be in a public space and accessible to the visitors.  In order to meet with ADA compliance. residential elevators must have braile and raised call buttons, floor dimensions, a button outside and inside of the lift with raised braille, verbal and visible signals to indicate the directions of the elevator door. Additionally, the door must remain fully open for at least 3 seconds. The cost of larger commercial elevators can cost $75,000 to in excess of $150,000. Shorter buildings costs for commercial elevators cost between $20,000 to upwards of $28,000.

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