There are a lot of different places in your building that you could install a lift, but how do you make sure that you have enough space to install one? The following is a guide to help you make that decision.
- Lifts require a lot of space, and you have to factor in space for not just the cabin, but also the lift mechanism, the support structure and the running clearances.
- Small lifts tend to cost only marginally less than big lifts, and it is always better to go with a big lift.
- For wheel chair and carer access, you should offer an internal cabin size of 900mm W by 1300 D. The lift shaft will have to be even bigger than that, but the size of the shaft needed for the lift will vary, depending on your specifications. On the other hand, some of them are pretty large, such as high-quality sliding doors, where the required shaft would be about 1550mm W by 1600mm D.
- For a home lift, you will need even more space- about 1100mm W by 1400mm D. The shaft is a bit bigger than that for swing door lifts, while a sliding door lift’s shaft would be considerably larger than the cabin itself.
- In order to ensure that the lift is properly supported, you need to add to the thickness of the lift shaft. If you go with a steel tower, you will need to add about 150mm to both the depth and the width measurements. For blockwork or concrete towers, you’ll need to add much more than that. You may have 140mm thick blockwork walls that you want to fill up using concrete, but that isn’t something that generally works well. It’s not recommended that you use brick walls, since they have questionable structural integrity.
- If you are tight on space, then you may want to consider one of the space-saving lifts used commonly in Europe. These are designed to take up as little space as possible, and they are screw lifts that include a lift shaft that has been smartly integrated.
If you would like to know more about required lift space and if you have enough available space in your building, please contact the lift installation experts at Professional Elevator Solutions.
You don’t want to design your home or business and then find out later that you didn’t make enough space for the elevator you wanted. Make sure you know ahead of time how much space is necessary before you decide on anything.