Elevators, or lifts, should be specified and arranged around a series of design factors that include: occupancy type, speed and quantity of traffic, total vertical distance to be traveled, and the desired time and speed of travel. When deciding on an appropriate layout and location for your elevator banks, it is advised to locate lifts near the building’s primary entrance in relation to the main path of circulation, and to also remain easily accessed by every floor. Groups of elevators, or banks, are typically controlled by a single call button and operating system, but individual elevators may be designed to operate independently of the group in special circumstances.

When specifying an elevator system, consult the lift manufacturer for detailed recommendations for sizes, controls, layouts, and installation requirements. Likewise, consult appropriate building codes for structural and mechanical requirements for the elevator shafts, fire separations, ventilation, and soundproofing.

Illustration of a standard One-Lift Elevator Car
One | Single Lift

Small Car: 6’ x 5’ | 1.83 x 1.53 m
Medium Car:
7’ x 5’ | 2.14 x 1.53 m
Large Car:
7’ x 5’6” | 2.14 x 1.68 m
X-Large Car:
7’ x 6’2” | 2.14 x 1.88 m
X-Large Freight:
5’8” x 8’9” | 1.73 x 2.67

Single car elevators are common lifts used in small to medium sized commercial applications. Best used for smaller structures, a single car elevator system can come in a variety of car sizes to meet desired loads in buildings without high peak daily traffic or volume demands.
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Drawings of Single-Lift Elevator sizes with dimensions and people for scale
Single car elevators are common lifts used in small to medium sized commercial applications. Best used for smaller structures, a single car elevator system can come in a variety of car sizes to meet desired loads in buildings without high peak daily traffic or volume demands.
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Measured layout for a Two Lift Elevator Bank with dimensions on the plan
Two | Double Lift Elevator Bank

Cars | Lifts: 2
Width (Overall): 18’1” | 5.5 m
Depth (Overall): 18’6” | 5.6 m
Area (Overall): 333 ft2 | 31 m2
Elevator Depth: 7’11” | 2.4 m
Waiting Depth: 10’ | 3 m or 1.5x car depth

Plan layout with dimensions of a Bank of Three Lifts with adjacent waiting area
Three | Triple Lift Elevator Bank

Cars | Lifts: 3
Width (Overall): 26’9” | 8.2 m
Depth (Overall): 18’6” | 5.6 m
Area (Overall): 494 ft2 | 46 m2
Elevator Depth: 7’11” | 2.4 m
Waiting Depth: 10’ | 3 m or 1.5x car depth

Plan drawing of a Four Lift Bank with dimensions showing widths and lengths of the waiting area and lifts
Four Lift Elevator Bank

Cars | Lifts: 4
Width (Overall): 35’8” | 10.9 m
Depth (Overall): 18’6” | 5.6 m
Area (Overall): 658 ft2 | 61 m2
Elevator Depth: 7’11” | 2.4 m
Waiting Depth: 10’ | 3 m or 1.5x car depth

Dimensioned plan layout of a Six Lift Elevator Bank with two pairs of three lifts around a central waiting area
Six Lift Elevator Bank

Cars | Lifts: 6
Width (Overall): 26’9” | 8.2 m
Depth (Overall): 26’4” | 8 m
Area (Overall): 704 ft2 | 65 m2
Elevator Depth: 7’11” | 2.4 m
Waiting Depth: 10’6” | 3.2 m or 1.75x car depth

Play layout of an Eight Lift Elevator Bank with dimensions for lift and waiting area lengths, widths, depths
Eight Lift Elevator Bank

Cars | Lifts: 8
Width (Overall): 35’8” | 10.9 m
Depth (Overall): 27’10” | 8.5 m
Area (Overall): 992 ft2 | 92 m2
Elevator Depth: 7’11” | 2.4 m
Waiting Depth: 12’ | 3.7 m or 2x car depth