Entrance Design: Make Smart Choices

When designing the entrance to the elevators in your lobby, office or other business, it’s important to make smart choices in terms of aesthetics. You want your elevator to look welcoming, like you’re inviting your guests on a journey. You don’t want it to look like you’re taking them to the dungeon! Part of that is selecting the right entrance frame.

Here at Mowrey Elevator, for example, we construct all our entrance frames at our manufacturing facility in Florida. Entrances are available in many sizes and finishes, and each one is tested to ensure it meets or exceeds all state and local code requirements.

Door Finishes

  • Plastic Laminate (Standard)
  • Primed
  • Stainless Steel
  • Muntz

Door Types

  • Single Slide (Standard) – available in left or right hand
  • Center Opening
  • 2-Speed –left or right hand

Door Heights

The standard elevator door size is seven feet tall, but you can decide to configure your door height up to nine feet. Keep in mind, for taller door heights, you’ll also need a higher cab.


  • #4 Stainless Steel (this comes standard)
  • Primed
  • #8 Stainless Steel
  • Muntz


  • Aluminum (this comes standard)
  • Nickel Silver
  • Muntz

Why Elevator Design Matters

Proper elevator design is important because it impacts how your property appears to others and it affects your elevator’s functionality. Modern elevator design trends comprise both decorative and functional elements.

  • Privacy: Modern elevators can incorporate an element of privacy, designed to be hidden away behind locked doors. This is practical for residential and commercial buildings where you would want to limit access to other levels.
  • Customizable technology: The latest elevator designs bring customizable technology to the forefront, with features such as vacuum and suction power instead of cables and rails. Today’s elevators are more energy and space efficient, plus they are easier to maintain and install.
  • Security gates: You may want to incorporate security gates or doors as extra barriers to unauthorized access. In a home, those security doors can deter children from gaining access when they shouldn’t. Plus, they reduce the risk of injury via inappropriate usage.
  • Scanners and keypads: Security options abound, such as limiting access with fingerprint scanners, biometric security tools and keypad entry. Authorized users can access the lift without needing a key or pass to operate it.
  • Destination control: Most commonly seen in high rise buildings, destination control offers an efficient way to distribute passengers. Multi-elevators get groups of people to various levels in the same elevator, reducing wait and travel times.
  • Lights and music: Programmable lighting and music systems can automatically be set to come on when sensors detect users in the cab.
  • LED Screens: You can install and use these for community messages, advertising or entertainment.
  • Entrance frames: These can be designed to complement the decor of the building around it, offer a look of luxury for passengers, provide a good first impression of your business, and give passengers peace of mind.

In the end, a well-designed entrance doesn’t only offer an attractive frame for visitors to look at, it also incorporates all the practical and security features one would want in an elevator.

To learn more about our elevator frames, contact Mowrey Elevators today!