The Writing is On The Wall: 5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade your Elevator Interiors

The interior of an elevator cab can have a lot of personality. Whether it’s unique flooring patterns, special glass on mirrors, or even custom ceilings, elevator interior design can now be taken to the next level to meet your exact specifications.

Many people think it takes forever to overhaul their building’s elevator cab interiors. They don’t exactly know what happens in the cab interior design process, or what parts of their elevator cabs need an upgrade. They’re daunted by the idea of modernizing their elevator and just ignore the signs when it’s time for an upgrade.

Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Elevator cab modernization is as easy as 1-2-3. You just need to take the first step and start looking at what your elevator is telling you. So how can you be sure it’s time to upgrade your elevator interior? Let’s get into it!

1. Stepping into your elevator feels like walking into a time capsule

To put it bluntly, if walking through the entrance of your elevator feels like entering a different decade, your elevator interior is outdated. Instead of waiting for paisley to come back into fashion, this antiquated decor might need a facelift.

The elevator is a reflection of the building it operates in, so if you’re getting awkward faces and people averting their eyes from its dated interior, it’s time to modernize. Update your elevator to reflect your modern residential or commercial building, and invite passengers in for a ride that won’t make them cringe at peeling wallpaper.

2. The lighting is giving you a headache

Does your elevator give off sterile vibes? When stepping into an elevator, it should never have the same energy as a hospital. Maybe the lights are too bright, or too fluorescent — did they always flicker like that? Unless you’re trying for a lights show, there’s no need for flashing lights in your elevator.


There’s nothing quite like poor lighting choices, burnt out bulbs, or off-white that hurts the eyes to make you feel like you’re walking straight into a horror movie. If your lighting is off, it might be a good time to give that entire elevator cab a bright and sleek redesign. Your eyes will thank you.

3. The flooring is cracking under your feet

We’ve all entered elevators and looked at our shoes to avoid eye contact with the other passenger. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a friendly elevator pitch, or even just a brief hello. What do you notice when you look down?

There’s no better sign your elevator interiors have seen better days if the flooring is starting to crack from the years of abuse, or if there are so many scuffs you can’t tell what the original tile design was. Even worse, have you ever stepped into an elevator with uneven flooring? It’s definitely time to upgrade if you see one of these signs.

Look how nice your elevator could look!

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4. What’s with the writing on the walls? Does your reflection look a bit warped?

If the handrails are still clean and held firmly in place, you might want to grip on tight while you ride through the “funhouse” elevator. Does the old mirror warp every appearance? Are they cracked or splintered?

If there aren’t any mirrored walls, are there scratches from people carrying large objects in and out of the elevator? Is there literal writing on the walls? If you’re seeing any of these things or additional scuffing, peeling, or fading – it’s definitely time to upgrade, or at the very least, invest in some elevator protection wall pads.

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5. Your elevator shouldn’t feel like you took a wrong turn somewhere

Elevators don’t lead to Narnia, those are wardrobes, and you won’t find any wardrobes here. Your elevator interior should match its exterior. Your elevators should complement the buildings they’re serving. It’s just common sense to say that the last item on our list is clear – if you’re walking down a forested path, you expect to see a tree at the next turn, not a traffic light. If your elevator is the traffic light in the forest, it’s time for that well-deserved interior upgrade.

Do you see the signs? It’s clear when it’s time to upgrade your elevator cab interior; whether you’re modernizing, refreshing, or redesigning to match your exteriors, it’s time to get planning. K Elevator can give your elevator interiors the care and attention it deserves. From custom designs to complete projects, contact K Elevator for all your elevator cab interior needs.

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