Diagram and Functions of an Elevator Cab

Whether you are updating an existing cab or outfitting a new one, there is a lot to know about elevators. The good news is that there are elevator providers that can handle the structural and mechanical set up, so you can focus on the fun part … designing the interiors! That’s where we come in.

For over 40 years, Inpro® has been creating wall protection which gave us a unique thought – elevators are walls, too – and they deserve to be protected. What came next? Elevator Interior Protection Systems by Inpro. We design elevator panels wrapped in wall protection for a strong interior and an elevated look to keep elevators protected from every day wear and tear.

Wait… you don’t know what an elevator panel is? Our team of experts are ready to help you start with your design, but here are a few elevator terms to help you get started!


A: Toe Kick

  • The toe kick is the stainless steel base of our system that also provides ventilation. The cut outs in the toe kick are what allows air to come through vents and into the cab. The toe kick also takes the brunt of damage close to the floor.

B: Panel options:

  • Most likely, if you are looking to update the interior of your cab, you are using panels systems. When choosing which system to go with, important to note what makes a panel durable. Our panels are fully wrapped in wall protection with beveled edges. These two elements are important because they increase the strength of the panel to prevent classic elevator interior damage such as chipping and peeling from the edges. 

C: Ceiling + lighting options:

  • When it comes to ceilings, you can chose from different configurations, but the main purpose of the ceiling is the lighting. A well-lit cab provides safety for riders while a dark one will cause more trip hazards. Elevators can often give riders anxiety, but with the right lighting, your cab can appear safer and cleaner. For a more eco-friendly, “green” option, use ceilings that feature LED lights.

D: Handrails: 

    • The handrail is more than just a bar that is used for support for riders, it also acts as a damage defender for items that crash into the walls such as hotel luggage, carts, medical equipment, backpacks, etc.

Returned handrail end vs. Straight Handrail ends:

  • A returned handrail end curves back to the wall. Because of this, it reduces snags such as a rider’s purse/bag, medical equipment, luggage, etc. and takes the impact off of the walls when something crashes into it. 
    • A straight handrail end does not curve back to the wall which means it doesn’t have the same anti-snag advantages, but still takes the impact off of the walls when something crashes into it. 

E: Reveal:

  • Reveals are recessed strips of stainless steel that add a clean uniform look in between each panel while concealing the fasteners of the panel clip system.

F: Frieze:

  • The frieze conceals the fasteners of the panel clip system and gives the top edge of the cab a consistent stainless steel look that matches the bottom (toe kick). The frieze can also be made to have ventilation cut outs if you have vents located on top of the cab.

G: Handrail panel:

  • The handrail panel is located behind the handrail and helps differentiate the bottom from the top and bottom of cab.

Download our Transformations Brochure to see before and after photos of some of our best elevator interiors. 

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