All You Need To Know About Shaftless Elevators

Shaftless elevators are residential elevators that are small in size and designed to easily fit into your house taking minimal space. Their installation is also very easy and doesn’t cause much disruption. In addition, they are a great substitute of stair-lifts or traditional full-size elevators. These elevators are most popular for their mobility and convenience. They’re also available in full-size versions to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. Shaftless elevators are a good economical choice for two floor houses as their installation is simple and therefore does not involve much cost.

Compact Design and Easy Installation

Talking about the design of this elevator, it is one of the simplest elevators to install into one’s home. The shaft-less design involves adding sensors on the outer side of the elevator and “push and hold” buttons on the control panel. These elevators either have a hydraulic drive or winding drum to move the cab upwards or downwards. However, they are designed to travel up to one floor only. Shaftless elevators have an extremely small footprint and can fit in even smallest spaces. Also, their creative design allows them to be installed in almost any area of your home. Another plus point is that they don’t require extra space for machine room. Their design also allows for partial enclosure which is helpful in case you want to install to them into a floor with existing walls. For example elevators fitted in pantries and closets transformed into a semi hoist. Moreover, a guide rail system is present in these elevators for the lift cab to travel on. These elevators are manufactured by many companies varying in designs and installation requirements. However, the most popular model is the one attached directly to wall supporting the elevator.


Shaftless elevators come with a long list of convincing benefits. If you’re planning to install one of these elevators in your home, read on!
  • The best thing about shaftless elevators is their compact size. Their small size and easy installation allows them to fit in limited space. Although these elevators are small in size, they can easily accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. Another major advantage of these elevators is that their installation can be incorporated in a totally open floor plan.
  • Moreover, the lack of machine room and presence of a self-contained hoist way has significantly reduced the installation time and costs.
  • Anybody living in a multi-story house will witness and expansion in convenience after installing a shaftless elevator. From taking laundry from basement for ground floor or taking the dishes down to the kitchen, everything becomes easier.
  • Lastly, it makes life easier for the elderly and physically disabled people as it enables them to move across different floors of their house easily and safely.
Although a few of these benefits are provided by other elevators as well, its compact size, and easy, low cost installation gives shaftless elevators an edge over other elevator types.

Are Shaftless Elevators Safe?

The answer to this question is a big yes! These elevators function by using constant pressure controls. To make these elevators work, you have to push the control button and hold it in the operating position. If while traveling the control button is released, the lift will stop right away. These elevators also have sensors fixed on the top and bottom of the lift cabin to detect any hitch.  If any object hits one of these fixed sensors, the lift would stop immediately. The cabin doors also have an interlock to ensure that the elevator does not move unless the door is properly closed and locked. Lastly, similar to other residential elevators, shaftless elevators have a backup safety device that provides ultimate protection and ensures that the elevator stops on the rails.

Cost of Shaftless Elevators

The price of shaftless elevators varies depending upon the model you choose. The smaller simple models may not cost you much while the large luxurious models may involve a slightly higher cost. While estimating the overall installation cost, it is also important to include the floor cutting, construction, electric work costs etc. So your contractor is the right person to give to the right estimate of installation costs. These costs may also vary across different contractors as they offer different rates. So find yourself a contractor who is an expert in terms of work and reasonable in terms of price.